MWC. Mobile World Congress. A lot of phones have been announced in the last few days. Let's take a look at some of the major announcements.
- Giant 4.7 inch screen, with a 720p resolution
- Tegra 3, quad core processor
- Sense 4.0 on top of Android 4.0
My thoughts: A little big for my tastes, but nonetheless a very good phone. Reasonably good looking, and Sense 4.0 seems to be an improvement on previous versions of Sense. I'm not sure on Tegra 4 for phones, however - seems to be overkill.
- Good sized 4.3 inch screen
- Qualcomm S4 dual-core processor
- Very thin, at 7.6mm - the thinnest HTC ever
My thoughts: Like the look of this one. Amazingly thin, good processor, and the screen seems really nice - it's Super AMOLED, which is a first for HTC. However, it is only a qHD screen, when many high-end phones are moving to 720p
- Really nice design
- 3.7 inch screen, which is perfect for some
- Single core processor
My thoughts: I'd never buy this, personally, but I can see why it could be a popular choice. The design harks back to the Legend's design, which was one of the most beautiful HTC's ever. The screen, maybe a little on the small size for some, will be perfect for people upgrading from the Legend.
- Phone docks into tablet, which then docks into keyboard, providing a 'daisy-chaining' charging experience
- Phone is running stock Android 4.0
- Tablet does not look thick
My thoughts: Design wise, the phone seems a little on the 'bland' side, which is disappointing, as ASUS really could have made it look good. But when it docks into the tablet (called the Padfone Station) it comes alive. The tablet can then dock into the keyboard. The keyboard will charge the tablet, which in turn will charge the phone.
Ascend D quad /XL
- 4.5 inch 720p screen
- In house quad core processor, clocked at 1.5ghz
- Removable storage, which is becoming rarer and rarer these days
My thoughts: I want this. The processor is said to be extremely fast, and the phone itself is good looking and reasonably thin at 8.8mm. The normal Ascend D quadpacks a reasonable 1800mAh battery, while the XL variant (slightly thicker at around 9-10mm) has a 2500mAh battery. The processor will underclock to 1.2ghz when it isn't needed at full power, to save battery life.
- 4.3 inch 720p screen
- Transparent strip at bottom of phone
- The Ericsson branding has finally disappeared
My thoughts: My main problem with this phone is the processor. It's the same that's in my HTC Sensation, a Qualcomm MSM8660. That's almost two years old now (it's the same processor that was in the Desire HD, but dual-core), so positively archaic in technology terms. But the phone itself is incredibly good looking, and the Ericsson branding is gone forver, which I for one am happy about. However, it runs Gingerbread, which could be a dealbreaker for some (along with the processor, this is a dealbreaker for me).
- 4 inch screen, at qHD resolution
- A smaller Xperia S
- WhiteMagic display
My thoughts: The WhiteMagic display is the standout feature here. It adds an extra strip of white pixels to the RGB layout, which according to Sony improves the screen's performance in sunlight. Other than that, it's fairly standard: a 1ghz dual-core processor, and it looks like a smaller Xperia S (not that that's a bad thing).
- A 3.5 inch display
- Smaller Xperia P
- Changeable bottom part
My thoughts: Again, something I'd never buy. But a good phone for those looking for something like this, definitely. You can change the bottom part of the phone, under the transparent strip (which is on all the new Xperia's), so this is obviously a fashion phone for the younger members of the human race.