Chandrakant 'CK' Isi
19th Sep 2012
This year's Mobile World Congress saw a downpour of smartphones and tablets. According to the organisers, a whopping 1400 exhibitors gathered for the event. With numerous gadgets trying to steal the limelight, it was pretty tough to come up with a list of devices that made a splash at the event this year. In case your favourite gadget hasn't made it to our list, do let us know about it through the comments. Here's the list of top ten devices in ascending order:
10. Samsung GALAXY Tab
Samsung added two new members to its already crowded GALAXY series of tablets: the GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0) and GALAXY Tab 2 (10.1). Needless to say, half the people couldn't make out the difference between the GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0) and GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus. Additionally, with the Tab 750, Tab 730, and Tab 620, Samsung made sure you were lost and confused by its flood of tablets. Wait, did I just forget the GALAXY Note 10.1?
9. LG Optimus Vu
The Optimus Vu has a 5" screen and some serious hardware, including a 1.5 GHz CPU, 8 mp camera, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, 3.5 mm jack, and HDMI port. Additionally, it features a stylus as well. Sounds impressive, but is bigger always better? While this gadget wants to take on the GALAXY Note, considering the latter's limited success, the Vu's future doesn't seem so bright either. Having said that, it did create some buzz due to its unique (and odd) design.
8. ASUS Padfone
The ASUS Padfone is a 4.3" smartphone bundled with a "hollow" tablet. The ICS-based phone is designed to slide inside the tablet and power it with its dual-core 1.5 GHz CPU. What's more, the tablet can charge the phone, and an additional keyboard accessory can charge the tablet. Honestly, it's kind of complicated, and I doubt whether normal tablet buyers will embrace this device. In spite of that, you can't deny its geeky charm.
7. Huawei Ascend D Quad
The beauty of the Android OS is that it allows every hardware manufacturer to build world-class smartphones. The Ascend D Quad from lesser-known manufacturer Huawei sports an impressive 1.5 GHz quad-core CPU. Its 4.5" IPS panel has pixel dimensions of 720x1280. You even get ICS out of the box. While it's very exciting, I don't think that this handset will be a commercial success, considering the brand's limited reach.
6. LG Optimus 4X HD
This successor of the Optimus 2X features a quad-core Tegra 3 chipset clocked at 1.5 GHz. Apart from that, you get a 4.7" IPS panel with pixel dimensions of 1280x800. Other bells and whistles, such as Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, and a 3.5 mm jack are duly covered. What's more, the 4X HD still manages to be only 8.9 mm thin. To further sweeten the deal, it runs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) out of the box. Let's hope it doesn't turn out to be a disaster like its predecessor.
5. Nokia Lumia 610
The Lumia 610 doesn't have fancy specs or a head-turning design. Still, it has managed to make it to our list, since it's an affordable Windows Phone (WP) handset. The 610 is the first WP device to be powered by a modest 800 MHz CPU, and its RAM is half that of Microsoft's initial minimum requirement of 512 MB. Other specs include a 3.7" LCD, 5 mp camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and 8 GB of internal storage. It will be interesting to see how it fares against the horde of Androids.
4. HTC One S
The HTC One S will probably target the mid-range segment. However, it doesn't compromise too much on its specs. It's powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU, perfect for those who think that quad-core phones are a bit of an overkill. Additionally, the AMOLED screen will definitely make the Sense UI look more beautiful. The only thing that can work against this handset is its screen size of 4.7". I wonder how comfortable it will be to hold.
3. Sony Xperia P
After parting ways with Ericsson, Sony is betting high on its new Xperia P. The handset features a brushed aluminium finish and is powered by a dual-core 1 GHz CPU with 1 GB of RAM. The 4" screen has pixel dimensions of 540x960 and features the company's White Magic technology, which promises superior outdoor readability. Other than that, an HDMI port and NFC have been duly included. Let's hope this handset will ease the company's bumpy ride in the smartphone market.
2. HTC One X
The One X was the most exciting droid at the event. The handset packs in a Tegra 3 SOC (System On Chip) with a quad-core 1.5 GHz CPU. It features a 4.7" Super-LCD display with pixel dimensions of 720x1280. Other than that, it offers an 8 mp camera, 1 GB RAM, and 32 GB of internal storage. With this handset, HTC will also debut its ICS-based Sense 4.0 UI. Reportedly, the One X features a slim polycarbonate body, probably inspired by the Lumia 800. What's more, it comes with Beats Audio integration, as seen earlier in the Sensation XE.
1. Nokia 808 PureView
This year's biggest crowd-puller was the 41 mp toting 808 PureView from the Finns. Interestingly, it has no fancy quad-core CPU or a 5" screen. However, its impressive optics made a big splash. What's more, this Belle-based handset has been officially declared the "Best New Mobile Handset, Device or Tablet" by the MWC jury. Honestly, I couldn't agree more on its selection. After all, at the end of the day, what would you like to do with your handset — take some incredible snaps, or waste time running benchmarks?
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