You could be forgiven for thinking that Samsung's mobile strategy is 100 per cent Android, what will all of its MWC releases in the mix of new products this week. Not so, however; the company is still going to "significantly" increase investment in Bada - the same OS it's merging with Intel's Tizen — as well as continuing development on Windows Phone 7.
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MWC is great for revealing phones, but sorting out which phone is going to which carrier is a rather more labyrinthine maze, as HTC's announcement of the HTC One X proves.
Dreamt up in a hotel bar in Japan by a couple of Nokia execs, the Nokia 808 Pureview phone has completely stolen MWC with its 41MP sensor. I grabbed some time with Nokia's lead programme manager for imaging, Damian Dinning, to chat about how it's "almost like just invented time travel, it's that extreme".
Forgive our capitals explosion, but we're a little shocked right now. Nokia just announced a cameraphone with a 41P sensor. FORTY-ONE MEGAPIXELS. Naturally Nokia's sticking with Carl Zeiss lenses, but that 41MP camera can shoot 7728 x 5354 photos in 16:9 format, or if you prefer 4:3, in 7152 x 5368. There's just one thing: It runs Symbian.
Thought the Lumia 710 was aimed at the shallower-pocketed amongst us? As leaked, the Lumia 610 goes even further in bringing the price down, with Nokia itself saying it's for the "younger audience." Calling it "confident," with "generous curves," I was scratching my head waiting for Nokia to introduce Mad Men's Christina Hendricks to the stage instead. Alas.
While the One X may be HTC's beast of a flagship device, the One S is not far behind. It's packing a new Snapdragon S4 processor into one of the most solidly built phones I've ever put my paws on.
Given Sony already torpedoed its Xperia S back at CES, you can aaaaalmost forgive the now-lacking-in-Ericsson company for its lacklustre MWC showings. New Sony boss Kaz Hirai took to the stage to intro the Xperia P and Xperia U phones, which, as rumoured, are both dual-core phones with 8MP and 5MP cameras between ‘em.
At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Samsung's just added a 10.1-inch size Tab 2 alongside the 7-incher, which was announced just the other day. The lager model features Ice Cream Sandwich and a 1GHz dual-core processor, but weirdly, is actually fatter and heavier than the original 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab.