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Best Android Phones of MWC 2011

If there was one theme that dominated the Mobile World Congress this year, it was Android. Android reigned supreme at MWC 2011, with a series of Android powered devices including smartphones and tablets being launched by almost every major player in the industry.

MWC 2011 also saw the unveiling of some of the most highly anticipated Android smartphones of 2011. Many impressive Android phones were showcased there, but these three are definitely the best Android phones which were announced at MWC 2011.

Samsung Galaxy S II

The Samsung Galaxy S was the most popular Android smartphone of 2010. Samsung was expected to launch the successor to the Galaxy S at MWC 2011, and it did.

The Samsung Galaxy S II is twice as better as the Galaxy S and is bigger, faster and slimmer. It comes with a 4.3 inch SuperAMOLED Plus display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, a 1 GHz dual core processor, 1 GB RAM and is powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It also offers 32 GB internal storage and comes with 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with DLNA and Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 3.0 and GPS. It is also slimmer, at just 8.5 mm and has a powerful 1650 mAh battery. It comes with an 8 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash and is capable of recording 1080p videos.

Samsung Galaxy S 2

LG Optimus 3D

The LG Optimus 3D was the best LG Android smartphone unveiled at MWC 2011. As the name suggests, it comes with a 4.3 inch, 3D capable capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It is the first phone to support a 3D display and comes with a dual core 1 GHz processor and 512 MB RAM with 8 GB internal storage.

It has dual 5 MP cameras which can capture 3D videos at 720p. It can record 1080p HD videos at 1080p. It comes with Android 2.2 Froyo and has 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth as well as GPS support. It comes with a 1500 mAh battery.

LG Optimus 3D

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

Besides these two, there was another mind blowing announcement at MWC 2011, but this one was no surprise. It was the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, or the Playstation Phone, details of which had leaked out way before MWC started.

The Xperia Play is modeled after the PSP Go, and comes with a sliding gamepad with gaming controls, and a 4 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels.

It comes with a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor and 512 MB RAM, along with the Adreno 205 GPU. It runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread with a custom UI and has a 5 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash.

It is a Playstation Certified smartphone, and will come with a library of more than 50 PSP games, exclusive to the Xperia Play.

Xperia Play

Demos of Windows Phone 7 Features Showed At MWC 2011

We already told you about the upcoming software upgrades Microsoft plans this year for their WP7 platform. Among the key features expected are:

  • Copy/Paste in the first update expected in March
  • Multitasking
  • IE9 Mobile with HTMLS
  • Twitter integration to the People hub
  • Kinect integration

It was surprising of Microsoft to not implementing copy/paste in the first release and there have been a few explanations given but bowing to pressure, they decided to push copy/paste as part of the first update to Windows Phone 7. Here’s a demo of the copy/paste feature:

In many ways, Microsoft took two steps back with WP7 by not implementing copy/paste & multitasking which are both part of Windows Mobile but with time Microsoft plans to fill in these gaps. At MWC 2011, Microsoft demonstrated their multitasking implementation in WP7. Here’s a short demo (view around 2:50):

Similar to the cards in WebOS, press and hold action on the back button will launch the multitasking UI allowing you to browse through the apps running in the background. Audio applications will be able to continue playing in the background as part of multitasking.

With their desktop version of Internet Explorer finally being standard compliant to a large extent and fast to use, Microsoft will be bringing IE9 with HTML5 to Windows Phone 7 too. At MWC 2011, Microsoft showed a performance demo of IE9 Mobile:

Microsoft had earlier demonstrated the ability to continue playing a games across the PC, Xbox and WP7. At MWC 2011, Microsoft showed Kinect, Xbox LIVE and WP7 integration adding a new dimension to multiplayer gaming. The video demo shows two users throwing balls using their WP7 devices while the third player is defending himself using the Kinect & Xbox. Video:

The People hub that allows you to integrate your contacts with their Windows Live and Facebook profiles to fetch updates and contact details will add twitter as well. Microsoft posted a screenshot showing twitter updates of an individual along with Facebook and Windows Live updates:

wp7-twitter

If Microsoft is able to push out these updates by year end, Microsoft should have a mobile platform with all features one would expect in a modern OS.

Rumor: HTC Revolver, An Android Smartphone Powered By Honeycomb Coming to AT&T?

HTC RevolverDespite being overshadowed by Samsung in the past few months, HTC has put up quite a show at the Mobile World Congress this year. It has unveiled its Android tablet – the HTC Flyer, as well as Android smartphones like the Incredible S, Desire S and the Wildfire S. It also unveiled two Facebook phones – the HTC ChaCha and the Salsa.

However, if the latest rumor by Engadget is true, it would probably be the most interesting, and definitely the most unexpected development at MWC 2011.

