After years of guarantees, 5G lastly arrived at MWC 2019 — sort of, type of. Barcelona served because the launching pad for a number of 5G handsets, set to reach later this yr. Although your precise 5G mileage might range.
Foldable shows, one other long-promised smartphone tech, additionally had its second within the solar. A number of corporations debuted foldables — some have been precise handsets with precise value tags, whereas others fell firmly inside the idea camp. And just about all of them have been behind glass.
Different notable traits for the occasion included cameras, AR/VR and safety of all kinds. Listed here are the highlights and lowlights from the world’s greatest cellular present. All in all, we’re right here for the weirdness.
5G comes of age
It’s been an MWC speaking level for years now, however at this week’s present, the primary 5G handsets lastly arrived.
OnePlus, which promised final yr that it might be among the many first to hop on the 5G practice, didn’t have a handset to announce, nevertheless it did demo a prototype and announce an initiative for 5G app devs.
Unfolding the longer term
Time to unfold the checkbook. The primary foldables are right here, carrying a median value of ~$2,000. That’s like two telephones for the worth of, effectively, two telephones. Whether or not or not the telephones will likely be price it, nevertheless, is one other query solely.
TCL confirmed off a prototype on the present, promising to ship a extra inexpensive tackle the area in some unspecified time in the future subsequent yr. Oppo, too, continues to be very a lot within the prototype part.
The largest hit of the world’s greatest cellphone present might not have been a cellphone in any respect. Microsoft used the occasion to launch the second technology of its HoloLens, a headset firmly centered on enterprise.
Huawei had loads to say about accusations of safety threats round its 5G gear. Ditto for the European Fee’s digital commissioner. Android, in the meantime, will likely be getting extra password-less logins.
–Energizer’s 18,000 mAh cellphone
–Gentle is increasing from smartphone cameras to self-driving automobiles
–HTC’s blockchain cellphone can now be bought with fiat forex
–Dash to launch 5G service in four cities in Might
–Fb expands its web infrastructure tasks
–New microSD format guarantees insane switch speeds, higher battery life
–Nubia’s ‘wearable smartphone’ is perhaps the following step for versatile shows