Which MWC 2012 devices launch with Ice Cream Sandwich?

What use is having a smartphone if you can't say it's the smartest? Sure some of you aren't hugely fussed about hardware, but when it comes to Android, we know that having the latest version of the operating system is key.

That means having Ice Cream Sandwich spinning along nicely on your handset, the moment you take it out of the box. Mobile World Congress overloaded us with Android phones, leaving us to pick through the sea of handsets and fish out those running the latest version of the Google OS. So below is a list of the phones so far announced at MWC which use ICS. Enjoy it, there are enough of them. 

LG Optimus 4X HD

LG’s Optimus 4X HD joins the rest of the quad-core brigade at MWC, packing in more power than most. Clocked at 1.5GHz, its Tegra 3 processor is at the heart of this Ice Cream Sandwich beast. Definitely a phone for the tech enthusiast, its spec sheet reads like an Android fan’s dream. Read more

HTC One X

HTC announced three different phones at MWC but by far the most exciting was the One X. Crucially, this handset has Ice Cream Sandwich on board and as such is the most up-to-date phone that the company has in its product line-up. The One X is also due to ship with Sense 4, HTC’s new version of its much-loved Android skin. Read more

Fujitsu Quad-core

Fujitsu has already made quite a name for itself in Japan where it is recognised for its top-end mobile phones. Plans to enter into the Western market were announced at MWC with a beast of a quad-core phone. Packing a full 1080p screen and a 1.5GHz Tegra 3 processor, it definitely has us excited. Read more

Panasonic Eluga Power

Just like Fujitsu, Panasonic made the decision to go hunting for Western mobile phone market space. The bigger of two devices, with a 5-inch screen, dual-core processor and front facing camera, is the Panasonic Eluga Power. ICS is also thrown on board for good measure. Read more 

HTC One S

HTC had a second ICS-packing phone at MWC and the One S was it. Not quite as premium as the One X, it is still a damn nice-looking phone. There is a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm chip inside as well as a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display. Beats Audio is naturally included, giving the phone a nice sound boost system-wide. Read more  

ViewSonic ViewPhone 4S

ViewSonic had a few exciting pieces of kit to show at MWC. The ViewPhone 4S for example, sports a screen near identical to that of the iPhone 4S and a name as well. Think of the phone a bit like an Android-powered Nokia Lumia 800 in design. You get a nice 326ppi 960 x 640 pixel display and the ViewSonic ViewScene 3D UI. Read more  

ViewSonic ViewPhone 5e

Not to grace the halls of MWC quite yet, despite promises it would be there, the Viewphone 5e is the top handset to come out of ViewSonic’s new product lineup. A bigger phone, but with a screen res of 800 x 480, it is due out between July and September this year and should cost £390. No other real technical details yet apart from Ice Cream Sandwich being on board. Read more 

Asus Transformer Pad 300

The Transformer Pad 300 makes up the budget end of Asus’s new Ice Cream-powered tablet line-up. It is available in a variety of colours, including blue, silver and red, and will ship with a Tegra 3 chip inside. The tablet also has a rather nice 1280 x 800 IPS display and can of course take advantage of an attachable chiclet keyboard, turning it into a laptop. Read more 

Asus Transformer Pad Infinity tablets

The new range of Asus tablets really is as top of the line as it gets right now in terms of display technology. Featuring full HD Super IPS+ screens, they can chuck out 1920x1200 at 600nit of brightness. The 3G versions of the setup use dual-core Qualcomm chips, whereas the Wi-Fi-only offering uses a 1.6GHz quad-core Tegra 3. Definitely the latter then if you are after plenty of power in your portable. Just as with the Pad 300, Asus has a sweet looking keyboard dock to go along with the tablets. Read more

ViewSonic ViewPad G70

This is one of the cheapest pieces of Ice Cream Sandwich kit around at just £260. It has a 7-inch display, 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage to play with. The tablet uses a 1024 x 600 resolution screen, with 8 bits of colour and 250 nit brightness. Not great, but it’ll do. Read more

Asus Padfone

Asus loves things that transform. The Padfone is its most ambitious piece of multi-talented technology yet, being a phone/tablet/laptop. Powered by an ICS-packing handset which you can slot into the back of a tablet screen, or use separately, the idea is that you have one device for all your portable tech needs. Oh, and it has a stylus you can use as a Bluetooth microphone. Why? Read more  

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

We saw this one coming before MWC, in what we had originally thought to be a possible spelling mistake. Turns out it wasn’t and the Galaxy Note is getting a 10.1-inch bigger brother, complete with Ice Cream Sandwich on board. There is a 1.4GHz dual-core processor inside and a 1280 x 800 resolution display. A 7000mAh battery completes the tablet package. Read more 

HTC One V

The HTC One V is the company’s third and final handset announcement at MWC. It might be down toward the budget end of things, but its still plenty exciting. Mostly because of its design alone, the One V has us looking forward to its release. Small, sleek and stylish, it uses a much lighter Sense 4 and comes with Ice Cream Sandwich. Read more  

Huawei Ascend D

For a while there Huawei was claiming the Ascend D had the throne as the fastest smartphone on the market. This may not necessarily still be the case, but it is still an incredible piece of kit all the same. Inside it is Huawei’s own quad-core 1.5GHz processor and a 32-bit true colour graphics processor. There is also a 1280 x 720 resolution screen which at 4.5-inches, manages a 330ppi density. Sharp enough then. Read more 

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1

Samsung had another ICS-powered tab to show off at MWC. The Tab 2 10.1 is a large-scaled version of the Tab 2 tablet announced in February. It is quick, includes 3G and uses a 1280 x 800 resolution TFT display. Other than that, there is not much to differentiate it from its smaller brother. There is a 3G version due for release of the tablet as well as Wi-Fi only. Read more  

Acer Liquid Glow

Acer’s Liquid Glow is sitting toward the budget end of ICS handsets announced at MWC, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it's boring. Inside is a rather puny 1GHz processor and 1GB of storage. The phone uses a 800 x 480 display for all that ICS goodness and is light at just 125g. Read more  

ZTE Era

ZTE have announced a number of handsets at MWC2012 and the ZTE Era is one of the top devices. Packing in a 1.3GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor and a 4.3-inch 960 x 540 pixel resolution display, the design looks a little like HTC phones of a few years ago. It is said to be coming to Europe in the second half of 2012, but we suspect it will be operator branded or a SIM-only handset. Read more

Any we managed to miss? Let us know in the comments below ... 



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