Mobile World Congress, one of the biggest technology trade shows in the world, raised the technology bar this year on its first day. The 2012 MWC smartphone expo in Barcelona featured a lot of newly announced superphones packing more powerful quad-core processors and utilizing Android 4.0 (ice cream sandwhich). Notable releases from the first day of the event came from HTC, LG, Huawei, Sony and Samsung.
HTC introduced their first quad-core smartphone called One X. Huawei unveiled its Ascend D series of smartphones with the Ascend D Quad leading the lineup and equipped with a quad-core chip that the company built itself. The Ascend Quad XL and Ascend D1 were also showcased, and all devices will run on the Android 4.0 operating system. LG also unleashed a new quad-core phone with the Optimus 4X HD that makes use of Nvidia’s Tegra 3 processor and a 4.7-inch HD display. Samsung on the other hand, revealed its Galaxy Beam, which actually has an internal projector, and also announced the Galaxy Tab 2 line of Android 4.0 tablets that will be available in 10-inch and 7-inch versions. Sony, coming from a separation from Ericsson, re-launched its cell phone brand with the Xperia P and Xperia U devices running on dual-core processors and Android 2.3 Gingerbread software.
The Mobile World congress will continue this week, so more surprises can definitely be expected.