Transformer Pad 300 isn't the only mobile broadband tablet that Asus has up its sleeve. They're also planning an LTE version of the Transformer Prime 700 that we saw at CES last month - and boy, is it a looker. That "Infinity" branding isn't just to make a pretty name: it adds a 1920x1200 screen to the Transformer Prime base - a resolution that was previously reserved for 17-inch laptops and 24-inch desktop monitors. In addition to the standard Tegra 3 quad-core model, Asus is also preparing a dual-core version running Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 1.4Ghz processor.
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note the new branding!) was revealed at Mobile World Congress today, and Android Community was on-hand to get the skinny. The biggest news is that the 300 series will have both 3G and LTE mobile data, a first for Asus in any market - and a good sign that eventually the Transformer Pad 300 will make its way to the US.
headed for AT&T (with a reduced Qualcomm dual-core processor) and the HTC One S is on its way to T-Mobile. But what of the One V, the smaller, cheaper phone that revives HTC's Legend design? According to PhoneScoop, it's headed for the land of the free as well: low-cost and prepaid carriers Metro PCS, Virgin Mobile and U.S. Cellular have already begun the initial steps towards adding the phone, said an HTC representative.
Padfone or the smaller MeMO tablets.
Android booth at Mobile World Congress is pretty amazing. But it's not all slides and pins: the company took the opportunity to interrupt full-grown tech journalists embracing their inner child for long enough to drop the latest numbers detailing Android's meteoric rise. First up, Android has now passed an average of 850,000 new phone and tablet activations every day - and that's just the number that Google keeps track of through its own apps and servers. It's a growth of over two hundred and fifty percent since MWC 2011 a year ago. Anyone want to start taking bets on how soon it will reach a million?
quad-core Era isn't the only thing that ZTE revealed in its Mobile World Congress press event. While details (and photos) are hard to come by, company representatives detailed no less than nine new Android devices heading to the market over the next year, with a 7-2 split between smartphones and tablets. Thankfully they've broken down the releases into markets, so there's no confusion as to who gets what - at least for now, most of these phones are headed to the market in the second or third quarter, so naturally nothing is set in stone.
4-Plus-1 Tegra 3 processor. The Era is ZTE's new flagship, though as far as hard specs are concerned it runs a little behind the pack with a 4.3-inch 960x540 display - if you care about those things, of course. It should be quite the looker, though: a 7.8mm-thin profile puts it squarely in RAZR territory.
a new 10.1-inch model, based around their primary Galaxy Tab line. It's a familiar device if you've ever held a Galaxy Tab 10.1, even more so if you happen to have seen the German G-Tab 10.1N, as the new series of tablets copies its speaker-forward design. Specification wise, it gets an upgraded 1.4 dual-core Exynos processor and a new "8 Pi" S-pen works in conjunction with a Wacom digitizer and Samsung touch apps. Storage gets a new, larger 64GB option - otherwise, the tablet is identical to the Galaxy Tab 10.1 2. The biggest changes to the user experience come from a series of software apps running on the Ice Cream Sandwich-TouchWiz OS. In addition to the pen-based input, Samsung is pushing its "Live Panels" series of widgets, calling the experience a Multi-Screen interface. There's a heavy emphasis on notation, with magazine, diary, flash card and sketchbook apps. But it's more than just simple input: built-in handwriting and pattern recognition can convert your words to electronic text, even for standard mathematical functions. Simple shapes can be vectorized using Samsung's proprietary software. And it isn't just Samsung who's invited to the party. The Galaxy Note 10.1 includes Adobe's Photoshop Touch and Adobe Ideas, a pair of apps that normally cost $10 each. They both take advantage of the digitizer and stylus to sense pressure, speed and stroke, not unlike the desktop version of Photoshop working with a Wacom digital pad. Other Samsung pen-enabled apps include Slice It! and Comic Book as well as Catch Notes, Touchnote, and Hello Crayon. Samsung hasn't said when the larger Galaxy Note will become available, or for how much. Since they wouldn't let us handle the device ourselves, we've got to assume that there's a good bit of software engineering left to do. Obviously it'll warrant a premium over the standard Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 model, but since that is (and this is being generous) a light refresh at best, there's no way to know how much that will cost when it comes to market, either. Considering the added pen-based functionality and the new Samsung processor, the Galaxy Note 10.1 can now be considered Samsung's flagship tablet. We've been keeping an eye open around MWC 2012 for that rumored 11.6-inch tablet, but so far, it hasn't appeared. [gallery]