The Mobile World Congress 2008 – An Overview


Recently in Barcelona, the annual Mobile World Congress (or MWC) passed off with all of the major manufacturers showcasing some of what all of us could be yearning for at some point of the rest of the 12 months. It surely lived as much as expectations with the three foremost manufacturers each showcasing new flagship devices, in addition to properly as lots of satisfactory surprises.


This annual occasion was formerly known as the 3GSM Congress, but the name change would not detract from the motive – showcasing the maximum hotly-anticipated new cell phones to the market. The highlights of the MWC do vary depending on where you study. Still, with an occasion as massive as this, that is not in particular sudden as there have been a few devices unveiled which had lengthy-been rumored and others which reputedly came out of nowhere. My non-public highlights were an alternative thrilling development from Sony Ericsson, an extended-awaited assertion from Nokia and LG’s try at breaking into the massive leagues.

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1:

This is a brand new telephone that operates on Windows Mobile version 6.1 and is derived with a 3″ touchscreen, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and 3G HSDPA at 3.6Mbps. The XPERIA X1 additionally comes with a 528MHz Qualcomm processor, 400MB of internal reminiscence, and Wi-Fi. Personally, this is looking like a pinnacle of the range smartphone that combines touch navigation, fantastic all-spherical functions (which includes a 3.15MP digital camera) in a surprisingly compact layout making it my selection of the MWC.

The KF700 is the strongest signal, but LG is gearing as much as, in reality, complete with the large boys of Nokia, Samsung, and Sony Ericsson. Following the culture of the KG800 Chocolate, we have a new sliding tool that offers a three” touchscreen; HSDPA at 7.2Mbps and a 3.15MP camera with autofocus & picture stabilizer put together in a body measuring the simplest 14.5mm thick. A scroll wheel called the ‘Shortcut Dial, ‘similar to the zoom lens on the Viewty located at the rear, is used as a navigation approach together with the touchscreen.

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As long as the touch-navigation is carried out properly with a good enough response from the UI, this may prove to be as famous because of the KG800, albeit at a necessarily higher charge. Anticipation Rating – 4/five – Just what LG had to build at the success of the Viewty.

Samsung U900 Soul:

Now, this is an interesting one. The U900 is likely to be the ultimate addition to the Samsung Ultra range, following on from the popular U600 and its 3G up[grade the U700. The U900 Soul (which stands for Spirit Of Ultra) will be aiming to complete off the collection in style, even as still preserving the same high-give up features and minimal size – 12.9mm thick in this case – that made the Ultra Series so popular. The U900 Soul will include a 5MP camera with autofocus, flash, face detection & photo stabilizer; 3G HSDPA at 7.2Mbps; a 2.2″ TFT 16M shade display. And Bluetooth 2.Zero with an A2DP profile for connection of wi-fi Bluetooth headphones.

A small contact-sensitive panel is positioned below the primary display, which replaces the usual button layout. The on-display screen icons also change depending on the screen you’re in, including tune keys whilst inside the tune player. Although this navigation answer has been visible earlier than inside the Samsung E950, a flagship handset like the U900 Soul will actually have this applied higher. The early signs are very encouraging. The U900 Soul seems to be up to now looking like a becoming epitaph to the Samsung Ultra collection, as it combines top-of-the-range technical features at the side of a clearly progressive navigation technique. Providing that the contact panel, in particular, is carried out properly, there’s no cause why this will eclipse both the U700 & U600 as a Samsung flagship cell.

After a seemingly limitless circulation of speculation with varying levels of accuracy, the Nokia N96 changed into ultimately found out. In truth, it’s a beast in phrases of both physicality and era. Nokia N96 takes the same layout from the N81 and adds the twin-sliding action from the N95 to residence a hard and fast of multimedia keys for video & song playback. However, it’s far a little at the hefty aspect because of the one hundred twenty-five gram load, the sheer amount of functions filled in making it worthwhile.

The Nokia N96 comes with a 5MP Carl Zeiss Optics digicam with flash & autofocus, 30 frames consistent with-second video recording, 128MB of RAM, and a DVB-H Digital TV receiver. Connectivity is via some distance and away from the very best-scoring point of the N96. As nicely as the same old alternatives of GPRS, Bluetooth 2.0 & EDGE (class 32 in this situation), the N96 will have Wi-Fi & 3G HSDPA at 3.6Mbps. This does hammer home the point that Nokia needs the N96 to be the maximum whole multimedia tool on the market, and earlier than you ask – yes, that does include sat-nav. Nokia Maps model 2.Zero comes pre-loaded to complement the integrated GPS receiver. Re-iterating that point even in addition is the memory capacity, which is an incredible 16GB inner and the probable of upgrading through a microSD card taking the maximum likely memory to a big 24GB (it is assuming SDHC playing cards are supported.)

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Undoubtedly the Nokia N96 became the maximum-feature packed of the gadgets unveiled on the 2008 MWC. However, my worries are with the general weight and the doubtlessly inadequate 950mAh battery, which is bloodless but shows difficulty inside the authentic N95. Still, on that depends, we’ll be patient. Suffice to mention is the N96 lives as much as its promise; the N95 may be left standing.