Mobile World Congress Unveils Superphone Trend
A year ago when I bought my laptop, I was debating on paying what I planned on paying with my tax return, or pay a little more for a laptop with a quad-core processor. At the time, a quad-core was a fancy gimmick, something that only intensive PCs needed, like AutoCAD machines and weather simulators. I run a couple web developers, a slew of games, and the internet’s dark alleys when my boss isn’t looking. I didn’t necessarily need a quad-core but I had a strong inkling that it would soon become the norm within a few years. And, like always, technology expands exponentially, and faster than I always expect.
This Year’s Mobile World Congress Expo, [i]the[/i] premier technology exposition that focuses on mobile phones, unveiled what is emerging to be the superphone trend, that is, phones with quad-core processors and more muscle under the hood than the average laptop. The Samsung Galaxy Beam, for example, is running a quad-core, Android 4.0 (aka Ice Cream Sandwich), and a built in projector. Because who hasn’t been hanging around friends and thought, you know what? I’m going to display pictures of my cat on the wall. I need a portable, convenient way to do this.
Quad-cores aren’t the only things making a splash at this year’s MWC. More emerging trends include the aforementioned Android 4.0. Ice Cream Sandwich has been talked about, flaunted, fawned over, and ultimately accepted by the larger mobile phone community. After a few hiccups with flash support and compatability, ICS is quickly becoming the standard on all our lovely Android phones. New features like the static, customizable buttons at the bottom of home pages and more efficient use of more processing cores makes ICS as mouth watering as its namesake.
More on the Mobile World Congress will be released later this week and so far it looks very promising. Sony, finally done with its drawn out breakup with Ericsson, has released a couple phones that have been well received. They’re no groundbreakers, for sure, but if this is the start of Sony’s new phone lineup, the results are looking promising as well. Results like the Xperia P and U are similar to the Xperia S, only modern in hardware.
Check back here later this week for more Mobile World Congress news!