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Quad-Core Phones Arrive; Android 4.0, LTE Proliferate

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BARCELONA, SPAIN –

The first quad-core smartphones, a growing selection of Android 4.0 and 4G LTE phones, and smartphones with high-end digitalcamera capabilities took the recent Mobile World Congress by storm.

The event, held here, was also marked by the launch of the first two smartphones using a newer version of the Windows Mobile 7.5 OS designed for lower powered phones. One model was from Nokia, the other from ZTE.

In quad-core Android-based smartphones, the industry’s first models were launched by HTC, Huawei, LG, and ZTE at processor speeds up to 1.5GHz.

Android 4.0 phones also appeared from the four companies, all of which also showed new LTE phones.

Other new phones included a projector-equipped Samsung Android phone, LG’s first LTE-equipped glasses-free 3D phone, a 41-megapixel cameraphone from Nokia, and a trio of HTC Android smartphones with next-generation camera enhancements.

Here’s what attendees found:

Huawei

trotted out its first LTE phones, including an LTE version of the dual-core Ascend P1 shown at CES. The Chinese company also showed its first two quad-core phones, which lack LTE.

The LTE phones include the Ascend P1 LTE with dual- core 1.5GHz processor, Google’s Android 4.0 OS, 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD 960 by 540 capacitive touchscreen, 8-megapixel back camera with 1080p video capture, 1.3-megapixel front camera, DLNA certification, MHL-HDMI connection and advanced camera features.

At International CES, Huawei unveiled a 4G 21Mbps HSPA+ version of the P1, which is banded to operate in the AT&T and T-Mobile HSPA+ networks as well as in foreign HSPA+ markets.

Huawei’s second LTE phone unveiled at MWC was the Ascend D LTE, which features dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 4.5-inch HD touchscreen, Android 4.0, 720p HD screen with 330 pixels per inch, ability to view content in direct sunlight, 32-bit true color graphic processor, 1080p video capture and Dolby 5.1 surround.

Details on the bands in which the LTE phones operate were unavailable.

The company’s first two quadcore smartphones feature Android 4.0, Huawei-made K3V2 quad-core 1.2GHz/1.5GHz processor and 4G HSPA+ technology. They are the D Quad and D Quad XL, both in the Ascend series. They will be available in North and South America in the second quarter.

Both quad-core phones offer identical features, but the Ascend D Quad XL comes with larger battery.

Both models feature a 4.5-inch 720p HD screen with 330 pixels per inch and ability to view content in direct sunlight, the company said. They also have 1080p video capture and Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound.

LG

expanded its lineup of 4G LTE smartphones with a next-generation glasses-free 3D phone and a big-screen phone that competes with Samsung’s Galaxy Note hybrid tablet/phone.

The company also launched its first quad-core phone, the Optimus 4X HD with Nvidia’s quad-core 1.5GHz Tegra 3 processor and True HD IPS 4.7-inch display. The 4X HD, which lacks 4G LTE, is billed as featuring the world’s only 4-Plus-1 quad-core processor, which incorporates a fifth battery-saving core that handles less-demanding tasks such as active standby.

The 4X HD’s other key features include Android 4.0 OS, 1,280 by 720 HD display, 16GB internal memory, 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and 1.3-megapixel front camera.

Another new phone is the Optimus 3D Max with 4G LTE and glasses-free 3D display, which displays 3D images and videos captured by the phone and converts 2D images to 3D.

The 3D Max will launch with the Android 2.3 OS but is upgradable to Android 4.0. It features 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 4.3-inch WVGA display, 4G HSPA+ 21Mbps technology, and nearfield communications (NFC). NFC can be used with tags whose macros automatically adjust phone settings.

Samsung

’s Android Gingerbread-based Galaxy Beam incorporates 15-lumen projector to display content at up to 50 inches wide on a wall or ceiling in indoor and outdoor environments.

The phone features 1GHz dual-core processor, 4-inch 480 by 800 WVGA TFT display, 8GB internal memory, 2,000 mAh battery, 5-megapixel rear camera with flash, front 1.3-megapixel camera, 720p video capture at 30 fps, Bluetooth 3.0+HS, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n/, Samsung Kies and a 0.5-inch depth.

The Beam features 4G HSPA+ 14.4Mbps cellular-data technology in the U.S. 850/1900MHz bands and in foreign 900/21000MHz bands.

Sony Mobile Communications

expanded its range of NXT-series Android smartphones and vowed to launch its largest brand advertising campaign in years.

The Xperia P and U expand the NXT series to three models, all featuring a “minimalist approach in hardware and software,” said chief marketing officer Steve Walker.

The P and U will join the NXT series flagship, the Xperia S, which was launched at January’s International CES. The Xperia S is a PlayStation-certified phone with dualcore 1.5GHz processor, 1,280 by 720 4.3-inch display, 12.1-megapixel camera and FullHD video capture.

Compared to the S, the two new models feature smaller screens and slightly slower 1GHz dual-core processors, and they lack the S’s PlayStation certification for downloading and playing PlayStation-branded games. Both new models ship with Android 2.3 and will get an upgrade to Android 4.0.

The company didn’t disclose whether any NXT-series phone will be available in the U.S., but the P and U operate in HSPA mode in the U.S. 850/1,900MHz bands as well as in the foreign 900/2100MHz bands.

ZTE

unveiled its first Android 4.0 smarphones, two incorporating 4G LTE and dual-core processors. A third Android 4.0 phone is the company’s first phone with quadcore processor.

Among the dual-core phones, the PF200 features dualcore 1.5GHz processor, 4.3-inch 950 by 540 screen, LTE and HSPA+ cellular, NFC, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and front-facing camera.

The N910 smartphone features CDMA and LTE operation, dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 4.3–inch 800 by 480 touchscreen, front camera with 1080p video capture and 5-megapixel rear camera.

The quad-core Era features HSPA+ technology, Nvidia Tegra 3 1.3GHz AP30 chipset, Android 4.0, 4.3-inch qHD 960 by 540 pixels display, 8-megapixel camera and MHL port.

ZTE also launched a low-price Windows smartphone called the Orbit with 4-inch 800 by 480 screen, 5-megapixel camera, 4GB memory, no memory card slot, 512MB of RAM and a 1GHz processor. It ships in the second quarter.

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