This week the folks at ASUS showed a brand new iteration of the Padfone - this time titled the Padfone Infinity. This next-generation dual-purpose device works as a phone and a tablet, with the phone plugging in to the tablet as a docking station. This version of the device - the phone part, that is, works with a 5-inch Full HD display at 1920 x 1080 resolution, that being 441 PPI - "better than the retina display" as ASUS made clear.
Sony's track record with tablets has been mixed, but the Xperia Tablet Z is undoubtedly the company's best play for the slate market so far. Slotting a bright, colorful 10.1-inch display running at a hefty 1920 x 1200 resolution into a waifishly-appealing 6.9mm thick chassis, the Xperia Tablet Z borrows its smartphone sibling's water resistance, meaning that while you might not be able to take it into the shower, it can at least hold up to random splashes poolside.
Intel has officially launched its new dual-core Atom processor-based platform that was formerly known as Clover Trail+. The new platform has officially launched at Mobile World Congress 2013 and will be featured in a range of new products, ecosystems, and other platforms including Android tablets. The new platform promises significantly improved power consumption among other features.
This week General Motors Vice Chairman Steve Girsky has let it be known that they're bringing 4G LTE connectivity to their vehicles as early as next year. This connectivity will be fully built-in to the vehicle itself - it's been made clear that it wont be brought in, and it wont be based on your smartphone. This solution will be coming to every brand from GMC to Chevy to Opel, and will bring such fabulous connectivity options as the vehicle itself acting as mobile hotspot for your tablet.
QUALCOMM Technologies has announced the first 4G LTE Advanced embedded connectivity platform for mobile computing devices at MWC 2013. The new platform will be used in thin form factor laptops, tablets, and convertible notebooks and is based on chipsets in the Gobi platform. QUALCOMM says that the new platform is based on the MDM9225 and MDM9625 chipsets.
It was only a few years ago that a lot of people hoped Palm's WebOS would be the next big thing in the smartphone market. Unfortunately, the operating system proved to be unpopular and HP eventually purchased Palm and the operating system with big plans of building tablets powered by WebOS. The tablets proved unpopular leaving HP with a huge amount of money spent on Palm and very little return on that investment.
Aptina has unveiled a new high-performance full HD resolution mobile imaging sensor supporting image recording at 60 frames per second. The image sensor also supports high dynamic range and is called the AR0261. The sensor is designed for use in forward facing applications for smartphones, tablets, and TVs.
Shazam calls itself a media engagement company, but it's more like a social network for music and television fans making it easy to identify new content. The service allows fans to see what TV shows and music people are tagging and a lot more. The service is taking the time to brag that it has passed 300 million global users and that it will be unveiling a new version of its software for iPad and Android tablets.
Software company ALK Technologies has announced that its CoPilot GPS navigation app is coming for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 devices. The software offers voice-guided GPS navigation for Windows Phone 8 smartphone users and other Windows devices. Using the software travelers will be able to take advantage of turn-by-turn guidance features, trip planning services, and automotive-grade maps stored on the device for off-line use.
In the Nokia Lumia 520 you've got Nokia's newest low-end of great, including their renewed dedication to a pure aesthetic, Windows Phone 8, and a rather inexpensive price point. This device is a bit of a shell in the way it appears in the hand, with the front being more of a flat experience while the back bubbles out, and the edges are sharp. Of course no Nokia would be a real Nokia if the edges were actually sharp as a device could be, so you'll find this device "pillowy" when compared to the rest of the smartphones of the world made by non-Nokia OeMs.