Mobile World Congress preview: Samsung, Huawei, LG, Sony news we expect to hear, and more
The Mobile World Congress starts later this month and companies like Huawei and Samsung are preparing to launch the Galaxy S10, P30 and many others. We can also expect foldables, 5G devices and even a comeback from Sony on the high tier market as well.
Last year the Mobile World Congress did lose some players as LG and Huawei announced their stuff separately. However, we have these two brands as well as Oppo, Xiaomi, OnePlus and Vivo, all of which adds up to bring in quite a packed event. And they are all coming with amazing announcements!
In order to avoid the hassle and crowd, Samsung already launched its flagship but it will be present at the Mobile World Congress to show off the phone and they might even announce some things there as well.
There are plenty of things to expect and see here, as you can see below!
· The Samsung Galaxy S10 has a hole punch display, similar to the Honor View 20. But here we have an OLED screen, there’s also a full-screen face and the Snapdragon 855 that will make it a pleasure to use. The foldable phone is already announced and it’s called Galaxy Fold, with a price of around $2000. So, it’s definitely not for someone that wants to change their phone every year. There were some other attempts from companies like the ZTE Axon M, but this is the first high tier foldable. And it has a pretty high price.
· Huawei is now the number two phone brand in the world when it comes to the units sold and they do want to overtake Samsung. They are also coming with their own foldable phone at the Mobile World Congress. What we do know is that they are offering 5G cellular reception. It’s not clear if this will be a huge selling point. That being said, there will be a P30, however rumors say that they will launch it in Europe at another event, that unit will have a waterdrop notch design and four rear cameras for the top model.
· What we can expect from LG? We will have the G8, which seems to be the second 5G device at the Mobile World Congress. They are having a front facing TOF, 4D face unlock and 3D scanning camera. Some people say this will offer a screen attachment that might make it foldable.
· Vivo, Oppo and OnePlus also end up coming to the event too. Vivo has an Apex all-screen phone but this is not a major surprise as the phone was already introduced in China last month. The unit doesn’t have any charging ports, speakers or buttons, which is nice. Oppo is bringing in a new camera tech that gives 10x lossless zoom. Not sure if they are bringing in a device or not. As for OnePlus, they are set to present a new, 5G version of the 6T smartphone.
· Xiaomi are also ready to come at the event with the MI 9. The unit has the great Snapdragon 855 processor, but it will have a price around 30-40% lower than Samsung despite using the same chipset.
· Sony comes at the Mobile World Congress with the Xperia XZ4, which might have an aspect ratio of 21:9 and which will be lankier and skinnier when compared to many phones.
Things to keep in mind
There will be mostly 3 announcement camps at the Mobile World Congress this year. Some products will offer either empty hype, great design but not a lot of usability and cutting edge tech that you can use on the spot. The cutting-edge tech will be presented by the Huawei P30 and Galaxy S10. Samsung’s hole punch display is not very intrusive and Huawei’s 4-camera setup might bring in some amazing photos.
When it comes to beautiful but not very practical tech, that will most likely cover foldable phones. The tech sounds great but the reality is that having a foldable phone will not really deliver a whole lot of value, at least not for most people. The tech is not there yet, it needs more polish, so hopefully the next versions will be better. And at around $2000, the price point is not very welcoming for everyone.
And then there’s the empty promises group. This is the 5G phone category. The 5G networks are not available for the masses, they might be rolled out late this year or early next year. Either way we are still not there when it comes to the technology as a whole and it will take a while to have it in every city, maybe a few years. Sure, we can purchase a phone that supports that tech, but in the end, we might end up buying another phone in a few years when that technology is ready. So, the reality is that there’s no real point when it comes to adding the 5G phones for now when you don’t have the network to use them.
Either way, the Mobile World Congress seems like a very promising event this year and we are looking forward to the amazing, new tech that will come from it. There were lots of rumors, so the lineup is indeed there. But we are definitely going to encounter some sort of surprises and that’s exactly what we hope to see and get from the Mobile World Congress!Source