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2 years ago

Hands-on with the Panasonic Eluga

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A long-standing player in the Japanese smartphone world, Panasonic has recently announced its first smartphone for Western markets, dubbed the "Eluga". With a thin and light frame, a qHD OLED display and dual-core 1GHz CPU, the Eluga looks like a solid contender in the mid-range Android space. Panasonic's also brought over a couple of features which are common to Japanese phones, but rare in their international counterparts -- dust and water-resistence.

Join us after the break for our first look at the Panasonic Eluga from Mobile World Congress, including a quick video tour of the device.

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2 years ago

Panasonic unveils the Eluga Power at Mobile World Congress

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We knew Panasonic was coming to Mobile World Congress to unveil something special but the details were rather slim. Their first break for the European market came way of the Panasonic Eluga and now they've unveiled the Panasonic Eluga Power.

Features include:

  • A 1280x720 HD, 5.0 inch LCD screen with a 9.6mm thin frame.
  • Slim form factor – 136x70x9.6mm.
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.5GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.0.
  • International standard IP57 water and dustproofing.
  • NFC – allowing for contactless payment and data transfer.
  • Main camera with 8MP autofocus and 1080p Full HD video recording, including auto scene recognition and 8x digital zoom, as well as a front-facing camera.
  • Superfast charging – 50% charge takes just 30 minutes, and 80% takes 57 minutes (provided it starts charging from a 10% charged status).
  • 8GB of internal memory, with Micro SD Card Slot supporting a further 32GB.

Hard to say how well Panasonic will do with either device, the Eluga and the Eluga Power but we're guessing this won't be the last we hear of them if they're looking to keep things moving. Full press release can be found past the break.

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2 years ago

Video hands-on with the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity

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The ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity sees ASUS building on the Transformer Prime with a higher-resolution screen and a slightly redesigned chassis. Transformer Prime owners will already be familiar with much of what the device has to offer, but the bump up to a whopping 1920x1200 gives this device a clear lead in terms of image quality. We spent a little time getting to know the Transformer Pad Infinity over at the ASUS booth at MWC, and we've got a quick video tour waiting after the jump.

The Transformer Pad Infinity will be available in Wifi-only and LTE flavors, with the LTE version being powered by a Snapdragon S4 chip instead. Our video shows the Wifi-only Tegra 3 version.

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2 years ago

Panasonic Eluga Gallery

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Ace II hands-on

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The Samsung Galaxy Ace line has proven to be a solid piece of mid-level fare outside the United States, and the follow-up -- the aptly named Samsung Galaxy Ace II looks to conitnue in that vein. There's no mistaking that you're not handling a phone from Samsung's top shelf. Whereare the Galaxy S II and Google's Samsung Galaxy Nexus scream sex appeal, the Galaxy Ace II is decidedly middle class. And that's not a bad thing.

The 3.7-inch WVGA display is competent enough, and the 800 MHz processor pushes the Android 2.3 build along quite smoothly. The UI is sparse. Actually, it's boring. But, again, we're talking bread and butter, not steak tartar. It's loaded with Samsung's suite of apps, and it's got GLONASS for GPS, if you're into that sort of thing. 

We've got a full hands-on after the break.

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 arrives on Verizon Wireless Mar. 1st

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With Verizon and Samsung having already announced the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, all that remained left to be said was a release date and pricing. Wonder no more though, as Verizon has just announced availablity for 4G LTE enabled Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 come Mar. 1st. Need a specs reminder?

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 will be packing a Super AMOLED Plus display with 1280x800 resolution, a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor along with a 3-megapixel rear-facing camera featuring LED flash and capable of 720p playback (1080p playback through HDMI dock or adapter).  A 2-megapixel front facing camera for video chat, 16GB of storage and of course as mentioned -- Verizon's 4G LTE for connectivity all powered by Android 3.2 Honeycomb.

If you're looking to pick one up, you'll be handing over $499 to Verizon on a two-year contract and don't forget to add in the required $30/mnth data package that allows for 2GB of data. The full press release can be found past the break for you all.

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2 years ago

Grab the official Android MWC app from the Android Market

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Not at Mobile World Congress but still want to follow along? Google has now released their official Mobile World Congress app in the Android Market. Of course, it is meant for attendees to use but it's still an awesome app to download and check out. Some of the features:

  • Event information
  • Booth & partner maps
  • Information on partners featured at the booth
  • Google Mobile apps featured at MWC
  • Android Pin checklist
  • Photo Notes

You can jump on past the break for the download link and stay tuned for more Mobile World Congress coverage right here on Android Central. Thanks, Gordon!

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2 years ago

Hands-on with Fujitsu's Android prototype with ICS, Tegra 3 -- and LTE

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Fujitsu is excited about its newest Android phone -- which we first heard as a faint whisper -- and rightfully so. It's got a beautiful high-resolution 4.6-inch LCD display and is running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Plus it's got an external antenna, which always excites those of us from North America.

But the feature -- pair of features, actually -- that you really need to pay attention to is the fact that it's an LTE device with a Tegra 3 chipset. If you've been going through life thinking the two can't co-exist because of some sort of hardware incompatibility, get that out of your system now. Tegra 3 and LTE can (and will) play nicely together.

As far as the rest of the Arrows prototype goes, it's a mix of new beauty and old design. It's got a trio of physical buttons for menu, home and back. It's also got the 3.5mm headphone jack and microUSB ports covered by clunky doors. But that's all done for a reason -- this sucker's waterproof and dustproof.

