MWC 2012

Sony Xperia U official

Sony Xperia U official

Sony has officially announced the Xperia U, the company's latest Android smartphone and the first to debut at Mobile World Congress under the newly-created Sony Mobile Communications brand. A smaller version of the Xperia S and ion launched at CES last month, the Xperia U has a 3.5-inch Reality Display along with interchangeable chin sections to customize it to your liking.

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Samsung GALAXY Beam Eyes-on

Samsung GALAXY Beam Eyes-on

This week Samsung has revealed a brand new take on projecting content, namely slotting this technology in an Android Samsung Galaxy smartphone with the Samsung GALAXY Beam. This is not the first time a smartphone has been integrated with a projector in this way, but judging by this first look we've had at the GALAXY beam, "Sharing Big Fun and Big Ideas" is much more real than ever. This device is the world's slimmest projector phone at 12.5mm with a round back for an extra comfortable grip. Samsung aims to improve both the size of the device (making it as small as ever) and the quality of the projector - now a 15 Lumen brightness with NHD 640 x 480 resolution model running with this device's dual-core 1GHz processor under the hood.

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LG Optimus L7 L5 L3 L-Style Family Hands-On

LG Optimus L7 L5 L3 L-Style Family Hands-On

This week The L-Style core is detailed as having timeless fulfillment, perfection with details, genuine compassion, and esteemed value. Limitless, priceless, and having the ability to Bring Style to Life, that's what LG is aiming for here. Design with a modern square style, a seamless layout, a harmonized design contrast, floating mass technology, and a sensuous slim shape are each L-Style Elements that make these devices part of the L-Style family. The Optimus L3, L5, and L7 will be coming out this year to show off the L-Style line in its first wave.

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LG Optimus Vu Hands-On

LG Optimus Vu Hands-On

This week LG's Director of European Marketing Daniel Hernandez spoke of their brand new line of hero device including three pillars: speed, design, and display. The first and perhaps most important device they showed off in-hand that follows the design tenants they've laid out here is the LG Optimus Vu, a massive in-between device which is certainly too large to be a smartphone and too small to be a full-fledged tablet. Though it may seem at first to be a "me too" device after the Samsung Galaxy Note released months ago and touted as the ultimate Samsung device this week at MWC 2012, the LG Optimus Vu is a titan in and of itself.

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The LG Optimus 3D Max Hands-On

The LG Optimus 3D Max Hands-On

This week the folks at LG are coming in heavy with the many varieties of Android they'll be presenting the globe with throughout 2012, one of the more recognizable ones being the LG Optimus 3D Max. This device takes what LG delivered last year with the Optimus 3D and amps it up with a much brighter display and a bit more power under the hood - not to mention a slimmer device overall. One of the biggest complaints users had about the Optimus 3D originally was that it ended up being bulkier than they'd hoped - now we're seeing perhaps the Optimus 3D perfected - is it enough to convince us that glasses-free 3D is really a business we want to get into?

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Huawei Ascend D Quad and D Quad XL get official with custom quad-core processor

Huawei Ascend D Quad and D Quad XL get official with custom quad-core processor

Chinese manufacturer Huawei intends to stake its high-end claim at Mobile World Congress 2012, and they're off to a good start. The previously indicated Diamond line of devices will begin with the Ascend D Quad, featuring Huawei's very own ARM-based quad-core processor, the K3V2. We had expected them to rely on Nvidia's Tegra 3 architecture, but it looks like they're keeping it in the family. The company claims that this bit of 1.5ghz silicon helps it perform 49% faster than conventional devices (making it the "world's fastest smartphone") while improving battery life. Other major specifications include a 4.5-inch 720p touchscreen and Ice Cream Sandwich.

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SlashGear Live from Mobile World Congress 2012!

SlashGear Live from Mobile World Congress 2012!

We made the long journey and are here on the grounds at Mobile World Congress -- and even though it's supposed to be winter this sunny 65 degree weather sure is nice. You can't tell by walking around that it's winter but we'll take all the sun we can get. Along with it will be great news and we have plenty of upcoming products to enjoy and show you in action.

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Samsung unveils Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 with Ice Cream Sandwich

Samsung unveils Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 with Ice Cream Sandwich

Samsung's hitting fast and hard with a gamut of press releases just hours before Mobile World Congress. The latest is the update to their flagship tablet, the Galaxy Tab 10.1, which has been somewhat lazily christened the Galaxy Tab 2, 10.1 inch version. From a hardware perspective it looks like an updated version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1N, the German variant introduced to curb Apple's enthusiasm for patent litigation. On the inside, it gets Ice Cream Sandwich with Samsung's TouchWiz UI skin.

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Samsung Galaxy Beam combines Android smartphone and Pico projector

Samsung Galaxy Beam combines Android smartphone and Pico projector

It's been a while since we saw Samsung try the whole projector-phone combination, but now that it's on top of the smartphone world it looks like they've got the resources and guts to try again. Enter the Samsung Galaxy Beam, a new Android smartphone with a Pico projector integrated into the housing. The Beam is getting a special pre-Mobile World Congress unveil, making it the first Samsung device to be officially announced at the event - just over 24 hours before it starts.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 spotted in pre-MWC ads

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 spotted in pre-MWC ads

Well well well: this would appear to be some pretty solid evidence that Samsung's latest stylus kick is getting even more plus-sized come Monday. Swedish blogger Anders Frick spotted a couple of large-scale advertisements in and around the Fira de Barcelona, where the first pre-show events for Mobile World Congress are set to begin in just a few hours. While he was clearly doing a little surreptitious snooping, what he caught with his camera is pretty clearly the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, a full-sized tablet version of the original Galaxy Note. The device itself should get a proper unveiling sometime on Monday.

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