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Sony Xperia U Announced; Comes With 3.5 Inch Display, 1 Ghz Dual-Core Processor

Sony recently announced the new Sony Xperia U smartphone at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona. This handset runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. However, the device will be upgraded to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) during the second quarter of 2012. It is the third smartphone in the new Sony Xperia NXT series.

sony xperia u

Sony Xperia U features a 3.5 inch Reality display, 1 Ghz dual-core processor, Google Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS (upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich), 5 megapixel camera, Bluetooth technology, DLNA Certified, HDMI support, Micro USB, NFC (Near Field Communication), USB 2.0, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, GPS with aGPS, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Android Market and more.

The complete specs of this device is not available yet. The Sony Xperia U will be available from mid-Q2 of 2012. Sony has not yet announced the price of this handset. We will soon post the complete specs and official pics of this device. Stay tuned for more MWC 2012 updates.

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Sony Xperia P Announced; Comes With a WhiteMagic Display!

Sony has just announced its latest addition to its Xperia NXT series of  handsets, the Xperia P. The phone has an aluminum unibody, and has a 4-inch display with qHD (960×540) resolution, and comes with Sony’s new WhiteMagic display. This helps in making sure that the display is visible easily outside in the bright sunlight.

The Xperia P uses Sony’s own NovaThor SoC, which packs in two Cortex-A9 CPUs clocked at 1.2GHz and an ARM-Mali 400MP GPU. There is also 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory.

The phone also has an 8MP camera, which is also capable of recording videos in full HD (1080p) resolution. The usual bunch of connectivity features like HSPA+ 21Mbps, mini-HDMI port, GPS with A-GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC are also present. Sadly, the handset runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, instead of Ice Cream Sandwich, which is quite a disappointment.

The Xperia P will ship in mid-Q2 of 2012 at an unknown price.

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Huawei Ascend D Quad and quad XL Announced; Quad-Core CPU, 8MP Camera and More!

Huawei has just announced its first quad-core smartphone, the Ascend D. The quad-core processor inside the phone is made by Huawei themselves, and is clocked at 1.5GHz. Huawei states that SoC has the ”lowest chip temperature” that helps in reducing the overall power consumption. The company is also dubbing the phone to be the fastest quad-core smartphone, and even compared the phone’s performance to that of the Galaxy Nexus and the Transformer Prime. This 8.9mm handset also has a 4.5-inch LCD screen with a 720p resolution, giving it a density of 330ppi.According to Huawei, the screen also performs excellently outdoors.

The quad-core on the phone is accompanied by a 16-core GPU as well, which according to Huawei is up to 2x times faster than the one on the Asus Transformer Prime and Galaxy Nexus. There is also a 1GB of 64-bit DDR3 RAM, 16GB of onboard storage and a microSD card slot.

The phone is not only about power, it comes with a decent camera and other useful features as well. The Ascend comes with a Dolby Digital 5.1 digital sound chip, and Audience earSmart voice technology which improves background noise filtration while on a call. At the back of the Ascend D is an 8MP backlit illuminated sensor, aided by an LED flash and a 1.3MP camera in the front. Like all other high-end handsets out there, the Ascend D is also capable of recording videos in Full HD (1080p) resolution.

The Ascend D comes with a 1800mAh battery, while the Ascend D XL will come with a whopping 2500mAh battery. Huawei’s proprietary power management technology also helps in improving the battery life of the handsets by up to 30%. Thankfully, the handsets will be running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich right out of the box!

While the Huawei Ascend D is genuinely a very nice effort from Huawei, the problem is its launch date. While Huawei did not mention anything specifically, reports suggest that the handset will launch sometime in Q3/Q4 of this year which is a bit too late.

 

Nokia Lumia 610 Leaked Ahead of MWC 2012, Runs Windows Phone Tango

Despite a series of price cuts for the Lumia 710, Nokia currently doesn’t have a solid budget Windows Phone offering which could take on low end Android smartphones. However, Nokia had revealed earlier this year that it would be launching budget Windows Phone devices powered by Tango to compete with Android in the entry level smartphone segment, in a bid to capture more market share.

The Nokia Lumia 610 will be one of its first budget Windows Phones which will be launched soon. Nokia is supposed to launch the Lumia 610 at its MWC press conference on February 27, but details of the device have already been leaked out by BGR.

