Outstanding smartphones and Tablets at MWC

WITH Mobile World Congress (MWC) in full swing, there are Tablet and smartphones announcements everywhere.

Highlights from the showroom floor include the Nokia 808 PureView, the Huawei Ascend D quad, the HTC One X, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, ASUS’s 3-in-1 PadFone, the Samsung Galaxy Beam and an unnamed Fujitsu smartphone. Unless otherwise noted, pricing and release dates have not been announced.

Incredible camera

The 808 PureView is somewhat of an amazing anomaly in the smartphone world with its massive 41-megapixel image sensor and in-house-developed pixel over-sampling technology.

It features a 4in display, DLNA, near-field communication (NFC), 1080p video recording, a 4x lossless zoom and is the world’s first smartphone to record audio and close to CD quality with Rich Recording.

Unfortunately it runs on the aging Symbian Belle operating system and not Windows Phone 7. The 808 PureView is expected to launch in Europe in May.

Fastest smartphone

Huawei calls its Ascend D quad smartphone the “world’s fastest.” The device is powered by Huawei’s own K3V2 quad-core processor and boasts a slim (8.9mm thick profile) design.

It sports a 4.5in display, Android Ice Cream Sandwich, Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound, 8-megapixel and 1.3-megapixel cameras, and a 1,800mAh battery.

The Ascend D quad series will launch in in the second quarter.

Waterproof smartphone

Despite not having an official name for its flagship quad-core smartphone, Fujitsu has been busy showing off the prototype smartphone to attendees at Mobile World Congress.

The as yet unnamed device boasts a 1.5Ghz nVidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor, a 4.6in display, a 13.1-megapxiel camera and a fingerprint sensor.

The handset is water- and dust-resistant and runs on Android 4.0 ICS.

Tablet with stylus

Samsung has taken its Tablet-smartphone hybrid Galaxy Note and turned it into a 10.1in Tablet that works in conjunction with a stylus.

The Note 10.1 can be used with your finger or with an advanced pen-input called the S Pen. It has a profile of 8.9mm, a 1.4GHz dual-core processor, WiFi, optional HSPA+ connectivity, 3MP and 2MP cameras, and runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Tablet with smartphone brain

Asus’ PadFone is a convergent Android device that adheres to a developing trend of smartphone-powered Tablets.

The device is comprised of a 10.1in Tablet (called the PadFone Station) that wraps around a sleek 4.3in smartphone to form “one symbiotic gadget.”

The smartphone itself features a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, an 8-megpixel camera, 16GB to 64GB of storage, HDMI out and Android 4.0.

The PadFone is expected to be released in April.

Phone with built-in projector

The Samsung Galaxy Beam may not be a high-end smartphone but it does come with its own built-in 15 lumens projector.

With it you can beam content onto any flat surface around you at a size of up to 50in wide. It sports a 1GHz dual-core processor, a 4in display, a 5-megapixel camera, 8GB of memory, a 2,000mAh battery, and runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. — Relaxnews 2012

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