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Fast 5G and foldable phones feature at #MWC19

Intelligent connectivity was the focus of MWC19 in Barcelona.

More than 109,000 visitors from over 198 countries and territories gathered at MWC19 Barcelona, the mobile industry’s premier event. Intelligent connectivity was the overarching theme, which included high-speed 5G networks, artificial intelligence and big data.

All of the biggest players of the industry used MCW19 to showcase new products but the company that stood up the most was Huawei, one of the world’s largest makers of telecom equipment. The firm is a crucial part of China’s efforts to advance superfast 5G wireless networks.

Two major smartphone brands announced bendy phones – Huawei’s Mate X and the Samsung Galaxy Fold. The foldable smartphones look, at first glance, like regular devices. On closer inspection it can be seen they fold in the middle, and when unfolded this makes the screen twice as big.

These first-generation devices are not cheap, however. Huawei prices its foldable Galaxy Fold at US$1.980 while the Huawei Mate X is selling for US$2,600. The devices go on commercial sale in the winter.

Sony launched its Xperia 1, Xperia 10, Xperia 10 Plus and Xperia L3 smartphones at the MWC 2019. Among these, Sony Xperia 1 is the flagship smartphone of the company and it is powered by the Snapdragon 855 processor and comes with a 6.5-inch ‘CinemaWide’ OLED 4K screen.

MWC 2019 also saw the launch of the first ever smartwatch that has a foldable display – Nubia Alpha. The smartwatch is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage and it houses a 500mAh battery. Nubia Alpha features a 4-inch flexible OLED display that gives 230% more real estate to users than most other standard smartwatches that are available.

Innovations in robotics was also on display. As an example, South Korean robotics company Torooc unveiled a robotic companion called Liku. The robot which walks and expresses emotions much like a human, albeit with very large eyes. The robot is 0.5 meters in height and it weighs 1.1 kilos.

All visitors had the opportunity to experience a number of hands-on demonstrations across a range of sectors including entertainment, transportation, environment and robotics from our partners Google, Huawei, KT Corporation, Sierra Wireless and Turkcell, as well as from GSMA programmes.

Over four days, the conference activities at MWC19 highlighted the intersection of ‘hyper-connectivity’, enabled by 5G and IoT, and ‘intelligence’, delivered by AI and big data. In addition to the core elements of Intelligent Connectivity, MWC19 explored eight key topics addressing the greatest industry impact and influence.

There were also a set of keynote speakers that discussed the latest innovations in the sector throughout the four-day event. Simon Segars, CEO of Arm, James Forese, CEO of City, Mariya Gabriel, EU Digital Economy Commisioner and Rich Williams, CEO or Groupon were only some of them.