As MWC19 took place in Barcelona this week, it was another reminder that we are entering the era of intelligent connectivity. With speed, convenience, and intelligence converging, innovations continue to appear, keeping us connected to everything and everyone.
This annual event provides a unique platform for business opportunities and included over 2,400 exhibitors. Showcasing the latest innovations, a world-class conference and unique networking opportunities, the event also hosted the annual Global Mobile Awards ceremony, recognizing leading mobile solutions and initiatives around the world.
Here are the Top 5 highlights which really captured our attention this year from MWC Barcelona 2019:
Qualcomm & 5G Connectivity
As we’re all aware, 5G is well and truly coming! Qualcomm are bringing the World’s first 5G Mobile platform, in the form of the Snapdragon 855. This integrates 5G and allows manufacturers to offer consumers access to more 5G enabled devices.
Qualcomm also announced that they will be expanding into the wireless charging sector, releasing the Quick Charge programme. Fully compatible with the array of quick charge adapters being featured on new handsets, this will ensure that any wireless charging devices are efficient and reduce the risk of damaging your smartphone battery. Qualcomm and Xiaomi are the first to work together and bring this to life, with the introduction of the New Mi Wireless Charging Pad.
Xiaomi & Oppo
We continue to see the rise of alternative brands in the UK, providing high spec for great value and Xiaomi is no exception. They have announced some exciting new ranges which includes their new 5G ready handset, the Mi Mix 3 powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 and X50 chips. The impressive part is the price tag of just £520 which sustains their ethos of “Making Quality Technology Accessible to Everyone”
The Mi9 was introduced as the new flagship device, not long after introducing the Mi8 to the UK consumers, and offers 6.39-inch display plus FULL HD+ resolution. However, most importantly, it comes packed with the latest Snapdragon 855 and 6GB RAM. The only downside is that it will not be a 5G ready handset, unlike the Mi Mix 3.
Another exciting brand to enter the UK market in January 2019, was Oppo. They also took the opportunity to showcase their upcoming 10x lossless zoom from a new triple camera system! The new camera module is bringing a 48MP primary lens, 120-degree Ultra-Wide-Angle lens and a telephoto lens.
Microsoft HoloLens 2
Leaps and bounds ahead of the 1st-gen, we were excited to see the second generation of their Augmented Reality headset. It is now smaller, lighter and even more advanced. The reason why this is so exciting is due to Microsoft leading towards having one operating system for all devices, which is known as Windows Core OS. HoloLens 2 is rumoured to be the first of many devices to adopt this OS, which means that the use of AR will be taken to a whole new level.
Not long after Samsung took to the stage and introduced the Galaxy Fold, Huawei were hot on their heels. Introducing the Mate X caused a big stir and topped the bill in terms of announcements. We’re excited about these, as it shows that manufacturers have been innovating in the background and are now ready to step up with products that suit advancements in technology.
With everyone gasping at the initial costs, it is clear to see that within a year or so, foldable handsets will be engineered for consumers. There is clearly a lot of work to do still, as both Samsung and Huawei both announced the devices but, refrained from getting the prototypes into many people’s hands to explore further…
Now that flexible screens are making waves on the phone side, MWC was also showcasing that these will be pretty much everywhere, especially within the wearables sector.
One brand causing interest was Nubia, a Chinese manufacturer. They unveiled their prototype smartwatch/phone, the Nubia Alpha, with the screen integrated within the strap itself!
You may all be thinking, this will never catch on but, for us, the key feature is all about the e-SIM which is fast becoming integrated into many devices. With 5G tech opening even more opportunity to how we can make use of smart and intelligent connectivity, we look forward to seeing what the future holds for wearables!