Panasonic ELUGA Power hands-on

Panasonic has been largely silent on the smartphone front for the last few years, at least outside of Japan. That changes at Mobile World Congress, where they're showing off the 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.

ZTE Era hands-on

ZTE is 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.

Verizon Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 due March 1st for $499 says equipment guide

The Galaxy Tab 7.7 is one of Samsung's most hotly-anticipated tablets - or at least it was, back in August before both CES and Mobile World World Congress. Speaking of CES, it was there that Samsung announced its intention to bring an LTE version of the tablet to Verizon, and according to a listing in the carrier's equipment guide, it's due to hit retailers on March 1st - in just three days. The cost? An eye-watering $499.99 on contract, or $699.99 without a commitment.  Rumors that it comes with a free e-book entitled "How to Completely Botch a Product Launch" are unconfirmed.

Samsung Galaxy Beam Hands-on

Earlier we got 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.

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G hands-on

Ready for yet another iteration of Samsung's original Galaxy S for a United States network? Ready or not, the 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.

Orange Intel Santa Clara Android phone hands-on

We've seen 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.

Toshiba 7.7-inch prototype quad-core tablet hands-on

And you thought Toshiba's 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.

Huawei Ascend D Quad hands-on

Huawei is pulling out all the stops at Mobile World Congress 2012, and that includes the one marked "restraint". Their new 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.

Huawei MediaPad 10FHD hands-on

Rumblings of a 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 headed for release in April with headset/stylus: we go hands-on

Easily one of the most-anticipated Android devices over the last year has been the 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.
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