Hottest phones of MWC 2012 (updated and definitive)
The very best phones of MWC 2012 is what we bring you at Pocket-lint, but this page right here is even better. It's the best of the best, the best-est, the tip top, the A-No.1 as far as the hottest phones of the world's largest mobile phone trade show goes.
Throughout our time in Barcelona this year, the team will be updating this page with the mobiles that really catch our eye. So, if we think something has a bright future, is highly original or just gets our geek juices flowing for some unknown reason, you'll find it here. These are the hottest phones of MWC 2012 and the ones we think you should take notice of.
HTC One X
HTC’s premium offering at MWC this year is the One X. With a quad-core processor, 4.7-inch 1280 x 720 Super LCD screen and Ice Cream Sandwich on board, it is more than powerful enough to compete with the rest of the smartphone big boys. HTC has also thrown in a very capable 8 megapixel camera, which takes advantage of all the extra grunt that processor offers. This means smooth 1080p video recording and the ability to snap stills simultaneously. The f2.0 28mm lens should also work wonders for low-light photography.
HTC has also packed as much memory as it possibly could into the One X. While it's still no 64GB iPhone 4S, you do get yourself 32GB of internal memory as standard and a whopping 25GB of Dropbox space to play with for the first two years of owning the handset. A 1,800 mAh battery is inside, keeping the One X’s Tegra 3 chip ticking along nicely and powering what looks to be a highly capable flash unit. Hands-on
Nokia 808 Pureview
Whaat?! A 41-megapixel camera? How can this be possible? We knew Nokia has itself quite an imaging tradition, but with the 808 it has truly gone all out. The number of megapixels on the phone's sensor outdoes even the likes of the recently announced Nikon D800 - and that’s a DSLR that costs more than £2000.
So what exactly is the 808? From the look of it, more an experimental handset and a platform with which Nokia can test out its new sensor technology. No use having all that resolution without a decent piece of glass in front of the sensor, so Nokia has taken advantage of its dealings with Carl Zeiss to complete the 808’s imaging package. Of course pictures shot at 41 megapixels are going to be huge in file size, so there is another option to shoot at 2,3,5 and 8. 1080p video shooting naturally.
The only disappointing thing about the 808 so far is that it is running Symbian and not Windows Phone, making it a bit of a letdown on the OS front. Nokia says it was the platform used when the project started and it's something that has been lurking in Nokia’s labs for quite a long time, before WP7 days. Expect to see the 808 arriving some time in May. Hands-on
There’s no denying that 2012 is the year of four cores. And relative phone unknown, at least in Europe, Fujitsu has announced that it will be introducing a new, quad-core handset this year. The device is powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 3 processor, and is equipped with a full HD display. Yes, that’s right, 1080p on a 4.3-inch device. That’s either the best idea ever, or the most pointeless. We’ll reserve judgement until we get our filthy mitts on one.
The device is LTE-ready too, although it’s uncertain if we’ll see that version of the handset in the UK. There’s also a 13-megapixel camera packed on board and if all that wasn’t enough, it’s dust and water resistant - which is going to be even more common in phones from now on. Wow, what a phone! Hands-on
LG Optimus 4X HD
LG knows how to make a nice Android phone, but on the whole it has struggled to gain much traction in the European market. No doubt the company hopes that it’s quad-core, Tegra 3-powered 4X will win it some much needed EU plaudits.
The screen is a massive 4.7-inches, which means this is one for enthusiast smartphone owners only. And by way of comparison, it’s only a little bit smaller than Samsung’s massive Note. The on-board camera is 8-megapixels, which should produce some pretty decent images too. Hands-on
Panasonic Eluga Power
Panasonic hasn’t had a mobile phone on sale in the UK for a good many years, but now, in 2012 it’s already announced a major comeback. But gone are the clunky phones of old, and in are sleek new Android devices.
The Eluga Power follows on from the plain old Eluga, and retains that phone’s water and dustproofing. It’s faster too, with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, but we’re a little dissapointed that neither of Panasonic’s new handsets has quad core chips on-board. The company has seen fit to include NFC however, as well as a front facing camera. Hands-on
ZTE has gone handset mad at MWC, announcing 8 new phones. Top of the list is the Era, which uses a quad-core processor and marks the start of ZTE’s competition in the top end of the smartphone market. Inside is a 1.3GHz Tegra 3 chipset and a clever Icera network modem. ICS is naturally included, as is a 4.3-inch 960 x 540 display.
An 8 megapixel camera is slapped on the back of the Era that is capable of shooting 1080p video. NFC functionality is included via ZTE’s touch and share app and most excitingly a brand new Android skin from ZTE on top of ICS called Mifavor. The Era is due out in the second half of 2012. Hands-on
Pocket-lint got word this month from Acer that the Acer CloudMobile smartphonehad received the iF design award 2012, in recognition of outstanding achievement in design. First impressions? It's a super svelte looking device whose 9.9mm thickness appears much thinner in the hand, thanks to to its sharp edges. And the back panel is easily the nicest on any phone we've seen at the mobile expo this year, it just oozes coolness.
The model on show at the Android booth was a bit buggy (very early version) so we can't comment too much on performance at this point. What we do know is that the finished article should be pretty impressive as it is powered by a dual core Qualcomm 1.5GHz 8260A CPU, has 1GB of RAM and is running Android 4.0. The 4.3-inch IPS HD display has a "zero air gap design" - which we're told means no resistance whatsoever. It certainly looked very sharp and the viewing angles are amazing. Best looking smartphone at MWC? Probably. Hands-on
Huawei Ascend D quad
There's a lot of "world's this" and "world's that" chatter that came out of the mouth of Chinese company Huawei over at MWC 2012, and, with its new flagship phone, the Huawei Ascend D quad, the world's best boast comes our way because of its apparent speed. Huawei says it is "the world's fastest smartphone".
We certainly won't argue that it's bloomin' quick, although our 10 minutes with the device over in Barcelona at the big mobile expo was obviously not enough time to give you a comprehensive opinion. What we can say is it smashed through the tasks we set it like a rabid gorilla would the contents of a china shop. That speed comes by way of Huawei's own K3V2 processor, clocked at 1.2/1.5GHz.
While not quite as skinny as the Huawei Ascend P1 that we saw at CES ("world's slimmest") it's not exactly a chunky-monkey either, as it measures 8.9mm thin. It has a sharp-looking 4.5-inch 1280 x 720 pixel resolution display, with a 32-bit true colour graphic processor. It delivers a pixel density of 330ppi and looks every bit as impressive as that sounds. Hands-on
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