Nokia Lumia 610 Specifications

The Nokia Lumia 610 will come with a 3.2 inch touchscreen display and a 3 MP camera. It will ship with Windows Phone Tango, the latest version of Windows Phone tailored specifically for low end smartphones. It will presumably have 256 MB RAM, and a 1 GHz processor, considering that the Lumia 710 has a 1.4 Ghz processor and 512 MB RAM.

Here’s the best part: it will be priced at around 175 euros, which converts to around $240 or 11,500 INR.

Nokia Lumia 610

Nokia, which is already the biggest Windows Phone manufacturer should see its market share jump after the launch of its new budget smartphones.

Stay tuned. We will be bringing more MWC 2012 updates to you here at Techie Buzz.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Announced; Runs on Ice Cream Sandwich

The biggest mobile tech event every year, Mobile World Congress, has not even kick-started yet, and Samsung just unveiled two of its products – the Galaxy Tab2 10.1 and the Galaxy Beam. The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is the successor to the original Galaxy Tab 10.1, and shares the same internal as it. Wonder why Samsung is calling the tablet the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 then.

Anyways, the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 has a 10.1-inch PLS TFT screen with WXFA (1280×800) resolution, 1GB of RAM, 16/32GB of internal memory, microSD card slot, a 3MP snapper at the back capable of recording videos in Full HD resolution, and a VGA camera in the front for video calling. The same old Tegra 2 processor from Nvidia clocked at 1GHz does all the chugging work inside. All the usual connectivity features like HSPA+ 21Mbps, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth, A-GPS and Glonass along with the sensors like Accelerometer and Digital Compass etc. are also present.

The only difference between the original Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is the OS. While the former is running on Honeycomb, the latter runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich ruined by Samsung’s TouchWIZ UI. The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 will hit the markets of U.K first in March, before being available globally.

 

Microsoft To Release Visual Studio 11 On February 29

If you’re underwhelmed by the impending swarm of Windows Phone device debuts and news, or Microsoft’s plans to drop the Windows 8 Consumer Preview build, perhaps this additional tidbit will satisfy you: It turns out, Microsoft will also be releasing the Visual Studio 11 beta on the 29th.

Packing a new — albeit colorless — design, Microsoft states this will help prevent distractions, bringing the code to focus. Personally, I find the lack of color to be quite depressing; the last thing stressed coders need is for something to push them over the edge when they’re already emotionally unstable from code that doesn’t compile. They’ve also simplified the iconography.

On top of the aesthetic changes, a number of improvements were also made. They’ve reduced the amount of toolbar commands, added workflow hubs and preview tabs.

For a full run down of the new features, head on over to the official blog post.

Acer Liquid Glow Announced; Comes With 1 GHz Processor, Android 4.0

Acer recently launched a new smartphone in its popular Liquid family, the Acer Liquid Glow. This handset runs on the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. The Acer Liquid Glow is specially targeted at today’s fun-seeking, social-networking youth. According to the company, this smartphone brings the ultimate balance between style, performance and affordability. The Acer Liquid Glow will be showcased next week at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona.

acer liquid glow

Acer Liquid Glow features a 3.7 inch touchscreen display, 1 GHz single-core processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, 5 megapixel rear camera with LED flash, 3G connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Android Market, 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio with RDS, 512MB RAM, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, NFC (Near Field Communication), Bluetooth 2.1, micro USB, A-GPS, and more.

Acer has not yet announced the complete specs of this device. This handset comes with the Android Beam feature, which allows you to share anything like contacts, favorite apps, music or videos instantly through NFC. The Acer Liquid Glow will be available in 3 trendy colors – Sakura Pink, Alpine White, and Cat’s-eye Black. This handset will be released during the early summer of 2012.

ViewSonic to Launch New Android and Windows Tablets at MWC 2012

ViewSonic is on a roll. After its three new dual SIM Android smartphones – the ViewPhone 4s, 4e, and 5e – we have confirmation that it will be launching three new tablets too, at the Mobile World Congress this year.

Here are some details.

ViewSonic ViewPad G70

The ViewPad G70 seems similar to the ViewPad E70 which was a budget Android ICS tablet launched at CES 2012. It will come with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage and microSD card support. It will also sport a 2 MP camera and a 0.3 MP secondary camera. It also comes with mini-HDMI, micro-USB, and mini-USB slots. It will have a 7 inch display, presumably with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels.

ViewSonic ViewPad E100

The ViewPad E100 comes with a 1 GHz processor and an IPS display with a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels. It will be powered by a 1 GHz processor and offer HDMI and USB connectivity and microSD card support. It weighs around 620 gms and is quite slim at just 9.1 mm.

