A crowd of 60,000 people gathered in Barcelona this week for Mobile World Congress 2012, one of the biggest mobile tech events in the world. As we enter Day 3 of this fantastic event, we can’t hide our enthusiasm over some of the new, cool features the mobile industry is unveiling.
It’s safe to say that smartphones are becoming super phones and it’s easy to see why. The average users make fewer phone calls, focusing instead on posting on Facebook and Twitter and sending text messages. They’re checking their bank balances, depositing checks, buying coffee, and reading restaurant reviews—so who really has time for making calls?
The good news is that, while the latest phones do promote phone calls, the features offered by Android 4.0, LTE, 4G, and quad-core took mobile devices to a whole new level. Here are just a couple of the phones that caught our attention this week:
HTC One X: With a Tegra 3 quad-core processor, four 1.5GHz main cores and a secondary core for low-power tasks, as well as a 4.7-inch Super LCD display with 1280 x 720 pixels for full HD resolution, it’s pretty spectacular. Its 8-megapixel camera can take a picture once every 0.7 seconds. So ask your buddy to jump up and down—you’ll capture his every move. Look out for this phone in April—it’ll be supported by AT&T’s LTE 4G network.
Samsung Galaxy Beam: This Android phone takes the projector phone one step further. Its pico projector can shine a 50-inch, 720p picture on any flat surface. Its LED projection unit lets you play back movies and games, tap the screen, and have the output projected onto a surface of up to 50 inches. We loved the alarm clock feature. You can wake up to images of nature (or whatever you’re into) on your ceiling. Pretty cool!
We didn’t see a lot of smartphones running on Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform. But we’ll keep you posted if we do. In the meantime, follow us on Twitter and join us on Facebook for more updates on MWC and everything mobile. And if you’re in Barcelona, stop by the Brightstar Pavilion. There’s a lot going on there that we’re sure you’ll find interesting.