MWC 2009

SlashGear at Sony Ericsson MWC press event

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!

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

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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Acer DX650 double-sided GPS smartphone leaks

Acer DX650 double-sided GPS smartphone leaks

The first of Acer's upcoming smartphones, tipped for launch at their MWC announcement next week, has leaked, and it's certainly an interesting looking device.  The Acer DX650 is a dual-sided Windows Mobile smartphone, with a traditional 2.8-inch QVGA touchscreen on one side, and a full numeric keypad and 1.27-inch 128 x 96 monochrome OLED display on the reverse. 

More Acer DX650 images after the cut

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Garmin-ASUS reveal nuvifone G60 specs

Garmin-ASUS reveal nuvifone G60 specs

While the two facts we'd really like to know about the freshly-christened Garmin-ASUS nuvifone G60 - price and release date - are still a mystery, the pair of manufacturers are at least spilling a few more specification details before the handset goes on show at MWC next week.  As well as the 3.55-inch touchscreen and 3G HSDPA connectivity, we now hear the G60 will have a 3-megapixel camera with autofocus and geotagging, as with the nuvifone M20, together with internet-connected GPS navigation including turn-by-turn directions, preloaded maps for North America or Eastern and Western Europe, and automatic route recalculation.

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Modu unveil modular cellphone jackets, promise big MWC launch news

Modu unveil modular cellphone jackets, promise big MWC launch news

Modu have unveiled their first production handset range, each jacket using the company's compact modular mobile phone.  The central unit - which has 2GB of storage, a custom OS and GUI, and can be used on its own via a seven-key interface - can be slotted into a number of different housings; Modu's initial production jackets all resemble traditional cellphones, but the company is also promising more unusual designs such as the core device slotting into a car stereo or UMPC-style handheld.

 

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