What to Expect at Mobile World Congress 2011

February 8, 2011
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    What is Mobile World Congress you may ask? Basically, it’s a huge event held every year in Europe, where the top mobile technology manufacturers come together to create hype and show off their latest wares. According to Wikipedia,“MWV is the combination of the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry and a congress featuring prominent Chief Executives representing mobile operators, vendors and content owners from across the world.” It’s really the equivalent of CES, but for Europe. Historically, some significant developments in mobile technology have been debuted at MWC, and 2011 is looking to be no different. It really is an exciting time for Android fans worldwide! Here are our projections for Mobile World Congress in 2011.

    Samsung

    Samsung has yet to step up to the dual core plate, and we are excited to see what they have been working on. Aside from a few teasers – which have really told us nothing, we have little in the way of confirmation of what to truly expect. Fear not reader, for we will know in just a few days. We do believe that the Samsung Galaxy S2 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 will likely both be Dual Core. Samsung’s own Dual-Core Orion chipset is supposed to eclipse NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 in terms of performance, but we will have to wait and see if this is really powering the high-end Galaxy sequels.

    Specs Samsung Galaxy S2

    The Samsung Galaxy S2 is supposed to feature:

    • 4.3″ Super (s)AMOLED Plus display
    • 1GHz dual-core chipset
    • 8MP shooter with LED flash
    • capable of Full HD 1080p video
    • 1GB of desktop-grade RAM
    • 32GB of internal memory
    • Only (9mm) thin.
    • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
    • Embedded NFC chip for mobile payments

    If these rumors prove to be true, Samsung will easily rise to the top spot in the world of Android Phones for the beginning of 2011.

    Samsung Galaxy Tab 2

    A leaked itinerary for Samsung’s Sunday event also confirms that a new Galaxy Tab has been in the pipe for quite some time. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 is set to be featured at MWV 2011, and there really is little in the way of cold hard facts on the ‘net as we write this article for you. Not much is known about this one – we’re hoping it’ll run Android 3.0 Honeycomb, designed for tablets, but whether it’ll stick with the same 7-inch form factor or inch up closer to the iPad’s size remains to be seen.

    We don’t know, but the rest of the rumored specs for the tablet sound like a wild ride to us – 1GB of RAM, 64GB of internal memory, 8MP rear camera with dual LED flash, and 5MP front-facing cam. If these turn out true, Samsung might only be gaining bragging rights in the camera department.

    Unfortunately we will have to pass on the wishful thinking that the Galaxy Tab 2 will sport 7″ Super AMOLED display, since Samsung will be able to produce such screens in mass quantities much later this year. For now we are probably looking at an LCD with Sammy’s new Super PLS technology, which can go up to 800×1280 pixels of resolution. As for 3D, that’s speculated also, but we have our doubts

    Rumored Specs of Samsung Galaxy Tab 2
    • Dual Core 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor
    • 2048 x 1200 pixel resolution (highly unlikely) 800×1280 pixels of resolution is much more likely
    • 8 MP rear camera with 1080p video recording
    • Super AMOLED Display panel
    • Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS
    • 7 or 9.1 inch screen size

    The aforementioned specs show the upcoming Galaxy Tab 2 to be more muscular than either Motorola XOOM or the Apple Ipad 2. Arguably these specs would make it the most powerful tablet in world. T-Mobile has already announced the LG G-Slate tablet which will run on Android 3.0 Honeycomb. There is a lot of activity in the tablet space, and its easy to see why analysts are projecting 60 million tablets to be sold in 2011.

    HTC

    We’ve already seen a picture of this rumored device. It’s likely that HTC is set to make up for its lackluster release at CES 2011, in Las Vegas. The phone we have seen has been immediately labeled a successor to the HTC Desire, and it looks a lot like the HTC Desire HD, meaning that it seems to have a large screen, and a cool unibody aluminum design. The odds are good that this new HTC phone will possess Dual Core innards, but it is still too early to tell. It apparently could be packing LTE as well, and be destined for Europe and Asia. If HTC is to retain its ambitious targets of doubling or even tripling its sales worldwide, it will undoubtedly need to bring devices that offer the highest performance possible to the table. We are looking forward to seeing what they have been working on. A successor to the HTC Droid Incredible on Verizon seems to be in the works too.

    HTC is also likely to be debuting its 7 inch HTC Flyer Android tablet, which, rumor has it, is single-core. Considering it should have the chipset of the HTC Desire HD, and 1GB of RAM, performance should not be an issue. There is also likely to be an HDMI port on board, which should  make up for the lack of Dual Core. Additionally, It should also have a 5MP rear camera, and the prototype we heard about before was running Gingerbread. Odds are good that such a device will be debuted at Mobile World Congress 2011.

    LG

    The Korean manufacturer announced in a release from last week that they have a 3D Android Smartphone. dubbed the LG Optimus 3D, that will be debuted at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. LG also confirmed the fact first technical data on the smartphone. It features two separate lenses that are able to take 3D photos, which is, we guess, an interesting feature set.  This special technology will also allow the user to create 3D movies and images, and the LCD will also be able to display 3D content without the need for special glasses. This is, currently, necessary for viewing current 3D TV’s. The 3D Optimus also has an HDMI port and will support the DLNA standard for wireless streaming. Unfortunately, an official photo of the Optimus 3D does not exist yet.

    Motorola

    Motorola already introduced its signature devices at CES 2011. These were the Motorola DROID Bionic, the Motorola Atrix, and the eagerly awaited tablet, the Motorola Xoom. It’s rumored that they will launch the devices globally on February 14th, or shortly thereafter.

    Sony

    To date, the rumored Play is one of the most exciting Android handsets to come from Sony Ericsson. Originally introduced in a patent almost three years ago, the PlayStation Phone has enjoyed a long history of rumors. Most of the earlier rumors only served to confirm that Sony Ericsson was working hard on a gaming-themed Smartphone. Here’s some good news – the latest batch of rumors are much more detailed, and offer a glimpse at the hardware and the software powering the phone. Even the PlayStation app has been spotted.

    All the stars are lining up for the Xperia Play to be unveiled at MWC 2011. The date of MWC 2011 fits in nicely with a previous rumor that suggested the Xperia Play would be unveiled in February. A tipster for Tech Crunch leaked this February time frame and claimed the PlayStation phone provided “the best gaming [the tipster] ever had on a mobile device.” That is very high praise for a not-yet-released device. If this rumor pans out and the PlayStation Phone is introduced at MWC 2011, would you be interested in the Xperia Play?

    Sony Xperia Arc

    This one offers  a massive 4.2-inch screen, and also comes with some pretty significant tech packed into a very nice and stylish thin frame. The camera is running some fairly high end specs: an 8.1 MP camera with HD video recording, although it’s only offering a single LED flash, which makes sense given the frame is only 8.7mm thick at its thinnest point. Under the hood we’re seeing some decent hardware. Certainly no dual-core, but we can always dream. It contains a 1GHz Snapdragon Qualcomm chip, aGPS, 3D and motion-based gaming, DLNA and HDMI-out connectivity atop a 1500mAh battery to keep things running.

    Sony claims its new ‘Reality Display’ is one, if not the, industries best, and it does offer brilliant color and extremely good refresh rates.

    Think of any of these phones can top the Motorola Atrix?

    Stay tuned!

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