MWC 2013: LG press conference set for February 25th

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Feb 082013
 

Following the teaser Facebook image and MWC 2013 trailer, LG has once again taken to Facebook again to promise that “a world of difference” was coming to MWC 2013 at the end of the month:

LG Facebook teaser

Not happy with just teasing its customers, LG today also sent out invitations for its MWC 2013 press conference. And it comes with a teaser of its own:

LG MWC 2013 press conference invitation

What does that large 4 in the upper left mean? Speculation suggests that LG could unveil four new devices during its event. Given that it has promised to unveil a new line of smartphone, could one or more of these belong to the F-Series it hinted at in its last financial results announcement?

As for what the tagline “See the difference” could refer to, your guess is as good as mine.

MWC 2013 is shaping up to be action-packed!

MWC 2013: Mozilla press conference set for February 24th

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Feb 042013
 

Mozilla today sent out invitations for a press conference that will take place on February 24th, the day before MWC 2013 officially opens. It confirms that Mozilla will not only attend but also exhibiting something at the event:

Mozilla MWC 2013 press conference invitation

The invitation makes no mention of what Mozilla plans to announce but there’s a good chance it will have something to do with its Firefox OS. It recently announced two developer smartphones, the Keon and the Peak, which are developed by Spain’s Geeksphone in partnership with Telefonica.

While Firefox OS is still under development, the launch of developer phones suggests that it is in the final stretch. Could Mozilla formally announce Firefox OS at MWC 2013? We’ll know later this month.

Read more: CNET

ASUS MeMO Pad 10 press shots leaked ahead of MWC 2013 announcement?

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Feb 032013
 

ASUS last month launched the entry-level ASUS MeMO Pad, a 7-inch tablet priced below most 7-inch tablets including the Nexus 7 (which it manufactures for Google). Leaked press shots now suggest that it is about to complement this tablet with a 10.1-inch model. Much as its smaller sibling, the ASUS MeMO Pad 10 will reportedly also target a lower price point than similarly sized tablets.

Rumoured ASUS MeMO Pad 10

Along with the leaked press shots, Dutch website TabletsMagazine reports that the ASUS MeMO Pad 10 will be powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It will come with a 10.1-inch WXGA (1280×800) IPS display, 1GB RAM, 16GB of onboard storage and a microSD card reader, front and rear cameras and USB and HDMI ports. It will be available in blue, white and pink. Unlike the ASUS Transformer tablets, it will not have any docking functionality.

Despite the fact that an announcement is reportedly set for MWC 2013, some Dutch are apparently already taking pre-orders for the MeMO Pad 10 for €299 (about CA$405).

Read more: TabletsMagazine (in Dutch) [Google translation] (Source: AndroidCentral)

Huawei to unveil Ascend P2 Mini along with Ascend P2 at MWC 2013?

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Feb 022013
 

Huawei could announce more than two devices at its upcoming MWC 2013 press conference. Rumours so far suggest that the Chinese manufacturer will announce the Ascend P2, possibly the world’s thinnest smartphone, along with the Ascend W2, the thinnest Windows Phone 8 device. Now comes word of a third device, the Huawei Ascend P2 Mini.

As the name suggests, the Ascend P2 Mini appears to be a smaller sibling to the Ascend P2 both in terms of size and specifications. According to leaked details, it will sport a 4-inch HD (1280×720) display, 1GB of RAM, and an 8MP camera.

As for the Huawei Ascend P2, the report suggests that it will come with a 1.8GHz quad-core HiSilicon K3V2 processor, a 4.7-inch Full HD (1920×1080) display (we’ve heard rumours of a 4.5- and 5-inch display in the past), a 13MP camera, and a 2,200mAh battery. It adds that it retain physical buttons and will be about 8.5 millimeters thick. If so, it can give up on its claim of world’s thinnest phone. It would also be offered in a variety of colours.

There is no word on availability and pricing. All we know is that the Ascend P2 Mini will sell for less than the Ascend P2.

Read more: MyDrivers (in Chinese) [Google translation] (Source: Techkiddy)

Huawei Ascend P2 image leaked

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Jan 252013
 

Huawei has already sent out invitations to its MWC 2013 press conference. The smartphone silhouette on it suggests that the Chinese manufacturer has a few more devices to announce after unveiling the Ascend D2, Ascend Mate, and Ascend W1 last month. Among these is the Ascend P2 which is set to take on the mantle of world’s thinnest smartphone.

