Eluga smartphone - not to mention its bigger brother, the ELUGA Power. This model differs from its smaller version with a full 5-inch screen, putting it squarely in "phablet" territory. If Panasonic wants to make a splash with the new hardware, that's certainly a way to get people's attention.
Monthly Archive: December 2013
making a splash at Mobile World Congress thanks to a wide collection of smartphones - most of which have been announced in name only. One exception is the new Era, the Chinese OEM's highest-end smartphone due out some time in the next few months. We made a point of seeking out the Era for its take on the quad-core smartphone, since everyone and their parent company seems t have on to show off. Like most of its contemporaries, the ZTE Era uses Nvidia's Tegra 3 processor in its new 4-Plus-1 incarnation.
a somewhat subdued look at the Samsung Galaxy Beam, it was from a respectable distance - Sammy wanted to make sure and display the smartphone-pico projector in the best possible light. (Zing.) But later in this first day of Mobile World Congress we were able to get our hands on the device itself, and its unique properties certainly deserve another look. Can you find a reason to want an Android phone that's also a projector, and kinda looks like a walkie-talkie? Read on, and decide for yourself.
Galaxy S Blaze 4G is headed to T-Mobile next month. And as one of the only handsets at Mobile World Congress that's being shown specifically for an American carrier, it's got a certain amount of novelty attached to it. The Blaze is a modest update to the original that puts it well above the more pedestrian Galaxy S, but not so far as to warrant the bump up to the Galaxy S II.
Intel hardware running Android before, but what Orange has unveiled at Mobile World Congress appears to be a much cleaner, finished product than the prototype we briefly handled at CES. The Santa Clara (codename) device comes without a manufacturer, and that probably means that Intel fabricated it itself to show off its Medfield smartphone platform, an it's headed to the Orange carrier and other parts of Europe "soon". What we saw was an impressive if not earth-shattering demonstration of something that would have seemed impossible a couple of years ago - a standard Android smartphone running on an Intel Atom processor.
super-skinny Excite was... uh... exciting. Get a load of this 7.7-inch version of the hardware, with the all-important (and seemingly ubiquitous) addition of an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor. The beautiful little tablet is code-named the AT270, and in addition to the processor it sports a full 1280x800 AMOLED(!) screen, 1GB of RAM and - wait for it - Ice Cream Sandwich. This one's obviously in the early stages of development, but shows a lot of promise already - we'd be very surprised if it didn't reach retail shelves at some point this year.
Ascend D Quad smartphone uses their own H3-series quad core process, which makes it (Huawei's words) "the fastest smartphone in the world". The company was eager to show off their flagship at their Barcelona booth, and we were equally eager to check it out. Can the first entrant in Huawei's Diamond line make the cut? Decide for yourself with our hands-on.
10-inch version of Huawei's surprisingly solid MediaPad have been going on for quite some time, but at Mobile World Congress 2012, it's official. The MediaPad 10FHD is only the company's second tablet (not counting derivatives like the T-Mobile Springboard) but already it's looking pretty impressive. The 10.1-inch slate runs Android 4.0 along with Huawei's other new hardware, and it uses their custom-made quad core system architecture. Perhaps most impressively, it's skipped right past the 720p standard and uses a full 1920x1200 10.1-inch LCD screen.
Asus Padfone. First just a concept and eventually a developed product, Asus has finally pulled the wraps off if its shiny new form factor and the hardware that will release in just a couple of months. If you've been following the Padfone, you know it's an Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone that docks to become a full-fledged Android tablet. Asus had two new surprises at its launch event: one, the Padfone will be released in April, and two, they're not done defying conventions: they've added a Galaxy Note-style stylus that doubles as a Bluetooth headset. You read that right.