Samsung Galaxy family

The Samsung Galaxy S was a phenomenal success. It sold 10 million handsets in seven months, and created one of the biggest names in the market. So what do you do when you have a successful brand? Protect it, like the iPhone, releasing only newer and better phones? Or water it down with a series of lower-powered spinoffs? Uh-oh.

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Enter the Galaxy Family, four new smartphones joining the Galaxy S: Ace, Fit, Gio and the mini.

Samsung Galaxy Ace

It’s tough to understand why something with a smaller, 3.5-inch screen and a slower 800MHz processor is called “Ace”. Still, at least the 5 megapixel camera (with flash) and voice search options are present. The screen takes a serious resolution drop as well, falling to a very average 320×480. The “Ace” may still be a good phone, but it’s definitely giving less than the “S”. Available from March 2011.

Samsung Galaxy mini

Small mobiles are great – but they’re usually underpowered. Luckily, with a 600MHz processor inside, the mini should work okay. It’ll still pale in comparison to the original Galaxy S’ 1GHz, though.

The 3 megapixel camera and 320×240 screen are also compromises, but we’re glad to see Google Voice actions made the transition, along with the Galaxy Family-standard HSDPA (7.2Mbps internet), SWYPE typing and Android 2.2 Froyo operating system.

The Samsung Galaxy mini will be available in the UK from March 2011.

Samsung Galaxy Fit

We thought being “Fit” meant looking nicer than other people – the 3.31-inch QVGA (240×320) display certainly doesn’t live up to it. There’s an impressive 5 megapixel camera, though, and a 600MHz processor. Its 1350mAh battery matches the Ace, which means you can go for longer than on the mini’s 1200mAh.

With the big battery but slower processor, the Fit should give the longest battery life of the entire range. March 2011.

Samsung Galaxy Gio

A 3.2-inch HVGA (320×480) display, 800MHz processor, and 3 megapixel camera puts the Gio in a strange position. It’ll take worse photos than the Fit, but has a much nicer screen to display them on. Strange. If you don’t need a camera, this is probably your best bet.

Mobile World Congress (MWC) preview

With the Mobile World Congress MWC upon us we thought we’d give you the low-down on what is thought to be unveiled at the world’s largest mobile phone trade show.

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Sony Ericsson PSP Phone

One of the phones that it thought to be unveiled will be Sony’s PSP phone – now the amount of leaks recently would suggest that Sony is ready to show the world the future of mobile gaming, well at least until the NGP get released later this year. And with the arrival of extensive Xperia Play video it almost a certainty.

Samsung Galaxy S Mini

Having launched in July last year to much acclaim and eventual 2010 global sales that topped the 10 million unit mark, the Android powered Samsung Galaxy S marked Sammy’s first true competitor to the market dominating HTC Desire and Apple iPhone.

Called the S5830 it looks to be quite a bit smaller than the Galaxy S with a 3.5-inch display with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels. The Samsung Galaxy S mini will apparently come with Google Android 2.2 Froyo, and will feature a Qualcomm MSM7227 processor and will come with quad band and WCDMA support.

Samsung Dual-Core Phone

After CES saw the battles lines draw in the dual-core phone war, we’d bet of bottom dollar that Samsung will be announcing their foray into battle with a dual-core Galaxy S2 (pictured).

HTC ‘Flyer’ Tablet

According to the ever-excitable rumour mill there is a high chance that a HTC tablet will be unveiled at MWC – if anything does surface we’ll be on hand to let you know. Expect it to run on Android 3.0 – other than that we can’t be sure.

Nokia N9

Can we expect Nokia to make a splash at MWC – maybe, but don’t hold your breath – there might just be too many announcements which would probably swamp Nokia in a sea of unveilings – but if it does happen we’ll get the scoop.

BlackBerry Curve Touch

?One of the most beloved BB phones, after a recent leak of the RIM 2011 roadmap reveals that the Curve is set to get a fully touch-based interface, removing the speedy keyboard.

Spec-wise the BlackBerry Curve Touch is looking at a mid-range 800MHz Qualcomm processor with 512MB of RAM, powering the 3.25-inch HGVA touchscreen. There’s also inbuilt NFC tech, GPS and a 5-Meg camera. We expect to hear more about the Curve Touch.

HTC Desire 2

PocketNow appeared to have stumbled across images of the alleged HTC Desire 2 while a further three suspiciously accurate albeit grainy images have since emerged. And that, it seems, is not all. Images of a button-less smartphone have also been spotted which could may also show up in just under two weeks time in Barcelona.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2

Having already revealed four new members of the Galaxy smartphone family already, Samsung could complete the pack by revealing the sequel to the Galaxy Tab. Oled-info.com claims to have uncovered the specs which include an eight megapixel camera, 1080P HD video, dual LED flash, three megapixel camera amongst the most notable specs.

LG Optimus 3D smartphone

A launch that has an air of inevitability about it after we saw mobile 3D screens at CES, online retailer Phonehouse.nl, the Dutch arm of the Carphone Warehouse, has the LG Optimus 3D listed on its website. Apart from the revealing picture, no specs are listed. But it could be safe to say that 3D is on the MWC 2011 agenda for LG.

BlackBerry Torch 2

Despite the Torch seemingly only being available for a relatively short time, RIM could be looking to a sequel to the touch screen Smartphone already. Tipped to fix a lot of the main internal problems that dogged its predecessor, namely the sluggish computing power, the BlackBerry Torch 2 will have a 1.2GHz processor with 512MB of RAM, which should see it whip around BlackBerry OS 6.1.