Phandroid Best of MWC 2024

Unlike CES, MWC tends to be more focused on mobile devices. This year, many companies attended the event where they showed off upcoming new smartphones, tablets, and wearables. Some also showed off some interesting and futuristic concepts of what the future of mobile could look like. Below are some of what we consider to be the best of MWC 2024.

The Honor Magic 6 Pro is a new flagship smartphone by Honor. Unsurprisingly, the company has decided to introduce a bunch of AI features to the handset. One of which is eye-tracking. This allows users to control their phone using their eyes only, which is great for hands-free use and also for accessibility. As a flagship, it comes with the latest and greatest hardware so Samsung should expect some competition here.

The Xiaomi 14 Ultra is another flagship phone that was announced at MWC. It is clear that Xiaomi is focusing heavily on the phone’s photography capabilities. It features the company’s ongoing partnership with Leica. The phone comes with a quad camera setup that includes a 50MP main, a 50MP telephoto, a 50MP periscope, and a 50MP ultrawide. Xiaomi is also selling an additional photography kit that adds a dedicated grip and an extra battery pack.

Lenovo’s Project Crystal is possibly one of the coolest and best gadgets of MWC or 2024 so far. It is currently a concept, but it features a transparent display and a touchscreen for a keyboard. We’re not sure about the practical uses of such a laptop, but as far as tech innovation is concerned, it is pretty cool. Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be any plans to release it, but who knows, maybe one day they will.

Apple made headlines with the launch of the Vision Pro headset earlier this year. Tecno looks like they might be trying to take Apple on with the Pocket Go. This is a handheld Windows PC which when paired with the accompanying smart glasses, allows users to pretty much take their computing needs wherever they go. It might seem a bit more “low-tech” since it still relies on physical controls, but it does make it look less awkward to use.

The first OnePlus Watch was a bit of a disappointment, but it looks like OnePlus has managed to fix its mistakes with the OnePlus Watch 2. The new smartwatch comes with a 1.43-inch AMOLED display with a sapphire glass. The body is made from stainless steel, giving it a premium look and finish. It runs on Google’s Wear OS 4 platform so if you’re locked into the Google ecosystem, this is a fantastic smartwatch you could consider.

The Samsung Galaxy Ring was teased at Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked event at the start of the year. The company officially showed off the actual product at MWC. This is Samsung’s next wearable where it will be an alternative to a smartwatch, or even a companion if you don’t mind wearing two devices. There is no word on a launch date yet, but the rumors are claiming that we might be able to expect it this July.

Motorola showed off a flexible display smartphone at Lenovo Tech World 2023, and they brought the actual device to MWC 2024. This is another concept phone where the device can be bent and worn around the wrist. Flexible display tech isn’t new, but flexible components are. Once again, Motorola does not seem to have any plans to make this phone a reality, so it’s just something cool we can only look at for now.

Foldable phones are expensive, but this is something Nubia is hoping to correct. The company launched the Flip 5G at MWC where it is priced starting at $599. It is not the most powerful foldable phone in the market right now. It’s powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 chipset, but if you’re more keen on the form factor rather than performance, this could be a phone to look forward to.

BlackView is known for their rugged phones and tablets and power stations, but they recently got into foldables with the Hero 10 smartphone. It comes with the Helio G99 chipset and is accompanied by 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. Its foldable display measures 6.9-inches and on the front, the external circular display is 1.3-inches. The Hero 10 also packs a pretty decent 108MP main shooter accompanied by an 8MP ultrawide, with a 32MP selfie cam to top things off.

While MWC is generally about mobile, companies still like to use the event to showcase what kind of products they are working on. In Oppo’s case, they have taken the wraps off the Oppo Air Glass 3. These are a pair of AI smart glasses and are the follow up to the Air Glass 2 from 2022. The new version comes with AI via Oppo’s AndesGPT model. One added advantage to this is that instead of reaching for your phone, you can access the AI directly from these glasses which is pretty cool.

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