MWC 2009

Samsung Blue Earth eco-friendly solar smartphone

As well as their more mainstream devices, Samsung also announced the first in their new Blue Earth series, an eco-friendly handset made from recycled PCM plastic, which is extracted from water bottles. On the back there's a solar panel, which Samsung are saying generate enough electronic power to "call anytime anywhere".


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Samsung Omnia HD gets official at MWC 2009

Samsung announced the latest iteration in the Omnia range today, the Samsung Omnia HD I8910, with a switch from Windows Mobile 6.1 to Symbian S60.  The Omnia HD has a 3.7-inch AMOLED touchscreen, capable of 16m colors, together with an 8.1-megapixel camera capable of recording 720p high-definition footage.


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Pre Community briefing with Palm at MWC 2009

We stopped by Palm this morning to check out the latest on the Pre; although we had been hoping that the GSM version of the handset would be announced, Palm maintain that they've no plans to confirm their European carrier at this event. Nonetheless, while shooting video of the Pre for our sibling-site Pre Community, we spotted a Vodafone SIM in what was obviously a GSM handset.

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HTC Touch Diamond2 and Touch Pro2

HTC have announced two new devices at MWC today, the HTC Touch Diamond2 and the HTC Touch Pro2, each updates of the original devices. The Touch Diamond2 has a 3.2-inch VGA touchscreen display, while the Touch Pro2 has a 3.6-inh WVGA touchscreen and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Both run Windows Mobile, currently 6.1 but we're expecting to hear that each will ship with 6.5 when Microsoft officially announce it - as expected - later on today.

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Sony Ericsson Idou: Live Video and Gallery from MWC

Sony Ericsson's Idou may be far from complete, but that didn't stop the company pulling out the limited number of pre-production demo units they had and running through a quick showcase of some of the touchscreen smartphone's features.  Headline functionality for the Idou is the 12.1-megapixel autofocus camera with Xenon flash, 3.5-inch VGA-resolution touchscreen and new Symbian Foundation OS; check out our live demo video and full gallery after the cut.

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SlashGear at Sony Ericsson MWC press event

SlashGear is at the Sony Ericsson press event, here at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, waiting to see what devices the company launches.  There's just ten minutes before the event begins, so check out the video embedded after the cut and stay tuned for our coverage as the launch unfolds.

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SlashGear at Mobile World Congress 2009!

The SlashGear team are in Barcelona and we're ready to bring you all the top stories from Mobile World Congress 2009.  Although the last two weeks have been filled with leaks - Samsung, we're looking at you - and early announcements, we're still expecting a few interesting surprises.  Of course, we'll also be bringing you hands-on reports, exclusive video and photo galleries of all the biggest launches.

We know that Samsung will be bringing their new flagship feature-phone, the Samsung UltraTOUCH S8300 (aka Samsung Tocco Ultra), as well as a number of other devices, many of which use AMOLED display technology rather than the more traditional (and generally more power-hungry) LCD TFT screens.  LG, meanwhile, have their Arena KM900 - which is being heavily advertised across Barcelona - complete with its nifty new 3D GUI.

MWC 2009 predictions after the cut

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ASUS Eee Phone announcement this year: budget smartphone OS still unknown

The much-rumored ASUS Eee Phone is another device on the Garmin-ASUS roadmap, according to a company spokesperson, but it will not be making an appearance at MWC next week.  Instead, the budget smartphone will get an announcement later this year, but the duo are keeping tight-lipped about what OS the handset will run.  Various options are on the table - including Windows Mobile, Android and other Linux distros - but the expectation is still that Google's open-source platform will be the likely candidate.

Garmin and ASUS announced their partnership to co-develop, brand and market handsets last week, with the news focusing primarily on the nuvifone series.  These devices, which would build heavily on Garmin's GPS expertise, would prioritize location-based services in order to distinguish themselves from the rest of the cellphone crowd.

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