We can now say: Mobile World Congress is back after two very quiet years. While there was no pre-pandemic hype, something happened: Several of the products unveiled at MWC 2022 already got us excited.
Sony didn’t announce anything, and Samsung stuck with laptops, but there were Oppo, Honor, TCL, Realme, Xiaomi Poco, and Huawei. All studies, whether conducted by IDC or Counterpoint Research, show that three of the five most popular smartphone brands in the world – Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo – are Chinese, with the first and second places being ranked second by Samsung and Apple. It can be said that Chinese brands have taken their place at MWC.
In short, MWC seems to remain an important way to bring many people together in one place to reveal new products. And specifically, we were able to see and experience them. If you haven’t read our many articles, here is a selection of the 6 best smartphones and computers we’ve seen.
This selection was co-written by Omar Balqaa and Ulrich Roser
Honor Magic 4 Pro
Honor Magic 4 Pro is the smartphone that wanted to stand out the most from all the other phones at MWC. For the brand, it was about the mechanics of rolling over and making it clear that it intends to seriously elevate now that it is independent from Huawei.
So the smartphone promises mountains and wonders to impress you. In short, we can cite the OLED LTPO 3.0 display which, in addition to taking advantage of an adaptive refresh rate of up to 120W, boasts of using technology to spare our little eyes to keep them from getting too tired.
The triple camera shows a great symmetry between the three sensors that makes it get the best image quality in different shooting modes. Video has not been left out with various features intended for budding film makers.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and 100W wired and wireless fast charging complete the picture for this phone that doesn’t hide its excessive passion.
Realme GT 2 Pro
The Realme GT 2 Pro made an impression by being the most expensive Realme smartphone ever released. It must be said that the brand is more accustomed to entry and mid-range. However, as we said in our testing, it is also the best device of the manufacturer, and the most successful.
So it is interesting to see Realme start exploring higher price segments to gradually polish its brand image. The GT 2 Pro therefore relies heavily on its performance, fast charging, and screen quality.
The future will determine whether the brand will be able to cope with the particular competitive environment in this price segment. Realme is adopting a strategy quite similar to that of Xiaomi, which is also gradually striving to build a more premium reputation.
OnePlus 10 Pro
The OnePlus 10 Pro was announced at the beginning of January, but it won’t be released until the end of March in Europe. At MWC, we had the opportunity to discover a smartphone that promises to be very interesting to use. The device is fairly light and offers a very nice finish on the back with a smooth and sandy effect.
The picture module can be annoying with those four large lenses somewhat reminiscent of hot plates, but that’s not necessarily annoying. Many people will find happiness with this aesthetic.
OnePlus 10 Pro showcases its great firepower and its photography partnership with Hasselblad that promises to bring a rich color palette to your photos and videos. Also count on fast charging at 80W. Above all, we can expect a smartphone version with OxygenOS 13 which should be based on Android 12. This interface shares a common code base with Oppo’s ColorOS, but continues to present itself as different. user experience. We can’t wait to see what he will achieve.
Huawei Mate Station X
You may cry over the plagiarism, but don’t. The MateStation X is an all-in-one PC that carries the minimalist design of the Huawei MateView series. It has an aluminum alloy body, a slim 4K+ display, a powerful AMD Ryzen chip…and a design reminiscent of Apple’s desktop computers, which isn’t a bad thing.
All components and all connections are integrated into the foot, in a configuration that is far from cheap. The MateStation features AMD Ryzen 5 5600H and Ryzen 7 5800H chipsets, paired with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage.
It also relies on Wi-Fi 6, a 720p webcam, a fingerprint reader in the keyboard’s power button and five speakers co-designed with Devialet. There are also two USB Type-A ports, two Type-C ports, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The screen makes up the majority of the MateStation X’s attractive design; It has a screen-to-body ratio of 92%, a refresh rate of 60Hz, and a 4K+ definition of 3,840 x 2,560 pixels. It’s also capable of 98% DCI-P3 color gamut coverage and has a maximum peak brightness of 500 nits, according to Huawei. In addition, it is a 10-point tactile.
Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro
it’s done ! Samsung returns to France with its line of laptops. We were able to get close to the most interesting of them, the Galaxy Book 2 Pro, it is thin, light and compact … with an OLED screen as well as a deep integration into the Samsung ecosystem.
It is a classic clamshell shape. Don’t try to flip the screen 360 degrees, you will break it and there is only the Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360 designed for that. No, the Galaxy Book 2 Pro is a traditional format with a chiclet keyboard, biometric reader, and large touchpad.
The 13.3-inch version we saw is very light: 870 grams and just 1.11 cm thick. It’s really compact and thin, but it makes remarkably few compromises in terms of portability. It has an HDMI port – Samsung managed to put it down despite the thickness – a microSD slot, a full-size USB port, a headphone port, and three USB Type-C.
Huawei MateBook E
Huawei’s first OLED convertible phone, the MateBook E features a 12.6-inch OLED display with a 2K resolution (2560 x 1600 pixels) on a magnesium alloy body that weighs 709 grams. So it is light and compact. Like the Surface, it works with a magnetic keyboard. You can even use the M-Pencil which offers 4,096 levels of pressure and a latency of just 2ms.
This compact format combined with this hinge system allows it to offer great versatility, which is important if you move around a lot.
As a bonus, we wanted to mention Fisker’s circumference. We already tried it at CES 2022, but MWC had a chance to review it. Here’s the bonus we wanted to tell you: this 100% electric SUV has some interesting options.
The screen is in portrait orientation by default, which is 17.1 inches, but it can automatically position itself in landscape mode when you’re stationary, for watching Netflix for example.
You may also have noticed the solar roof, which allows to restore 2,400 kilometers of autonomy annually according to the American company. We will have the opportunity to tell you that this year, when the electric SUV will be marketed in France.
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