MWC 2012: Day two - Huawei, Samsung and Panasonic ramp up the show

Day two at MWC and while the first day was dominated by the big-hitters the second day has allowed some of the less experienced smartphone manufacturers the chance to shine.

First up is Huawei showing off a 1.5GHz quad-core called the Huawei Ascend D Quad (yes a Huawei quad-core) running Android 4.0 Ice cream Sandwich (ICS) with a 4.5 inch screen.

The processor is Huawei’s own K3, which is a quad-core A9 that has 16 GPU cores built-in. According to Huawei, it benchmarks faster than Nvidia’s Tegra 3, runs cooler, and offers up to a 50-percent reduction in power consumption.

Following on from Huawei was Panasonic with the Panasonic Eluga, a dual-core 1.5GHz processor with Android 4.0 (ICS), a five inch 1280×720 HD screen, 1800mAh battery and NFC capabilities. Incredibly it’s also waterproof!

Panasonic have steered clear of the smartphone up until now but have looked to go in at the deep end with the Eluga challenging some of the best Android phones out there especially with what looks like a gorgeous screen.

Samsung are holding back at MWC as they will announce the Samsung Galaxy S3 in a separate event because “we’re important too”.

Despite their hesitancy, they have announced the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 in a seven and 10.1 inch scren size.

The Tab 2 runs Android 4.0 ICS on a 1GHz dual core processor, 1GB of RAM, up to 32GB of storage, three megapixel camera, VGA front-facing camera and a seven inch 1024×600 pixel screen. It will be available in both Wi-Fi and 3G.

There isn’t much excitement around the Tab 2 as it’s not more powerful than a lot of the Android tablets that are already on the market. The only feature that will intrigue buyers is the seven inch screen version. Personally I think this is the best size for a tablet but is that too close to Samsung’s Galaxy Note phone which is at five inches?

Samsung also announced their latest projector smartphone the Samsung Galaxy Beam.

The Beam, although being quite a standard Android handset, has been getting rave reviews due to it’s slimness and quality projector which is good at 50 inches.

The phone has a four inch screen, 1GHz dual core processor, 8GB expandable storage, 5MP camera and an incredible 2000mAh battery.

The usefulness of having a projector in your pocket doesn’t just mean watching a movie on the fly but also gives you the ability to whip out a Powerpoint presentation whenever it’s needed.