Rumoured Huawei Ascend P2

Along with the image, one interesting detail is revealed. The report suggests that the Ascend P2 will come with a 4.5-inch Full HD (1920×1080). Earlier rumours suggested a 5-inch HD (1280×720) IPS display along with a 1.8GHz quad-core HiSilicon K3V2 processor, a 13MP AF rear camera and a 3,000mAh battery all neatly put together in a device no thicker than 6.45 millimeters. It still sounds too good to be true!

Huawei is expected to announce the Ascend W2, the thinnest Windows Phone 8 device, alongside the Ascend P2. In terms of specifications, it should be on par with the Nokia Lumia 920 or the Windows Phone 8X by HTC.

Read more: UnwiredView

MWC 2013: Huawei press conference set for February 24th

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Jan 222013
 

After unveiling three devices (the Ascend D2, the Ascend Mate and the Ascend W1) at CES 2013, Huawei appears to be getting ready to announce a few more. Invitations were sent out today for a press conference to take place on February 24th, the day before MWC 2013 officially opens. The outline of a smartphone gives us a good indication of what is on tap,

Huawei press invitation for MWC 2013

As for what device(s) Huawei could announce, there appear to be two candidates if past rumours are any indication. One could be the thinnest Windows Phone 8 device while the second looks to be aiming to simply be the thinnest smartphone in the world. The Ascend W2 (or W3?) would be a new higher-end Windows Phone 8 device sporting a dual-core processor, a 4.5-inch HD (1280×720) display, and an 8MP camera. The Ascend P2 would pick up where its predecessor left off and should be less than 6.45 millimeters thin.

With a month to go before MWC 2013, there is still plenty of opportunity for more details to emerge about these two devices and any other that Huawei still has up its sleeve.

Read more: GSMArena

Samsung executive confirms 8-inch Galaxy Note headed to MWC 2013

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Jan 212013
 
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With other a month to go before MWC 2013, rumours are flying fast and furious as to what devices will be announced at the event. At least one of those is now a near certainty after being confirmed during an interview. Korean website iNews24 reports that none other than JK Shin, President and Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division, confirmed that the company will unveil an 8-inch version of its Galaxy Note tablet (the Galaxy Note 8.0?) at MWC 2013 taking place in Barcelona next month. No details about the device were revealed

Earlier rumours suggest that the Galaxy Note 8.0 will come with a 1.6GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos processor, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, an 8-inch WXGA (1280×800) Super Clear LCD and the Samsung S Pen technology seen on other Note devices.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 would slot in between the smaller 5.5-inch Galaxy Note II and the larger Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet. Even with rumours that the upcoming Galaxy Note III could sport a much larger 6.3-inch display, the 8-inch model would remain a nice compromise between the smaller and larger models.

All should be revealed in just over a month at MWC.

Read more: iNews24 (in Korean) [Google translation] (Source: Engadget)

Huawei Ascend P2 and Ascend W2 specifications revealed?

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Jan 142013
 

With CES now behind us, it’s time for the MWC rumours to start (or more accurately continue). Huawei, which unveiled the Ascend D2, Ascend Mate, and Ascend W1, is set to announce two more devices at next month’s event. Thin is definitely in for Huawei for the Ascend P2 and the Ascend W2. The former could be the next smartphone to grab the crown of world’s thinnest smartphone while the latter could the thinnest Windows Phone 8 device.

The Huawei Ascend P2 appears to be a successor to the Ascend P1 S unveiled at CES 2012. It is expected to be less than 6.45 millimeters thin. Based on leaked information, we can expect its specifications to be as follows:

  • Processor: 1.8GHz quad-core HiSilicon K3V2
  • Operating system: Google Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • Cellular connectivity: HSPA
  • Other connectivity: GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • Display: 5-inch HD (1280×720) IPS
  • Input: 5 point multi-touch capacitive touchscreen
  • Memory: 2GB RAM
  • Storage: 8GB onboard
  • Rear-facing camera: 13MP AF with LED flash and 1080p video capture
  • Front-facing camera: 1.3MP
  • Battery: 3,000mAh non-removable
  • Dimensions / weight: 6.45 millimeters thin

As for the Ascend W2, not quite as much is known but here is what we have so far:

  • Processor: Dual-core
  • Operating system: Windows Phone 8
  • Display: 4.5-inch HD (1280×720)
  • Input: Capacitive touchscreen
  • Memory: 1GB RAM
  • Storage: 16GB onboard
  • Rear-facing camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 2,800mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 7.7 millimeters thin

A higher end device than the Ascend W1, the Huawei Ascend W2 could sell for ¥3,200 (about CA$510).

Read more: UnwiredNews (Ascend P2) and UnwiredView (Ascend W2)

Nokia to unveil 10-inch Windows RT tablet at MWC 2013?

