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Watch Mobile World Congress – MWC 2011 Live Online

The biggest Mobile event of the year has started out and you will see tons of new phones and announcements coming through from the leaders in the mobile industry.

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There will be presentations and keynotes from companies like Sony, Motorola, Nokia and more among others. You can check on the entire schedule for MWC 2011 to know the timings of the conferences.

If you are looking to watch the MWC 2011 events live, you can do so by visiting the official Mobile World Congress live site at http://www.mobileworldlive.com/. You will require to register before you can watch the live videos.

We will try and add more sources and videos to watch the MWC 2011 events live soon.

Samsung Galaxy S II Announced; Sports A 4.3-Inch Super AMOLED Plus Display

Samsung just announced the hotly anticipated successor to the Galaxy S the Samsung Galaxy S II. The Galaxy S was one of the most popular (and controversial?) Android handsets last year. The Galaxy S2 features a 4.27-inch Super AMOLED Plus display with WVGA (800×480) resolution. The phone is also insanely thin at only 8.49mm.

Unlike what the rumors suggested, the Galaxy S II will be powered by Samsung’s own Exynos chipset. It will be interested to see how this chipset from Samsung stacks up against the Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset in terms of performance.

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“GALAXY S II is a natural and powerful evolution of GALAXY S. Building on the phenomenal success of the original Samsung GALAXY S, we are proud to unveil the ultimate smartphone. Consumers no longer have to contain themselves the Samsung GALAXY S II allows them to design their own smart lives.”

The back of the phone has an 8MP camera aided by an LED flash while there is a 2MP camera in the front for all your video calling needs. The camera at the back is also capable of recording videos in full HD (1080p) resolution. The handset will also come with ‘Voice Commander’ which will take voice input to the next level.

Other key features of the handset include GPS with A-GPS, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Wi-Fi b/g/n (5 GHz Band, instead of the usual 2.4 GHz), Bluetooth 3.0+HS and a NFC chip.   The handset runs on the latest version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread with TouchWIZ 4.0 on top of it. The phone also features a Game Hub’ which will allow users to download and play the latest high-def. games on their Galaxy S II. The Music Hub’ app will provide users with access to over 12 million music tracks from 7digital.

Even though the handset is a mere 8.49 mm thin, it is powered by a 1650mAh battery. The handset is expected to hit the retail stores by the end of this month! Sadly, Samsung company did not mention anything about the pricing of the device.

Samsung Galaxy S 2 Official Specifications and Image Leaked

The Samsung Galaxy S 2 is the most talked, tweeted and blogged about phone right now. With the Samsung Galaxy S being a huge success and the most popular Android phone ever, all eyes are now on Samsung to give us its successor – the Samsung Galaxy S 2. It’s supposed to be bigger, better, faster and slimmer.

While alleged specs of the Galaxy S 2 had leaked before quite a few times, with most of them being fake, we still hadn’t seen any images of the Galaxy S 2. Well, just a day before the official launch of the Galaxy S 2 at Samsung’s event at the Mobile World Congress 2011, a very high resolution image of the Galaxy S 2 has been leaked by a Korean news website, Daum.

It also confirms that the Samsung Galaxy S 2 will come with a 4.3 inch SuperAMOLED Plus display, a 1 GHz dual core processor and Android 2.3 Gingerbread right out of the box. It will also offer Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and HSPA+ connectivity. It weighs just 116 gms and is slimmer than both the iPhone and the Galaxy S, at just 8.49 mm.

My guess is that it will come with an 8 MP camera and 1 GB RAM; we should know more in a day. Keep checking out Techie-Buzz for more MWC 2011 coverage.

Samsung Galaxy S 2

via SamsungHub

Huawei Ideos S7 Android Tablet and Ideos X3 Smartphone Leaked

Huawei, the company which launched the cheapest Android phone – the Huawei Ideos – in 2010 has been trying to make its presence felt on the Android scene. So far, it has been completely overshadowed by the likes of HTC, Samsung and Motorola. Even the announcements of the Huawei Ideos X5 and the Ideos X6 failed to make any major impact.

Now, images of an Android tablet and a new Android smartphone by Huawei have been leaked on its official Flickr account, just a week before MWC.

