Champions of MWC 2011

February 20, 2011

Samsung

Samsung Galaxy S II

We really have to hand it to Samsung – because they really produced some amazing stuff in time for MWC 2011. While their offerings at CES were somewhat lackluster, MWC 2011 was a completely different story. Among Samsung’s most impressive tech introduced at MWC was the Samsung Galaxy S II. It looks like it will be the most powerful smartphone of 2011, and has some incredible technology packed inside it.

It features Samung’s own dual-core 1.2GHz Exynos chip, which is more than a match for the LG Optimus 2X, the Motorola Atrix, and the Motorola DROID Bionic. Thankfully, the wonderful technology it contains doesn’t stop there.

With 1080p video recording via an 8 megapixel rear camera, 2 megapixel front camera, WiFi Direct, and an absolutely amazing sAMOLED screen, the Samsung Galaxy S II looks like it has the potential to steal the hearts of mobile technology lovers worldwide. To top it off, it has something the Atrix doesn’t have – Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

With an amazing screen, an incredibly fast processor, 1080p video recording, and – wait for it – a ridiculous svelte profile of 8.5mm, the Samsung Galaxy S II looks like it blends the best of everything possible in a mobile device, and will probably sell millions upon millions of units in 2011.

Samsung Tab 2 / Samsung Tab 10

Not to be outdone in any respect by Motorola, Samsung also introduced its first 10 inch tablet, and to great fanfare at that. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10 is thinner than the Motorola Xoom, most likely has longer battery life, but lacks connectivity options like microSD and mini-HDMI. Tons of people in the industry are saying that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a worthwhile competitor to the Xoom, and perhaps maybe even technically superior. We will have to wait and see. These two tablets will go head to head later this year, but the Tab definitely has the better features.

Samsung wasn’t kidding around in the months leading up to MWC 2011, and their offerings reflect that. With incredible hardware and a commitment to producing the most cutting edge mobile technology, Samsung has gone straight to the top in the hearts of tech lovers’ hearts everywhere. Incredible stuff. Check out our Vs. Battle of the Motorola Xoom and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10 here.

Google

With every major phone manufacturer showing off a new Android phone and tablet, it was fairly obvious that Google was in its best form at MWC 2011. Google also revealed some remarkable new figures that demonstrated the strength of its Android platform:

Android Figures:

  • 170 different Android devices have been released
  • 27 OEMs manufacturing them
  • 169 carriers in 69 countries supporting them
  • 350,000 new Android activations a day
  • 150,000 applications now in the app store

No matter how you look at it, the figures are certainly impressive. Further underscoring Google’s amazing ascent in the mobile world was the sheer number of Android powered devices on display. Anyone who was there would only have to look around for 5 seconds to realize they were in the midst of a true army of Androids. The future belongs to Android!

Sony Ericsson

Sony seems to have tried hard to turn the page. For years they were committed to thrusting their proprietary technologies on people time and time again, but, at MWC 2011, they were singing a different tune. The hardware they had on display demonstrated that Sony, as a premiere tech company, isn’t solely focused on producing bleeding edge technology. Rather, their offerings demonstrated that they are getting down to what really matters – execution and user experience. With great smartphones like the QWERTY Sony Xperia Pro, the Sony Xperia Play, and the Sony Xperia Arc, Sony showed that it was vying for phones with great technology inside, but not ones that were at the bleeding edge. True mobile tech followers will decry the lack of dual-core processors, but Sony really executed well on providing its phones with a well-rounded user experience with some genuine innovation.

The Sony Xperia Play looked great. Games were smooth, the buttons were a joy to use, and finally, the rumors can go away. While the amount of titles currently available is limited, we’re sure it’s only a matter of time (hopefully short) before tons of great titles are ported to this magnificent mobile gaming master.

Check out our thoughts on the Sony Xperia Play here.

Furthermore, Sony’s BRAVIA screen technology and Exmor R camera technology lend a whole new level of media quality to the phones that Sony is currently making. Like we and others are saying – it’s not all about the specs. At the end of the day, it’s really all about things like ease of use, reliability, battery life, and screen clarity and picture quality. We believe Sony is going to have a comeback year with Android inside.

NVIDIA

NVIDIA has done an fantastic job of positioning itself in 2010, and 2011 is looking to be no different. They managed to keep the momentum going from CES and MWC really showed that tons of manufacturers are on the Tegra 2 bandwagon for the foreseeable future. Also, Google specifically chose Tegra 2 as the ‘reference platform’ for Android 3.0 Honeycomb. Qualcomm’s allegedly incredible dual-core Snapdragon chip was nowhere to be found, and Nvidia is looking like it’s got the number one spot in mobile GPU tech for the time to come.

The only company to challenge NVIDIA’s dual-core efforts so far is Samsung with its dual-core 1.2GHz Exynos chip that is destined for its Galaxy S II. It’s important to take this with a grain of salt at this time however, as the Galaxy S II hasn’t shipped yet, whereas the LG Optimus 2X, and the soon to be released Atrix are already starting to trickle into the hands of Smartphone mavens everywhere.

Also, it’s important that you know that the Galaxy II S will come in two variants – some with the 1.2Ghz Exynos chip, and some with the 1Ghz Tegra 2 Chip. Things are likely to get a whole lot more interesting when we do get our hands on the Exynos powered phone, for experts in the industry are saying it potentially has the graphical horsepower to dethrone Tegra 2 from its lofty pedestal.

Nvidia has finally created a platform that is soon to be in the hands of millions. With its amazing technology coupled with the number of manufacturers now prepared to use NVIDIA’s chips in mobile phones, it appears as though they are set to have a stellar year!

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