You may have been following our live blog of Samsung’s “Unpacked: Part I” event at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. If you did you would know that, much to the chagrin of most of the event’s attendants, it sort of dragged; we heard the same things repeated over and over again by various members of Samsung’s team. However, after we’ve had some hands-on time with the star of the show, the Galaxy S II, we think we know why it got such and exhaustive introduction: it’s a really, really great smartphone. Sammy has obviously invested a large amount of time and energy into the next Galaxy S, and you can really feel all that effort and energy when you pick up the device. It’s incredibly light, incredibly thin, and incredibly responsive. The TouchWiz UI has gotten a serious makeover that makes it much more appealing than its previous iteration. Customization options, social networking hook-ins, it’s all there. Not to mention some of those high-end specs: dual-core processor, Wi-Fi direct support, HSPA +21 Mbps radio, 1080p HD recording and playback at 30fps, and hardware accelerated encryption — just to name a few. Oh, and who could forget that 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen… you really have to see it to appreciate it. In short: the phone is gorgeous, feels solid, and responds just like you want it to. Will the Galaxy S II make its way to the U.S. in a non carrier-bastardized form? That’s the $1,000,000 question. Sammy is hosting another event tomorrow evening where it may reveal more details about its strategy for the United States — if we’re lucky we may even get a timetable. Until then, hit up our hands-on gallery and let us know what you think!
Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Play handset hasn’t exactly been a secret, but the journey ends (and begins) today, as it’s finally official. It’s the first Android device to feature Sony’s Playstation Suite gaming app and enviroment, and is scheduled to appear by the end of the year. The Xperia Play runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread and is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU with 4-inch 480×854 resolution display. There are, of course, the PSP-like game buttons on the slider part of the phone, a front facing camera, 5 megapixel rear camera, 512MB RAM, and a microSD card slot.
Sony Ericsson has just taken the wraps off their Xperia Pro handset, and it’s a large one. The phone is a full QWERTY keyboard sliding device, and nicely joins the Xperia Neo and Xperia Play that have been announced. There’s an EXmor 8.1 megapixel camera sensor on the Xperia Pro, Sony’s mobile Bravia engine for the display, HDMI out, and Google’s latest mobile OS, Gingerbread 2.3.
Sony Ericsson, just moments ago at their press event in Barcelona just announced their newest Android device, the Xperia Neo. It features HD video, HDMI out, Sony’s mobile Bravia engine, a 8 megapixel camera and front-facing camera. It has a 4-inch, 854×480 resolution display and is powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU in addition to running Gingerbread 2.3
Another leaked Samsung device over the weekend just became official (Samsung’s MWC event is just getting underway) — the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Why oh why is the name of the device the Tab 10.1, you might ask? That’s because the Tab 10.1 is the big boy in Samsung’s tablet lineup and featured a 10.1-inch display. It’s available in 16GB and 32GB storage varieties and is powered by a dual-core Tegra 2 processor. You’ll find a front-facing camera in addition to a 8 megapixel shooter on the back, and as far as weight is concerned, the Tab 10.1 comes in at around 1.2 pounds compared to the iPad and Xoom’s 1.5 pounds.
Well, it wasn’t exactly a surprise, but the Samsung Galaxy S II is officially official. Samsung isn’t beating around the bush with the naming on this bad boy — it’s the successor to the Samsung Galaxy S, and from the specifications, it sure looks like it. The device features a 4.27-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, is powered by Samsung’s dual-core Orion CPU, has an 8 megapixel camera with 1080p video capture, and runs atop Gingerbread 2.3 with TouchWiz 4.0. The Galaxy S II is incredibly thin at just 8.49mm thick — though there is that slight hump at bottom of the phone. Full press release after the break!
We’re here and ready to go at Samsung’s Mobile World Congress 2011 event. While the Samsung Galaxy S II and Samsung Galaxy Tab II have popped up online, we’re sure there will still be a few surprises in store for us. Hit the break for all the live coverage! More →
We’ve touched down in Spain and will be bringing you live coverage throughout the week. There’s a lot on the table this year, with press conferences from everyone from Sony Ericsson and RIM, to Nokia and Samsung — we’ll be covering them as they happen, so stay tuned. The first event starts in only over an hour!
LG confirmed on Tuesday that it will unveil what it calls “the world’s first 3D smartphone” at Mobile World Congress 2011 later this month. Details are very slim for the time being, but the main attraction on the upcoming LG Optimus 3D will be its glasses-free 3D experience coupled with a dual-lens camera capable of recording video in 3D. The phone will also feature an HDMI-out port and DLNA video streaming capability. LG will become the first to bet on 3D in cell phones and in light of the terrible quarter LG reported last week, we hope consumers will show more interest in 3D smartphones than they have in 3D televisions. Hit the break for LG’s press release. More →
We’re still deep in day two of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show and apparently Samsung has already moved on. Speaking at CES on Friday, Samsung’s president of mobile J. K. Shin discussed the company’s big plans for Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month. “We will continue to keep our technology leadership this year. In terms of dual-core applications, we already have a program, and next month at Mobile World Congress we will unveil it,” Shin said at the show. Shin went on to note, “In February at MWC, we will unveil our next-generation tablet device portfolio in detail.” According to the exec, Samsung’s 4G strategy will soon begin moving toward 4G. The company will release new smartphones and tablets, and both WiMAX and LTE devices will be included in Samsung’s future portfolio. Shin also stated that new Windows Phone 7 smartphones would be announced at MWC next month, along with both 3G and 4G tablets. More →