Huawei Ideos S7

The Huawei Ideos S7 Slim is an Android tablet which has a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display. From the images, it seems to have a front facing camera and keys for Home, Menu and Back. We don’t have any other details yet. We can expect it to run Android 2.2 Froyo at launch, with a Android 3.0 Honeycomb upgrade coming later. It will likely be priced much lower than the current crop of Android tablets.

Huawei Ideos X3

The other leaked device is the Huawei Ideos X3 Android smartphone. It will be a budget phone and will likely have a 3.2 – 3.5 inch display. Both these devices will be launched at the Mobile World Congress in a week. Stay tuned for more MWC updates at Techie-Buzz.

Source: Flickr via Engadget

Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo Specifications Leaked

Xperia NeoSony Ericsson has been one of the most loyal Android adopters. It has refused to even work on any other smartphone platform, including Windows Phone 7. It hasn’t had many hits yet, but it looks like 2011 will be a great year for Sony Ericsson.

The Xperia Play is one of the most awaited Android smartphones of the year, and the Xperia Arc is an excellent phone too. Today, details of yet another Android device by Sony Ericsson were revealed. It is the successor to the Sony Ericsson Vivaz – the Xperia Neo. It has much better hardware specs and comes with Android.

Like the Arc, it will come with a 4 inch LED backlit LCD capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels. It will be powered by a 1 GHz processor, 512 MB RAM and an Adreno 205 GPU, just like the Xperia Play. It has an 8 MP camera with an Exmor R sensor and LED flash and also supports 720p video recording. It also has a nice secondary camera, either a 1.3 MP or a 2 MP one, for video calls.

It will be powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the latest version of the Android OS. It will have the Timescape UI too, and will also offer HDMI out.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo will be officially launched with the Xperia Play at the Mobile World Congress in February. Keep checking for more MWC updates.

via Techradar

LG to Launch the Optimus Pad at MWC 2011

Rumors of the LG Optimus Pad, an Android tablet by LG first started circulating in October 2010. Details of the LG T-Mobile G-Slate were also leaked a few weeks back. Today, we have more details of the Optimus Pad. It seems that it’s identical to the T-Mobile G-Slate, but will be available worldwide.

A leaked press release by Hankyung reveals the launch details as well as the hardware specifications for the LG Optimus Pad. It will have an 8.9 inch capacitive touchscreen display with 3D support as well as multitouch capabilities. It will have a resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels.

It will be powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 platform and will come with a dual core processor, and will likely have 1 GB RAM.

It will also have a 5 MP camera with dual LED flash and a front facing camera. It will have 32 GB internal storage and should come with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS etc. It also has a 6400 mAh standard Li-ion battery powering it. It will run the latest version of the Android OS – Android 3.0 Honeycomb, which has been designed specifically for tablets, probably with a customized UI shell. It will be unveiled officially at MWC 2011, on February 13. Stay tuned for more MWC 2011 related coverage on Techie-Buzz.

LG Optimus Pad

Samsung Galaxy S 2 Teaser Video Released

We already know that Samsung is planning to unveil the successor to the hugely popular Samsung Galaxy S, the Galaxy S 2 on February 13, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. To spice things up a bit before the official launch, Samsung has also released a teaser video of the Galaxy S 2 now. It doesn’t reveal much about the next Galaxy S, except that it is really slim.

Check out the teaser video of the next Galaxy S

The original Galaxy S has been the most popular Android phone yet, selling over 10 million units. Riding on the success of the Galaxy S, Samsung also launched the Galaxy Tab which has been doing quite well too. Its success also led Google to let Samsung create the second Google phone – the Google Nexus S.

The new Galaxy S 2 will likely be powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 platform, with a dual core processor and probably 1 GB RAM. It will likely sport an 8 MP camera and will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It should also have a SuperAMOLED Plus display. At this point though, it’s all speculation. We should get the official word on the specifications and pricing on February 13. Stay tuned for more coverage of the Galaxy S 2 launch and MWC 2011.

Samsung to Launch Galaxy Ace, Galaxy Fit, Galaxy Gio and Galaxy Mini at MWC 2011

Samsung, the number one Android smartphone manufacturer didn’t have much to show us at CES 2011, except for the Samsung Infuse 4G and the unnamed 4G LTE smartphone.

At MWC though, it is planning to bring its complete army of Android devices, from budget phones, to superphones and tablets.