Another notable spec is the 13.1-megapixel camera that has an ISO of 25600. Wowzers.

We've got more hands-on video and pics after the break.

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2 years ago

Video hands-on with the ASUS Padfone

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ASUS' Padfone is one of the most unusual devices we've seen at MWC so far -- a phone, which transforms into a tablet, which in turn transforms into a laptop, with pen input that can also be used as a handset. But while this may sound gimmicky, it's actually pretty well executed. The user experience is fast whether in phone, tablet or notebook mode, and the transition between the three is seamless, as you'll see in our hands-on footage after break.

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the Toshiba 7.7 Tegra 3 tablet

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Toshiba's been in the Android tablet space for about a year now. But let's just be completely honest here -- design wasn't exactly the shining feature you'd write home about in the original Thrive or the Thrive 7. 

With the Toshiba 7.7-inch tablet (you've seen it before as the AT720), that's no longer an issue. You're going to be shouting from the rooftops for this NVIDIA Tegra 3-powered tablet. Having shed the USB port (among other externals) from the Thrive series, the 7.7 is incredibly thin and light.  Interesting, though, is that it still has a super-chunky charging connector. Just like with the Thrive 7, we freely amid being a little obsessed by this. But it's just odd for what is an otherwise extremely stylish tablet.

The mondo port is flanked by a pair of stereo speakers. There's a power button and volume rocker in the usual place, along with a rotation lock switch.

The unit we played with definitely has an unfinished build of Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich -- it managed to lock up and remain unhelpful even after a reboot. But we have seen its gaming prowess in person, along with the gorgeous AMOLED display at 1280x800. You are going to want this tablet.

And you also are going to want to know when and where you can get it. Nobody's saying just yet, but here's to hoping we get it in the States, soonest.

We've got more pics and video of the Toshiba 7.7 after the break.

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2 years ago

US Cellular offering a limited-time $100 activation credit with any Android device

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Whether you are looking to grab another device for yourself but don't want to spend a fortune, or you want to get out of the grasp of your current cellular provider, US Cellular has again made an enticing offer to lure you in. For a limited time US Cellular will be offering a $100 activation credit on your account, in addition to waiving any activation fees, all for only signing up for a new US Cellular plan. Unlike many other providers, this offer is good whether you decide to go with the free HTC Wildfire S, or the HTC Merge, or any of their other Android devices they have available. This offer is unfortunately available via web only, but to make up for this they have offered free shipping on any purchase you make. Additionally if you happen to leave your current carrier in favor of US Celluar and chose one of their value packed plans you can be eligible for an additional $150 credit for trading in a qualified smartphone.

This deal may not be for everyone, but if you are looking for a way out of the phone and contract you have now, you may want to give US Cellular some thought, and check out this new promotion before it is to late.

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2 years ago

Badge Scanner app shows, shares what's on your Mobile World Congress badge

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That's it -- no more business cards for me at Mobile World Congress. Googler Trevor Johns has coded up (and open-sourced) a little app called, appropriately enough, Badge Scanner, which will properly read the NFC chip inside the MWC badge and display it on your phone. You then can add a note and save the contact information. Begone, paper business cards!

Do note that if you use this, it'll give up your registered phone number as well. (I've blurred mine out above.) It's not that we don't love getting calls from all you PR reps out there, of course -- we just know how squeamish everyone is with their personal information these days.

If you're here in Barcelona and want to give this a go, we've got download links after the break.

Source: +Trevor Johns (via +Tim Bray)

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2 years ago

Mobile Nations Special: MWC 2012 Day one

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Phil, Dan, Alex, and Simon talk Mobile World Congress day one, including Nokia on both Windows Phone and Symbian (biggest. Camera. Phone. Ever.), Galaxy Note 10.1, the return of the Padphone, Huawei, and yet another plethora of Android devices. Listen in! (And send food!)

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2 years ago

Mobile World Congress day one wrap-up

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We grabbed a few hours sleep after yesterdays Android landslide, and got right back into full swing in Barcelona for the first official day of Mobile World Congress 2012. While all day yesterday was spent bouncing from one venue to the next to see official press events, we got to spend a good part of the day today doing what's coolest about going to a big show like MWC -- talk one-on-one to vendors, developers, and all manner of PR people. The boys put miles on their shoe leather cruising the show floor and meeting with the exhibitors, and we get the benefit of hearing it all without the sore feet.

Hit the break, let's see what went down today.

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2 years ago

Nvidia announces new Tegra 3 optimized titles, redefines mobile gaming

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I know a lot of you folks out there like games. I like them, too, and it's a big part of the reason I'm a fan of what NVIDIA has brought to Android with their Tegra chipsets. When you build the hardware and help developers optimize their software for it, you get something that works great, looks great, and is a load of fun. It's the reason that companies like Apple can have games and apps that perform so well without having great hardware specs. 

NVIDIA powered devices, especially ones with the new Tegra 3 chip, have great specs. They also have optimized software available for them, through the Market or places like the Tegra Zone. When you mix the two together, they really shine. 

Tonight, NVIDIA has set the bar a bit higher and is bringing a new set of Tegra optimized games to Market -- Sonic 4: Episode II, Golden Arrow THD, Dark Kingdom THD, Eden to GREEEEN THD, and Hamilton's Great Adventure THD. Hit the break to have a preview of each of them.

More: NVIDIA

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