Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 makes surprise appearance (foto) [MWC 2012]

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Without a doubt, Samsung’s Galaxy Note smartphone/tablet hybrid has really garnered quite a lot of attention from the public, since the company has just revealed at MWC 2012 another addition to the Note series, this time boasting a significantly larger display.

The new product we’re talking about is the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and, similarly to its smaller counterpart, this model also relies on the S Note and S Pen combination in order to make a difference on the market.

Those of you who haven’t had the chance of taking the original Note for a ride should know that the S Pen is actually a stylus, while the S Note is a very advanced application that allows users not only to take notes and annotations, but also employ web content in a whole new and innovative manner.

Beside the S Note system, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (that, by the way, doesn’t offer any phone functionality) also sports a 1.4GHz dual-core CPU with 1GB of RAM, as well as HSPA+ connectivity, plus WiFi and Bluetooth 3.0 modules.

The new device also comes equipped with an 10.1-inch WXGA (1280 x 800) display, a 3-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing one, as well as between 16 and 64GB of storage space, expandable via a microSD card slot.

Naturally, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 also comes pre-loaded with a large number of applications from Samsung and third parties, the most interesting being, most likely, Adobe’s Photoshop Touch and Ideas.

Unfortunately, no pricing or availability details regarding the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 have been provided thus far, but we certainly hope that we’ll find out more on this topic in the near future.

ASUS Padfone formally unleashed (foto) [MWC 2012]

ASUS has been teasing its Padfone concept for quite a while now, but, as we pretty much expected it to, at MWC 2012, the Taiwan-based company decided to finally let it all out and made its new product official.

As some of you might already know, the ASUS Padfone takes a new approach to the smartphone and tablet concepts, since it actually lets users enjoy the advantages of both products. The core of the Padfone system is the ASUS 4.3-inch smartphone, that can easily fit into a docking station equipped with a 10.1-inch touchscreen display, effectively turning the Padfone into a full-fledged tablet.

Plus, beside this very interesting new function, the docking attachment also comes equipped with a battery module, providing more functioning life. As an addition, a keyboard accessory will also be available at a later date.

Beside its slim and cool-looking exterior, the ASUS Padfone also sports a very advanced set of technical features, starting with the Snapdragon S4 chip, accompanied by an Adreno 225 GPUs and 16 to 64GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD).

The smartphone also comes equipped with a 8-megapixel rear camera with an LED flash and f/2.2, autofocusing lens, a front camera recording at VGA resolution, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI, GPS, A-GPS, a gyroscope, 1,520mAh battery and a compass.

The most important connectivity options include WCDMA (900, 2100 MHz), EDGE / GPRS / GSM (850, 1800 and 1900 MHz) and HSPA+, while the ASUS Padfone runs the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.

Unfortunately, ASUS didn’t mention any pricing details for its ASUS Padfone and respective accessories, but did reveal the fact that all of these details will become available by April, when the handset is slated to arrive in stores.

ASUS Transformer Pad 300 Series comes in red, white and blue (foto) [MWC 2012]

Unlike back in 2011, ASUS prepared quite a few interesting novelties for this year’s Mobile World Congress, including a brand-new addition to its Transformer Android tablet series, namely the Transformer Pad 300.

Naturally, the star of ASUS’ MWC 2012 announcements was the Padfone, but nevertheless, the Transformer Pad 300 requires some attention as well, mainly due to the fact that it targets the lower-end market, where typically, volume sales are achieved.

From what information is available thus far, the new ASUS Transformer Pad 300 Series is, in fact, closely related to the Prime model, although its specs have been slightly bumped down and its rear side replaced with a plastic one (a move that, incidentally, might solve all those GPS and Wi-Fi reception problems some Prime users have complained about).

So, while the tablet is still powered by NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, but the display is a less expensive component, since we’re talking about a 10.1-inch 1280×800 IPS unit.

The ASUS Transformer Pad 300 comes with either 4G LTE or WiFi options and sports a 1.2MP front camera for video conferencing and an 8MP rear camera with a large F2.2 aperture, 5-element lens, that enables HD video recording.

The Transformer Pad 300 Series offers a battery life of up to 10 hours, and that is extended up to 15 hours with the optional keyboard dock, while also being available in three different color options, namely red, white and blue.

Unfortunately, for the time being, the Taiwan-based company has refrained from providing any specific information regarding the pricing and availability of the new Transformer Pad 300 Series, especially since these details will vary quite a bit, depending on the specific region.

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