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 what we could yearn for at some point in the rest of the 12 months. It surely lived as much as expected, with the three foremost manufacturers each showcasing new flagship devices and properly as many satisfactory surprises.

This annual occasion was formerly known as the 3GSM Congress, but the name change would not detract from the motive – showcasing the most 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 particularly sudden as a few devices unveiled which had lengthy-been rumored and others that 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 brand new telephone 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 also has a 528MHz Qualcomm processor, 400MB of internal reminiscence, and Wi-Fi. This looks like a pinnacle-of-the-range smartphone that combines touch navigation and fantastic all-spherical functions (including 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 at the rear, is used as a navigation approach with the touchscreen. As long as the touch navigation is carried out properly with a good enough response from the UI, this may be as famous because of the KG800, albeit at a 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 will likely be the ultimate addition to the Samsung Ultra range, following the popular U600 and its 3G [grade, the U700. The U900 Soul (which stands for Spirit Of Ultra) will aim to complete the collection in style, even while 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; and a 2.2″ TFT 16M shade display. And Bluetooth 2.Zero with an A2DP profile for connection of wWi-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 your screen, including the tune keys inside the player. Although this navigation answer has been visible earlier than inside the Samsung E950, a flagship handset like the U900 Soul will have this applied higher. The early signs are very encouraging. The U900 Soul now looks like an epitaph to the Samsung Ultra collection, combining top-of-the-range technical features with a 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 as the N81 and adds the twin-sliding action from the N95 to residence hard and fast multimedia keys for video & song playback. However, it’s far a little hefty because of the one hundred twenty-five gram load and the sheer amount of functions, making it worthwhile.

The Nokia N96 has 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 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 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 probability of upgrading through a microSD card, taking the maximum likely memory to a big 24GB (assuming SDHC playing cards are supported.)

Undoubtedly, the Nokia N96 became the mmostpacked of the gadgets unveiled at 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. Note that the N96 lives as much as it promises; the N95 may be left standing.