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Mobile World Congress 2012: Our Predictions

Steven Blum
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MWC 2011

There are less than four days left until the start of Mobile World Congress 2012 (you can check out Android's 2012 countdown clock here) and the Google crew is busy building the display counters where brand new Androids will be sitting and waiting for passersby. If you are wondering what the most important mobile phone exhibition will reveal to the world, well, so are we. Here are our predictions for Mobile World Congress 2012

Galaxy Note 10.1

What's better than a Galaxy Note? A Galaxy Note with an even larger screen. This'll be Samsung's first stylus-based tablet and – based on the responsiveness of the Note – that's something we can definitely get excited about. Samsung is also expected to release a number of stylus-friendly apps, and support for developers wishing to create their own apps specifically designed for the S Pen.

This could also be the tablet with a display that blows all others out of the water, as Samsung was promising a Retina-like display, with a resolution of 2048x1536 pixels. Damn.

Budget Galaxies

Samsung will also doubtless unveil a number of lower-cost Galaxy smartphones, like the Galaxy Mini 2 and Galaxy Ace 2.

HTC One X

We've all but confirmed that HTC will be revealing the One X (previosuly known as the Endeavor) at MWC. This'll be HTC's first phone to use an Nvidia 2.5GHz processor. It'll also be packing a 4.7-inch HD display, an 8-megapixel camera and new version of Sense. Sad part? No microSD card for expanding memory.

HTC One S

The baby cousin to the One X, the One S will have a dual-core 1.5GHz processor and a qHD 4.3-inch AMOLED screen. According to rumors, it runs like a refreshed Sensation with a nicer display. Yawn.

Sony Xpiera...[Fill in the Blank]

Sony already premiered the Xperia Ion at CES, but at MWC we're expecting to see more additions to the Sony Xperia family, including the Xperia S and likely others.

LG X3

The LG X3 is expected to be a quad-core showstopper, with a 4.7-inch HD diaply, an 8-mp camera and 16GB of storage. It's also supposed to have an ultra long-lasting 2000mAh battery, which should last you more than 24 hours on a single charge. 

Google's AR Glasses (We wish!)

 

They were just announced to New York Times yesterday, but I wonder if MWC attendees might get a sneak peak at Google's famed augmented reality glasses, which overlay web content on their lenses.

Galaxy Nexus Tablet

Rumors are also swirling around a Galaxy Nexus tablet. Might we see one at MWC? One can hope!

Android 5.0 / Jellybean

Jellybean might be the product that saves Google from Windows 8. The update will apparantly allow users to dual boot Windows 8 and Android 5.0 on a single tablet. It will be better optimized for tablets than ICS and include many features from the Chrome OS and rumors are swirling around a MWC release.

AndroidPIT will be there!

This year, AndroidPIT's Fabien Roehlinger will be reporting live from the event on the new processors, new apps, new phones and new Android swag. But before that happens, here's a video to get you excited. Here's what Android's Mobile Congress exhibition looked like in 2011: