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A Recap of This Year’s Mobile World Congress

07 March 2018 | MJ Mendoza

Considered as the E3 of mobile phones, the Mobile World Congress or MWC just concluded just last week. There were quite a lot of announcements and product reveals throughout the event from big tech brands such as Samsung, Nokia, ASUS, Sony, Huawei, and even players like Google. Although, many experts say that the MWC 2018 was quite low profile, a lot of things happened throughout the whole convention.

A Heap of New Smartphones

2018 promises a new dawn for smartphones with many brands announcing their new flagships in the event. Samsung came in with their brand new Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+, Sony also gave the world a glimpse of their Xperia Z2, Nokia came out with four new smartphones, and the list just goes on. Looks like this year’s going to be a good year for mobile gadget geeks.

Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+

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It has long been predicted that Samsung would unveil their new 2018 flagship in this year’s MWC. Like its predecessor - the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, the Korean tech giant revealed to the world their newest addition to the S series. The phone is available for pre-order from March 1 and is set to be officially released in store on March 16. You can read more about the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+.

ASUS ZenFone 5 2018 and 5Z

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Another talked-about debut in the MWC 2018 is the ASUS Zenfone 5 and 5Z. First glance, it looks like an iPhone X which follows the 2018-era stereotype with the screen fully engulfing the front of the phone. It gained criticism for being an “iPhone copycat” but besides its aesthetics, the specs reveal a true flagship-level phone. It features a 2246x1080 6.2" IPS display, Snapdragon 845, 6/8GB RAM, 64/128/256GB storage, and a 3,300mAh battery.

Alcatel 1X

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One showstopper in Barcelona last week is the Alcatel 1X. Though they jumped on the bandwagon quite early, they revealed a number of budget-friendly handphones hoping to compete with Oppo, and Xiaomi this year. One smartphone that stood out was the Alcatel 1X which is the first-ever Android Go phone; it’s sort of a big deal.

ZTE Blade V9

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If you’re planning to get a budget phone this year, then ZTE might be able to help you with it. During the MWC 2018, they announced their new budget flagship phone the ZTE Blade V9 which further strengthen their repertoire for providing affordable phones with powerful specs. Though the SoC is not classified as flagship-grade, the 18:9 1080p LCD and aluminum and glass design might make you think otherwise. Besides that, ZTE also revealed their first Android Go phone, the new ZTE Tempo Go during the event.

Nokia 1, 6 (2018), 7 Plus, and 8 Sirocco

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Looks like it’s a good year for Nokia, releasing four new phones during the MWC 2018. One thing that sets them apart is that all devices from these models forward will be Android One devices with the exception of Nokia 1 which is an Android Go. Four smartphones during the first quarter of the year, it looks to be an amazing year for Nokia.

Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact

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A reveal that’s quite overdue, Sony finally revealed two brand new phones and threw in a pair of headphones to their MWC 2018 lineup. The two new phones will cash in on Sony’s powerful camera technology with both phones having 4K HDR video and 1080p 960fps slow-motion video capture.

Their headphones, however, are not as exciting but are very much one of a kind. The Xperia Ear Duo are open-ear earbuds with head gesture features, touch controls, and an adaptive volume control.

Some Interesting Gadgets

While the event mainly features upcoming new phones of the year, there are also other gadgets featured on the MWC 2018.

Nokia x Kolon First Responder Jacket

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While you probably wouldn’t own one, it’s great to know that Nokia has partnered with South Korean clothing brand Kolon to design a first responder jacket. Made specially for firefighters and cops, the jacket has a removable heart-rate monitor and a body camera. Besides its functionality, Kolon did a great job mixing streetwear with utilitarian style.

The Vhoop

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It’s a hoola-hoop. While it may have been years since you last played with one, the Vhoop will be a fun way to revisit your childhood. The device weighs 1.5 kg and can last 15 hours on a single charge. The Vhoop is built with motion sensors that track your workout in real-time via Bluetooth to its accompanying app. From there, it calculates how many calories you have burned and how many minutes you’ve been working out. In the final versions of the app, you can compete with your friends or the rest of the world within the comforts of your own home - pretty neat!

Huawei Matebook X Pro

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While Huawei is best known for their smartphones, the recently-concluded MWC gave us a glimpse of the Huawei Matebook X Pro. It has a sort of Macbook-ish feel to it, and the pop-up webcam on the keyboard? Absolutely phenomenal.

With the recent conclusion of the Mobile World Congress 2018, the world is left in awe of the announcements and product reveals in the event. It leaves us to wonder, what phones will be featured next year?

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