MWC 2018 Notable Devices at a Glance
As Mobile World Congress almost comes to a close tomorrow, we thought it best to bring you a quick ‘what-all-that-mattered-at MWC’ today.
The star of the event was Samsung taking over the entire MWC with its S9 and S9+ with Nokia and many others in the wake of a fully packed event at Barcelona this year.
A quick look at what made waves at MWC
Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+
Samsung, always, since a few years now, makes the headlines at MWC. This year the S9 and S9+ with their dual aperture cameras, super speed dual pixel sensor, super slow-mo video at 960 fps, AR assisted My Emoji, Dynamic Mapping, AI commands VR capabilities and more that are being tested vigorously by critics globally.
The meal testing app which comes bundled is an outstanding one as well. It provides data in an instant if the food you’re about to have, off the menu, is healthy enough. Pre-ordering has already begun for this device worldwide.
Nokia ‘Matrix’ fame 8110
With other top-notch smartphones came Nokia’s popular banana phone. The 8110 of 1998 has been revamped for a newer and more demanding market with a Snapdragon 835 chipset and 512 MB RAM, a 2k resolution and features packed in, that allow more than just a minimal smart element to the phones.
The cameras are a good addition keeping in mind that the 2MP and 5MP are architectures to suit needs of a reasonably decent image with more focus on the focal depth than the megapixel count.
LG made a good showcasing by unveiling its V30 and V30+ at MWC 2018. They are notches above their predecessors, the V30S ThinQ, we reviewed earlier was a wonderful addition to the smartphone market this year with 4/6Gigs of RAM Snapdragon 800 series processor an updated GPU with very high ppi~ screen display density. For this device, the 256GB internal storage is a stunning upgrade to its earlier models. Check out our review of the ThinQ by LG at www.techreview247.com
As you must have read our review of Lenovo’s Yoga Series 530 and 730 we will reiterate the presence of the company at MWC 2018 as it attracted a sizeable number of people to its stall.
In a nutshell, the Yoga, named appropriately is a 2 in 1 – 360-degree convertible notebook running an 8th Gen i7 enhanced processor capable of simultaneous on the fly multi-threading with its groundbreaking architecture. Add to that the almost bezel-less screen with variable light options and 16GB of high-speed ultra-boosted RAM capable of running anything you throw its way. The much-hyped Amazon’s Alexa artificial intelligence assistant or Cortana, Microsoft’s AI assistance is now fully boasted on this machine.
Enough said. Our exclusive review at www.techreview247.com reveals much more about the details of this convertible laptop.
Sony along with striking it big in other areas of television and sound areas in relevant Shows like CES 2018 and exhibitions this year brought the Sony Xperia XZ2 smartphone and its compact variation.
Launching the Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact smartphones came as a surprise for many as it was much before schedule – six months earlier than expected.
Xperia XZ2 features a curved design and the fingerprint scanner at the rear. Not the most notable for its bezels the Xperia XZ2 is the first ever smartphone that has a 4K HDR recording capability with a thumping Dynamic Vibration System, which gives users haptic feedback while watching a video or playing a game.
Sony Xperia Ear Duo was another product unveiled at the event. Priced at USD 280 the earbuds arrive in May for and sale and are already on pre-order on Amazon. Their ‘dual listening’ pleasure is unbeatable combining user’s music with the multi-directional-environmental sounds.
Siri and Google Assistant make it possible for Audio notifications of your news headlines, calendars, and other notifications instantly.
Vivo Apex (the Show-Stealer): World’s first in-display Half-Screen recognition scanner.
This concept phone that made a thundering concept come to life at MWC has everyone talking about it. Half of the screen of fully integrated microchips direct on the board responsive to the pixels on the screen makes this the future of mobile technology. The concept is going slimmer at 1.8 bezel-less screens and concealed camera sensors directly integrated to the processor and GPU touch-screen making it a revolutionary idea come to life. The Apex had been much talked about and the hype was justified with its unveiling at Barcelona this year. Read our in-depth review at www.techreview247.com
Richard Yu of Huawei China proudly announced Huawei MateBook X Pro laptop making ‘MATE’ a brand name like Apple.
The Chinese giant that Huawei is, it refrained from unveiling its much-awaited Mate P20 but brought in Huawei MateBook X Pro and MediaPad M5.
Apple MacBook has some very serious competition now as we reviewed the Matebook X Pro at www.techreview247.com – Almost no bezel and a far higher resolution on a dedicated chip the Matebook is spill-proof has a backlit keyboard and is a good machine in ruggedness.
Another unveiling from Huawei was MediaPad M5, an 8.5-inch with two 10.8-inch display size models. Powered by a Kirin 960 chipset and a resolution of 2560×1600 pixels the MediaPad M5 will surely be a Tablet of choice for many users. The second variant of the MediaPad has detachable keyboard docking capabilities.
ZTE Axon M
The folding phone by ZTE at MWC 2018 was a unique addition many were not expecting. Thought only to be the domain of Samsung the ‘foldable’ Galaxy X earlier showcased at CES 2018.
ZTE showed a different kind of foldable smartphone. The dual displays of the phone can be extended like a multi-monitor environment displaying an extended screen. This makes the ZTE device a great addition to both a smartphone and a Phablet.
Not too slim the smartphone has a 5.2-inch screen that makes the full phone flipped open to a 10.4 diagonal tablet with rotation and proximity sensors. The only thing is, it weighs something like 230grams. Yes, heavy but fine in a suit breast pocket. A 20-megapixel camera completes the ZTE smartphone package that it literally is.