LG’s Entire MWC Android Phone Lineup Gets Fondled on Video, Including the Quad-core Optimus 4X HD

There are absolutely zero surprises coming from LG at next week’s Mobile World Congress now thanks to some lengthy hands-on videos that Italian site Telefonino posted today. LG had already announced each of their major products to unveil – Optimus 4X HD, Optimus Vu, and Optimus 3D Max – but we had yet to really see them in the wild or in any sort of lengthy overview.  (more…)

HTC Continues Countdown to MWC – 4 Days to Go Before We Hear Something “Authentic”

HTC continued its countdown to Mobile World Congress today by posting a picture of a phone with the number 4 inside it. Yesterday it was a 5, as in 5 days to go until they announce their 2012 plans. Today’s 4 is accompanied by the words “This Sunday you’ll hear something authentic.” Authentic could mean almost anything, but the definition says “Of undisputed origin.” Dig deep into that if you need to. We are just assuming it has to do with the One X.

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LG Announces the Optimus 4X HD Ahead of MWC – Tegra 3, 4.7-inch HD Display, and Ice Cream Sandwich

So much for one last surprise from LG at next week’s Mobile World Congress. After announcing both the Optimus Vu and Optimus 3D Max, they went ahead and officially outed the Optimus 4X HD as well. The phone is everything that has been rumored so far, so let’s recap quickly and then get to your thoughts.

The LG Optimus 4X HD will rock a 4.7″ IPS HD display, 1.5GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera, 16GB internal storage, 2150mAh battery, and will run Ice Cream Sandwich. Not bad, right? And with the Tegra 3, don’t automatically assume that this device will suffer from battery life issues either. As we have written a number of times now, the quad-core architecture that NVIDIA uses, includes a 5th companion core that they are calling “4-PLUS-1.” This companion core allows the phone to idle and save battery during activities that do not need heavy processing. This device should exceed your battery life expectations.

The device will ship to Europe first some time in the 2nd quarter. U.S. rollout has not been announced, but if we go off of last year’s similar device from LG, the Optimus 2X, T-Mobile was able to grab it and rename it the LG G2X. LG G4X HD this time around, anyone?

Sooooo, your thoughts? Being an LG device, does this interest you?

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Android Team Reminds Us That Last Year’s MWC Android Booth Was Awesome, Invites You Back For More


The Android booth at last year’s Mobile World Congress was everything you would hope that an Android booth would be. There was a slide, Android collectibles, devices, a conveyor belt, a lounge, and more. To remind you of its awesomeness, the Android team has posted up a recap of the fun while reminding us all that they will be back at MWC doing it all over again. Can’t wait to see what they have in store.

Via:  Android at MWC 2012

Asus Teases the Padfone Before MWC – “Divided We Stand, Together We Rock”

Not that there was any question over whether or not Asus would unveil the almost forgotten Padfone at Mobile World Congress next week after press releases went out, but this new teaser helps to confirm it further. With a not-so-sneaky slogan of “Divided we stand, together we rock,” it’s painfully obvious that they are talking about the joining of a tablet and a smartphone.

To catch those of you up that haven’t followed the saga of the Padfone – which is an awful name by the way – we’ll run through its history briefly. Originally introduced around last May, the Padfone would be a 4.3″ phone with the ability to dock inside and power a 10.1″ tablet. In theory, it really is the best of both worlds. You would have a phone for you day-to-day tasks and a tablet for those bigger multimedia times. However, after having been introduced, the product seemed to have disappeared for a bit until finally resurfacing in November with word that it would appear MWC. It makes sense that the product would be delayed until Ice Cream Sandwich was released though. How else would Asus have been able to load Gingerbread and Honeycomb all onto one device? Now with Android 4.0, they no longer need to have a device that can dual-boot.

So here we stand just days away. Are you ready for it? Suggestions for a new name?   (more…)

HTC Teases MWC Announcements on Facebook

Oh HTC, so clever on your little Facebook page. What does “5” mean? Well, Mobile World Congress starts in exactly 5 days. The world is fully expecting HTC to announce at least 3 (maybe even 4) devices at the conference including the One X, One S and One V. The One X as you know used to fall under the codename Endeavor and is their first Tegra 3 quad-core device. The One V (formerly the Ville) could very well end up as the world’s first Snapdragon S4 phone, something that even as a dual-core chipset, will hold its own for a long time.

After a disastrous 2011, HTC is looking to make a huge splash at MWC and set the the stage for 2012. They have some work to do if they are going to rise back up in the Android ranks, but with the rumors and buzz flying about as we approach this weekend, they certainly have a chance.

The quote “This Sunday you’ll discover something fast.” was included with the photo.

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LG Announces the Optimus Vu – 5-inch IPS Display, LTE, Dual-core Processor, and Just 8.5mm Thick

LG has announced the Optimus Vu today ahead of Mobile World Congress. The device – as was rumored – will sport a 5″ IPS display with 4:3 aspect ratio, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 8MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera, LTE, 2080mAh battery, Gingerbread and is just 8.5mm thick. It’s one odd device, to say the least. If you thought the Galaxy Note and its 5.3″ screen was pushing the limits, a phone with a 4:3 ratio is even crazier. While the device is incredibly thin, I’m not sure that many will jump for a phone that is built like a square. That is certainly a ton of screen real estate – we’ll see how the public reacts when it goes public at MWC later this month.

Via:  LG

NVIDIA Expects to Ship Tegra 3 “Superphones” This Quarter

During NVIDIA’s Q4 earnings call this afternoon, CEO Jen-Hsun Huang mentioned that they fully expect to announce Tegra 3 powered devices at Mobile World Congress this month and then ship them during the same quarter. This news comes as a bit of a surprise since the Android world has functioned much differently when it comes to releasing products in the past. When something new is announced at these major mobile conferences, it almost always takes months before we ever see them on store shelves.

A number of Tegra 3 quad-core devices have been rumored leading up to MWC such as the LG X3 and HTC One X, but there is a better than average chance that we will see even more. Phone manufacturers are always looking to make a big splash during Q1 and unveiling a quad-core phone at MWC is the way to do it.

Via:  The Verge