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Dec 192012
 

NokiaRumours that Nokia was working on a tablet have been around since at least November 2011. Since then, there have been numerous hints and suggestions that Nokia was working on a Windows 8 tablet. At one point, it was looking like Nokia would launch one before the end of the year.

It now appears that Nokia’s first tablet will finally see the light of day in early 2013. According to Digitimes, Nokia will unveil a 10-inch Windows RT tablet at Mobile World Congress in late February. Few details are available but Nokia has reportedly been developing it with Microsoft, Qualcomm and Compal Electronics, the same partners as in earlier reports.

The report adds that Nokia in fact delayed the launch of this tablet after finding out that Microsoft would be launching its own Surface tablet in late 2012. Nokia opted to take a wait-and-see attitude to see how the Windows 8/RT tablet market would fare and instead remained focused on its smartphone business.

Nokia has yet to commit to any order volumes and has yet to settle on its marketing plans for the tablet. This would suggest that it may still take a bit of time before the still-unnamed Nokia tablet hits the street.

Read more: Digitimes

Nokia cancels CES 2013 appearance to focus on MWC announcements

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Dec 182012
 

NokiaAt CES last year, Nokia unveiled its Lumia 900 flagship smartphone for AT&T. With the manufacturer having announced new devices for U.S. carriers (for example the Lumia 920 for AT&T and the Lumia 822 for Verizon) only recently, it now appears that it will skip the event entirely this year to focus on announcements at Mobile World Congress in late February.

Chinese WPDang reports that Nokia has cancelled its Consumer Electronics Show plans and will not be found at the event. A look at the CES 2013 Exhibitor Directory appears to support this as only Nokia’s Navteq division is represented.

The report adds that Nokia could use MWC to introduce the Lumia 950 (which we’ve heard about before), an upgraded version of the Lumia 920. It could also launch the Nokia Lumia 980 which could be the Windows Phone 8 successor to the Nokia 808 PureView.

As UnwiredView points out, Nokia could make the next round of U.S. carrier announcements at CTIA Wireless 2013 running in late May.

Read more: WPDang (in Chinese) [Google translation] (Source: UnwiredView)

More details emerge about HTC M7

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Dec 172012
 

HTCMore details today emerged about the HTC M7, the rumoured next flagship device from HTC. According to @evleaks, HTC will unveil the device at MWC in late February, a year after the debut of the HTC One X at the same event.

The report adds that the HTC M7 will come with a 4.7-inch Full HD (1920×1080) SoLux display that promises better viewing angles, outdoor visibility and colour accuracy than current generation Super LCD2 displays. Other specifications include:

  • Processor: Second-generation 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon
  • Operating system: Google Android Jelly Bean with HTC Sense 5
  • Cellular connectivity: LTE
  • Other connectivity: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi
  • Input: Capacitive touchscreen
  • Memory: 2GB RAM
  • Storage: 32GB onboard
  • Rear-facing camera: 13MP with f/2.0 aperture and 1080p video capture
  • Front-facing camera: 2MP with 1080p video capture
  • Battery: 2,300mAh

The HTC M7 could launch with at least two U.S. carriers, Sprint and Verizon, and could end up at all four top carriers a bit later. If so, it is likely to also land on at least a few Canadian carriers.

Read more: UnwiredView

Sony Xperia flagship device to take on Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S III?

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Nov 162012
 

Sony Mobile CommunicationsSony is looking to up its game in the smartphone market with its next flagship smartphone. In an interview with the German-language Financial Times Deutschland, Sony Mobile’s Communications CVP Sales & Marketing Dennis van Schie said that a flagship model to be released “in the near future” will compete directly against Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy S III.

It remains to be seen if this new flagship is the Sony Yuga or Sony Odin recently spotted on benchmarking sites. Rumoured specifications include a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.1.1 (although that could be bumped up by release time), a 5-inch 1080p display, 2GB of RAM and a 12MP camera.

Sony could unveil this device in early 2013 either at January’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) or February’s Mobile World Congress (MWC).

Van Schie also added that Sony is keeping a close eye on Windows Phone 8. “We have a good relationship with Microsoft and we are watching the development of Windows Phone closely. If it succeeds, we will not be caught off guard,” he explained.

Sony is also looking to launch additional tablets. Due to “intense price competition,” it will only launch a few other Android tablets. “It has become very difficult to earn money with tablets.”

On the content side, Sony will focus on improving cross-device support for its library of music and video content. By the end of next year, users will be able to access content through a single sign-on across all devices.

2013 promises to be a busy year for Sony!

Read more: Financial Times Deutschland (in German) [Google translation] (Source: XperiaBlog)