Best Phones and Gadgets from MWC 2018

MWC 2018 in Glance:

In case you missed the biggest announcements regarding this year’s smartphones, we bring you the highlights of the MWC 2018.

The 2018 Mobile World Congress officially ended last week. Today we bring you some of the most important announcements of the Congress in case you have missed something.

The biggest show in the mobile industry this year, ‘Mobile World Congress’ was held at Fira de Barcelona, Spain. Many companies launched their flagship products, hoping to show the world the best of their products.

In case you missed the most important announcements about smartphones this year, we present the highlights in the MWC.

1. Samsung at MWC 2018:

One of the largest mobile phone manufacturers in the world, Samsung introduced its S9 and S9 + models, continuing their S series. In reality, it did not focus on the introduction of new revolutionary or exceptional functions, but it did improve existing ones.

Samsung Galaxy S9 colors

Significant improvements were observed, particularly in the camera department, with variable apertures that give users the ability to change between f/2.4 and f/1.5. This was not possible on the Galaxy S8, with another super slow camera feature, shooting up to 960 frames per second (FPS) at 720p.

Speaking of the design, the S8 was widely criticized for placing the fingerprint sensor right next to the rear camera, making it difficult to reach. The fans are happy this time as Samsung managed to place the fingerprint sensor in a proper position just below the camera on Galaxy S9.

 2. Nokia:

HMD Global, the company authorized to manufacture smartphones under the Nokia brand launched 5 phones this year. This included Nokia 1, Nokia 6 – 2018 edition, Nokia 7 Plus, and Nokia 8 Sirocco.

Following the trend of the previous year of phones with improved functions (Nokia 3310 3G/4G), Nokia introduced a restart of 8810 (also known as the banana phone), which was launched for the first time in 1998.

Nokia-8110-Banana-phone

The new version is compatible with 4G and comes with a modern style along with decent specifications, in particular, the iconic standby time of 25 days. (After all, we are talking about a good Nokia)

3. Sony:

Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 compact were released by one of the oldest phone manufacturers, Sony. The company’s new smartphones fall under a new design language called ‘Ambient Flow’.

According to Sony, they are the first set of phones to offer the ability to shoot 4K HDR content. The XZ2 also allows wireless charging, Dynamic Vibration (think of the PlayStation controller) and more.

Sony-Xperia-XZ2
Image: Droid-Life

Not only this, it surpasses the Galaxy S9 in terms of offering the ability to record up to 960 fps in 1080p, while Samsung can only do so at 720p.

4. Vivo:

Vivo has made a great show this year with its new Apex concept. It featured a truly bezel-less screen with a nearly 90% screen-to-body ratio. Even the fingerprint sensor is integrated into the lower half part of the screen.

Vivo-Apex-Concept-6
Image: ProPakistani

How this works is really simple, simply place your finger anywhere in the lower half of the screen and it will detect your fingerprint as a normal sensor would.

Another interesting feature was the double fingerprint system. You can configure Live Apex to read two different fingerprints at the same time for added security.

As Andy Trendsall of Digital Trends points out, you can use this function to take fingerprints of 2 people to unlock the phone, particularly useful in situations where the device is used for banking or other business needs, and which also requires the fingerprint of your device.

Vivo-APEX-dual-fingerprint-scanner

Speaking of the front camera, it is not integrated into the screen, unlike almost any other phone you have seen before, a mini camera will slide from the top when you take that selfie and it will automatically come back when you switch to the back.

Vivo-Apex-Concept

However, Apex is just a concept for now and Vivo aims to incorporate these new features into their new products. You could see the slider of the front camera on one of your phones in the future and the dual fingerprint sensor on another.

5. Asus:

Redefining the term iPhone, Asus launched the Zenfone 5 line with 3 phones that seemed very familiar.

ASUS-Zenfone-5-and-5Z
Zenphone on left and iPhone x on the right

As the image indicates, the phone’s screen is quite similar to Apple’s iPhone X. Since its launch, the Zenfone has even been dubbed as an iPhone X clone, but at what cost? Although the phone does not include wireless charging and waterproofing, it offers what the iPhone X does at half the price. 

The company officials rushed to defend their products and even teased the iPhone X ironically, leaving technology enthusiasts disappointed.

ASUS-Zenfone-5-Notch comparison with iPhone X

Think about it, they copied the most famous phone on the planet and they had the guts to back it up with small statistics 😛

6. LG:

The new V30S ThinQ with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage was released at the conference, as an updated version of the V30 that was launched in 2017.

LG V30S Back

The device includes a range of AI functions, particularly the LG exclusive voice commands and an enhanced camera with automatic settings of the shooting modes.

Here are our first photos of the LG V30S: a slightly smarter clone of the classic V30

Image recognition capabilities were also added that allows you to scan QR codes without opening another application and also shows information about certain household products, taking your shopping experience to another level.

7. Alcatel:

Earlier this year, Alcatel announced 3 new smartphones at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). We saw that this happened in MWC with the Alcatel 5, 3 and 1 series launched, which resulted in a total of 7 smartphones from the company.

Alcatel-Series

All are suitable for wallets, which means they are not so expensive and have average prices. All phones also have 18:9 screen ratio keeping up with the latest trends.

8. Huawei:

Huawei made a smart move by not competing with Samsung by launching its flagship device, but that did not stop it from launching other devices. The company launched 3 new tablets, the MediaPad in 8.4 and 10.8 inches and the MediaPad Pro.

Huawei-MateBook-X-Pro Mediapad

Along with this, a new laptop, the Matebook X Pro, was also launched with the design no doubt inspired by the Apple MacBook.

Huawei confirmed three-cam Huawei P20

This did not prevent it from being praised, especially by the thin bezels that make the screen ratio 91%.

 

Which device was your favorite at this MWC? Let us know in the comments section below!

 

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