Innovations Set to Charm You at MWC 2011

January 29, 2011, By Leo Xavier

The Mobile World Congress 2011 is round the bend, and just as we had witnessed at CES 2011, it is expected that the upcoming event will also be a feast for the eyes for all the technology lovers out there. The event is scheduled to be held in Barcelona from 14th-17th of next month. And, we will be there to gather as much information as possible about all that will be showcased there. As a preview, let’s take a look at some of the major innovations that are expected to be unveiled at the event.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2

Samsung had brought out its iPad killer, the Samsung Galaxy Tab, last year. Although the device didn’t succeed in getting to the top most position in the tablet market, which is currently ruled by the Apple device, the Galaxy Tab did perform fairly well.

And now, the company has promised to showcase a next generation Galaxy Tab at the MWC. Rumors suggest the new tablet will feature a 10 inch touchscreen and a dual core 1GHz Orion processor. This upgrade in the features will make the device a better rival to the Apple iPad.

Apple may not let anyone snatch their title away that easily. The company is also expected to unveil its iPad 2 in the very near future, although the unveiling will most probably take place at an event other than the MWC.

Microsoft Windows Phone 7 Update

Microsoft did quite well with its Windows Phone 7 operating system in the smartphone world, but the OS definitely needs a lot of work to be done on it. The company has announced that the update will be rolled out sometime soon.

Though the company did not announce an exact release date for the update, it did release some details about it.  Among the features that the update will bring, the COPY AND PASTE addition is going to be the highlight. The company has also revealed that the update will bring down the time it takes for apps and games to start up and resume. The update also promises improved WP7 apps Marketplace search. More features are yet to be announced.

The upcoming MWC seems to be the right event to showcase the company’s new features and also to launch an update to the devices that are currently running the OS.

RIM PlayBook

RIM has high hopes for its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet that was unveiled sometime ago. The device was also showcased at this year’s CES. But MWC could be the event where it will finally launch.

We expect a lot of talk from the company, including something about the mysterious battery life, pricing details and synchronization between its tablets and smart phones.

Just to remind you on the specs side, the PlayBook is smaller than the Apple iPad and it comes equipped with a 1GHz dual core processor, 1GB of RAM, a 7 inch LCD display with a resolution of 1024 x 600, microUSB, micro HDMI and DLNA connectivity, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, Adobe Flash 10.1 support, built-in support for HTML 5, a 5 megapixel rear facing camera, a 3 MP front camera, and it runs an operating system developed by QNX.

Google Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS

A bunch of soon-to-come tablet PCs will be running Google’s latest version of its Android operating system, the Android 3.0 Honeycomb. The new OS has been specifically made for tablets and devices with a large screen size.

Earlier, the company had released the Honeycomb SDK that allowed users to download an emulator to their computers to take a peek at how the new OS works and how it differs from the previous operating systems.

Although there is still more work to be done, the new OS did perform quite impressively. The browser looked great, and the UI experience seemed to be more pleasant than the same from any other tablet to date. The preview made us wonder how awesome the final product will turn out to be.

At the MWC, we expect to get our hands on new devices powered by Honeycomb.

Samsung Galaxy S 2

Samsung’s Galaxy S line of smartphones has broken world records and it appears that the company has no plans of slowing down. The company is expected to show off its Galaxy S 2 smartphone at MWC, and have its next generation of Galaxy S handsets out in stores right alongside the Apple iPhone 5.

The new Galaxy S handset is expected to come equipped with a dual core 1GHz Orion processor, 1080p recording capabilities, an 8 megapixel camera on the back of the device, a 4.3 inch super AMOLED Plus touchscreen, NFC reader, 1GB of RAM and will be 0.9mm thinner than its predecessor.

There’s more in the MWC kitty, we guess. We will bring you more devices to watch at MWC in the run up to the event. Stay tuned.

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