It's on again. MWC, the year's biggest mobile expo, is underway in Barcelona, and every mobile vendor worth its salt (well, except one of course) is spruiking its agenda for 2012.
Mobile World Congress 2012 has kicked off in Barcelona, Spain, with smartphone and tablet vendors jostling for media attention as they unveil their new mobile ranges and directions for the year. Larger handsets seem to be in favour, and we're also starting to see smartphones go quad-core thanks to the inclusion of processors like Nvidia's Tegra 3 CPU.
HTC, seen as having lost ground in the past year to Android rivals, most notably Samsung, is seeking to wipe the slate clean with its streamlined new HTC One series, comprising models running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and a revised HTC Sense UI.
The flagship models are the new One X and One XL (above), both 4.7-inch form factors with 1,280 x 720 displays, 8MP cameras and 1080p video recording, but the former is quad-core 1.5GHz (though 3G) while the latter is dual-core 1.5GHz (but 4G). Rounding out the One range are the One S (4.3-inch, 1.5GHz dual-core CPU) and the One V (3.7-inch, 1GHz CPU).
Meanwhile LG, who is reportedly in high-level talks with Google with regards to acquiring Android's flagship Nexus branding for an upcoming device, showed off its new Optimus Vu (above), a gigantic 5-inch hybrid smartphone/tablet device targeting multimedia fans, distinctively framed with a 4:3 aspect ratio. LG is also prepping a quad-core Ice Cream Sandwich release with the Optimus 4X HD, which sports a 1.5GHz Tegra 3 processor, 8MP camera and sizeable 2,080mAh battery.
Sony, freshly rebranded after having ousted Ericsson from its mobile business, unveiled new models in the Xperia P and Xperia U (above, middle and right respectively), which join the only recently announced Xperia S to form its new NXT smartphone lineup. The Xperia P is a 4-inch model housed in an aluminium unibody casing and featuring a revamped 'WhiteMagic' display packed with an extra layer of white pixels to improve visuals, especially in sunlight. The Xperia U is a relatively mini (these days) 3.5-inch model targeting a more budget-conscious market. Both models feature Android Gingerbread but will be upgradeable to Ice Cream Sandwich.
We'll have more on the new devices revealed at Mobile World Congress this week as the show proceeds.