All major manufacturers of mobile devices - and not only them - have presented their latest developments this year - all for the sake of quality, consumer attention and new horizons in mobile technology.
This year, Barcelona hosted the next Mobile World Congress - the largest event in the world of mobile technologies. As always, the most prominent manufacturers of smartphones and gadgets have reserved all the most interesting for this particular event.
How significant is this event? Let's put it this way: wherever you spit, you will definitely find yourself in a foldable 5G smartphone.
Huawei, Nokia, LG and many other manufacturers have presented their latest and greatest gadgets. We have collected them into one material. So, let's see what the mobile technology giants surprised the world at MWC-2019.
Huawei has unveiled the Mate X 5G - a tablet with a huge display that literally goes beyond the usual bezels and wraps around the edges of the device. The eight-inch tablet display has two parts. When folded, you get a 6.6-inch display phablet with an elegant display on the back.
The Mate X 5G differs from the Galaxy Fold, which has a small outer display and a huge inner screen. The Huawei gadget also looks a bit thinner, but it supports 5G and is equipped with the Kirin 980 processor, which was already presented by the company in the Mate 20 Pro.
The Mate X 5G will go on sale around the middle of the year and will retail for a whopping 2,299 euros.
In addition, Huawei has unveiled an updated 2019 MateBook Pro X that literally challenges Apple's MacBook Pro monopoly. The design remains the same, but some features have been improved, for example, it is equipped with a new Nvidia MX 250 graphics card.
Sony has made some successful moves last year with the Xperia XZ2 and XZ3 phones. This year, instead of the expected Xperia XZ4, the company presented the Xperia 1 at MWC.
The Xperia 1 has a 6.5-inch 21: 9 ultra-thin 4K HDR OLED display. This looks pretty impressive considering how good the XZ3's display looked just a few months ago. In addition, the new smartphone is equipped with a triple camera.
The 3,300mAh battery looks very thin - even too thin for some for a 4K phone. The company hasn't equipped this gadget with wireless charging - and it seems to be a serious omission for the main phone of 2019. However, even with this in mind, 990 euros for such a smartphone will surely give Sony a place in the forefront. Sales will begin in late autumn.
And while the advanced technology Sony has incorporated into the Xperia 1, it also packs a 21: 9 display on the mid-range Xperia 10.
LG unveiled the V50 ThinQ 5G at this year's MWC, a seemingly ordinary phone. But only in appearance. You can only attach a second display to it! With an additional display, this phone is somewhat reminiscent of a portable Nintendo DS console or even a 15-year-old clamshell.
LG notes potential uses for such a gadget - playing games with a touch controller at the bottom of the screen or searching for information on the Internet while watching a video. The gadget is equipped with a Snapdragon 855 processor and a cooling chamber. It also supports 5G. The company has not yet announced the cost of the device, and the phone will go on sale later this year.
At the same time, the company has updated its flagship gadget. The LG G8 ThinQ looks broadly the same as last year's G7 ThinQ, but it comes with a Snapdragon 855 processor, a 6.1-inch Quad HD OLED panel, a 3D camera for facial recognition, incredible selfies and unique gesture control, and Hand ID. - a protective system that recognizes the veins in the arms. The device has only one chamber. The price of the device is about 700 euros.
After years of leaks and rumors, Nokia has finally made an official statement: the five-camera Nokia 9 PureView is a reality, it will soon go on sale.
The first top-end Nokia phone, developed under the already new owner - HMD Global - is equipped with quite powerful stuffing, including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. It looks not particularly remarkable, but the main thing here is five cameras.
Indeed, there are five cameras on the back of the smartphone. All five lenses work in unison: three shoot in color, two in black and white. As a result, it is possible to take pictures with almost perfect detail. If the camera really confirms the most daring rumors, Nokia 9 PuerView could be something truly special, given the rather low price - about 620 euros.
Also, Nokia will release a few more budget variants: Nokia 1 Plus for 89 euros, running on Android 9 Pie, as well as Nokia 3.2, Nokia 4.2 and the updated classic Nokia 210 for only 30 euros.
Xiaomi, as always, is in business: the company has presented another flagship phone that leaves its competitors behind due to its price. Xiaomi Mi 9 is equipped with a 1080p OLED display, triple camera and Snapdragon 855 processor - all for just 449 euros. To put it mildly, amazing. The gadget will go on sale at the end of March.
While other 5G phones threaten to empty the pockets of shoppers, Xiaomi is once again trying to provide more affordable prices. The Mi Mix 3 5G smartphone is an improved version of the slider with 5G support, in general it does not differ much from the original version, although this version is equipped with a Snapdragon 855 processor and will cost 599 euros.
