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New phones - LG, Nokia, Motorola, Panasonic

This year at Mobile World Congress, Nokia showed-off both an expensive Windows Phone handset and a budget one - the Lumia 900 and 610. It's stand-out newbie is the Nokia 808 PureView, though. It's a phone with a 41-megapixel camera (38MP effective). But is it just technical smoke and mirrors, or will it prove to be the best smartphone camera ever?

LG unveiled a new flagship, the 4X HD, and revealed an oddball - the LG Optimus 3D Max. Yes, it's a 3D-screen phone.

Panasonic used MWC 2012 to make a bombastic return to the phone market, which it hasn't been an important part of since phone had clicky buttons. One of its new models can withstand a dunking in water, too.

LG Optimus 3D Max

Screen 4.3in 3D
Resolution 480 x 800
OS Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
CPU 1.2GHz dual-core
Camera 5MP 3D (with 720p 3D video, 1080p 2D)
Release Date Q2 2012
LG Optimus 3D Max


In 140 chars - 3D screen. 3D camera. Neat design, but does anyone care enough about 3D?

LG Optimus 4X HD - Read our full preview from MWC 2012
Screen 4.7in IPS
Resolution 720 x 1,280
OS Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
CPU 1.5GHz Quad-core
Camera 8MP, 1080p video
Release Date TBC
LG Optimus 4X HD
(image credit - Know Your Mobile)

In 140 chars - LG's latest superphone. One of the few Quad-core models. Bloomin' huge.

Nokia Lumia 610
Screen 3.7 AMOLED
Resolution 480 x 800
OS Windows Phone
CPU 800MHz
Camera 5MP, no flash
Release Date Q2 2012
Nokia Lumia 610
In 140 chars - Nokia's cheapest Windows Phone handset. But is 800MHz enough? We'll find out soon.

Nokia 808 PureView - Read our full preview from MWC 2012
Screen 4in AMOLED
Resolution 360 x 640
OS Symbian Belle
CPU 1.3GHz single-core
Camera 41MP (38MP effective), Xenon flash
Release Date May 2012
Nokia 808 PureView

In 140 chars - An insane camera built into an unremarkable phone. Symbian Belle software forces it further into niche.

Nokia Lumia 900 - Read our full preview
Screen 4.3in AMOLED
Resolution 480 x 800
OS Windows Phone
CPU 1.4GHz single-core
Camera 8MP, dual-LED flash
Release Date Q2 2012

Nokia Lumia 900
In 140 chars - Launched for US in January. Now for the rest of us. A big Lumia 800. Nowt wrong with that.

Motorola Motoluxe
Screen 4in LCD
Resolution 480 x 854
OS Android 2.3 Gingerbread
CPU 800MHz
Camera 8MP, LED flash
Release Date February 2012
Motorola Motoluxe
In 140 chars - Not the prettiest or best-specc'd phone, but has a big screen for an entry-level model.

Pansonic Eluga - Read our full preview
Screen 4.3in LCD
Resolution 540 x 960
OS Android 2.3 Gingerbread
CPU 1GHz dual-core
Camera 8MP, LED flash
Release Date April 2012
Panasonic Eluga
In 140 chars - a super-slim, attractive, waterproof Android phone. But with the Panasonic badge on it, will anyone buy one?

Panasonic Eluga Power
Screen 5in LCD
Resolution 720 x 1,280
OS Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
CPU 1.4GHz dual-core
Camera 8MP
Release Date TBC

Panasonic Eluga Power
In 140 chars - A bold return to phones for Panasonic. But is the market too competitive already?

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