Today, Samsung revealed some details of four mid range Android smartphones which will be launched at MWC 2011.

Samsung Galaxy Ace Specifications

It will be a budget version of the Galaxy S. It comes with Android 2.2 Froyo, a 3.5 inch HVGA display, an 800 MHz processor and a 5 MP camera with LED flash. It also has the usual stuff – 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, GPS, the TouchWiz UI and Swype. Check out more details of the Galaxy Ace here.

Samsung Galaxy Ace

Samsung Galaxy Fit Specifications

This will be the second mid range phone by Samsung. It comes with Android 2.2 Froyo, a 3.31 inch QVGA display, 600 MHz processor and a 5 MP camera. It will also have 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, Swype along with the TouchWiz UI.

Galaxy Fit

Samsung Galaxy Gio Specifications

The Galaxy Gio will come with Android 2.2 Froyo, an 800 MHz processor, 3.2 inch HVGA display, 3 MP camera and 3G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS and the usual – TouchWiz UI with Swype.

Galaxy Gio

Samsung Galaxy Mini Specifications

The Samsung Galaxy Mini is the last Android phone announced. It comes with Android 2.2 Froyo too and has a 3.14 inch QVGA display, 600 MHz processor, 3 MP camera and TouchWiz UI, Swype as well as 3G HSDPA, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS.

Galaxy Mini

All the phones will launch in H1 2011. No pricing details are out yet.

via CNET and PocketNow

NVidia’s Tegra 3, With a Quad-Core GPU, Might Be Announced at the MWC

At the recently concluded CES 2011, nVidia’s Tegra 2 wowed us with its impressive computing capabilities. Unsurprisingly, nVidia is already working on its next chip for handheld devices – Tegra 3. Nvidia’s general manager of mobile business, Michael Rayfield, hinted to Hexus that Tegra 3 might be announced at the Mobile World Congress, which is scheduled to be held next month.

Nvidia-Tegra

We have already seen the huge performance boost that Tegra 2 can deliver. Although the specs for the upcoming Tegra 3 chips are not available, expect similar leaps in performance from it. The rumors going around suggest that it will have a quad-core GPU and a dual-core CPU (ARM A9).

Modern chip fabrication process has reached a level of sophistication that makes it possible to pack in tremendous amount of processing power on even on the tiniest of boards. Tegra 3 will probably use a 28nm fabrication process. However, the biggest bottleneck for mobile computing is likely to be power storage. Batteries have simply not been able to keep up with the rapid improvements in other hardware components. The challenge for the manufacturers is to ramp up performance without requiring additional power. Ultimately, this will be the factor that will determine how quickly we will see quad-core and octa-core chips appearing on our mobile phones and tablets.

HTC Flyer Android Tablet Coming in March

HTC has been one of Google’s most popular hardware partners; it even launched the first Android smartphone – the T-Mobile G1. Naturally, everyone is a bit surprised that almost every manufacturer, including Samsung, Motorola, LG, Asus and Acer have revealed their Android tablet plans, but HTC still hasn’t. According to the latest tablet rumor by Digitimes, HTC is planning to launch 3 Android tablets in 2011. The first will be named the HTC Flyer and will be an enlarged version of the HTC Desire. It will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the HTC Sense UI and will be upgradable to Android 3.0 Honeycomb. It seems to be a 7 inch tablet, like the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

HTC seems to be rushing the Flyer launch, bringing it to market just before the Blackberry Playbook and the Motorola Xoom. It will also launch 2 other tablets after the HTC Flyer; they will likely sport better hardware and ship with Android 3.0 Honeycomb, competing with the Motorola Xoom and the LG G-Slate.

Though this is a rumor, it seems to be quite credible considering the past leaks by Digitimes. Launching an Android tablet is also the logical next step for HTC. It may unveil the tablets at Mobile World Congress in February.

Samsung Galaxy S 2 Coming February 13

Something big is coming. Samsung has just hinted at the launch of the successor to the very popular Samsung Galaxy S. You can check out the teaser of the next Galaxy S, or the Galaxy S 2, at Samsung Unpacked.

Mobile World Congress 2011 is set to start on February 14. Samsung will apparently launch the first preview teaser of the Galaxy S 2 on February 1 and will launch it on February 13. The launch will happen in Barcelona itself, where MWC is going to be held, just before it starts.

