Our favourite tech at MWC 2019
Huawei stole the show this year, with its incredible Mate X foldable phone. But there was no shortage of announcements to get excited about – from screen-based fingerprint scanners to some incredible new wearable tech.
Here’s our rundown of the top stories from MWC 2019:
Huawei Mate X 5G foldable phone
A few years ago, Huawei may have been considered a budget manufacturer, but it’s since become one of the leading mobile tech companies in the world. And Huawei’s latest offering puts it right at the heart of a whole new smartphone revolution.
The Mate X is one of the world’s first commercially available foldable phones. When it’s closed, it looks a lot like a standard sized smartphone, but unfold it and you’ve got an 8-inch screen with no visible seam or hinge. As well as having a foldable screen, it’s also 5G compatible meaning you’ll be able to “download a 1GB movie in 3 seconds” (as long as you’re on a 5G plan, that is).
Two new laptops from Huawei
As well as its new folding phone, Huawei also revealed two very impressive new laptops. An updated version of last year’s MateBook X Pro and the all-new MateBook 14.
Huawei MateBook X Pro
The MateBook X Pro is Huawei’s flagship laptop, and this year, it’s getting a revamp. While there’s been very little change to the appearance of the laptop, it’s what’s under the hood that we’re most interested in. The new processor is 10% faster with the new Nvidia graphics card being 3.5 times faster – so it’ll be able to cope with whatever you throw at it.
The display now boasts an impressive 91% screen-to-body ratio with a ‘3K FullView Display’ that offers vivid colour and detail. Just imagine how great your favourite movies will look on it.
As far as availability goes, it’s set to go on sale in the US in May, so we can expect to see it in UK stores soon after.
Huawei MateBook 14
If the price tag on the MateBook X Pro puts it just out of reach, the new MateBook 14 (unveiled at MWC) might be for you. It comes with the same 8th Gen Intel processor and Nvidia graphics card and a striking 90% screen-to-body ratio. So it’s super powerful and looks great too.
5G is here
In addition to foldable phones, MWC 2019 also brought us within sight of super-fast 5G networks. Xiaomi and Huawei both revealed 5G capable handsets on day one of the event. Xiaomi even gave us a demonstration of a 5G video call – the first time the company has made a 5G call outside China.
The Qualcomm president said that “4K video (streaming) will be as easy as streaming music”, and declared that “gaming will be mainstream in mobile devices”. One thing’s for sure, 5G will change the way we use our mobile devices.
The main benefits of 5G are:
- It’s much faster – up to 1,000 times faster than 4G.
- More data – 5G is able to process much more data in less time with minimal delay.
- Connect more devices – more speed and bandwidth means we’ll be able to connect more of our devices together.
A new generation of wearable tech
With all of the excitement around folding phones, it’s easy to miss what this incredible new screen tech means for other devices. And the area we’ve got a close eye on is wearables.
Chinese manufacturer Nubia gave us a glimpse of its ‘Alpha’ wearable smartphone. It does everything your phone does (make calls, send texts, take photos), except you wear it on your wrist.
The most striking thing about this device is the screen, it’s integrated into the strap, meaning that when you swipe, the menu scrolls around your wrist. We absolutely love it, and we can’t wait to see what other wearable tech manufacturers come up with using flexible screens.
What was your favourite piece of tech from this year’s MWC? Let us know in the comments below.
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