Boy, what a day! MWC 2012
sure kicked off with a bang even though technically, the first day of the event is tomorrow, February 27. However, HTC, Sony, Huawei, and others took advantage of the hype that has been building up around MWC 2012 over the past weeks and announced their latest devices.
As expected, we were introduced to the HTC One series of flagship Android smartphones, the first three of them being the HTC One X
, One S
, and One V
. Undoubtedly, The One X is the leader of the gang with its humongous HD display and powerful processor. It will come in two different versions: one sporting a quad-core Tegra 3 processor teamed up with an HSPA+ radio, and the other powered by a Snapdragon S4 chip and featuring LTE connectivity. Oh, and did we mention that the LTE model is coming to AT&T? Next in rank comes the HTC One S, which T-Mobile subscribers will be given the chance to own very soon. It flaunts a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display, Snapdragon S4 processor, and a waistline of under 8 millimeters. Last but not least, we have the HTC One V, which is surely going to be the most affordable device among the three. It offers a 3.7-inch WVGA display, 1GHz single-core processor, and a supposedly decent camera.
Sony updated its portfolio of Android smartphones with two new devices, namely the Sony Xperia P
and Xperia U
. What is so special about them, you ask? Well, the Xperia P stands out with being the first smarphone equipped with a WhiteMagic display – a technology developed by Sony for superior outdoor visibility. The Xperia U, on the other hand, is a 3.5-inch handset that boasts the same design cues seen in its bigger siblings, such as transparent illuminated elements seen on its bottom side. The Sony Xperia P and Xperia U are expected to launch in the middle of Q2, 2012.
The guys at Huawei had plenty to show off today. The company officially unveiled its Diamond series of smartphones and the first three devices that are part of it – the Huawei Ascend D quad
, Ascend D quad XL
, and Ascend D1
. As their name suggests, the Ascent D quad and quad XL boast quad-core processors. However, you won't see a Tegra 3 under their hoods. Instead, the smartphones are powered by Huawei's very own K3V2 chipset. Last in the D series is the Huawei Ascend D1, which is a mid-range device with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor. And just to make things more interesting, Huawei announced that a quad-core tablet with a 1920 by 1200 display and LTE radio will be on display at MWC 2012.
Samsung will not host a keynote this year, but that doesn't mean that the company won't show off some of its latest devices during the show. Announced today were the Samsung Galaxy Beam
smartphone and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1)
tablet, while a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is expected to be unveiled in the very near future. The Galaxy Beam stands out with its built-in 15 lumen projector that should be capable of projecting clear images up to 50 inches in width. The Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1), on the other hand, does not appear to be anything spectacular, at least on paper, but at least it comes running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box. As far as the Galaxy Note 10.1 is concerned, its announcement is pretty much imminent, so stay tuned for more.
ViewSonic did not miss the opportunity to make a trio of tablets official. The ViewSonic G70 and E100, with displays of 7 and 10 inches respectively, both run Android Ice Cream Sandwich and unlike previous ViewSonic tablets, they both come equipped with an arsenal of Google apps. The third tablet that was made official today was the ViewSonic P100, which is a Windows 7 tablet powered by a dual-core Intel chip clocked at 1.6GHz. But wait, there is more! The ViewSonic ViewPhone 5e, which stands out with a massive 5-inch display and dual-SIM functionality, was announced today alongside the ViewSonic 4S, which is a 3.5-inch smartphone that can also work with 2 SIM cards simultaneously. Both smartphones run Android Ice Cream Sandwich.
And that pretty much sums the day up. However, if you think that the most exciting bits of MWC 2012 are already behind us, do not forget that we have four more days to go. Stay tuned and don't forget to check our MWC 2012 hands-ons!