Apparently, HTC is working on a new Android smartphone which will be headed to AT&T in Q3 2011. It will be powered by Android 3.0 Honeycomb which is supposed to be the tablet version of Android. If true, the HTC Revolver will be the first phone to run Honeycomb, which will be coming on all major Android tablets later this year.

The hardware specs of the HTC Revolver are also quite impressive. It has a 1.2 GHz dual core processor, 1 GB RAM and will come with a 4.3 inch LCD capacitive touchscreen display. It will have 16 GB internal storage capacity and will sport an 8 MP camera, as well as a 3 MP secondary camera. It will be available exclusively on AT&T.

Word of caution: The rumor seems too good to be true, and probably is.

Update: This rumor is a fake

Samsung Unveils Bada Powered Wave 578 at MWC 2011

Samsung Wave 578Looking at the series of Android powered smartphones and tablets unveiled by Samsung at the Mobile World Congress, one would think that Samsung had probably dumped the Bada OS, which it had launched about 6 months back. The Bada powered Wave was a good smartphone, but compared to the Samsung Galaxy S, it was just a blip on the radar.

Apparently, Samsung hasn’t yet given up on Bada. At MWC 2011, Samsung unveiled a new Bada powered smartphone – the Samsung Wave 578.

The Samsung Wave 578 will be a budget Bada smartphone. It has a 3.2 inch WQVGA TFT capacitive touchscreen display. It is powered by Bada 1.1 and offers the TouchWiz UI.

It is quite compact with dimensions of just 107.9 x 54.9 x 12.5 mm and weighs just slightly less than 100 gms. It has a 1200 mAh battery and will come with a 3.2 MP camera. It will also have Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and NFC.

It comes with 100 MB internal storage and support for up to 32 GB microSD cards. The Wave 578 is the first Bada phone to offer NFC support. Samsung hasn’t released any pricing or launch details yet, but if priced right (read: lower than its Android counterparts) , the Wave 578 could be a very attractive budget smartphone option.

via BGR

HTC Flyer Announced; Runs On Android 2.4 Gingerbread

Along with a bunch of handsets, HTC also announced their first tablet the HTC Flyer at MWC 2011. The HTC Flyer has a 7-inch screen with a 1024×600 resolution.

The tablet is powered by a blazing fast 1.5 GHz single core CPU from Qualcomm. The handset also packs 1GB of RAM along with 32GB of internal memory.

HTC_Flyer

The tablet will be made of aluminum and will weigh in at 415grams. The back of the Flyer features a 5MP camera with AF (Auto-Focus) while there is a 1.3MP camera in the front. The Flyer also supports HSPA/WXDMA network along with quad-band GSM support.

The usual Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, 3.5mm audio jack, microSD card slot and all other relevant sensors are also present. It will also have a microUSB port for docking, charging and connecting to PC purposes. The Flyer will ship with a pressure sensitive capacitive stylus Scribe as well.

The tablet will run on Android 2.4 Gingerbread when launched. According to HTC, there are not much has changed visually in Android 2.4. The Flyer will also have a tablet optimized version of Sense UI on top of Android 2.4. The tablet will be powered by a 4000mAh battery which will provide users with up to 4 hours of continuous video playback.

The Flyer will hit the retail stores sometime in Q2 of 2011. HTC did not mention anything about the pricing of the tablet though.

HTC Unveils The HTC Salsa Smartphone With One-Touch Facebook Access

htc salsa

HTC recently announced the HTC Salsa smartphone at the Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona. This handset comes with a dedicated Facebook button and it allows you to upload photos or update your status, within a single click. This handset runs on the Android 2.4 (Gingerbread) operating system. It features a 3.4 inch touchscreen display, 600 MHz processor, 5 megapixel camera and more. HTC Salsa allows you to stay in touch with your friends using Facebook Chat and Messages on your phone. Check out the complete specs below.

HTC has always understood that different people want different things and the new HTC ChaCha and Salsa offer special new ways to experience Facebook on a mobile device,said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. With more than 500 million active users worldwide, Facebook has become synonymous with the social web and we wanted to create the ultimate socially connected phones with mass market appeal.

HTC Salsa Specifications:

  • 3.4 inch touchscreen display
  • 480 x 320 pixels resolution
  • 600 MHz processor
  • Android 2.4 (Gingerbread) operating system
  • HTC Sense
  • 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • VGA front camera
  • 512 MB ROM
  • 512 MB RAM
  • Internal GPS Antenna
  • G-Sensor
  • Digital compass
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Bluetooth 3.0 with FTP/OPP
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • 3.5mm headset jack
  • micro-USB
  • microSD card slot
  • Up to 540 mins talk-time
  • Up to 530 hours stand-by time
  • 1520 mAh battery

This handset measures 109.1 x 58.9 x 12.3 mm and weighs 120 grams. The price of this handset is not announced yet. HTC ChaCha will be available to customers globally from Q2 of 2011.

