Highlights From Chinese Manufacturers at MWC 2019
The GSMA Mobile World Congress (MWC) is the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry, bringing together the latest innovations and leading-edge technology from more than 2,400 companies. This year it will be taking place in Barcelona from February 25-28, and Pandaily has compiled a list of some of the most interesting products to look out for at MWC this year from Chinese manufacturers.
Here they are below.
Although OPPO doesn’t have its own booth, the company has promised to demo its 10x hybrid optical zoom technology at MWC 2019. The company’s press event is scheduled for 8:00AM EST on February 23, which is two days before MWC kicks off.
The new camera tech uses a triple-camera setup and is quite an improvement over the 5x hybrid optical zoom Oppo announced at MWC 2017. The company tweeted the short clip from its global account showing the camera in action.
The company might also show off a foldable phone.
OnePlus will be displaying its first 5G prototype smartphone powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset at MWC this year. The devices will be displayed at Qualcomm’s 5G demo station sealed within a protective case for confidentiality since the devices haven’t officially made their debut yet.
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Visitors at MWC 2019 will be able to get a taste of 5G cloud gaming with “Ace Combat 7” and interact with the OnePlus community on the other device hosting the OnePlus “Say Hello to 5G” community page. Attendees could scan a QR code or input a URL into the web browser to visit the site. The community page went live on Feb. 21 and can be accessed via the link: http://onepl.us/5G.
OnePlus’ 5G handset is confirmed to be sporting the Snapdragon 855 chipset with no other specs confirmed yet. However, based on its 5G compatibility and high specs, it may retail for as much as $850, making it the most expensive device OnePlus has ever produced.
Xiaomi will be hosting a product launch event at MWC on Feb. 24 to perhaps announce a 5G variant of its Mi Mix 3. The handset is said to pack Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X50 modem under the hood, which is capable of download speeds up to 2Gbps.
The company may perhaps unveil an international version of the Xiaomi Mi 9, which has already been released two days ago in Beijing. It has not been confirmed whether or not this is the case but hopefully we will be able to see an international version with slight shifts in specs.
Huawei announced on Feb. 2 that the company would unveil a 5G foldable phone at MWC this year. The company posted a teaser image on Twitter to promote its press conference, showing the phone bent to a v-shaped silhouette and asking, “Are you ready to reveal the unprecedented?”
Although specs and designs of the device are still unknown, the company has confirmed that it will in fact be 5G ready at launch on Feb. 24 at its Pre-MWC Briefing.
Last October, CEO of Huawei, Richard Yu, confirmed that the Chinese maker already had a working prototype of a flexible smartphone, and then in March of this year patent diagrams of a foldable Huawei phone emerged. It will be interesting to see what Huawei will have in store for us at MWC this year.
Royole has indicated that it will be showcasing its full line of industry-leading fully flexible display and flexible sensor technologies at MWC. The company launched the FlexPai phone at CES 2019 in January.
It has a 7.8-inch diagonal Cicadia Flex display that folds in the middle to present two smaller 4-inch smartphone screens. In expanded mode, the FlexPai’s screen resolution is 1,920 x 1,440 (306ppi) and has a 4:3 ratio.
Despite pretty impressive specs, early hands-on impressions suggest the Royole phone may not be as viable as one may think. Its high price and large size makes it quite inconvenient for use. However, it is an interesting start and hints at Royole’s ambition to perhaps dish out a new device at the upcoming trade show.
Finally, it looks like Nubia, ZTE’s sub-brand, will be joining the fray on flexible devices and be launching a foldable smartphone during MWC this year too. The teaser image that the company shared recently does not say much except, “Flex Your Life”. However, one things that’s for sure is that they are definitely not referring to a fitness recommendation here. The teaser also reveals that Nubia’s devices will be on display in Hall 1, stand #1C40.
Although no further information was given by Nubia on the matter, it will be very interesting to see just how Nubia is planning to go up against other manufacturers like Royole, Samsung or even Xiaomi.
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