MWC 2012

Samsung Galaxy B rumored to have bezel-free AMOLED display

Samsung won't have the long-awaited Galaxy S III at Mobile World Congress next week, and it appears that none of the hardware it will have on hand is notable enough for a press conference. But if rumors from MK News can be believed, there'll be at least one interesting thing to see: a smartphone with no bezel, or at least a nearly invisible one. The "Samsung Galaxy B" is reported to have a Super AMOLED display with no bezel (i.e. no space between the edge of the screen and the edge of the phone) on the side or bottom of the screen, with just a sliver on top for a speaker and front-facing camera.

Acer announces Liquid Glow with Ice Cream Sandwich

LG, NEC, HTC, and a host of other alphabetically rich manufacturers have already spilled the beans on their Mobile World Congress 2012 wares, and Acer has no intention of being left behind. Today they've announced the Liquid Glow, which we are assured is a smartphone (as opposed to a shampoo or a car wax). This decidedly mid-range phone has all the basic goodies crammed into a 3.7-inch form factor, with the notable addition of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich at launch.

NEC shows off its Android MEDIAS hardware for MWC

First it was LG, now another initiated manufacturer is giving us the goods before the big show. Japanese OEM NEC has displayed a trio of new high-end MEDIAS phones set to make their public debut at Mobile World Congress next week, All three are relatively large devices (especially for the Japanese market) running Ice Cream Sandwich, and all of them appear to be in the prototype stage. The interest is mostly academic for us since NEC rarely makes its hardware available outside of Asia, but at least one of the phones will strike a chord with those who love to see unique form factors. Impress Watch caught a look at them in an early press event.

NVIDIA partners with next-gen 4G LTE suppliers

NVIDIA is making some huge strides in the mobile scene as of late. With their first fully powered smartphone in the ZTE Mimosa X and more. Today they've officially announced that they will be working and partnered with some of the biggest lead suppliers of 4G LTE cellular silicone solutions. This will allow current and next-gen 4G LTE devices to come to market faster -- all powered by the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor.

Asus teases new hi-resolution Transformer tablet for MWC

We're at t-minus three days until the festivities start in Barcelona, and Asus isn't letting the likes of HTC and LG have all the premature fun. In a new video posted to YouTube, the company teased a high-resolution tablet with an abstract, 17-second commercial before Mobile World Congress. There's no hardware on display (a drawer with colored balls stands in for a Honeycomb/ICS home screen) but the teaser "twice the detail, twice the fun" leaves little room for doubt. Presumably, Asus is talking about a tablet with more than the standard resolution - i.e., more than 1280x800.

First HTC One X press photo leaked

If you're already sick of HTC's new flagship smartphone days before its predicted official unveiling, you might want to skip this story. PocketNow got their hands on what appears to be the very first press photo of the new HTC One X (nee Edge, Endeavor) before its Mobile World Congress debut on Sunday. It lines up pretty closely with concept renders, which are all we've seen thus far. If there was any doubt that this one was headed for retail soon, it's pretty much dispelled at this point. This one is headed for Mobile World Congress - note the "Barcelona" location in the weather widget.

DROID Fighter and LG Cayman leak for Verizon

Mobile World Congress officially kicks off on Sunday but we are slowly starting to see plenty of leaks and details this past week. Today another leak has just revealed two upcoming smartphones for Verizon Wireless and most likely they'll be 4G LTE phones. The DROID Fighter and LG Cayman have both broke cover and are coming in the next month or two.

ASUS releases glimpse of final Padfone hardware before MWC event

Without a doubt, one of the most interesting pieces of hardware3 from a design and form factor standpoint has been the Padfone from Asus. We first saw the dockable smartphone/tablet way back in May of last year as a concept device, but over the last eight months it's been steadily progressing to a retail release. We saw refreshed hardware at CES under glass, but rumors pegged it for a final, official unveiling at Mobile World Congress. Considering the invitation we just received to Asus'  press conference, we'd say those rumors can be put to rest.
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