The Mobile World Congress 2008 – An Overview


Recently in Barcelona, the annual Mobile World Congress (or MWC) came about with all of the fundamental producers showcasing several of what we all may be longing for the duration of the rest of the year. It clearly lived as much as expectations with the 3 major manufacturers each showcasing new flagship gadgets, in addition to properly as lots of first-rate surprises.


This annual occasion was previously called the 3GSM Congress. However, the call change does not detract from the purpose – showcasing the maximum hotly-anticipated new cell telephones to the market. The highlights of the MWC vary, relying on wherein you read; however, with an event as big as this, that isn’t mainly surprising as some devices unveiled had lengthy-been rumored in addition to others which seemingly came out of nowhere. My non-public highlights have been a rather interesting improvement from Sony Ericsson, a long-awaited announcement from Nokia and LG’s try at breaking into the huge-leagues.

Now, this is a thrilling one. The U900 is in all likelihood to be the remaining addition to the Samsung Ultra range following on from the famous U600 and its 3G up[grade the U700. The U900 Soul (which stands for Spirit Of Ultra) may aim to finish off the collection in fashion while maintaining the equal high-cease functions and minimum length – 12.9mm thick in this example – that made the Ultra Series so popular. The U900 Soul will include a 5MP camera with autofocus, flash, face detection & photograph stabilizer; 3G HSDPA at 7.2Mbps; a 2.2″ TFT 16M coloration show Bluetooth 2.0 with an A2DP profile for connection of wi-fi Bluetooth headphones.

A small touch-touchy panel is positioned underneath the main display, which replaces the same old button-layout. The on-display icons alternate depending on the screen you’re in, such as track keys whilst inside the tune participant. Although this navigation solution has been seen before in the Samsung E950, a flagship handset just like the U900 Soul will without a doubt have this applied higher, and the early symptoms are very encouraging. The U900 Soul looks thus far looking like a becoming epitaph to the Samsung Ultra series because it combines top of the various technical functions in conjunction with a clearly innovative navigation technique. Providing that the touch panel is mainly applied correctly, there’s no reason why this can’t eclipse each of the U700 & U600 as a Samsung flagship mobile.


After a reputedly countless speculation movement with varying ranges of accuracy, the Nokia N96 turned into sooner or later revealed. In fact, it’s a beast in phrases of both physicality and technology. Nokia N96 takes the equal layout from the N81 and provides the dual-sliding action from the N95 to house a fixed of multimedia keys for video & track playback. Although it is a touch on the hefty side because of the 125-gram load, the sheer amount of functions stuffed in make it worthwhile.

The Nokia N96 comes with a 5MP Carl Zeiss Optics camera with flash & autofocus; 30 frames in step with-2d video recording; 128MB of RAM, and a DVB-H Digital TV receiver. Connectivity is far and away from the best-scoring factor of the N96. As properly as the usual options of GPRS, Bluetooth 2.Zero & EDGE (class 32 in this situation), the N96 may have Wi-Fi & 3G HSDPA at three.6Mbps. This does hammer home the factor that Nokia needs the N96 to be the whole multimedia device in the marketplace, and before you ask – yes, that does encompass sat-nav. Nokia Maps model 2.Zero comes pre-loaded to supplement the integrated GPS receiver.

Re-iterating that factor even further is the memory capacity, which is an outstanding 16GB internal, as well as the possibility of upgrading through a microSD card, taking the maximum in all likelihood reminiscence to a large 24GB (it’s assuming SDHC playing cards are supported.) Undoubtedly the Nokia N96 became the maximum-characteristic packed of the devices unveiled on the 2008 MWC. However, my concerns are with the general weight and the doubtlessly insufficient 950mAh battery, which bloodless yet prove to be a problem within the unique N95, but we will wait and see on that count. Suffice to say is the N96 lives as much as its promise, the N95 will be left standing.

This is individual with the aid of some distance & away the maximum specific offering provided for the duration of the entire MWC, which considers some of the downright unusual stuff on provide, is quite a success. The premise is you buy the smartphone itself, which operates as a standard smartphone with a music participant. Also, you connect a ‘jacket’ to this small module to feature a particular characteristic. The super component about this kind of flexibility is that, in principle, the Modu will by no means be out of favor or obsolete. The ‘jackets’ on display have been the boombox & gaming versions, which are exactly as they sound – the boombox is for stronger tune playback & the gaming model is for cell games along with a larger display. Further jackets are to be launched consisting of a sat-nav model and a rumored garage version, which would basically add a USB port to the Modu to allow it to be plugged immediately right into a PC without the want of a cable connection.


All in all of the Modu is a totally thrilling concept, and the great component is that so long as improvements (or jackets) remain synthetic in step with the market area on time, then the Modu is extra than able to preserve up with the opposition just by way of adding a straightforward development.