Product roundup: Mobile World Congress

Wireless rounds up the best new products unveiled at this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona

Product roundup: Mobile World Congress

RIM BlackBerry 4G PlayBook
Tablets for LTE an HSPA+ networks

Research In Motion (RIM) announced plans to launch two additional BlackBerry 4G PlayBook tablets during the second half of 2011, featuring support for LTE and HSPA+ high-speed wide area wireless networks.

RIM’s family of upcoming BlackBerry 4G PlayBook tablets claims to deliver professional-grade, consumer-friendly experiences that redefine the possibilities of mobile computing. The tablets will each provide users with an ultra-portable design featuring industry leading performance with real-time multitasking and symmetrical multi-processing, high-fidelity web browsing including support for Adobe Flash and HD multimedia, as well as advanced security features and out-of-the-box enterprise support.

Samsung Wave 578
NFC connectivity with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

Samsung launched its Wave 578 smartphone at Mobile World Congress 2011. The handset, which runs on the Korean company’s own Bada smartphone platform, is equipped with Near Field Communication (NFC) connectivity that makes a number of innovative services possible such as mobile payment at shops, paying transport fares, reading tags and getting mobile coupons direct to the handset. The device also offers high-speed connectivity with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 and USB 2.0, for fast data rates and easy information sharing.

The Wave 578 features QuickType by t9 Trace, which is two to three times faster than standard typing, and supports more than 75 languages, delivering an efficient typing experience while reducing input error. The device is also equipped with multi-touch for zooming in and out and pinch the screen functionality to browse and view webpages.

Ip.access S class femtocell
Boosted coverage for small offices and shops

Femtocell and picocell manufacturer ip.access announced a new addition to its nano3G range of access points, which provide in-building 3G coverage and capacity using the latest femto technology.

The new S class femtocell is designed for use in smaller offices and shops and can support up to eight simultaneous users. Easy to install and set up, the S class is based on the ip.access technology at the heart of AT&T’s 3G MicroCell – one of the world’s largest femtocell deployments.

Unlike residential femtocell units, however, an S class femtocell can be configured for open access, two-way handover with the macro network and real-time alarms, making it ideal for targeted deployment in high traffic or high value locations such as busy retail stores and offices.

Axell Wireless DIGImini repeater
For 2G, 3G and 4G coverage

Axell Wireless launched the world’s first family of digital mini repeaters providing 2G, 3G and 4G coverage in all cellular frequency bands based on the company’s patented DSP technology.

Priced to compete head to head with existing single-band analogue products, the dual-band DIGImini sets a new price performance point in the industry and will enable mobile operators to cost-effectively provide coverage to all its business customers, whether an SME or a major enterprise. With 80% of mobile phone traffic now originating from within buildings and the rapid growth of data applications, the need to have strong coverage levels for 3G and 4G services is greater than ever. The DIGImini allows mobile operators to provide comprehensive in-building coverage in a simple and cost-effective manner.

The DIGImini is available as both a dual-band and single-band variant and units can be simply connected to provide a tri- and quad-band combination if required. European frequency bands available include 900MHz, 1800MHz, 2100MHz, and 2600MHz, but any combination of 2G, 3G or 4G services can be run on any band thanks to the product’s digital filtering capability.

Sonim XP330 Force
Ruggedised phone with long talktime

Sonim Technologies demonstrated its XP3300 Force GSM mobile phone, an ultra-rugged MRM-ready handset designed to help enterprises and government organisations locate, track and manage mobile workers, their tasks and assets. Built on lessons learned from serving half a million customers with the toughest jobs on earth, some of whom work 16-hour shifts, Sonim’s XP3300 Force helps maximise workforce efficiency, minimise downtime and enhance safety in industries such as transportation, logistics and utilities.

With the XP330 Force, Sonim’s objective is to help companies with mobile workforces reduce their operating costs, increase productivity, improve customer satisfaction and ensure employee safety. The handset comes with professional-grade assisted GPS that delivers highly accurate locations and faster location fixes due to a high level of signal sensitivity. With 20 to 24 hours of talk time or GPS tracking time of up to 26 hours with MRM applications – at five-minute location update intervals – the XP3300 Force has the power to work through long shifts.

The two-megapixel camera with a bright LED flash and digital zoom allows users to capture critical job site information. Sonim has further improved the reliability, speed and available memory for Java applications and its Java Application Manager (JAM) store will offer a range of pre-tested and certified third-party workforce management applications for download. The handset is a quad-band GSM unit with GPRS and EDGE data capability.

Sierra Wireless AirCard 753S and AirCard 754S
New 4G mobile hotspots

Sierra Wireless introduced two new 4G mobile hotspots to its line of AirCard mobile broadband devices. Designed to take advantage of high-speed mobile broadband connectivity offered by new 4G networks, the AirCard 753S and AirCard 754S mobile hotspots connect up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices simultaneously to the internet over Dual-Carrier HSPA+ and LTE networks, respectively. Both products are scheduled for commercial shipments in the second quarter of this year.

The AirCard 753S and AirCard 754S mobile hotspots are lightweight and roughly the size of a deck of cards. With no software to install, the average user can be connected in less than a minute. An integrated LCD display provides all the necessary information, including Wi-Fi access, battery life, signal strength and the number of devices connected. Audible alerts and a web interface provide monitoring of device status.

In areas where 4G network coverage is not available, both models automatically switch over to 3G networks, ensuring continuous connectivity and roaming across network boundaries. The vastly improved speeds offered by 4G networks provide plenty of bandwidth.

Written by Wireless magazine
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