The mobiles on show at MWC 2019: 5G, folding phones and more

The dust has finally settled on Mobile World Congress 2019, Europe’s biggest tech show which takes place in Barcelona every year.

The conversations this year were dominated by two major themes: 5G and folding phones, though there were a few other “normal” smartphones on display. 

Here’s everything you need to know about the mobiles at MWC 2019. 

Folding phones 

A few companies had their folding phones, or versions at least, on display at MWC. 

Huawei unveiled its version, the Huawei Mate X, on the Sunday at MWC, whilst Samsung, which launched its Galaxy Fold a week before, had it safely secured inside a glass case.

LG also had a version of a folding phone on show – its V50 ThinQ handset has a matching dual-screen add-on. That’s one way to create a folding device.

Is this the next step in smartphone design? We’ll have to see. 

5G phones 

5G was everywhere at MWC.

The next generation in mobile technology promises faster speeds and higher bandwidth, and everyone was offering their opinion on what 5G is going to do for consumers.

In terms of phones, Samsung had its Samsung Galaxy S10 5G on display, though the release date is still TBC. 

Chinese smartphone company Xiaomi also launched the Mi Mix 3 5G – the 5G version of last year’s snazzy Mi Mix 3 smartphone.

Normal phones

And then there were the normal phones, which aren’t to be sniffed at because it’s more likely you’ll be using one of these than a 5G or folding phone this year. 

Xiaomi, Nokia and Sony all threw their hat in the ring with their version of the 2019 flagship.

From five cameras on the Nokia 9 PureView smartphone, to a 21:9 ratio screen on the Sony Xperia 1, to a Gaudi-inspired design on the Xiaomi Mi 9, there’s going to be a lot to choose from when it comes to buying a smartphone in 2019.

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