ViewSonic ViewPad P100

The ViewPad P100 is a Windows 7 tablet which sports a 10 inch IPS display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. It’ll be powered by a dual core 1.6 GHz Intel Atom N2600 processor.

We should see the complete spec sheets of all three tablets at their official unveiling at MWC 2012. Stay tuned.

ViewSonic ViewPad G70 P100

ViewSonic to Launch Dual-SIM Android Phones – ViewPhone 4s, 4e, and 5e

ViewSonic will be launching three new Android smartphones at MWC this year. Its new ViewPhones will be powered by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and as an added bonus, will also offer a second SIM card slot. All three of its new ViewPhones – 4s, 4e and 5e – will be dual SIM phones and will likely be positioned as budget smartphones.

ViewSonic ViewPhone 4s

The ViewSonic ViewPhone 4s will sport a 3.5 inch SuperClear IPS LCD display with a resolution of 960 x 640 pixels. It will also offer a 5 MP camera and a 1 GHz processor, as well as a secondary VGA camera. It will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which makes it one of the first ICS enabled dual SIM Android devices.

ViewSonic 4s

ViewSonic ViewPhone 4e

The ViewSonic ViewPhone 4e will sport a 3.5 inch display too, but it will have a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels. It will come with a 3.15 MP camera and a slower 650 MHz processor. It will run ICS too, but I’m not sure how well the underpowered processor can handle it.

ViewSonic 4e

ViewSonic ViewPhone 5e

Samsung seems to have made the 5 inch smartphone-tablet space cool again. LG recently launched the Optimus Vu, and now ViewSonic has launched the ViewPhone 5e. It comes with a 5 inch display, and will have a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. Other than that, we only know that it will run ICS too, and will be a dual SIM device. No other specifications have been revealed yet.

ViewSonic 5e

We should see more updates on the new ViewSonic ViewPhones at MWC 2012. Stay tuned.

LG Unveils The Optimus 3D Max Smartphone

LG recently unveiled its second 3D smartphone, the LG Optimus 3D Cube. The company went ahead and announced another 3D smartphone on the same day, the LG Optimus 3D Max. The specs of both the smartphones are almost similar. The LG Optimus 3D Cube will be exclusively available in Korea. Hence, the LG Optimus 3D Max is expected to be an another variant of Optimus 3D Cube for international customers. However, the company has not yet officially confirmed it.

Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company, said,

“The Optimus 3D Max was born from LG’s constant efforts to bring user entertainment experience to a higher level. The introduction of the Optimus 3D last year ushered in a new era for smartphones and Optimus 3D Max is real proof of LG’s commitment to portable 3D entertainment.”

lg optimus 3d max

LG Optimus 3D Max features a 4.3 inch 3D WVGA Display with Corning Gorilla Glass 2, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, Glasses-free 3D viewing, 1.2 GHz dual-core OMAP4430 processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS (upgradeable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS), 5 megapixel dual-lens camera, 1080p video recording and playback in 2D, 720p video recording and playback in 3D, and so on.

Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, 21Mbps HSPA+, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, DLNA connectivity, A-GPS, NFC (Near Field Communication) support, LG Tag +, HDMI connection, and a 1520 mAh battery.

The LG Optimus 3D Max will be showcased next week at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona. This handset will be available from next month in Europe, followed by other markets. The device will receive an upgrade to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, shortly after the launch.

Panasonic Eluga Smartphone For Europe Announced

Panasonic recently announced its first smartphone for the European market, the Panasonic Eluga. This handset features a 4.3 inch qHD display as well as a 1 GHz TI OMAP dual-core processor. This device will run on the Android 2.3.5 at launch, however the handset will be updated to the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS from June 2012. The Panasonic Eluga is a IP57 certified waterproof and dustproof smartphone.

panasonic eluga

Panasonic Eluga features a 4.3 inch qHD display, sporting a resolution of 960 × 540 pixels, 1 GHz TI OMAP dual-core processor, Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread Operating System (upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS), 8 megapixel auto-focus camera, Digital zoom, Image stabiliser, Video recorder, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, NFC (Near Field Communication), DLNA connectivity, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, G-sensor, Ambient light sensor, GPS receiver, Accelerometer, up to 240 mins of talk-time, up to 300 hrs of stand-by time and a 1,150 mAh battery.

