Mobile World Congress was traditionally more of a phone exposition but as tablets grow in popularity vendors are using the annual show in Barcelona Spain to show off their tablets along with their phones. Although Apple doesn’t exhibit at this show and with their new iPad 3 due to go on sale in early March we thought we’d take a look at the iPad competitors on display at Mobile World Congress.
Samsung Has a New Tablet and a New Sketchpad The second generation 10-inch Samsung tab has made its debut at this year’s MWC. The Tab 10.1 is similar to the recently announced Tab 7.7-inch model which runs Android 4.0 (ICS) on a dual-core processor. Unfortunately neither Tab has the high pixel density expected in the new iPad 3. Samsung also unveiled another 10.1-inch device at MWC which is a 10.1-inch version of their 5.3-inch note. It’s sort of like smartphone meets Wacom tablet. The stylus-based tablet will even come with some Adobe apps. This could be a sketch artist’s dream machine but it’s unlikely to impact iPad sales.
Hurray for Huawei! The Chinese tech giant Huawei is coming on strong in the mobile space. Not only did they announce a slew of smartphones at MWC but some tablets too including a 10-inch quad-core tablet called the MediPad 10 FHD. This tablet has an impressive 1920 x 1200 IPS LCD display and will be running ICS when it ships in Q2 of this year. No word on price but if it’s cheap enough, it could have a shot at grabbing some tablet market share.
LG’s Version of the
Samsung Note Maybe there’s a big demand in Korea for phone/tablet combos because LG has announced they are bringing out their own version of such a device called the Optimus VU. The VU has a 5-inch high-res IPS LCD display all packaged in a 8.5mm thin case. Oh yeah, it also uses a stylus.
Toshiba Going For 7.7 Inches Although we hear Toshiba’s new 7.7-inch tablet wasn’t formally announced at MWC it made an appearance there. This very thin and light tablet is similar to their larger Excite X10 tablet. The 7.7 is powered by NVIDIA Tegra 3 and should be running Android 4 (ICS) when it ships.
TransferJet is an Interesting Feature
If you have a new Sony phone and a Toshiba tablet with built-in NFC contactless technology you should be able to use a new feature called TransferJet that allows you to tap devices and then move data between them or between other NFC/TransferJet devices.
Prime Infinity The idea of a tablet and laptop combo is not anything new in fact ASUS’ previous version of this idea, the Transformer Prime has been out for a while. The new Transformer Infinity is a 10.1-inch dockable tablet that runs Android 4.0 (ICS). Pricing has not been announced but it is expected to cost somewhere in the range of $599 - $799.
Conclusion; No iPad 3 Killers at Mobile World Congress Despite the rumor that the new iPad 3 will cost more than the iPad 2, the new enhancements especially the 2048 x 1536 “Retina” display makes this tablet hard to beat. Once again, it looks like a low price may be the best way to convince tablet buyers to switch and it didn’t appear that any of the new tablets introduced at MWC will be priced low enough to achieve that let alone have compelling enough features to lure customers away.