The World of Tech is quite dynamic. No other exhibition matches up to a Tech Event. A tech event is a re-gathering of people from different parts of the world, who form a cult. Bloggers, product manufacturers, geeks, techies, journalists and TV crews from all around the world arrive with a hunger for their minds to be blown. People who’ve never met before form discussion groups and scrutinize products, and at times, even entire brands or categories. The world of tech is indeed a strange place and the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, is the God of Strange Things. But this year, it simply upped the ante too much. From rebirth companies (Sony – Ericsson) to product improvement (quad core, super-MP level cameras) and from Blackberry controlled Porsche to the all new 3 in 1 devices, it was an event that no one wished would conclude.
This device highlighted the idea of “The device that does it all”. Why carry a phone, a laptop and a tablet, when you can have something like this? The Asus PadFone is just a dumb tablet and has a slot at the back to slide your phone into, and once you do, it comes to life. But, that’s not the end. You attach it to a keyboard dock and you get a laptop. Reminds one of the Swiss Army Knife, eh?
Sony Xperia S, U and P
These look like a band of brothers, don’t they? Xperia S had been displayed before at CES, but P and U were new arrivals at MWC. The Xperia P comes well packed in a unibody aluminium case. Powered by a 1GHz processor, it flaunts an 8MP camera and has 16 GB internal memory. This is the first phone which comes with Sony’s White Magic Technology, providing extreme legibility even in Bright Sunlight.
Nokia Lumia 610
Finally, Microsoft and Nokia have brought a windows device for people with not-so-deep pockets. In spite of its low price, it’s quite high on specs for the price bracket. At a price of around Rs. 10000, this phone runs on WP 7.5 OS, like its big brothers. It is powered by an 800 MHz processor, but still does away smoothly. With a 3.7 inch display, Nokia drive, and Nokia Maps along with Zune and a 5 megapixel camera, it makes much more sense than the low end, comparatively sluggish Androids.
LG Optimus VU
This is LG’s way to take on the Samsung Galaxy Note. Let’s go one by one with the specs. The screen is superb, with a crisp 1024 x 768 resolution and an IPS display. But, the form factor is eerie, nearly 4:3, making it a bit square-shaped. It’s extremely thin, getting 8.5 mm thick at the thickest. 32 GB internal memory, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, an 8 megapixel camera and 1GB RAM are the areas in which it matches up to the Galaxy note. A plus point is the gigantic 2080 mAh battery. Samsung, your turn!
Nokia Pureview 808
Okay that we’ve seen phones with cameras with 12MPs. Now, here is one phone which dwarves all other cameras. What was Nokia thinking? I haven’t met anyone, and neither do I expect to, who wants to print 9 meters wide pictures with extreme clarity. 41 megapixels! Yes, 41. Just keep pinching and pinching and pinching and pinching. Maybe the picture will be detailed enough to show the molecules on several pixels. Okay, a little exaggerated, but 41! What is this, a camera that supports phone call and apps? Well no, but subtly spectacular. It runs on Symbian Belle, and has a 4-inch AMOLED screen. But that’s all boring stuff. Forty one’s the real story. Leave your DSLR’s at home. You’ve got Pureview.
HTC ONE X
HTC’s going the big way these days. After Sensation XL and Titan, we have this. HTC ONE X is a gigantic phone with a 4.7 inch super In-plane switching (IPS) LCD display. Gorilla Glass lies protectively over the screen, so you don’t have to worry about coins jingling in the same pocket as your phone (only if it fits in your pocket). This is truly a beast, with well balanced size and swords. It’s powered by the same processor used in PS Vita, NVIDIA Tegra 3 (Kal-El) quad core 1.5Ghz processor. The 8 megapixel camera is brilliant, and can click as much as 5 pictures in a second. The thin polycarbonate unibody design is lovely. If it get’s an ICS update, it will be a never-let-go device.
LG Optimus 3D Max
The Optimus 3D max, aka 3D cube, borrows the 3D screen and dual cameras from its predecessor. Running on QUALCOMM’s Snapdragon processor clocked at 1.2 GHz, it has a lovely 4.3 inch NOVA display and 5MP camera. Naturally with a bigger body and screen, the 3D Max gives a different feel from its predecessor, but thanks to some good engineering on LG’s part, it actually feels lighter and thinner.
Samsung Galaxy Beam
The new Galaxy Beam is the first projector phone designed for the mass market. That alone makes it worthy of inclusion in any ‘best of MWC 2012’ list. The Samsung Galaxy Beam is running a dual core 1GHz processor at its heart, which, Samsung says, will help maximize the 2000mAh battery when chugging out images from the top of the phone.
This phone reminds us of the LG Chocolate. But it’s quite high on specs. This lightweight device is just 7.8 mm thick and weighs 103g. A 4.3 inch display accompanied by 960 x 540 resolution paves way for a great viewing experience. The 1 GHz processor works well. And, this phone is waterproof.
Orange Santa Clara
This is an Android device. So what? The selling point is that it is powered by a single – core 1.6 GHz processor based on Intel’s 4th generation MID platform, Medfield. AtomZ2460 is the exact name of the CPU. Atom processors are those on which most of the present-day netbooks are running. It runs on Android 2.3 gingerbread, but is upgradable to Ice-Cream Sandwich (ICS). The 8MP camera fares out well. Wonder why Orange chose Intel instead of ARM or Qualcomm. Hmm…
LG Optimus 4X HD
This LG phone is in direct competition with HTC One X. Along with the same quad –core NVIDIA Tegra 3 Kal-el processor (clocked at 1.5 GHz) used in One X and PS Vita, a 4.7-inch HD display, 16GB of storage, Ice Cream Sandwich and an 8MP camera round off an impressive specification. It definitely looks better than One X, but may lose out because of Sense 4.0 and Beats Audio on the One X.
Huawei Ascend D1 Quad
This Mighty Android device from Huawei is the Mother of all Mobiles. The IDEOS series looks stupid and lowly in front of it. It has a 4.5 inch screen with 720x1280p resolution. Along with 1GB RAM and 8GB ROM, Android 4.0 ICS and an 8MP camera, its true glory is unleashed by beastly 1.2 GHz quad core processor.
Phew! That was a long list. But, that was not all at the MWC. Almost all big names launched big products, and our eyes simply couldn’t stay at one place. An amazing event, an amazing city, and, Amazing gadgets!