MWC’s over for this year, but while all those HDTVs, tethered phones and Android costumes are lovingly stored for the next big tech event, we reckon you need to feel what the biggest mobile event of the year encompasses. So we braved another packed product booth to give you a taste of what the week’s been like. LG’s getting the treatment this time, with visits to the Optimus Vu, Optimus 4X HD and the Optimus 3D Max. Move on after the break for the full guided tour.
It’s TI’s time to brag. We first met OMAP5 when the company’s VP of the OMAP division, Remi El-Ouazzane, unveiled the developer’s reference platform on our stage at CES. While there, he boasted OMAP5 as “the greatest platform on Earth right now,” but we were given only a few insights into the platform’s capabilities. Now, TI is back with a new wave of demos that better show the prowess of OMAP5 — a system-on-chip design that houses a dual-core ARM Cortex-A15 CPU clocked at just 800MHz, two Cortex-M4 cores for low-power processes, along with a PowerVR SGX 544 GPU that handles 3D compositions, and a number of accelerators such as TI’s IVA-HD, which supports both video encoding and decoding and plays 1080p video at a whopping 60fps. We were shown a demo of all these capabilities humming in unison on a 1080p display, along with a complex HTML5 mashup that adds credence to the company’s latest benchmark report. Photography geeks should know the system supports up to 14 megapixel cameras, and is able to process ten shots per second at that setting. We’re told to expect devices based on the OMAP5 platform by the end of the year, and if you’re anything like us, it’s going to be one hell of a wait. Hop the break for the demo.
Still not satisfied after our minute by minute liveblog of Microsoft’s Windows 8 Consumer Preview event this morning from Barcelona and detailed hands-on impressions? Video of the entire presentation, along with a few demo trailers are available on the company’s press site so you can feel that Sinofsky magic for yourself. One of the preview videos is embedded above, press play or hit the source link to download the 688MB 90 minute long version for repeat viewing (Update: Also available embedded after the break, just in case hard drive prices have cut down your storage space).
Mobile World Congress has already brought a lot of great phones, and the show floor hasn’t even opened yet. But there’s just something about Peter Chou’s latest creation that has us more eager to play with it than anything else we’ve seen so far (and perhaps for the rest of the show). We’re talking, of course, about the One X, the absolute top of the line model of HTC’s trio of One series devices announced tonight. The “superphone” (Peter’s words, not ours) is packing the entire deck of cards: a 1.5GHz quad-core Tegra 3 CPU (for the global version; the LTE version uses Qualcomm’s S4 Krait processor), 1GB of DDR2 RAM, 4.7 inches of 720p Super LCD 2 non-PenTile gorgeousness, Ice Cream Sandwich with HTC Sense 4.0 on top, 8MP rear camera with f/2.0 lens and 1080p HD video, to name a few.
First impressions? In a nutshell, we’re blown away. It feels wonderful to hold in our hand, it’s got the full suite of specs we like to see, the camera’s as quick as HTC claims, and the device flies — in fact, we’d be amiss not to mention the fact that the vendor’s ICS-backed Sense UI is much lighter than any of its predecessors and doesn’t bog down the performance at all. And keep in mind that this is in all likelihood still running on pre-production firmware. Impressive, to say the least. Our only beef with the device is the lack of a physical shutter button, especially given the firm’s commitment to providing stellar camera performance. We’re not ready to crown the One X as the best of the show yet — we have four days’ worth of MWC left, after all — but it’s one device we’ll be returning to spend more quality time with on the show floor. If you want to share in the enjoyment, head to the gallery below, or the video after the break.
Earlier today we heard about two new Android smartphones from ZTE that will be launched at MWC 2012, and now we have another Android device, the ZTE Mimosa X.
The ZTE Mimosa X is a new Android device that will use a dual core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and the device will come with the latest version of Google’s mobile OS, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
The Mimosa X will feature a 4.3 inch qHD display with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels and it will also come with a rear facing 5 megapixel camera, and it looks like it is aimed at the mid range smartphone market.
There are no details as yet on how much the ZTE Mimosa X will retail for and also no details on when it will be available, although we suspect we will get some more information at MWC 2012 next week.
Source Into Mobile
Samsung will be showing off a range of new smartphones at MWC 2012, we still don’t know whether they will unveil the new Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone, but it looks like they will launch a new Galaxy Tab tablet.
According to a recent report Samsung will introduce the next generation Galaxy Tab tablet at MWC 2012, and the device is rumored to features a dual core 2GHz Exynos 5250 processor.
On top of that it will feature a 10 inch display with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels, and it will come with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, of course this has yet to be confirmed by Samsung.
According to Taylor Wimberly from Android and Me, he took photos of the new tablet at CES, without realizing what the device actually was, Samsung then asked him to delete the photos from his camera.
It certainly sound very interesting, and with Apple rumored to be launching the new iPad 3 with a high resolution display with would make sense for Samsung to launch a high resolution Galaxy Tab tablet.
As soon as we get some more information on this new Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet, we will let you guys know, lets hope it is unveiled at MWC 2012 next month.
Source Android and Me
Chiamiamoli rumors, speculazioni, fantasie o altro, certamente la notizia che è uscita questa notte sulle pagine di BGR è molto interessante. Mentre Samsung vince definitivamente contro Apple in Australia potendo iniziare la vendita del proprio Galaxy Tab 10.1, arrivano informazioni sul nuovo top di gamma che potrebbe presentare Samsung al prossimo MWC di Febbraio 2012. Se tutto fosse realmente confermato, non solo assisteremo ad un salto di generazione ulteriore rispetto agli attuali Tablet, ma il salto sarebbe cosi grande da lasciare qualche dubbio.
Jonathan Geller di BGR sostiente di aver ricevuto da “fonte attendibile” informazioni sul prossimo Tablet Samsung che avrà un display da 11.6 pollici con una risoluzione a dir poco spaventosa e pari a 2560 x 1600 con rapporto di 16:10. Se consideriamo che la risoluzione standard di moltissimi portatili con schermi intorno ai 12-13 pollici è 1280×768 pixel o poco superiore, questo nuovo Tablet avrebbe una risoluzione doppia, offrendo una leggibilità e qualità difficilmente visibile in altri schermi di pari dimensioni.
Questo fantastico display sarà abbinato ad Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, NFC, un dock HDTV e un processore dual-core Cortex A15 Exynos 5250 con clock a 2GHz. Si tratterebbe dunque di un Tablet veramente molto interessante sebbene non sia Quad Core. C’è da considerare però che il processore Cortex A15 non è l’attuale Cortex A9 sul quale si baseranno i prossimi Quad core e l’attuale Tegra 3, ma è un chip più evoluto e potente. La news inoltre riprende molto da vicino i Rumors che vedono un iPad 3 con caratteristiche simili e non è da escludere che il tutto abbia un fondamento di verità.
Che arrivi al MWC è tutto da vedere, certo che una risoluzione simile inizia a diventare forse esagerata e non ci sarebbe da stupirsi se questo tablet avesse 2GB di RAM. Non resta che attendere e vedere magari un Angry Bird da 500MB per poter supportare una risoluzione simile.