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There have been rumors going around for a while now that Microsoft was ready to unveil the second generation of its HoloLens wearable at Mobile World Congress 2019. Microsoft has now sent out invites to its MWC event, which will be held on February 24 at 5 pm CET (11 am ET). On hand at the event will be Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, CVP Julia White, and Alex Kipman. Kipman being on hand for the event is believed to be a tip that HoloLens 2 will be unveiled, as he is known for his work on the wearable. Recent rumors have suggested that HoloLens 2 will use a Snapdragon 850 SoC. That would mean it will be an always on and connected device ready to go when the user is. It's not common for Microsoft... Read more...
If you're looking to score some free tickets to the biggest mobile event of the year, and you also happen to be using the Windows 10 preview, Microsoft would like to help. Well, if you're lucky enough to be chosen from a huge pool of people, that is. In one of the more unique giveaways Microsoft's held, all someone has to do to find out if they've won a free ticket to the upcoming Mobile World Congress is to load up the Insider Hub app that comes with the Windows 10 preview. Yup - that's it. As you can see in the shot below, I am unfortunately not one of the lucky ones. It's not entirely clear exactly how Microsoft is distributing these tickets, but it could be based on raw activity, amount of... Read more...
The 2015 Mobile World Congress is set to kick off in Barcelona, Spain on March 2. However, invitations that HTC sent out today confirm that we’ll actually catch our first glimpse of its next generation flagship smartphone a day early on March 1. In true teaser fashion, HTC isn’t revealing any new details about the device and simply states that “utopia is in progress.” However, thanks to ongoing leaks, we have at least a general idea of what HTC plans to launch in early March. Although it’s possible that HTC could go with the obvious One (M9) moniker for its new flagship, ‘Hima’ has been thrown around since early December. As for the processor, the obvious choice is Qualcomm’s new 64-bit Snapdragon... Read more...
Oh, so that’s why. Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of mobile messaging service WhatsApp was big news, primarily as it left many of us wondering why exactly the company would spend such an unbelievable sum of money on it. After a speech at MWC in which WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum stated that WhatsApp will soon offer free voice calls, it all makes much more sense. Effectively, when WhatsApp rolls out voice calling capabilities--Android and iPhone this spring and then BlackBerry, Nokia phones, and Windows Phone at some point, too--it, and by proxy Facebook, will be a sort of mobile carrier. Essentially what’s happening here is that the WhatsApp guys realized that data is the primary... Read more...
Intel is announcing its new tablet and smartphone designs this week at Mobile World Congress, alongside a major push to drive adoption of its 28nm XMM 7160 and XMM 7260 modem technology. It's been two years since Intel launched its first serious Atom-based smartphone platform, codenamed Medfield, and it's safe to say that those two years haven't gone precisely as Intel intended. Originally, the company planned to have a solid market share built up by now. Instead, it's planning a major tablet initiative with multiple partners with a few possible smartphone SoC wins on the side. The chips that will power these efforts are the Z34 and Z35 families, known as Merrifield and Moorefield... Intel Debuts... Read more...
Intel is announcing its new tablet and smartphone designs this week at Mobile World Congress, alongside a major push to drive adoption of its 28nm XMM 7160 and XMM 7260 modem technology. It's been two years since Intel launched its first serious Atom-based smartphone platform, codenamed Medfield, and it's safe to say that those two years haven't gone precisely as Intel intended. Originally, the company planned to have a solid market share built up by now. Instead, it's planning a major tablet initiative with multiple partners with a few possible smartphone SoC wins on the side. The chips that will power these efforts are the Z34 and Z35 families, known as Merrifield and Moorefield, respectively.... Read more...
In addition to the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+, Lenovo came to MWC with a trio of smartphones. The eye-catching handsets--the S860, S850, and S660--all feature quad-core MediaTek (1.3GHz) processors, dual SIM cards, Android 4.2, and overall solid specs. Lenovo S860 The S860 has a 5.3-inch (1280x720) display and 2GB of RAM, 16GB of onboard storage, and 8MP/1.6MP rear- and front cameras. The handset features on-the-go charging of other devices, which is a feature that makes sense on a smartphone only because this one boasts up to 24 hours of (3G) talk time and 40 days of standby battery life. Lenovo S850 With a unique all-glass exterior chassis and a design intended for the fashion forward, the 5-inch (1280x720)... Read more...
