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  • Samsung unleashes the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet

    Prepare for another MWC baby. The original Samsung Galaxy Note holds a special place in my heart. So to hear about the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet practically put me into a sugar-induced coma. It’s a Touchwiz beast, running Ice Cream Sandwich on a dual-core, 1.4Ghz CPU and a gig of RAM. It’s not about to replace your Samsung Galaxy S II though, as the Note Tablet only has GSM access. Thankfully, it comes standard with Wi-Fi, HSPA+ and Bluetooth 3.0 so it ticks the necessary connectivity boxes. The Note Tablet is going to come in a variety of sizes: 16,...

  • PadFone formally unwrapped at MWC: Behold the tablet-frankenphone

    First revealed back in May of last year, Asus’s phone-tablet hybrid, the PadFone, has been officially introduced in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress. At first glance the PadFone appears to be a fairly unassuming device. It runs on Ice Cream Sandwich and has a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD (960 x 540) display, 1.2GHz a dual-core Snapdragon S4 chip with an Adreno 225 GPU, 1GB of RAM, 8MP rear facing shooter with LED flash and f/2.2 autofocus lens and VGA front-facing camera. Depending on the model, internal storage ranges from 16GB to 64GB, but can be expanded thanks to a microSD...

  • Take 41 megapixel shots with the groundbreaking Nokia 808 PureView

    Nokia teasingly waved something called PureView in our faces last week. Now, we’re happy to announce that it’s a mobile phone, dubbed the 808 PureView. Its standout and frankly revolutionary feature is its 41MP camera. The time of prophecies is here. Carl Zeiss unleashes the beast Available first in Europe next quarter at the cost of EUR€450, the 808 PureView runs Symbian Belle, (why?) has a 1.3Ghz single-core CPU, a 4-inch 360x640 screen, 512MB RAM, 16GB of internal storage and looks like Eve from Wall-E. Expect really beautiful shots from a plain-looking phone. The 808 PureView shoots 41MP stills and 34MP 16:9...

  • Sony reveals new NXT Android smartphones — Xperia U, P, S

    Sony, recently freed from its cumbersome Ericsson union, has announced two new and delightfully shiny Xperias, namely the Xperia P, and Xperia U. The Xperia S was unveiled earlier this month and is now shipping globally. The Mobile World Congress, itself a hotbed of new ideas and devices, saw Sony revealing its first new range of NXT Android smartphones. The Xperia S is known to us. The Xperia P, not so much. The P comes with a lithe aluminium unibody design and “Reality Display” which promises “wider viewing angles in bright light”. Included with the new NFC capable Xperia P is an...

  • 5 Games that would make great films

    Game adaptations: the forbidden sin. Hardly done well, and well worth missing. Despite the watchable Silent Hill and fun Resident Evil series, the rest are just plain awful. So let’s not focus on game movies that already exist, but rather take a look at five great games that would translate well to the big screen. Portal The Game Portal is one of the most creative first person uh, shooters, to have come out in the last decade. Portal took environmental puzzles to the next level; it actually built them into the game-mechanics with the portal gun. Originally a mod of the Half-Life...

  • iPhone 5 concept pics ooze sex-appeal

    I’m not one for product mock-ups, but in the case of this iPhone 5 design, I’ll make an exception. Italian designer Federico Ciccares took the initiative (and cumulative iPhone 5 rumours) to create a series of renders which speak volumes on the possible design of a new iPhone. Wonderfully curvaceous and oddly resembling Apple’s Magic Mouse, the concept design is a sight to behold. Let’s dig in. The first image is telling. The curved back ideally fits in the palm of the hand, with volume and lock control within thumbs reach. No space is wasted and the screen almost apes the...

  • iOS-linked Tongue Drive System hands over wireless control to the paralysed

    Gadgets are extremely personal, if not selfish devices. How many of us need that remote controlled vacuum cleaner, or Bluetooth backscratcher? When does a gadget shift from impersonal, to life-changing? The Tongue Drive System, an iOS-controlled wireless device for the paralysed, does precisely that. US-based university Georgia Tech is hard at work on the Tongue Drive System, which lets patients with spinal cord injuries enjoy full control of their gadgets, and has the potential to become the centre of an automated home. The TDS had a troubled gestation period, with previous iterations of the device labelled as “grotesque” according to users...

  • A second glance: Nokia’s Lumia 800

    Nokia has had a rough couple of years in the eye of the public but in the emerging markets it's still the king of the castle. Its dominance in markets such as Africa has remained mostly unchallenged in recent times. Nokia was the phone that taught me about mobile. I had the Nokia 6310 back in the day and that was definitely the most stable and effective communication device I've ever used, ever. I have an historical affiliation to its brand and its phones but I have to admit, it's lost me recently. I've tried Android, Blackberry, Samsung and...

  • ZTE: Launching eight new phones at MWC, plots world domination

    ZTE wants to be a top three manufacturer by 2015 and it's launching eight new phones at MWC next week to kickstart its plan for world domination. The Chinese manufacturer is coming out guns blazing, announcing in a press release today that its new range of Android and Windows Phone devices will boast high-end features such as LTE and quad-core processors. The presser didn’t contain information about which phones will be introduced, but we have an idea of what to expect. First, there’s GSM/LTE band PF200 running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich which will feature a 1.5GHz processor, 4.3-inch qHD...

  • The LG Optimus 4X HD, world’s first quad-core smartphone

    Two cores, boring. Three cores, passé. Four cores, now we’re talking. The Optimus 4X HD, a 4.7-inch monster of a phone boasts an impressive 1.5Ghz quad-core Tegra 3 CPU. Too much, too soon? LG doesn't think so. The LG Optimus 4X HD is one of the billions of new smartphones which will be shown off at the MWC 2012 and while it may not be the sexiest, it damn well should be the most powerful. It is also one of the few phones to launch with Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich. In terms of the Optimus 4X HD’s other features, the...