This handset will be showcased next week at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona. The price of this handset is still a mystery. The Panasonic Eluga will be available in the European market from April 2012.

LG Unveils The Optimus L3, L5 And L7 Android Smartphones

Earlier this week, LG announced the LG Optimus Vu and LG Optimus LTE Tag. Now, the company went ahead and announced 3 new smartphones, the LG Optimus L3, LG Optimus L5 and LG Optimus L7. These devices belongs to the LG’s L-Style series of smartphones. The LG Optimus L3, L5 and L7 will be showcased next week at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona.

“Design is consistently the top or second most important factor for customers when choosing a mobile phone,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Mobile Communications Company. “With smartphones, we sometimes took a more functional approach to design but with L-Style we’re going back to our roots as a company focused on how our products fit into the lifestyle of our customers.”

lg lstyle

According to the company, L-Style’s design is comprised of ‘five aesthetic elements’ – Modern Square Style, Floating Mass Technology, Seamless Layout, Harmonized Design Contrast and Sensuous Slim Shape. The Optimus L3, L5 and L7 are the company’s first smartphones to feature the L-Style look.

LG Optimus L3 is basically an entry-level smartphone with a 3.2 inch display and Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS. On the other hand, the LG Optimus L5 and Optimus L7 are the high-end smartphones with a 4 inch display and 4.3 inch display respectively. These high-end smartphones will also run on the latest Android 4.0 OS.

LG Optimus L3 will be launched in March, followed by the Optimus L5 and Optimus L7 in the first half of 2012. The complete specs of these devices are expected to be available next week at the MWC 2012. The price of these smartphones will be announced later.

ZTE Unveils The PF200 And N910 LTE Smartphones

ZTE recently announced two new smartphones, the ZTE PF200 and ZTE N910. These handsets run on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. The ZTE PF200 and ZTE N910 features a 1.5 GHz and 1.2 GHz processor respectively. These devices will be showcased next week at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona.

“These LTE devices are the fore-runners of a wide range of LTE devices ZTE will bring to the market in the coming months, and as more and more LTE networks come on stream,” said Mr. He Shiyou, Executive Vice President and Head of the Terminal Division of ZTE. “They will be feature products – among a very wide range of devices on display at the ZTE stand at Mobile World Congress 2012.”

zte pf200

ZTE PF 200 features a 4.3 inch qHD capacitive display, 1.5 GHz processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, 8 megapixel rear camera, 2 megapixel front facing camera for video calls, LTE Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, NFC (Near Field Communication), Bluetooth 2.1, DLNA, Android Market, A-GPS, MHL and much more.

zte n910

ZTE N910 features a WVGA capacitive touch screen display, sporting a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, 1.2 GHz processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, 5 megapixel rear camera, front facing camera for video calls, LTE Connectivity, Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, A-GPS, Android Market, DLNA and so on.

ZTE has not yet revealed the full specifications and price of these smartphones. The complete specs of these handsets will be available next week at the MWC 2012 in Barcelona, Spain. Stay tuned for more updates.

MWC 2012 Schedule, Keynotes & Press Conferences

Mobile World Congress (MWC) is one of the biggest mobile event of the year held annually in Barcelona. MWC attracts some of the biggest mobile manufactures and vendors who create mobile hardware and software and exciting new mobile accessories as well.

Mobile World Congress 2012

MWC 2012techi will be held at Fira Montjuïc, in Barcelona from 27th February, 2012 to March 1st, 2012. This years schedule and keynotes are filled up with some great press conferences and keynote speakers. You will find a schedule of MWC 2012 below.

Please note that all times are in Central European Time (CET) which is +1 UTC, so you might want to click on the Time mentioned below to find your local time.

MWC 2012 Keynotes Schedule

Monday, 27th February, 2012

Tuesday, 28th February, 2012

  • Eric Schmidt – Executive Chairman, Google at 18:00 CET

Wednesday, 29th February, 2012

  • Hans Vestberg – President & CEO, Ericsson at 18:00 CET

In addition to the keynotes, there are several other high profile speakers who will be speaking at the event. Some of the speakers include:

  • Stephen Elop – President & CEO, Nokia
  • Peter Chou – CEO, HTC
  • Warren East – CEO, ARM
  • Anne Bouverot – Director General, GSMA
  • Brian Dunn – CEO, Best Buy
  • John Partridge – President, Visa
  • Sunil Mittal – Chairman & MD, Bharti Airtel
  • Vittorio Calao – Chief Executive, Vodafone
  • Li Yue – President, China Mobile
  • Dan Hesse – CEO, Sprint Nextel
  • Raplh de la Vega – President & CEO, AT&T Mobility
  • John Chambers – Chairman & CEO, Cisco Systems
  • Vikram Pandit – CEO, Citigroup
  • Rene Obermann – Chairman & CEO, Deutsche Telekom
  • John Riccitiello – CEO, EA
  • John Donahoe – CEO eBay

Please visit this page for the complete list of speakers at MWC 2012 or this page for MWC 2012 Agenda.

