The first day of the proceedings at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) on Monday witnessed a number of handset makers - including HTC Huawei, Samsung and Sony Mobile - take the wraps off their new so-called `superphones;' seven of which grabbed the audiences' attention.
Three of these impressive handsets comprised HTC's `One' line of Android 4.0 handsets - the One X, One S, and One V. While the One X appears to be a `killer' phone, boasting a 4.7-inch Super LCD screen and the Tegra 3 quad-core processor; another equally attractive handset from the `One' family was the One S, which has a 4.3-inch display with qHD resolution and a dual-core SnapDragon S4 processor. The third HTC handset, One V, is an affordable mid-range handset with a 3.7-inch display and a 1GHz S2 SnapDragon processor.
Another notable phone was the Huawei Ascend D Quad, which the manufacturer claims is the fastest-ever smartphone, with a custom-built Huawei quad-core processor and a 4.5-inch 1280 x 720 HD display.
The Sony offering which stood out on the first day of the show was the one-off Android 2.3 device, called the Galaxy Beam --- a new take on the projector phone; boasting a pico projector, a 15-Lumen lamp, a 4.0-inch 480 x 800 screen, and a 1GHz dual-core processor.
Lastly, two Sony handsets which impressed on Day 1 were Xperia P and entry-level Xperia U, respectively featuring a 4-inch and 3.5-inch Reality Display with Sony's BRAVIA Engine. Both the handsets have a 1GHz dual-core processor, and run the Android 2.3 version, which will be upgraded to Android 4.0 some time this year.