The world of smartphones is going to look very different this year and I know it is because I was just at the Mobile World Congress, possibly the world's largest tech event, which took place in Barcelona last week.
I’m not much of a tech geek, but everything I saw was so fascinating and amusing, more so because I knew we would be using these gadgets in the near future. There were phones that you can fold, wear, or even throw at someone you’re not too fond of.
5G was definitely the overused, somewhat hyped buzzword throughout the congress and some very interesting deals and agreements were signed between Ericsson and top companies in the region including STC and Etisalat, regarding implementation and deployment. Head over to our website or YouTube channel, if you want to know more about that.
So quickly, here are some of the launches and innovations by the major mobile phone and tech companies that I found to be ground breaking.
Huawei’s Mate X foldable phone was a definite hit at MWC this year. 8-inch screen, folds without a gap, and a triple camera system integrated into a grip on the side, it looks quite amazing and has received great reviews so far.
Samsung Fold as is quite popular by now was also the talk of the town. There are obviously certain spec differences, but as a layman, one of the main differences between Samsung Fold and Huawei Mate C is that Samsung had the screen on the inside and Huawei had it wrapped around the outside.
So I didn’t get to really touch or feel any of the foldable phones. They were all locked away in a glass box and we were only allowed to look at it from afar. Yep, I wasn’t very happy about that.
But LG launched the completely ready LG V50 with dual screen that we could actually hold and feel and use. It is 5G equipped and is perfect for mobile gamers. So it’s basically a folio case with a second OLED screen, so if you’re using one screen to check your inbox, the other can be used for the keyboard.
Gone are the days of just dual camera phones. Nokia’s 9 PureView phone has 5 separate 12 megapixel cameras. I’m going to leave it at that.
Yes. Microsoft was at MWC this year and so was CEO Sathya Nadella. And no they didn’t launch any new phones, but they did unveil something really cool- the hololens. So basically, VR is old news. We are talking AR now. With Microsoft’s Hololens 2 users have a virtual display floating in their vision such as a map or instructions or data. Basically things we are used to seeing in sci-fi movies, just that it’s not fiction anymore.
(Source: Arabianbusiness.com YouTube channel)