MWC 2012 Press Conferences

There will be several press conferences that will be held during MWC 2012, here is a list of the key conferences that will be taking place.

Monday, 27 February 2012

Tuesday, 28 February, 2012

Apart from this, there will be several other events and press conferences spread over the 4 days at MWC 2012. We will update this list with the date and timings of newer press conferences and speakers as they become available. You might also want to keep an eye on our tag for the latest announcements from Mobile World Congress 2012 and visit the official site as well.

Predictions For MWC 2012

Mobile World Congress, popularly known as MWC, is the biggest mobile consumer show held every year at Barcelona. In the last couple of years, some of the best Android phones like the Galaxy S II, HTC EVO 4G and others have been announced at the show.

This year’s MWC promises to be no less exciting than previous years. However, this year’s most anticipated handset – the Galaxy S III – would be missing from MWC, which definitely is a deal-breaker for many. Nevertheless, HTC, LG and even Microsoft have got some major announcements coming up at MWC, and should keep tech enthusiasts intrigued.

Below are my expectations from MWC this year -:

Nvidia’s Tegra 3 – Last year at CES, Nvidia’s Tegra 2 SoC was found powering the majority of Android handsets and tablets announced. This year I expect a majority of Android devices to be unveiled at MWC to be powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 3 Soc – the world’s first Quad-core processor.

Even though the Tegra 2 was the world’s first dual-core SoC, it was by no mean the fastest. However, Nvidia has learnt from their mistakes, and Tegra 3 does indeed looks promising. The fifth companion core, NEON support, some architectural tweaks will make sure that Tegra 3 is worth the hype. Expect Nvidia to show trailers of some games and apps, which will utilize the full potential of the SoC and demonstrate its graphical prowess to the whole world

Windows 8 – Microsoft had released the WP7 SDK at MWC in 2010. The following year the company announced the NoDo and the Mango update for the platform, which added quite a lot of missing features to the OS. This year Microsoft should, or rather is expected to, announce a new minor update for WP7, dubbed as Tango. The Redmond based company will also announce the next major update for Windows Phone 7, codenamed Apollo. The company will also be providing users with more information about Windows 8 for PCs as well as for ARM based devices, and will be releasing a Consumer Preview version for downloading and testing.

HTC Next-Gen Smartphone – HTC had a pretty dismal 2011. The company’s profit fell throughout the year, and none of the handsets from the company could make an impact on the sale of Galaxy S II. HTC has promised to bounce back in 2012, and will go back to its strategy of releasing a Hero device – which will represent the best of what the company can do technologically.

While not yet confirmed, the leaked Endeavor might just be the company’s flagship phone for 2012. The Endeavor is going to the first HTC phone is quite sometime to come with a non-Qualcomm SoC. It will also be the first phone in the world to come with a quad-core SoC.

Cheap Android Tablets and Smartphones – Expect companies like Acer and LG to announce new Android tablets and smartphones, equipped with a high-resolution screen, an improved 3D technology, and a faster – possibly quad-core – SoCs. Pictures of Acer’s A700 tablet with a Full HD screen, and a Tegra 3 processor had also leaked on the Internet, quite a few months ago. Hopefully, these companies will also price their tablets competitively against the iPad, instead of charging an arm and a leg for it.

Nokia’s Major Announcement – Many of the loyal Nokia users are expecting the Finnish giant to announce its next-generation camera flagship and the successor to the N8 at MWC this year. Nokia announced the N8 nearly 2 years ago, and it still has the best camera ever found in a handset. Rumors suggest that the N8 successor will come with a 4-inch screen, a faster processor and more RAM, and an improved camera sensor as well. The handset will also come with an NFC chip, and will be running on the latest version of Symbian – Belle.

I hope, and am pretty much sure, that we will definitely see some more innovative products, and gadgets which are pushing the boundaries of engineering.