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March 4, 2022

Barcelona Mobile World Congress 2022: All the news

After a few days, we have been able to digest the amount of news and launches that have been presented in this edition of the Barcelona Mobile World Congress.

Metaverses, laptops, tablets, robotics, and many high-end cell phones have been the protagonists of a somewhat atypical year for the Mobile World Congress fair. Below, we summarize the key points of the event.

Barcelona Mobile World Congress

Spirits were high as one of the biggest gatherings of the mobile telephony and wireless networking community of the year finally got back on track. The meeting closed its edition with more than 60,000 attendees, a real success after two previous half-hearted editions marked by the pandemic.

However, in terms of themes, this edition surprised with the prominence of laptops and tablets compared to cell phones, the big stars of recent years. One of the reasons? The big mobile brands (LG, Sony, HTC, etc.) have decided not to present their best terminals during the fair, so the eyes have been diverted to other proposals, and these are the main ones.

Mobile World Congress 2022| Recap

Although there have not been as many new telephone products as in previous editions, we have seen some important releases.

Samsung and its Galaxy Book2 Pro

Samsung decidió no esperar a la celebración del congreso para lanzar su Galaxy S22, although this was also the time to take a closer look at its new bet. However, it decided to present its Galaxy Book2 Pro series.

These are two notebook models designed for the new remote work formats. For this reason, they stand out for their thinness, lightness, and portability. There are two sizes, but the price and commercial launch date are unknown.

Huawei and its notebook range

The Chinese company has also opted to look towards teleworking and has announced a range of products ranging from laptops to two tablets and an all-in-one computer.

The first, the MateBook X Pro, features potent hardware and will be available in mid-March. Second, the MateBook E is highly focused on creativity and connectivity. It is a convertible with an OLED screen that is very light and allows you to work directly on the screen by drawing or taking notes.

Designed for the office, Huawei launched its MateStation X, its first all-in-one computer that stands out for its slim design and touch screen. Finally, they presented their most original bet: the MatePad Paper. It is an e-ink tablet, ready to read books as an ebook and work with documents to take notes with the M-Pencil.

Xiaomi and Poco

Xiaomi has decided to give more prominence to its second brand, Poco, one of the fastest-growing in the last four years. At the Mobile Congress, we saw its X4 Pro 5G and M4 Pro. The first has an AMOLED screen, 5G connectivity, and relatively affordable mid-price.

The M4 Pro is at an even lower price point, with a wide-angle triple camera and a young target audience.

Nokia and the simplicity of its products

With the three products announced by Nokia, we have returned to a not too distant past where classic design lines, simple devices, and no big fuss were the norm.

The Nokia C2, C21, and C21 Plus are based on long battery life, economical price, and solid models.

Honor and Magic 4

In line with the design of the Huawei Mate 40, Honor has presented its Magic 4 range, which combines power and high performance in the camera. It highlights the ultra-wide-angle and a TOF sensor for depth.

They have not shared all the details yet, but the price will start from about 1,100 euros.

Lenovo ThinkPad X13s

Lenovo preferred to make its presentation remotely, but that doesn’t mean that its Lenovo ThinkPad X13s didn’t cause a stir. This is the first ARM-based ThinkPad with a Snapdragon processor.

In May, it will hit the market and be available in different versions, display, RAM, storage, and connectivity options.

The Chinese company also presented its Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme G5, a model with a design very focused on the gamer world but with a simpler screen and specifications.

Metaverse

The metaverse is the biggest global technological trend and has been very present in the Barcelona Mobile World Congress edition. Companies such as Telefónica or SK Telecom were the ones that put more effort to make their stand show this idea of the virtual universe.

Telefónica offered several demo areas where you could choose an avatar and move freely around the booth. It reminded us a lot of the features provided by Second Life.

SK Telecom, for its part, launched with a booth full of virtual reality “attractions” such as a concert area, large LEDs with moving avatars, and virtual environments with a capacity for 130 people.

Holoride and Virtual Reality

Related to virtual reality, we find the original proposal of Holoride. It is an in-car VR entertainment platform that aims to reduce motion sickness and provide immersive entertainment at the same time.

Qualcomm and its new modem

The US company always puts on a great show at such events, and this time the headliner was its Snapdragon X70 modem. What stands out the most is that it uses artificial intelligence to deliver enhanced 5G performance.

The company also advanced some details about its new Snapdragon Connect brand, which will arrive in future devices, or how they want to boost mobile audio.

 

These are the most important news announced at Mobile World Congress 2022, and we are looking forward to next year to discover more. For now, we don’t know the dates of the 2023 edition, but we will be very attentive to share it with you, so you don’t miss anything!

Elena Canorea
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Elena Canorea
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