One of the most exciting events for tech lovers, the Mobile World Congress made a comeback as an in-person event after two years
The world’s premier mobile event is back with a bang. With Barcelona as the venue, it’s the first time the Mobile World Congress (MWC) has been staged after the pandemic. We round up some of the key announcements and launches from some of the world’s biggest tech brands; and it’s not all just smartphones at MWC 2022.
Samsung’s svelte notebooks: Samsung’s new Galaxy Book 2 Pro and Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360 take over from last year’s Galaxy Book Pro 360. It’s the same slinky design but Samsung has added the latest 12th Gen Intel Core i5/i7 CPUs and 8 to 32GB of RAM that should satisfy your need for speed.
A super-fast Universal USB Type-C charger powers these notebooks in quick time. Samsung pegs the battery life at up to 21 hours; impressive for a laptop with a vibrant AMOLED display and a 120Hz refresh rate.
OnePlus 10 Pro with Oxygen OS: We’re relieved to hear that the OnePlus 10 Pro will debut with Oxygen OS 12.1 in global markets like the U.S.. OnePlus looked set to go with Oppo’s Color OS but the new flagship will stick to the Oxygen OS that’s certainly easier on the eye. While the 10 Pro was launched for the China market a few weeks ago, OnePlus confirmed its global release at MWC 2022. It’s also likely to debut in India in March.
Highlights include a second gen Hasselblad camera system and a massive 5000mAh battery with an ultra-quick 80W charger.
On the charging superhighway: Realme’s upcoming GT Neo 3 is all set to leave even 80W chargers and 65W chargers behind. The brand confirmed that the GT Neo 3 will come with a 150W charger. This UltraDart charging architecture uses multi-boost charging pumps that take the battery from 0 to 50 percent in just 5 minutes. Realme claims the device will feature temperature algorithms that will keep temperatures under 43 degree Centigrade while the phone charges. Meanwhile, Oppo demonstrated a working prototype of a 240W charger with its SuperVOOC tech that can power a device from 0 to 100 percent in just 9 minutes. No kidding.
TCL’s new concept foldables: TCL launched quite a few devices at MWC 2022 but it’s the company’s concept foldable devices that hogged all the attention. The 360-degree Ultra Flex can be closed with the screen on the inside or the outside like a foldable laptop.
A 360-degree hinge mechanism makes this possible. The Fold n Roll is essentially a smartphone that can extend its display two ways offering users three modes – a 6.87-inch smartphone mode with the folding bit of the screen tucked in, an 8.85-inch phablet mode and a full-on 10-inch tablet mode where the rollable bit is extended.
Oppo’s cool new wearable: This is not the first time Oppo has showed off the Air Glass, its AR wearable. Oppo’s new wearable aims to succeed where Google Glass didn’t. AR stands for Assisted Reality, and these devices clip onto the side of a compatible pair of glasses and work via input from your voice or touch commands.
Oppo calls it a monocle waveguide that brings notifications and apps in front of your eyes. The company currently offers a few apps that include weather, translation and navigation.
Lenovo’s work-from-anywhere Chromebook: It’s no longer just WFH, it’s work from anywhere. Lenovo’s ultra-mobile IdeaPad Duet 3 Chromebook (11’’) is just 7.9mm thin, the ‘fanless’ design runs cool and quiet. It features a screen larger than its 2-in-1 predecessor – the original Chromebook Duet (10”).
The device comes with a 11-inch 2K near-borderless display and upgraded dual speakers for clear audio.