New Gadgets To Get You Excited About 2012

New Gadgets To Get You Excited About 2012

The inaugral Mobile World Congress in Barcelona didn’t disappoint, serving up some cool new gadgets, making 2012 an exciting year for mobile devices. From tablets to smartphones, to new operating systems, Barcelona definitely delivered , despite the notable absence of Apple and no Samsung Galaxy S3.
We sorted through the mind blowing array of new gadgets to bring you the best of MWC 2012 and possibly the best gadgets of the year.

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ASUS Padfone

ASUS Padfone: “Divided we stand, together we rock”

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a smartphone AND a tablet AND a laptop! While the Padfone isn’t at the forefront of smartphone and tablet technology in terms of processing power or screen resolution, the ASUS Padfone signals a giant leap forward in mobile technology, by combining three devices into one.
Features:
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  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, Dual-Core 1.5 GHz
  • 4.3inches, 960×540 Pixels, Super AMOLED screen with Capacitive Multi touch panel
  • 8 MegaPixel rear facing camera with 5 element lens and 0.3 megapixel front facing camera. Capable of HD 1080p video recording.
  • Runs on Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich”
  • No 4G capabilities, but it is capable of accessing high speed data connection on HSPA+ (faster 3G)
  • The tablet (called the “PadStation”) has a 10.1inch screen and its built in battery extends the battery life of the Padfone fivefold when the Padfone is docked.
  • Able to dock the PadStation into a keyboard similar to the ASUS Transformer Prime, turning the Padfone into a laptop and extending the battery life ninefold.

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Nokia Pureview 808: To 41 MegaPixels and Beyond?

The announcement of a smartphone capable of capturing images with the awe inspiring resolution of 41 megapixels put Nokia back in the smartphone game in a big way. The highest resolution offered by high end smartphones is 12 megapixels. The Pureview even surpasses non-professional digital cameras, which usually capture images at a resolution of 16 megapixels.

The processing power and OS is nothing special with the pureview, as it runs on an updated Symbian OS rather than Windows 7 and has the following features:

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  • Single core 1.3GHz processor with 512MB RAM
  • Runs Symbian Belle OS
  • 16GB storage
  • AMOLED Screen
  • Dolby Digital Plus chipset that can deliver 5.1 channel surround sound
  • Records HD video at 1080p/30fps

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Samsung Galaxy Beam

The Galaxy Beam presents another attempt by Samsung to popularise the projector phone after its first attempt with the “Show” failed in 2009. The Galaxy Beam, rather than being marketed as a business tool, is supposed to be used more for recreation: projecting videos on ceilings, sharing slideshows and…

Features:

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  • Runs on the 1GHz Dual Core ST Ericsson chipset
  • Runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS, but will be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in the future according to Samsung Product Manager Will Bin.
  • The LED projector beams out a 15 lumen image onto any surface with a 640 by 360 resolution
  • 12.5mm thick
  • 4inch WVGA LCD screen
  • HSPA+ and wifi capable
  • 8 GB storage with a SD memory card slot

 

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HTC One X

The HTC One X has been dubbed HTC’s flagship phone for 2012 and it’s easy to see why. The HTC One X delivers respectable specs and delivers the best experience yet out of HTC’s range.

 

Features:

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  • Quad core 1.5GHz processor
  • Runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and HTC Sense 4
  • 4.7 inch screen, HD 720p touch
  • 1GB of RAM and 32GB internal storage with 25GB of free Dropbox storage for two years
  • 8 megapixels rear facing camera with its own image processor, able to shoot 1080p HD video
  • 1.3 megapixels front facing capable of 720p video chat
  • NFC chip, which supports Google Wallet

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Samsung Galaxy Note: Bringing The Stylus Back

While the Padfone combines Tablet and Smartphone functionality through a series of physical add ons, Samsung’s Galaxy Note has brought tablet functionality to a smartphone in a different way. As stated by Tyler McGee, Vice President of Telecommunications for Samsung Electronics Australia; “The product combines the freedom of a paper notebook with the connectivity of Samsung’s smartphone technology and services, providing consumers with great flexibility all-round.”

Features:

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  • Runs a dual core, 1.4GHz processor
  • Runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS
  • 5.3inch, HD super AMOLED display
  • 16GB internal memory with microSD slot for extra memory
  • 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls
  • 9.65 mm thickness
  • S Pen (stylus)
  • Premium suite upgrade to be rolled out in Q2 2012. This upgrade is optimised for the S Pen to improve functionality and will include:

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  • S Note: Offers templates for notes, meeting note, sketchbook, diary, magazine, travel, card, recipe.
  • Shape Match & Formula Match: auto shape correctio, formula recognition, Auto calculation using advanced knowledge search engine (Wolfram Alpha)
  • My Story: Write a letter or card, and make a multimedia album to share
  • Upgraded S Memo

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Huawei Ascend D Quad: “World’s Smartest Phone”

Dubbed by Huawei as the “world’s fastest smartphone”, the Ascend D Quad certainly packs a powerful processing punch with its own quad-core 1.5GHz K3V2 processor. Some reviews have placed the Ascend D on a very high pedestal indeed, going so far as to say that it has set the new benchmark in Android smartphones for speed (click here for more information on the Ascend D Quad’s performance).

Features:

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  • 1.5GHz K3V2 quad core processor with 1GB RAM and 8GB ROM
  • Runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 1280 x 720 megapixels, 4.5inch HD screen
  • Expandable memory via Micro SD card (up to 32GB)
  • 16 core Graphics Processing Unit
  • 1.3 megapixels front facing camera and an 8 megapixel rear facing camera capable of recording 1080p HD video.
  • Dolby 5.1 surround sound
  • 8.9mm thick

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LG Optimus 4X HD

The LG Optimus 4X HD is another in a slew of quad core smartphones unveiled at the MWC this year, signalling the new benchmark for smartphone processors. So what sets LG’s quad core offering apart from the rest?

It allows you to turn 2D games into 3D games (providing you have a 3D capable TV on hand), and a processor that is twice as fast as the Galaxy Nexus.

Features:

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  • 1.5GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad core processor, 1GB RAM
  • Runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 4.7-inch, 1280 x 720 megapixels True HD IPS display
  • 16GB internal storage
  • 8MP rear facing camera with capable of full HD recording, and a 1.3-megapixel front facing camera
  • NFC

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