The absence of the Samsung Galaxy S III at Mobile World Congress has left a smartphone-shaped hole in our hearts, but – rather than spend the conference curled up in a ball crying – we’re praying (not literally) that one of Sammo’s rivals will step up and win us over.
We have high hopes for quad-core goodies from HTC (the One X now looks like being the star of the show by default) and Huawei, but don’t forget Samsung’s South Korean cousins, Lucky Goldstar. Their line-up doesn’t sound too bad at all.
Rewinding back a year or so (Mobile World Congress 2011 actually took place earlier in the month), LG appeared to be on top of the world. It had revealed the world’s first dual-core smartphone (LG Optimus 2X), world’s first autostereoscopic smartphone (LG Optimus 3D) and world’s first 3D tablet (LG Optimus Pad). Oh, and there was also the humble LG Optimus Black.
LG’s Mobile World Congress stand was positively buzzing, and, despite me having a good moan about the LG Optimus 3D’s autostereoscopic display hurting my head, James Martinez awarded the manufacturer 9/10 in MCW 2011: all the big players rated.
The remainder of LG’s 2011 wasn’t exactly sunshine and lollipops, but let’s not dwell on that too much.
And so to Mobile World Congress 2012. As is often the case, we’ve had enough leaks over the past few weeks to build a pretty vivid picture of who’s bringing what to Barcelona. Ready for LG stuff?
The LG X3 is tipped to be LG’s first quad-core smartphone, and will go head-to-head at Mobile World Congress 2012 with the aforementioned HTC One X and Huawei Ascend D1 Q. It’s thought to have a 4.7in 1280x720 display, Tegra 3 processor, 8MP/1.3MP camera combo, 16GB internal storage and Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0).
Sounds good to us. However, let’s hope the LG X3’s sub-9mm chassis can still accommodate a decent-sized battery. Hmm.
The LG Optimus Vu is contender for one of the oddest devices at Mobile World Congress, with a 4:3 aspect ratio. LG reckons that makes it easier to hold, but we’ll reserve judgement till we get our hands on it.
Rumoured LG Optimus Vu specs include a 5in display, 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm APQ8060 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB internal storage, an 8MP rear camera and Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). Presumably Ice Cream Sandwich will follow at some point.
Say what you want about autostereoscopic technology (Christ knows I have), but some people are quite fond of 3D smartphones. The original LG Optimus 3D didn’t exactly fly off shelves, possibly because it was a big thick fatty, but Lucky Goldstar is having another go with the predictably titled LG Optimus 3D 2.
We first heard whispers of the LG Optimus 3D 2 back in September 2011, and already the manufacturer was hinting that it’d be super-slim. Again, like the LG X3, that makes us worry about the battery life, but we won’t write it off just yet.
The LG Optimus 3D 2 will be thinner and lighter, with a 4.3in IPS display and 1.2GHz dual-core processor. I’ll be first in line if it makes an appearance at Mobile World Congress.
The above chaps are all Android-based, but don’t forget poor old Windows Phone 7. LG is following up on the LG Optimus 7 (and that Jil Sander variant) with the LG Miracle.
The LG Miracle is rumoured to have a 4in display, 1GHz processor, 5MP rear camera with 720p vid cap, 1.3MP on the front for sexy-time naked calls, and 8GB internal storage. There’s also talk of NFC, which would be a Windows Phone first.
So there you have it. We’ve got quad-core, autostereoscopic, Windows Phone 7 with NFC and a strange 4:3 smartphone-tablet hybrid. I kinda like it.