It feels as if Samsung's Galaxy S4 is still pretty fresh, and it's still dominating the sales charts. But could a replacement be just around the bend? Samsung has just issued press invites for an "Unpacked 5" event, slated to take place in Barcelona, Spain during Mobile World Congress. The planet's largest mobile-focused trade event gets going in just a few weeks, and while it has certainly been the launchpad for a number of hero devices over the years (and even Microsoft's own Windows Phone operating system), Samsung has shied away from these mega-events of late. Instead, the company has followed Apple's lead by holding its own events in order to control the spotlight. For whatever reason, that... Read more...
On the hunt for a new slate? There are plenty of those being unveiled at this year's Mobile World Congress. Acer's in that crowd, introducing the Iconia B1 16GB. The company is actually billing this one as a slate for families on the hunt for "a second tablet for their children," but also calls is "ideal for first-time users." It's pretty fascinating that the tablet game has skyrocketed to a point where people are already considering second and third units, much like they did with full-fledged computers some years ago. The Iconia B1-A71 is a 7", Android-based unit that weighs 320 grams, boasts a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and runs Jelly Bean. There's also a 1024x600 resolution capacitive display,... Read more...
This is something the folks running Mobile World Congress won't be happy about. Rather than using the year's largest mobile show to unveil the next generation Galaxy S smartphone, Samsung is doing something that more and more companies are doing: throwing its own party. The Galaxy Note 8.0 is likely to be Samsung's flagship reveal in Barcelona, while the item that most everyone was truly waiting on (the GSIV) will be revealed to the masses in its own event in New York City next month. The date is March 14th, and you can bet that Samsung's monster marketing budget will extend to push this thing in a huge way. With Apple (likely) still months out from unveiling a new iPhone, the Galaxy S IV will... Read more...
We'll have to consult with Vegas to see what the over/under is on the number of 7-inch tablets introduced at the Mobile Word Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain later this month, but in the meantime, we have a pretty good idea on one we'd like to see. It's the so-called "Fonepad" from Asus, a 7-inch Android 4.1 Jelly Bean tablet with a x86 foundation. Based on information obtained from sources within the upstream supply chain, Digitimes (and other sites around the web) is reporting the Fonepad will come equipped with an Intel Atom Z242 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 1GB or RAM, 8-32GB of internal storage, 3MP rear-facing camera, 1.2MP front-facing camera, Wi-Fi connectivity, Bluetooth, GPS, and... Read more...
This year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is now ancient history in the fast moving world of tech, and the next big event is Mobile World Congress (MWC), which kicks off later this month. There will be lots of mobile devices on display, including a MeMo Pad 10 tablet from Asus, which has broken cover ahead of the show. A Dutch website posted several details and press photos of the upcoming Android tablet, which is a bigger version of the 7-inch MeMo Pad introduced last month. Reportedly, the MeMo Pad 10 will rock a 1280x800 display, NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of built-in storage, 5MP rear-facing camera, and a microSD card slot. On the software side, it will... Read more...
In addition to new device announcements and technology reveals, some interesting revelations are coming out of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona this week. One of those is the number of Android activations that occur on a daily basis. According to Andy Rubin, Senior Vice President of Mobile at Google who oversees the development of Android, fans of the open-source platform are activating more than 850,000 devices every day. "There are over 450,000 applications in Android Market. Some of the developers who built these apps are showing their latest and greatest in the Android stand. But the ecosystem doesn't sleep. Our partners have activated a total of 300 million Android phones! Currently... Read more...
Asus lived up to its promise of unveiling its PadFone at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. The PadFone, if this is the first you're hearing of it, is a hybird phone-tablet device, or as Asus pitches it, a three-in-one device that can be used as a smartphone, tablet, or notebook when plopped into the company's separately sold PadFone Station or PadFone Station Dock. The PadFone boasts a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD display and Qualcomm's upcoming Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz with an Adreno 225 GPU to boot. It has 1GB of LPDDR2 RAM, 16GB/32GB/64GB of eMMC flash-based storage baked in, 8MP rear-facing camera, VGA front-facing camera, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0,... Read more...
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