Now ,MCW(Mobile World Congress) Barcelona expo has kicked off kicks off, the likes of Samsung, HTC and Sony have unveiled to the world a slew of new handsets set to coax the cash from out of your wallets and make you wish you could break your phone contract early.
In recent years MWC has become the perennial breeding ground for the hottest new smartphones, and with this year’s event in full swing, we pick out the most notable announcements, plus look back at some of the top quality handsets we’ve been treated to in the past.
1. HTC One X
The flagship member of HTC’s One Series range, the One X sports a large 4.7-inch screen with a Super LCD 2 display that is powered by a NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor. With Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and HTC Sense 4.0 on board, there’s built-in Beats Audio now with third party app support (Spotify, YouTube), NFC tech, the brand new HTC Image Chip offering a 0.7-second boot-up time for the camera, along with a 0.2-second autofocus and the ability to take pictures while filming. There’s an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, 1080p video, 32GB internal storage and if that’s not enough, 25GB of free Dropbox storage over two years.
2.Huawei Ascend D Quad
Having given us the world’s thinnest smartphone by way of the P1 S, Huawei has announced the world’s most powerful smartphone with its quad-core processor packing Ascend D smartphone. Hosting its own K3V2 chip processor technology, the speedy handset also comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and a 4.5-inch 720p HD touchscreen which combined with Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound makes it ideal for consuming all your multimedia. There’s an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1.3-megaxpiel front-facing snapper, 1080p recording and playback and a 180mAH battery which should get you about two days of battery life before you need to juice it up the power again.You can get your hands on one by April 2012.
We’ve had to wait some time for the Danish mobile-makers to truly get in on the Android phone action and after the renders and concepts, the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich packing Lumigon T2 is set to hit the market in the first half of 2012. Aimed at the high end smartphone market, the T2 sports a stainless steel and Gorilla glass design and features a 3.8-inch screen which is all powered by a 1.4GHz Qualcomm TM Snapdragon processor, Bang & Olufsen ICEpower will take care of your tunes and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera to shoot great pictures. Last but by no means least, the T2 also hosts an infrared remote control so you can change the channels on your TV or skip the tracks on your music system.
Previously only seen as a concept, Asus has now formally announced the Padfone will become available to buy in April 2012. The device which combines a tablet body with the hardware grunt of an Asus smartphone runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and is powered by Qualcomm’s 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor. The smartphone has a 4.3-inch qHD screen which grows to 1280×800 pixels when it’s in tablet form. There’s an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera and it also comes with a keyboard dock that supports a SIM card for phone, tablet and netbook.
5.Sony Xperia U
Strongly tipped ahead of this year’s show, the Xperia U joins the Xperia S as Sony’s second branded handset. Boasting a 1GHz dual-core processor and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, the Xperia U uniquely hosts a 3.5-inch Reality Display and a transparent strip that allows users to set themes and colours which also changes based on images on the screen. The Xperia U will be Android 2.3 Gingerbread out of the box, but an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update should follow later.
6.Samsung Galaxy Beam
Remember Samsung’s world’s first projector phone from 2010? Well, it’s making a return this time running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread and beaming your videos, pics and digital content up to 50-inches in size courtesy of a built-in ultra-bright 15 lumens projector. Powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor, the 4.7-inch 800 x 480p WVGA TFT touchscreen display also has 8GB of internal storage expandable up to 32GB via microSD card. Throw in a 5-megapixel rear-mounted camera with integrated flash and video recording and a 1.3-megapixel snapper on the front of the device which altogether make it another very desirable Galaxy handset coming to a store near you.
7.Acer Liquid Glow
Designed with the ‘social networking youth’ very much in mind, the Glow is a curvaceous handset number that features a 3.7-inch screen and will run on Android 4.0 ice Cream Sandwich. There’s a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash on board and will also come packing NFC tech. You can expect to get your Glow in three colour designs: Sakura Pink, Alpine White, and Cat’s-eye Black.
8.LG Optimus 3D Max
Having shown off its first 3D handset at last year’s MWC, LG is not planning to give up on the third dimension with the unveiling of the LG Optimus 3D Max. Brandishing a 4.3-inch WVGA 3D screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 2 for protection, it will pack a 1.2GHz dual core processor, and 1GB RAM to take care of your multi-tasking. Running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, NFC support is also on board so you’ll soon be buying your groceries with it.
9.LG Optimus 4X HD
After leading the dual-core charge at MWC 2011, the 4X HD is the first quad-core to be announced this year and will also feature Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. As well as the mammoth 1.5GHz quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor under the hood, there’s 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. Displaying all this power is a 4.7-inch 1280x720p IPS True HD screen, while an 8-Megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1.3-megapixel will also be featured. If you are worried about that quad-core draining your battery, LG is using Companion Core technology which reduces the processing power for smaller tasks and then uses the quad core power for HD video playback to help save your juice.
Landing as Panasonic’s first smartphone in Europe the Eluga will come touting a 4.3-inch OLED qHD screen and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Calling it a “lifeproof” smartphone, the super slim D-shaped handset will be dust-proof, waterproof and will come with a dual-core 1Ghz processor accompanied by 8GB of onboard memory. The Eluga will be running on Android 2.3 Gingebread out of the box but the tastier Ice Cream Sandwich should be available in time for launch