MWC 2012: Day one recap
Well, another exciting day has gone down in history. The first day of MWC 2012 was just as awesome as "day zero" and brought us lots of new smartphones and tablets to drool upon. But keeping track of all this new information is nor particularly easy, which is why we have summarized the day's events in this post. And the list today is pretty long, which is why now is a good time to pop yourself a bag of popcorn before digging in.
Nokia stole the show today with the announcement of the Nokia 808 PureView, which is equipped with the biggest and baddest camera sensor ever fitted on a phone so far - 1/1.2" in size and 41 megapixels in resolution. And don't let the fact that the smartphone runs Nokia Belle disappoint you, as a Windows Phone handset sporting the same sensor is likely to come as well. Nokia also updated its Windows Phone portfolio with the Nokia Lumia 610, which is by far the cheapese Windows Phone device to date, and the international version of the Nokia Lumia 900. Not to be forgotten are the trio of S40 handsets - the Nokia Asha 202, 203, and 302.
- Nokia 808 PureView will be the cameraphone to beat with whopping 41MP sensor, to arrive on Windows Phone too
- Few videos claim captured with the Nokia 808 PureView, looking good (and photo samples, too)
- Nokia 808 PureView Hands-on Review
- Nokia Lumia 610 breaks cover: the most affordable Windows Phone
- Nokia Lumia 610 Hands-on Review
- Nokia Lumia 900 goes international, starts shipping in Q2
- Nokia Asha family updated with Nokia Asha 202, Asha 203 and advanced Asha 302
- Nokia Asha 302 Hands-on Review
- Nokia Asha 202, 203 Hands-on Review
- Nokia Bluetooth BH-221 unveiled with OLED display and FM radio
- Nokia Lumia smartphones getting Nokia Drive 2.0, Reading, Transport apps
Today, we finally had an official announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, the most notable feature of which is that it comes with an S-Pen stylus. We got the chance to go up close and personal with the device, so feel free to check our hands-on review for more details. Furthermore, the manufacturer took the veil off a new 8-megapixel BSI camera sensor that should excel when it comes to energy efficiency, and we are looking forward to seeing what kind of photos it can take in real life. Last but not least, announced was a new 4.2-inch model to the company's series of Android portable media players - the Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 4.2.
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is finally official: S Pen supporting tablet
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Hands-on Review
- Samsung outs an energy efficient 8MP BSI camera sensor with zero shutter lag for smartphones
- Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 4.2 portable Android media player is announced
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) Hands-on Review
- Samsung Galaxy Beam promo video lavishes praise on the projector
Finally, the redesigned version of the Asus PadFone was unveiled for the world to see. For those not familiar with the contraption, it is an Android smartphone that can be inserted into a 10.1-inch tablet frame delivering a full-fledged tablet experience. And just to be clear, the smartphone takes care of all the number crunching with its Snapdragon S4 processor, while the tablet frame hosts the larger display, speakers, and a battery. But that is not all. Also announced was the Asus Transformer Pad 300, which is a cheaper alternative to the Transformer Prime. It comes with the same Tegra 3 quad-core processor and display of 1280 by 800 pixels. And if you are looking for a bit more premium of a device, here comes the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity, which sports a 10-inch 1920 by 1200 Super IPS+ display.
- Transformer Pads will be the new name of Asus tablets, premium Infinity Pad starts a series
- ASUS Transformer Pad 300 Series unveiled: Tegra 3 tablet on a budget
- Asus PadFone slides into a tablet screen with its slim body, 4.3" Super AMOLED display and Snapdragon S4 silicon
- Asus Padfone Hands-on Review
The guys from ZTE had a whole plethora of new smartphones and tablets to show off today, ranging from cheap and unsophisticated to high-end. In the smartphone department, the top spot is held by the Ice Cream Sandwich-flavored ZTE Era, which comes with a Tegra 3 processor and a 4.3-inch qHD display. As far as tablets are concerned, the company's most notable offerings from today are the ZTE PF100 and T98, which are both powered by a Tegra 3 processor, with the former being a 10.1-inch model and the latter sporting a 7-inch display.
- ZTE PF112 HD, PF200, N91, and more Android smartphones announced at MWC 2012
- ZTE brings four tablets to MWC: quad-core PF 100 and T98, high-end V96 and affordable V9S
- ZTE Orbit makes an official debut: affordable mysterious Windows Phone
- ZTE Era quad-core monster phone announced: 4.3” display, razor thin body
Hands-on reviews and other announcements
"But wait, there's more!", as they say in those annoying commercials. However, what we have here is far from annoying. We posted a whole bunch of hands-on reviews today, so don't hesitate to take a look.
- HTC Sense 4.0 hands-on
- HTC One X for AT&T hands-on
- Huawei Ascend D quad Hands-on Review
- ViewSonic ViewPad P100 Windows tablet Hands-on Review
- ViewSonic G70, E70 and E100 Android tablets Hands-on Review
- ViewSonic ViewPhone 4s and 4e dual-SIM phones Hands-on Review
- Qualcomm announces Snapdragon S4 "Pro" chip with Adreno 320 graphics
- Panasonic ELUGA Power steps in, sports 5-inch display, Snapdragon S4 processor
- Intel unveils its upcoming smartphone chips endorsed by Visa payWave, ARM acts amused
- Skype for Windows Phone beta is now available