New Phones at MWC 2012

Posted by Sam Churchill on

As Mobile World Congress kicks off, Samsung, HTC, LG, Nokia Sony Mobile, Huawei and ZTE (Motorola is a no show), announced dozens of new smartphones, many with Android 4.0, LTE, and quad-core.

Here are some attention-worthy Android phones, with help from Information Week:

  • Asus Padfone: Features Snapdragon’s new dual-core S4 chip, an Adreno 225 GPU, Ice Cream Sandwich and an 8-megapixel rear camera with an LED flash, f/2.2 autofocusing lens and a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD display. It’s trick is it’s ability to dock to a 10.1-inch tablet display.
  • Samsung Galaxy Beam: The pico projector/phone is capable of shining a 50-inch, 720p picture on any flat surface. The Beam has a 15-Lumen lamp and includes a 4.0-inch, 480 x 800 display; 1GHz dual-core processor; 5-megapixel main camera with autofocus, flash, and video capture, as well as 1.3-megapixel user-facing camera. It has quad-band GSM/EDGE and HSPA 14Mbps cellular support, Bluetooth 3.0, and Wi-Fi. It runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
  • Galaxy S (Player) WiFi 4.2: Packs a 4.2-inch WVGA (480 x 800) screen, runs Gingerbread 2.3 and has dual cameras (2-megapixels ’round back and VGA for video calls). Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0 and WiFI 802.11 b/g/n
  • HTC One X: Features the Tegra 3 quad-core processor with four 1.5GHz main cores and a secondary core for low-power tasks. It boasts a 4.7-inch Super LCD display with 1280 x 720 pixels for full HD resolution. The 8-megapixel camera is aided by an ImageChip to help process images faster. This phone can take pictures once every 0.7 seconds. It comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and Sense 4.0 from HTC.
  • HTC One S: The display drops down to 4.3 inches and qHD (960 x 540) resolution, but it has a dual-core SnapDragon S4 processor, and substitutes plasma-coated aluminum for the One X’s polycarbonate shell. It has the same camera and same software as the One X. The One S will debut on T-Mobile’s network in the coming months with support for 42Mbps HSPA+.
  • HTC One V: A middle-of-the-road smartphone from HTC that still offers good looks and solid features at an affordable price point. The phone has a 3.7-inch display with 800 x 480 pixels, a 5-megapixel camera, a 1GHz S2 SnapDragon processor, and Android 4.0.
  • Huawei Ascend D Quad: Huawei claims that the Ascend D Quad is the fastest smartphone ever built. It’s using its own processor –rather than one from Nvidia or Qualcomm, and include a 4.5-inch 1280 x 720 HD display, 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video capture, and a 1.3-megapixel user-facing camera. Huawei plans to introduce several variants of this phone in a number of markets during the second quarter.
  • Sony Xperia P: Sony added two phones to its Xperia NXT line, and the P is the first of them. It has a 4.0-inch Reality Display with Sony’s BRAVIA Engine, a 1GHz dual-core processor, 16GB of storage, 8-megapixel camera with HD video recording, and NFC. It ships with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and owners will need to wait until later in the second quarter for Android 4.0.
  • Sony Xperia U: Aimed at the entry-level range with a 3.5-inch Reality Display with BRAVIA Engine, 1GHz dual-core processor, and 5-megapixel camera HD video recording. It also has “xLoud” stereo sound. The Xperia U has the same Android 2.3 OS out of the box as the Xperia P, and will see Android 4.0 later in the year.
  • LG Optimus 4X HD: LG’s new flagship device has a 4.7″ HD 720×1280 screen, Tegra 3 Quad core processor, 8MP camera, ultra fast shutter, 1.3MP Front Facing camera, Android 4.0 and a 2,140mAh battery. It’s exactly the same size as the dinkier 1,500mAh power pack found on the Optimus 2X.
  • LG Optimus Vu: Features a 1024×768 res, stylus-friendly 5-inch IPS LCD display, a 1.5GHz dual core CPU, 8MP camera, LTE, 2080mAh battery and Android 2.3 in a slim 8.5mm thick frame. An upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich is promised within three months of its launch, currently scheduled for March
  • Nokia Lumia 610: Among the first to feature Microsoft’s latest Windows Phone 7.5. It has a 800MHz Snapdragon S1 CPU, 5MP rear AF camera with LED flash, 3.7-inch WVGA TFT display, 1,300mAh battery and quad-band GSM / EDGE / WCDMA.
  • Nokia 808 PureView: The 1.3GHz single-core chip; and a 4-inch screen may be nothing to write hope about, but its resolution is a whopping 41-megapixels when shooting stills — or 34-megapixels for 16:9 images. It uses some interpolation to condense four or five pixels into one pixel, to produce a smaller file size for the output image. It’s expected to arrive in May at a price of €450.
  • ZTE’s quad-core Era: Running the Tegra 3 quad-core processor at 1.3Ghz with an Icera i450 HSPA+ modem, 4.3-inch qHD display, an 8-megapixel camera that’ll shoot 1080p video and all that stuffed into a 7.8mm-thin metallic housing.
Posted by Sam Churchill on Monday, February 27th, 2012 at 8:31 am .

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