Don't forget about ZTE in the midst of all the 5G buzz at MWC 2019. The Chinese manufacturer has unveiled its first gadget with 5G support - the Axon 10 Pro 5. The details were few, but the phone should go on sale in the second half of 2019.
The company also showcased the ZTE Blade V10 smartphone with a very decent 32MP front-facing camera for killer selfies. The phone will go on sale in March.
Unlike Samsung and Huawei, which have perfect, polished foldable phones literally ready to ship, Oppo is just getting started. Vice President Brian Shen announced at MWC 2019 a prototype foldable phone that looks a lot like Huawei's Mate X.
Shen claims that Oppo has yet to decide if it wants to manufacture and market the device, noting that everything depends on demand.
In addition, Oppo introduced the phone with a lossless 10x zoom, which is achieved through a combination of wide, ultra-wide and telephoto lenses. At the same time, the company is working on a smartphone with 5G support, but has not yet presented any developments.
As expected, OnePlus unveiled its first 5G phone prototype. However, the company did not reveal the design of the consumer phone. Moreover, the device shown was completely wrapped so that nothing was visible except for the display.
The only thing that can be said for sure is that this is a completely new device, not an improved version of an already released phone. And he has no "bangs". Equipped with Snapdragon 855 processor and X50 5G modem.
OnePlus plans to start selling its 5G phone in the UK via the EE network and in Finland via Elisa during Q2-2019. Founder and CEO Pete Lau told USA Today that the cost will be less than 1,000 euros.
Microsoft showed its new original gadget HoloLens 2, which we already wrote about. However, the company is not trying to win over customers among the average consumer. This time, Microsoft is targeting business customers only.
But even with that in mind, HoloLens 2 could be hugely popular. Compared to the original design, which was simply called HoloLens (no deuce), this gadget offers an even wider viewing angle and boasts an updated design: the computer unit is located at the back of the head, which helps to properly balance the device when worn on the head.
So far, HoloLens 2 is still too expensive - 3.5 thousand dollars. Sales will start later this year. As already noted, the new gadget is not intended for the average consumer - at least not yet. However, if Microsoft continues to improve the technology and ultimately lower the price, things could change.
In the midst of a plethora of very expensive and technologically advanced phones attending this year's MWC, Alcatel has unveiled several products aimed at the more frugal shopper. The Alcatel 3 (pictured) looks very modern, but its inside will be more modest: a display with an aspect ratio of 19.5: 9 and a resolution of 720p, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 processor and a large 3500 mAh battery. The cost is 159 euros. In addition, it will be available and its more budgetary version - Alcatel 3L for 139 euros.
The company also unveiled the Alcatel 1S, an entry-level budget phone with a 5.5-inch 720p display, three gigabytes of RAM, Android 9 OS and a Spreadtrum processor. The price is 109 euros. Alcatel also unveiled the 10-inch Alcatel 3T 10 tablet with 7210p display and 4080mAh battery. The tablet will cost 179 euros.
You may not be familiar with NUU, but this Chinese manufacturer could quickly come to the fore with phones like the G4. The NUU G4 features a 6, 2-inch 1080p display, dual cameras, a huge 3,750mAh battery, and even wireless charging. Most importantly, it runs on Android Pie OS.
This gadget will cost only 350 euros, which sounds very tempting. However, it is not yet known how the MediaTek processor will show itself as the engine of the flagship smartphone. The G4 should go on sale in late spring. It is worth noting that the company will release a version with a ceramic lid.
Although MWC is primarily a smartphone event, other gadgets may appear there, especially those that fit easily into your pocket. Ricoh has released their flagship 360-degree camera Theta Z1 - small but very powerful.
The Theta Z1 is equipped with two 20-megapixel 1-inch backlit CMOS sensors, improved image processing algorithm, larger sensors, 19 gigabyte on-board memory, and can also stream 360-degree live streams in 2K or 4K resolution. The cost of such a toy is $ 999.
Lenovo unveiled its Moto G7 line in early February, but the company didn't show up empty-handed at MWC either. She introduced noise canceling headphones.
This is exactly the case: Lenovo Yoga ANC (pictured) and ThinkPad X1 ANC provide active noise cancellation, maximum immersion in music, no matter where you are. Each model is equipped with six silent microphones to suppress background noise during calls. The headsets will go on sale in June this year, their cost is 158 euros.
Meanwhile, Lenovo did unveil a smartphone, although the company considers it to be a hybrid of a smartphone and a tablet. The Lenovo Tab V7 has a 6.9-inch 1080p display and is essentially a phone. Although we can say that it significantly expands the boundaries of the category of phablets.