Quad-core, 8+MP camera smartphone rumors build as Mobile World Congress draws closer

Thursday, January 19th, 2012. Filed under: Happenings Science & Technology

Crowds look at new mobile devices during the annual Mobile World Congress trade show. ©GSMA

(Relaxnews) – Get ready for quad-core smartphones, mobile cameras with 8 or more megapixels, a multitude of devices running Android Ice Cream Sandwich, and mainstream adoption of LTE 4G and NFC technology at this year’s edition of the GSMA Mobile World Congress (MWC).

The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has finished for 2012 but mobile device makers are getting ready to showcase their latest achievements at the GSMA Mobile World Congress — a four-day event dedicated to cutting-edge mobile technology.

MWC is accompanied by a string of high-profile mobile device announcements and as such is the most closely followed event in the mobile industry.

Rumors suggest that smartphones including the quad-core HTC Edge, the HTC Ville, the Samsung Galaxy S III, the Asus Padfone, a quad-core Android device from Fujitsu, an improved Lumia 900 with 12MP camera, and new Sony Xperia smartphones will be on the menu along with the first devices running the Linux-based Tizen open source mobile operating system, the launch of BlackBerry 10 OS, and an overload of handsets and tablets running the Ice Cream Sandwich build of Google’s Android mobile operating system.

After taking the wraps off the world’s slimmest smartphone (the Ascend at CES) Chinese smartphone maker Huawei plans to wow consumers with its “smartest, fastest and most high-performing smartphone yet” during a pre-MWC press conference.

The world’s first quad-core smartphone, the HTC Edge, is also rumored to have an MWC unveiling.

And while you can expect consumer electronics producers to vie over claims of “world first” mobile specs, cloud-based mobile computing, apps and cross-device mobile connectivity will be a huge part of the MWC discussion too.

“Mobile is connecting the world in ways never thought possible just a few years ago,” said Michael O’Hara, chief marketing officer, GSMA. “More than a mere communication device, mobiles now serve as our books, health monitors, payment devices, social connectors and tour guides. Mobile technology is embedded in our cars, homes, appliances, governments and utilities. Mobile World Congress 2012 will celebrate the current state of mobile and offer a glimpse into the future.”

This year 1,400 exhibitors and more than 60,000 industry members from 220 countries are expected to attend MWC. The event will incorporate a full program of conferences, keynotes and panel discussions alongside an exhibition of the hottest new products and concept designs from a thousand of the top companies and mobile operators in the field.

GSMA Mobile World Congress runs from February 27 to March 1 in Barcelona, Spain. http://www.mobileworldcongress.com

GSMA Mobile World Congress runs February 27 to March 1. ©GSM Association






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