Top new tech products: outstanding smartphones and tablets at MWC

With Mobile World Congress (MWC) in full swing, there are tablet and smartphones announcements everywhere. Highlights from the showroom floor include the Nokia 808 PureView, the Huawei Ascend D quad, the HTC One X, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, ASUS’s 3-in-1 PadFone, the Samsung Galaxy Beam and an unnamed Fujitsu smartphone. Unless otherwise noted, pricing and release dates have not been announced.

A smartphone with an incredible high-resolution camera
The Nokia 808 PureView is somewhat of an amazing anomaly in the smartphone world with its massive 41MP image sensor and in-house-developed pixel over-sampling technology. It features a 4” display, DLNA, NFC, 1080p video recording, a 4X lossless zoom and is the world’s first smartphone to record audio and close to CD quality with Nokia Rich Recording. Unfortunately it runs the aging Symbian Belle operating system and not Windows Phone. The Nokia 808 PureView is expected to launch in Europe in May for €450.

The world’s fastest quad-core smartphone

Huawei calls its Ascend D quad smartphone the “world’s fastest.” The device is powered by Huawei’s own K3V2 quad-core processor and boasts a slimline (8.9mm thick profile) design. It sports a 4.5” display, Android Ice Cream Sandwich, Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound, 8MP and 1.3MP cameras, the ability to record in 1080p and a 1,800mAh battery. The Ascend D quad series will launch in China, Australia, Europe, Asia-Pacific, North and South America, and the Middle East in Q2 2012.

A waterproof quad-core smartphone with a 13.1MP camera and fingerprint sensor

Despite not having an official name for its flagship quad-core smartphone, Fujitsu has been busy showing off the prototype smartphone to attendees at Mobile World Congress. The as yet unnamed device boasts a 1.5Ghz Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor, a 4.6” display, a 13.1 MP camera, a fingerprint sensor, LTE, and a “long battery life.” The handset is water- and dust-resistant and runs on Android 4.0 ICS.

A superphone with a giant HD display and ImageSense technology

The HTC One X is the first phone to run HTC’s camera-improving ImageSense technology enabling users to capture images in just 0.7 seconds, and to simultaneously shoot photos and videos. It has a HD 4.7” display, a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 8MP and 1.3MP cameras, Beats Audio, 32GB of storage, NFC, DLNA for wireless streaming, a 1,800mAh battery, and runs Android 4.0 ICS with the customized HTC Sense 4 skin. The HTC One X will be available from April.

A tablet for those who love to draw and take notes with a stylus

Samsung has taken its tablet-smartphone hybrid Galaxy Note and turned it into a 10.1” tablet that works in conjunction with a stylus. The Galaxy Note 10.1 can be used with your finger or with an "advanced pen-input called the S Pen." It has a profile of 8.9mm, a 1.4GHz dual-core processor, WiFi, optional HSPA+ connectivity, 3MP and 2MP cameras, and runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

A tablet with a smartphone brain

ASUS’s PadFone is a convergent Android device that adheres to a developing trend of smartphone-powered tablets. The device is comprised of a 10.1” tablet (called the “PadFone Station”) that wraps around a sleek 4.3” smartphone to form "one symbiotic gadget." The smartphone itself features a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, an 8MP camera, 16-64GB of storage, HDMI out and Android 4.0. The PadFone is expected to be released in April.

A smartphone with a built-in projector

The Samsung Galaxy Beam may not be a high-end smartphone but it does come with its own built-in 15 lumens projector. With it you can beam content onto any flat surface around you at a size of up to 50” wide. It sports a 1GHz dual-core processor, a 4” display, a 5MP camera, 8GB of memory, a 2,000mAh battery, and runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread.