Earlier we told you about the specs of the Huawei Ascend D quad and showed you an incredible promo video, but we also need to tell you more about the Ascend D quad XL and Ascend D1, which finishes off the Diamond series line.
The Ascend D quad XL. The XL version sill come with a 2500mAh battery which will provide up to two or three days of normal usage. It will also get a little faster processor as it’s clocked at 1.5 GHz, but still quad-core. The only other change is that it will obviously be a little thicker, coming in at 10.9mm thick as opposed to the Ascend D quad’s 8.9mm body.
The Ascend D1 will have a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and a 1670mAh battery.
The Ascend D quad XL will be available around the same time as the Ascend D quad which is quarter 2 for China, Australia, Europe, Asia-Pacific, North and South America, and the Middle East. The Ascend D1 will be available in the above markets from April 2012.
Full press release after the break:
Earlier today Huawei unveiled the Ascend D quad, which they claim is the fastest smartphone in the world. Now we get a good look of it on video with this promotional video. This isn’t just any promotional video. It features a Pegasus made up of 3500 phones. It took over 720 mans hours to construct, it’s 5.7 meters tall, and has a wing span of 4.8 meters made from 600 meters of iron rod. The Ascend D quad features Huawei’s own K3V2 quad-core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz and a 4.5-inch 720p display. Check out the promo video and then hit the break for a “making of” video.
We just showed you hands on videos with LG’s Optimus 4X HD and the Optimus 3D Max and now thanks to Laptopmag, we have got one of the Optimus Vu. The Optimus Vu is LG’s attempt to compete with the Samsung Galaxy Note, with a 5-inch 1024 x 768 display capable of producing a brightness of 650 nits. That’s pretty bright. And just like the Note, the Vu comes equipped with a specialized stylus and currently runs Gingerbread, but LG plans to upgrade to ICS soon after its launch. Check out the hands on video below and let us know what you think of the aspect ratio. Do you love it, or hate it? I am still on the fence.
LG is going to make a big splash at Mobile World Congress this year. We’ve already got a hands on with flagship Optimus 4X HD. Now we bring you the hands on with the Optimus 3D Max, which is the follow up to the Optimus 3D or for those of you in the U.S., the LG Thrill. The Optimuc 3D Max will also be called the Cube in Korea. It will be the first smartphone to be able to edit 3D photos and videos, and it will be compatible with LG’s new Tag+ stickers.
Mobile World Congress is now in full force and we finally got a hold of a hands on video of the 4.7-inch, quad-core LG Optimus 4X HD, LG’s newest feature phone. As you will see in the video, LG has added a pretty sweet video playback feature, one that allows you to zoom in on a particular object or area while in playback mode. They have even added a user defined slow-mo/speed-up feature that doesn’t alter playback quality. Pretty cool stuff! You’re definitely going to want to check this device out as soon as it hits the market, LG might actually make a solid come back with this one.
We already heard some rumored specs on the ViewPad G70, but today Viewsonic unveiled it along with the ViewPad E70 and ViewPad E100.
Let’s start with the ViewPad E70 (pictured above) which is an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich tablet that comes in at a very reasonable price of £129 ($205). It will have a 7-inch display, a 1 GHz processor, 4GB of storage, a front-facing camera (only), WiFi, and a microSD slot. It will be available in Europe by the end of June.
Next up is the ViewPad G70 (pictured below) which is also a 7-inch (1024 x 600) tablet with Android 4.0, but includes 1GB of RAM, 2MP rear camera, 0.3MP front camera, and connectivity for 3G, WiFi, and Bluetooth. It will also feature mini HDMI, Micro-USB, and Mini-USB ports. The ViewPad G70 will be priced at £260 ($410) and again will become available by the end of June in Europe.
Huawei’s D (or Diamond) series of devices has received three new additions to it’s family, the Ascend D quad, quad XL and Ascend D1. Each iteration of the Ascend D will come with it’s own differentiations in specifications, appropriate to each tier of model. Details for the Ascend D quad have been released for us to drool upon. To claim something as “world’s fastest”, the product must deliver — and the specs suggest that the Ascend D quad will do just that:
- Huawei K3V2 1.2GHz quad-core chipset and power management system
- HD Touch-Enabled screen, supporting 720p resolution at 330 PPI
- 8MP BSI rear-facing camera and a 1.3MP front-facing camera
- 8.9mm thick
- Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound with Audience earSmart™ voice technology
- Full HD (1080p) video recording and playback
As you can see, Huawei is using their own chip which will provide 30% in energy savings. We can expect to see the Ascend D quad this in China, Australia, Europe, Asia-Pacific, North and South America, and the Middle East in the 2nd quarter. Hit the break for the full press release and additional photos.
The rumor mill need no longer churn, the 10.1 is here and will be debuted at Mobile World Congress. It’s only a matter of time. This billboard was setup sometime either over night or early this morning at Plaça de Catalunya in Barcelona.
What does the picture tell us?
- Well, it’s obviously 10.1″
- Like the smaller (or perhaps, less huge) Note, the 10.1 also has the special S-Pen. However, it looks different than the one pictured with the original Note.
- The photo is a bit too blurry to discern whether its running Honeycomb or Ice Cream Sandwich, but it’s hard to imagine they would unveil it without the latter.
- Those brown and gold accents don’t lie. TouchWiz is most definitely on board.
Nothing to share yet in terms of specifications, but the official announcement can’t be long now. Stay tuned.
Hot off the heels off the announcement of the Galaxy Tab 2, Samsung just announced the Galaxy Beam, which is a projector smartphone. This might actually be one of the coolest new devices for Mobile World Congress. Interestingly enough, Samsung showed this concept almost 2-years ago. With the Galaxy Beam, you will will able to share photos and videos on your device by beaming them directly onto walls, ceilings, or other flat surfaces. With the 15 lumens projector you can beam up to 50-inches wide, and you can share outdoors as well.
Just think of the possibilities as you will be able to share pictures from your vacation at your next family gathering or how about students studying together in their dorm room? The possibilities are endless.
Unfortunately this will launch with Android 2.3 Gingerbread which is an obvious disappointment. Pricing and availability weren’t mentioned, but we will be sure to let you know as soon as we hear more.
Full specs, another image, and presser after the break
Samsung just officially announced the Galaxy Tab 2, which will come in both 7-inch (pictured below)and 10.1-inch (pictured above) versions. We already got a glimpse of the 7-inch version a couple of weeks ago, but weren’t certain about the 10.1-inch version. They will both come in 3G and WiFi versions and have Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich along with TouchWiz on top. As far as thickness goes, the 7-inch will be 10.5mm thick and the 10.1-inch will come in at 9.7mm.
The specs aren’t the greatest, but expect both tabs to be priced very competitively. Speaking of pricing, it wasn’t mentioned in the presser, nor was availability. We will let you know more as soon as we hear anything.
Specs, another image, and full press release after the break.