MWC 2010

BYD Snaptop tablet hands-on

BYD Snaptop tablet hands-on

You might recognize BYD's Snaptop prototype from back in November 2009, when we grabbed some hands-on time at a Qualcomm press event.  The difference at MWC 2010 this week was that the Snaptop is now functional, rather than a mockup; you still get a touchscreen, flip-out kick-stand and a wireless Bluetooth keyboard which docks into the back of the tablet for storage and portability, but now the whole thing actually works.

Video demo after the cut

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Samsung Beam I8520 projector-phone hands-on [Video]

Samsung Beam I8520 projector-phone hands-on [Video]

Slapping a pico-projector module into a phone isn't exactly new, but Samsung's Beam I8520 is perhaps the first that has us truly tempted.  The smartphone - formerly known by its "Halo" codename - ticks plenty of the boxes many shop for handsets by: it runs Android 2.1 on a 3.7-inch Super AMOLED display with capacitive touchscreen, and has an 8.1-megapixel camera on the back complete with an LED flash.  On top of Android Samsung have used their TouchWiz 3.0 UI, and while we've never been especially big fans - in comparison to other manufacture-specific software environments - the whole thing moves along at a decent lick of speed.

Of course, the real interest here is the integrated pico-projector.  Samsung have used a Texas Instruments DLP module running at WVGA resolution, just like the Beam's own AMOLED display, and it's triggered by holding down a button on the right-hand side.  Whatever's on the main display can be projected, and the Beam's pico has a 6 lumen brightness rating.

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O2 HTC Smart hands-on [Video]

O2 HTC Smart hands-on [Video]

HTC's second launch event of MWC 2010 may have been a little more subdued than the Desire/Legend/HD mini announcement, but the phone it detailed may reach a whole lot more users than that trio.  Along with carrier O2, the company have announced availability of the  HTC Smart, an entry-level device running Qualcomm's Brew MP OS on a 300MHz processor.  Check out our hands-on video demo after the cut.

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Nexus One Flash 10.1 video demo

Nexus One Flash 10.1 video demo

It's still not yet publicly available for Nexus One owners, but that hasn't stopped at least one demonstration of Flash 10.1 running on Google's "superphone".  We came across the modified Nexus One here at Mobile World Congress 2010 this week, and shot some video of the SlashGear.TV media player (which is, obviously, Flash-based) along with YouTube.  The good news is that it works; the bad news is that it doesn't work especially well.

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Acer Liquid e hands-on

Acer Liquid e hands-on

Acer's new Android flagship, the Liquid e, certainly promises a lot on paper - a 768 MHz Snapdragon processor, 3.5-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen, 5-megapixel autofocus camera and Android 2.1 for starters - so we headed over to the company's booth here at MWC 2010 to see whether it delivered.  Check out our first impressions after the cut.

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Acer Aspire One 532G netbook packs Ion 2 GPU

Acer Aspire One 532G netbook packs Ion 2 GPU

We stopped by Acer at MWC 2010 to check out their latest Android smartphones, and came across the Aspire One 532G, the company's first Full HD compliant netbook. While Acer aren't making a song & dance about it, the AO532G is in fact the first netbook to use NVIDIA's Ion 2 meaning it's capable of 1080p output via HDMI. However the Ion 2 GPU is switchable, using NVIDIA's latest Optimus technology, balancing graphics power against battery life.

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NVIDIA demo digital mag & Farmville on Tegra tablet

NVIDIA demo digital mag & Farmville on Tegra tablet

What's the best use for an NVIDIA Tegra 250 second-gen tablet? If you said Condé Nast's Wired digital magazine demo, or indeed popular Facebook game Farmville, NVIDIA have you covered. The company had their latest tablet prototypes on show, and were demonstrating the finger-friendly magazine together with the addictive farming game.

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Samsung Wave S8500 hands-on

Samsung Wave S8500 hands-on

We didn't hide our confusion back at the Samsung bada launch late last year; at the time, a disappointingly vague presentation and a complete absence of demo devices left us uncertain as to where Samsung expected the new smartphone-for-the-masses platform to fit into the current ecosystem. Having spent some decent hands-on time with the first bada phone, the Samsung Wave S8500, and our very own hands-on at MWC 2010 - we're a little more confident in the device if not the positioning. Check out our first impressions - and video - after the cut.

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Notion Ink Adam hands-on & digital magazine demo

Notion Ink Adam hands-on & digital magazine demo

While we were with NVIDIA today, we ran into one of the guys from tablet start-up Notion Ink. We've covered their Adam tablet several times here at SlashGear, and so jumped at the chance for a hands-on with their latest prototype unit. The company have confirmed that there will be two models on offer when the Adam hits the market in Q3 2010, one with the innovative Pixel Qi display (at 12.9mm thick) and another (11.6mm thick) regular LCD.  They've also sent over a video demo of a Flash-based digital magazine, which you can see after the cut.

Video hands-on & Flash digital magazine demo after the cut

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CEVA DSP Core powers next-gen Samsung LTE modem

CEVA DSP Core powers next-gen Samsung LTE modem

I for one am looking forward to LTE hitting the US later this year in limited areas. It will be 2011 before we see wide rollouts of the service according to most carriers. Other than the service being available, we also need new devices that can take advantage of the speed like phones and modems. CEVA has announced at MWC 2010 that Samsung has chosen the CEVA DSP Core to power its first LTE modem.

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Sonim torture tests “nearly” unbreakable XP2 Spirit phone at MWC

Sonim torture tests “nearly” unbreakable XP2 Spirit phone at MWC

Nothing is more embarrassing for a manufacturer than to have its product tested and the features touted found to be false. This is exactly what happened to Sonim at CES when it dared a BBC journalist to try to break its indestructible XP3 handset, and break it he did. With that fresh in mind, Sonim is showing off its first 3G handset at MWC called the Sonim XP2 Spirit and is this time calling the thing "nearly" unbreakable.

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