Launching it before MWC will help it get a good amount of media coverage, as almost any gadget launched at MWC gets drowned out by the many announcements. Samsung should also unveil a 4G LTE version of the Galaxy Tab at MWC.

The Galaxy S has sold more than 10 million units in 2010 and has been the most popular Android phone yet. The Galaxy S 2 will be much better than the Galaxy S in terms of hardware. It will likely have a Nvidia Tegra 2 dual core processor, 1 GB RAM and a 4.0 – 4.5 inch SuperAMOLED Plus display, like the Samsung Infuse 4G. It should come with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. More details should be coming on February 1. Stay tuned.

Samsung Galaxy S 2 Teaser

Samsung Galaxy S Mini (Samsung S5830) Spotted

A previously unknown member of the Samsung Galaxy family has been caught on camera by SamFirmware and Teena. Pictured below is the Samsung S5830, a smaller edition of the popular Galaxy S, which is expected to be announced next month at the Mobile World Congress.

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Based the leaked spec sheet, the Samsung S5830 or Galaxy S Mini seems to a budget Android handset that is aimed at those who can’t afford the Galaxy S, but want something more competent than the Galaxy 3 and 5, which are Samsung’s low end Android handsets. The S5830 reportedly runs on FroYo (Android 2.2) and has an HVGA (480 x 320 pixels) display. It features a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, MicroSD and MicroUSB. The processor being used by Samsung is Qualcomm’s MSM7227.

HTC to Launch the First 3D Android Phone in 2011

HTCRumor is that HTC is planning to launch the first 3D smartphone powered by Android in 2011. HTC has been one of the most successful Android partners and has delivered a lot of hits. However, some of its glory has been stolen by its competitor Samsung, with the Galaxy range of smartphones and tablets.

HTC was demonstrating mobile 3D technology at MWC 2010 in Barcelona. Now, it seems that it is planning to launch an Android smartphone with a 3D display at MWC 2011. Techradar, a tech blog, also reported that HTC had been advertising for a “display and camera design engineer familiar with 3D display and imaging technologies”.

Source: TechRadar

Vodafone Announces World’s Cheapest Phone, Would Be Available For Less Than $15

While the big names have been busy dazzling the world with the latest and greatest offerings at MWC 2010, Vodafone has unveiled, what it claims to be, the lowest-cost mobile phone on Earth. The Vodafone 150 will be available for less than $15 (Rs 700 approx.) and is targeted at developing countries. It will initially be launched in India, Turkey and eight African countries including Lesotho, Kenya and Ghana.

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Mobile phone sales has been experiencing explosive growth in emerging markets like India and total mobile ownership is predicted to reach 5 billion in 2010. SMS has become a way of life even in villages located in far-flung parts of the country. Vodafone is obviously hoping to attract new customers thanks to its ludicrously low price.

While Vodafone 150 is a black and white phone supporting only voice calls and SMS, a comparatively luxurious alternative dubbed Vodafone 250 (priced at $20.00) will include color display and FM radio. Vodafone has stated that a simple payment service will also be built into these ultra-low-end phones.

[Image Courtesy: FoneHome]

Samsung i8520 ‘Halo’ Android Phone with Projector Spotted

At MWC, it is all about who can grab the most eyeballs and Samsung has certainly kicked off in a fine fashion. Earlier today, we shared with you official pictures of Samsung Wave S8500. However, Wave is not the only surprise Samsung has in store for us. A look at the spec sheet also revealed details about a yet to be announced Android Phone – Samsung i8520.

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Samsung i8250 will feature a 3.7-inch WVGA Super AMOLED display, 8-megapixel autofocus camera (with a secondary VGA camera), 720p / 30fps video encoding/decoding, A-GPS, Bluetooth v2.1 and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi. Although, we don’t know much about the processor powering the phone, we do know that it will be running Android 2.1 which has been modded to provide a TouchWiz like user interface.

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Samsung i8250 is packed with multimedia features and will support H.264, H.263, MPEG4 and DivX/Xvid video formats along with MP3, OGG, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, WMA, WAV, MID and AC3 audio formats. On top of this, Samsung has also included a DLP Pico Projector and a ‘Specialized Projector UI’. Pricing as well as launch date is not known at this point of time.