Mobile - Four Cores Good, Two Cores Bad

5/19/2012 3:47:10 PM

‘Please Sir, I want some more’ said Oliver, and were he living in the 21st century, he’d surely mean Ian McGurren’s MWC 2012 coverage…

Ian is a professional IT analyst, a semi-professional writer and a pretty amateur electronic musician. He likes gadgetry and loves making gadgets do things they were never designed to do.

Description: Description: Description: BarcelonaTech (UPC) is taking part in the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012

BarcelonaTech (UPC) is taking part in the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012

MWC 2012 was the year mobile phones and tablets made the jump to quad-core CPUs, with chipsets such as NVidia’s Tegra 3 powering many of the devices at the conference. However, there was one company which has decided to make its own chips in order to offer a low-cost solution: the-possibly-named-by-Geordies Huawei (the lads). There was a positive buzz around tis Ascend D handsets, powered by its K3V2 SoC design, a chip that’s being kept for Huawei’s use only. Both come with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, 1.5GHz CPUs, large 720p IPS displays and more. Look for them in the next few months, possibly under an operator’s branding.

Joining the smartphone ranks since last releasing a mobile phone in the West around 2004 is Japanese home entertainment giant Panasonic. Announced at MWC to a reasonable fanfare, the Eluga is on paper not only difficult to pronounce, but a pretty straightforward affair – 4.3” 960 x 540 OLED display, dual-core 1GHz CPU, Android Gingerbread. However, it has some defining features, such as being housed in a shell that is not only super thin (8.9mm) but water- and dust-proof to IP57 standards. There are also a few tricks up its sleeve when working with Panasonic Viera TVs too. Can it compete with the big names, though?

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Samsung Galaxy

Samsung’s Android dreadnought, the 5.3” Galaxy Note, had no competition in the huge phone stakes – until now. Thinking that Samsung may be on to something, fellow Korean company LG has also thrown its gate (yes, a Korean hat) into the ring, and what a big gat it is. The LG Optimus Vu is a 5” device in a curious 1024x768 4:3 arrangement, 1.5GHz dual-core CPU and like the Note, a stylus. It’s big, there’s no doubt about it, some 4” across, and bizarrely still as tall as the Note. However, as the jury is still out on the Note, will the Vu even make it past the starting line?

Two of the quirkier devices from MWC 2012 were Asus’s Padfone and Samsung’s Galaxy Beam. Both are mobile phones, but like superheroes, both have a hidden secret power.

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Asus’s Padfone

Asus’s Padfone has echoes of Motorola’s Atrix handset, and like the name suggests, it’s a ‘fone’ that transforms into a ‘pad’ (or tablet to you and me). This seems a pretty sensible solution for those of us with device overload or who simply want to be able to use their phones with a bigger screen. Slip the 1.5GHz powered ICS handset into the screen and not only do you get a 10” 1280x800 screen to play with, but there’s also a ton more battery power. There’s even a keyboard coming, making this a tantalising prospect for those after an all-in-one approach.

Finally, ever looked at your phone and thought ‘It’s great, but what it really needs is the ability to project an image onto a wall in pasty low resolution’? Of course you have, and Samsung has heard your prayers! The Galaxy Beam is a sort of Galaxy S with a tiny LED projector popping out the top like one of those little LED torches. A decent handset in itself (3.8” screen, dual-core 1GHz CPU, Android 2.3), the projector pushed a 15 lumens bright 50” image at around three feet.

Useful for business and possibly as a teaching aid, it’ll probably be equally at home being used by kids to project rude words on the backs of unsuspecting members of the public.

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