Samsung Galaxy S II named best smartphone, Asus and Fujitsu launch new tablets and ZTE unveils a high-definition handset.
The Samsung Galaxy S II has been officially named the world's best smartphone at the GSMA Global Mobile Awards.
It picked up the prize at a special ceremony last night, which took place at Mobile World Congress (MWC), the mobile industry event currently being held in Barcelona, Spain.
The Awards are given by the Global System for Mobile Communications Association, better known as GSMA, an organisation that represents mobile networks and manufacturers, which also stages the annual MWC exhibition.
Commenting on the Galaxy S II, which was unveiled at last year’s MWC, the judges said: “A phenomenal success around the world, this has outperformed all its Android rivals and demonstrated the maturity of the ecosystem.”
Apple’s iPad 2 was named best mobile tablet, with the judges describing it as “a unanimous choice for a tablet that has defined the market and dominated sales”.
Speaking of tablets, elsewhere at MWC, ASUS and Toshiba were unveiling their latest efforts.
The ASUS Padfone is actually a smartphone that can be transformed into a tablet and a notebook by using it in conjunction with the Padfone Station - a tablet-sized display screen - and the Padfone Station Dock - a keyboard dock.
The smartphone itself has a 4.3in super AMOLED screen - which are brighter but use less energy - and a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor, making it more powerful than Apple’s iPhone 4S. It runs the latest version of Google’s Android mobile operating system, Ice Cream Sandwich.
Fujitsu’s STYLISTIC M532 Android media tablet, somewhat unsurprisingly, also uses Android, and is positioned as a tablet that can be used for both work and play as many of us now use our own devices at work rather than those supplied by our employers.
It packs a pacey and powerful NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, a battery that enables it to run all day, toughened glass, an eight megapixel rear-facing camera and business features such as the Microsoft Office suite and secure access.
Finally, Chinese mobile manufacturer ZTE has launched a high-definition (HD) smartphone - the PF112. The Ice Cream Sandwich-powered handset, which has a 4.5in HD screen which can display 16 million colours and sound from American audio specialists Dolby, is aimed at those who watch a lot of video when on the go.
Mobile World Congress 2012 closes at 5pm today.