5G, Mobile devices

Mobile World Congress 2018

Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona has brought its usual array of new (& old) devices as well as some more niche areas.

5G

While Nokia and Vodafone are planning to bring 4G to the moon, 5G news was more down to earth, with BT and Huawei announcing trials in the UK.

Using the EE mobile network, they’ll be testing real-life performance in a range of environments.

One 5G device on display at the show was Intel’s PC concept with an integrated aerial in the machine’s kickstand. With speeds of 4 to 5 Gbps – demonstrated with Wonder Woman streaming on loop – the design helps reduce interference in signals. Real devices, in partnership with Dell, Lenovo, HP and Microsoft, are expected in the latter half of 2019.

New Mobile Devices

Many of the new phones included notches similar to the iPhone X’s and lacked headphone ports. But there were plenty of alternatives.

New devices appearing included the Samsung S9 & S9+ phones. Using virtually the same design as last year’s S8 & S8+, the new models see the usual processor and specification upgrades as well as camera boosts with dual apertures.

Sony generated the most excitement about its models in a number of years – mainly due to a fresher design. Two phones were launched the flagship Sony Xperia XZ2 and the smaller Sony Xperia XZ2.

Asus launched its Zenfone 5 (similarly named to its 2014 models) series. Throwing ‘AI’ – at least the buzzword – at most of the features, the phones are being heavily compared to the iPhone X, at least in design. The cost is a lot cheaper.

More niche devices appearing included the CAT S61 which is packed with thermal-imaging tech, laser-assisted distance measuring and an air-monitoring sensor.

Retro

On the old devices, the Nokia branded devices from HMD Global continued their retro stance with the relaunch of the ‘Matrix’ banana phone. Building on the success of last year’s 3310 resurrection, the 8110 adds 4G and is available in black and bright yellow versions.

For fans of the Matrix, there’s no spring loaded slider in this model – though there wasn’t in the original model either as the film modified it. The 7110 mobile was the one with spring.

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