BLOG: Mobile World Congress Truths

It's a bit of a slow news day today, what with everyone recovering from the flurry of Mobile World Congress announcements and hangovers. So we figured we'd run through all the overheated predictions that were flying about pre-MWC, and note down which rumours were in fact truth.


Sony Ericsson Hikaru, an eight-megapixel touch-screen with Walkman player and 8GB on board.


Half-truth! Known instead as the W995, the slider phone does sport an eight-megapixel camera with Walkman player, but it has no touch-screen, and the 8GB actually comes in a bundled M2 memory stick. Check out our video demo, and our hands-on preview here.


Samsung and LG will have solar powered phones


Truth! LG announced an eco-friendly phone with a solar panel on its battery cover that could provide three minutes' talktime for every ten minutes spent charging in the sun. Release is slated for year end.


12-megapixel barrier broken...


Truth! We'd heard Sharp announce their new 12-megapixel camera sensor for phones, so knew some kind of overly-pixeled camera phone would be coming up, and it did... Samsung


Lie! In fact, it was Sony Ericsson to trot out the world's first 12-megapixel camera phone. Still at prototype stage, it's nicknamed the Idou, and is the flagship handset of Sony Ericsson's new Entertainment Unlimited brand, which merges the company's two big feature phone lines (camera and music) into one. Finally, eh? Check out our video preview here.


Second Google Android phone


Truth! We got our hands on the HTC Magic (hands-on video here, the follow-up to the T-Mobile G1 and still only the second phone to run on Android. Well, except for the handset from Huawei, which was carefully sequestered in a locked display case at MWC...


BlackBerry 9300 Gemini, a full QWERTY handset with hi-def screen


Lie! We've not had a sniff of the latest from RIM, though if/when it lands, it'll hit the smartphone sweet spot with HSDPA, Wi-Fi and A-GPS...


New Samsung music phone, M7600


Truth! In fact, we got two Samsung music phones, the Beat Edition, and the Beat DJ a touch-screen with actual, song-scratching turntable software that our reviews editor particularly loved, apparently because he's a scratch DJ in his imaginary life. Mix it up. Yo.

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