The mobile communications industry’s annual gathering, Mobile World Congress, is taking place in Barcelona this week. The conference and exhibition, formerly known as 3GSM, will attract around 50,000 visitors, and see the launch of a host of new mobile products. Here’s our round up of the best. (JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images)
Nokia 6210 Navigator is the company’s first GPS-enabled mobile device with an integrated compass, and is one of four phones the company showed with location-based services. The phone comes with the new Nokia Maps 2.0 application, and includes full voice and visual turn by turn guidance at no extra cost. (JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images)
Nokia N96, a multimedia computer optimized for video and TV. With a large 2.8 inch screen, 16GB of internal memory and support for high-quality numerous video formats. (JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images)
The Samsung F480, with 5 megapixel camera and a range of advanced camera functions, plus a 3.2 inch screen with a true 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio for movies. (JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images)
Sony-Ericsson’s XPERIA X1 Arc slider phone, with a slightly curved, full QWERTY keypad sliding out from under a 3 inch VGA 800 x 480 resolution screen. This Windows Mobile-based phone includes touchscreen, optical joystick and handwriting recognition inputs, along with XPERIA Panels, a touchscreen, icon-driven menu system.
Toshiba Portégé G910, a smart mobile device for road warriors. Built on Windows Mobile 6 Professional, with a full suite of Microsoft Office solutions, biometric fingerprint security solution, built in GPS, full QWERTY keypad and 3 inch wide-VGA touchscreen. (JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images)
Another interesting device from Toshiba, the G450 compact phone. The G450 weighs just 57 grams, and replaces the keypad with two circular multifunction pads; coupled with a minimalist 0.8 inch display (the top circle). It has HSDPA support to act as a modem, but doesn’t support Bluetooth. (JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images)
Motorola’s MOTO Z10, first seen at CES 2008 in January, is described as a pocket-sized mobile film studio, with camera for stills and video, editing applications and the ability to share clips online. (JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images)
The NEC FOMA M9-5i is a 5.2-megapixel camera phone, and is the first device with Red Bend’s vCurrent Mobile firmware over-the-air (FOTA) client software, allowing better management and updating of mobile software. The phone also includes two-axis rotation, with 3 inch widescreen VGA screen. (JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images)
The latest addition to i-mate’s Ultimate range, the 9502, is a Windows Mobile 6 device, with a 2.8 inch touchscreen and QWERTY keyboard hidden underneath, complete with HSDPA & HUSDPA support, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity.
LG-KF700, a multimedia phone that combines 3 inch touchscreen, alpha-numeric keypad and Shortcut Dial, to create an intuitive user interface. (JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images)
Alcatel’s Mandarina Duck phone, created in co-operation with the Italian fashion brand of the same name. The clamshell phone is available in cherry red, lilac and green, with MP3 player, VGA camera, 10 MB internal memory, Bluetooth and colour screen. (JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images)
Mobile World Congress saw the first look at Google’s mobile software platform, Android. Android prototypes were on show from a number of exhibitors. (LLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images)
It’s not just phones on show – this is Motorola’s Mobile TV DH01n, a pocket sized device that combines a personal media player with advanced navigation capabilities including: 2D or 3D GPS and Tele Atlas map views, points of interest and voice-activated directions.
Motorola also launched its first Femtocell customer premises equipment (CPE) devices. A Femtocell is an access point base station, designed to fit in a home or workplace, that connects to the mobile operator’s network via broadband, meaning better quality signal at home, with cheaper call charges by using VoIP from the user's normal mobile phone
NVIDIA shows the APX 2500, NVIDIA a breakthrough applications processor, that will enhance the delivery of rich media on mobile devices running Windows Mobile.
Gypsii’s mobile social networking platform will enable users to find people, places and events in their local area, as well as share photos, videos and audio files with their friends. (JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images)