[MWC 2012] I would like to spend a lengthier time in Spain and see how the entire ‘siesta’ thing works – so far, most of the press conferences that we attended did not start on time, as the press had to wait for the arrival of VIPs. While Mobile World Congress kicks off to the public officially tomorrow, the press is privy to press conferences one day before – so here is a quick recap of what happened across the pond throughout our morning and into the afternoon. Hit the links for a more detailed report.


Samsung announced the Galaxy Beam smartphone that sports an integrated projector, in addition to the Galaxy Tab 2 that might just be a pre-emptive strike against the iPad 3. At Huawei’s press conference, we saw the fastest quad-core smartphone to date, the Huawei Ascend D Quad, in addition to a self-proclaimed powerful tablet known as the Huawei MediaPad 10FHD (as seen above).

LG, on the other hand, had a trio of smartphones that cater to virtually all levels of users, starting from the entry level to the high end segment with the LG Optimus L3, LG Optimus L5 and LG Optimus L7. We also took a closer look at the LG Optimus Vu and LG Optimus 4X in a hands-on experience.

Sony’s press conference, as usual, is full of glitz – and it goes down well with the trio of Android-powered smartphones that they have announced. The fabulous handsets would be the XPERIA S, XPERIA U and XPERIA P in no particular order of importance.

Last but not least, fashionably late HTC might be considered to be worth waiting for – especially when their HTC One X is capable of shooting video while capturing a still image simultaneously, thanks to Image Sense technology as well as a spanking new camera that was demonstrated to be better than the iPhone 4S’. Certainly you did not expect HTC to put up a comparison with something that they cannot beat from their own perspective, do you? It remains to be seen how well the HTC One X’s camera performs in the real world and everyday situations. From what we saw though, it is really impressive!

Another two devices from HTC’s stable would be the HTC One S and the HTC One V, where the former targets the mid-range market, while the latter does the entry level segment. HTC Sense 4.0 also looks like a polished product.

Here’s to more exciting announcements at MWC 2012 in the days ahead!

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