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February 2012 Roundup

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1st March 2012

February is always a busy month in the mobile phone industry because of the annual Mobile World Congress show.

Nokia

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the month, the Nokia 808 PureView is a Symbian handset with an astounding 41 megapixel camera sensor on the back. Nokia expanded their Windows based range with both the affordable Nokia Lumia 610 and also a worldwide edition of the high-end Nokia Lumia 900. Two closely related "candy bar" phones with small touchscreens, the Nokia Asha 202 and 203 are both inexpensive and versatile. Nokia also showed off the inexpensive Nokia Asha 302 messaging phone that can work with corporate Microsoft Exchange mail.

 Nokia 808 PureView
Nokia 808 PureView

 Nokia Lumia 610
Nokia Lumia 610

 Nokia Lumia 900
Nokia Lumia 900

 Nokia Asha 202 / 203
Nokia Asha 202 / 203

 Nokia Asha 302
Nokia Asha 302

Samsung

The Samsung with the biggest "wow" factor this month is the Samsung Galaxy Beam with a built-in projector. Samsung also showed off the low cost Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 and the midrange Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 which adds some confusion to Samsung's overly large range.

 Samsung Galaxy Beam
Samsung Galaxy Beam

 Samsung Galaxy Mini 2
Samsung Galaxy Mini 2

 Samsung Galaxy Ace 2
Samsung Galaxy Ace 2

HTC

In an effort to revive flagging fortunes in 2011, HTC revised their range but also caused confusion with their naming convention. The big screen quad-core HTC One X is certainly impressive, and we suspect expensive too. One step down is the HTC One S which is still a powerful smartphone that sits on the very top end of the midrange market. Further into the midrange market is the HTC One V which revives HTC's classic unibody design.

 HTC One X
HTC One X

 HTC One S
HTC One S

 HTC One V
HTC One V

Sony

A step down from the Xperia S but still very powerful, the Sony Xperia P is an impressive handset with a relatively large screen. Looking almost identical but much less powerful is the Sony Xperia U - but can any one make sense of these model names?

 Sony Xperia P
Sony Xperia P

 Sony Xperia U
Sony Xperia U

LG

LG launched a lot of handsets this month, but hard facts have been hard to come by. The LG Optimus Vu is an oversized smartphone.. or a small tablet. LG improved the handset with the technology nobody really wants with the new LG Optimus 3D Max. The powerful 4+1 core LG Optimus 4X HD looks impressive, but might stretch LG's ability to deliver.

 LG Optimus Vu
LG Optimus Vu

 LG Optimus 3D Max
LG Optimus 3D Max

 LG Optimus 4X HD
LG Optimus 4X HD 

Panasonic

Panasonic bounced back into the European market after a six year absence with the waterproof Panasonic ELUGA smartphone and the oversized Panasonic ELUGA Power device running Android 4.0.

 Panasonic ELUGA
Panasonic ELUGA

 Panasonic ELUGA Power
Panasonic ELUGA Power

Other manufacturers

The ASUS PadFone is a novel but flawed attempt to combine a tablet and smartphone. Probably the first Intel-powered Android phone to market, the Orange Santa Clara looks intriguing. The Huawei Ascend D quad is battling it out to be the world's fastest smartphone.  Motorola don't "do" MWC, but they still announced the Motorola GLEAM+ clamshell phone for the low-cost market this month.

 ASUS PadFone
ASUS PadFone

 Orange Santa Clara
Orange Santa Clara

 Huawei Ascend D quad
Huawei Ascend D quad

 Motorola GLEAM+
Motorola GLEAM+

Tablets

The quad-core Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD shows how competitive this Chinese company is becoming. Samsung refreshed their tablet range with the 7" Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) and the larger 10.1" Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1). Using technology from their Note smartphone, Samsung also announced the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 which comes with a stylus.

 Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD
Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD

 Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0)
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0)

 Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1)
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1)

 Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

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