HTC ChaCha Announced With Dedicated Facebook Button

htc chacha

HTC recently announced the HTC ChaCha QWERTY phone with dedicated Facebook button. This handset runs on the Android 2.4 (Gingerbread) operating system. It comes with a 2.6 inch touchscreen display, 600 MHz processor, 5 megapixel camera and more. HTC ChaCha allows you to update your status, upload a photo, share a website or check in’ to a location, with a single press of the button. Check out the complete specs, after the break.

We have worked closely with HTC for several years on bringing Facebook to their devices and HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa are the next stage,said Henri Moissinac, Head of Mobile Business for Facebook. HTC has brought Facebook to these two new devices in an innovative way enabling people to connect and share easily whenever they want, wherever they are.

HTC ChaCha Specifications:

  • 2.6 inch touchscreen display
  • 480 x 320 pixels resolution
  • 600 MHz processor
  • Android 2.4 (Gingerbread) operating system
  • HTC Sense
  • 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • VGA front camera
  • 512 MB ROM
  • 512 MB RAM
  • Internal GPS Antenna
  • G-Sensor
  • Digital compass
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Bluetooth 3.0 with FTP/OPP
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • 3.5mm headset jack
  • micro-USB
  • microSD card slot
  • Up to 450 mins talk-time
  • Up to 660 hours stand-by time
  • 1250 mAh battery

This handset measures 114.4 x 64.6 x 10.7 mm and weighs 120 grams. The price of this handset is not announced yet. HTC ChaCha will be available to customers globally from Q2 of 2011.

HTC Wildfire Successor–Wildfire S Announced

HTC announced three new handsets at the MWC 2011 the Incredible S, Desire S and the Wildfire S. The Wildfire S is the successor to the low-end budget oriented Wildfire. The company has just beefed up the specs and the resolution of the Wildfire S, compared to the original Wildfire.

The new Wildfire will sport a 3.2-inch display with HVGA (320×480) display. Like the Desire S, the Wildfire S also lacks an optical track pad.

HTC_Wildfire_S

The phone will be powered by a 600MHz Qualcomm CPU with 512MB of RAM and ROM, on board. The usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and other relevant sensors are also present. The back of the Wildfire S sports a 5MP camera with an LED flash. Sadly, the front of the phone lacks a video calling camera.

Apparently, the Wildfire S will run on Android 2.4 Gingerbread with Sense UI on top of it.   The phone will be available in a variety of colors including black, purple and white. The phone will be available in the Asian and European markets by late Q2.

HTC Desire S Announced; Sports An Aluminum Body

Along with the Incredible S, HTC also announced the successor to the Desire the Desire S. The Desire S is very similar to its predecessor except that this time the phone is sculpted from a single block of aluminum, like the HTC Legend. The handset sports a 3.7-inch S-LCD with WVGA (800×480) resolution.

HTC_Desire_S

Like the Incredible S, the Desire S is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU with Adreno 205 GPU. The handset also packs 768MB of RAM. The back of the phone sports a 5MP camera aided by a LED flash, with a 1.3MP camera in the front.

The usual Wi-Fi, GPS with A-GPS and other relevant sensor and ports are also present.  The track pad found on the original Desire is missing from the Desire S. The handset will be powered by a 1450mAh battery.

Unlike the Incredible S, the Desire S will launch with Android 2.3 Gingerbread onboard. The handset is expected to be available by the middle of Q2 of 2011.

I am totally disappointed with the Desire S. The phone hardly brings anything new on the board. Where are the dual-core CPUs HTC? No high resolution screens? No AMOLED screens? Nothing!

HTC Incredible S Announced; Sports A 4-Inch S-LCD

HTC just announced a bunch of handsets and a tablet at the on-going MWC in Barcelona. First, HTC announced the successor to the highly popular HTC Incredible the Incredible S. The Incredible S sports a 4-inch SLCD display with WVGA resolution.

Like its predecessor, the Incredible S features a cutting-edge design’ with a contoured body. Unlike the Incredible, the Incredible S will be a global device.

HTC_Incredible_S

The Incredible S will be powered by a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU with the Adreno 205 GPU. The handset will also pack 768MB of RAM. The back of the phone sports an 8MP camera with Auto-Focus and dual-LED flash. It is also capable of recording 720p HD videos. The front of the phone houses a 1.3MP camera for video calling.

The usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPS, DLNA, Accelerometer and a proximity sensor are also present. The four usual Android buttons on the phone are capacitive and are not marked’. They actually change their position with the orientation of the device!

The Incredible S sports a 1450mAh battery. Sadly, the handset runs on Android 2.2 with HTC’s Sense UI on top of it. The handset will hit the stores in Europe and Asia by Q2 of 2011.