Mobile World Congress 2012 has now come and gone, and we would now like to share with you some of the highlights from Barcelona this past week.
HTC seems to have stolen much of the attention surrounding the event, with the introduction of their new One line of devices. The One X, One S, and One V will hit the UK first, and will be available in SIM-free form in April. The ONE XL, contrary to what its name implies, is not the One X’s larger American cousin. Rather, the XL dons LTE-enabled attire and swaps out the Cortex A9-based quad-core Tegra 3 for an A15-based dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4. The new product line will all launch with Beats Audio, Ice Cream Sanwich, and Sense 4.0. Find out more about the One line and HTC’s plans for the future in our XDA TV interview with Jeff Gordon and watching HTC’s MWC presentation.
Sony’s KalleD, the man who brought us Ice Cream Sandwich for various Xperia devices, introduced us to the Xperia P and U that are slated to hit shelves in April. Toshiba also made a showing with an all new, Tegra 3-based 7.7-inch tablet. It’s thin, it’s fast, and it looks good. Asus presented the highly-anticipated Padfone and the Transformer Pad Infinity, which refines on the Prime with a higher resolution screen and redesigned chassis. Fujitsu introduced a Tegra 3-powered waterproof phone prototype. Samsung has you covered if you want a phone under 4-inches with the Galaxy Ace 2. And finally, the LG Optimus 4X HD is available in UK and they’re taking pre-orders now
On the Windows Phone side, the long awaited Tango update will arrive sometime in the Spring, and will improve SMS functionality. Windows Phone Marketplace will expand to 23 new countries. And coinciding with the event, Microsoft released Windows 8 Consumer Preview, which was met with 1 million downloads on the first day.
Visit the XDA TV channel on YouTube to watch our own James Bricknell bring us even more from the event. Saying that much has happened this past week would be a massive understatement. What are you most excited about?
March 2, 2012 By: Will Verduzco
You may remember HTC’s Global Online Communications Manager Jeff Gordon from our XDA TV coverage of CES. Back then, Jeff mentioned HTC’s plans on narrowing down their product line to increase focus and deliver a truly flagship device.
Now with the HTC One X, HTC hopes to have achieved this. Sporting a 1.5 GHz quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, a 4.7″ 720p Super LCD2 display, 32 gigs of storage, and a full gig of RAM, they are certainly trying. The exterior of the device exudes HTC’s typical attention to detail thanks to a new technique known as Micro-Arc Oxidation. While the HTC One S also looks nice, the One X is, as Jeff puts it, “what the guys at XDA are mostly going to want to get.”
And to answer the most important question: YES, the bootloaders will be unlockable!
This video, and the rest of our XDA TV coverage of Mobile World Congress 2012, can be found on our YouTube channel!