On February 25, Mobile World Congress 2019 began its work in Barcelona, where developments related to the introduction of 5G networks and other interesting innovations were presented.
The exhibition was organized on the territory of the giant Fira Gran Via complex once again, the area of which is 100 000 square meters. Among the participants of the event were representatives of the IT-sector, mobile operators and equipment manufacturers from around the world. The exhibition-conference became a platform where professionals, experts and profile journalists were able to communicate with each other and gain experience.
For example, such companies as MTS and Ericsson have announced at WMC that launching and testing of the first 5G networks is held in Russia this year. Other major players from Russia, which have been globally working for a long time: Yandex and Nexign, were also noticed.
Protected smartphones are coming into fashion
More recently I tested a new protected AGM X3 smartphone, which has just entered the market. A modern Snapdragon 845 processor and a high-quality camera marks X3 out from the other protected models. But I couldn’t even imagine that such number of additional accessories for this device are provided.
For example, I have faced the situation more than once when smartphone flies out of hands during filming under water. At this moment, the heart misses a beat. The developers of AGM presented a case-float, which allows the device to always remain on the water surface.
On the AGM stand was noticed a button phone M5 of good quality. I know that such devices are in demand among fishermen and people engaged in extreme tourism. The device holds the charge for a long time, and one may dial the necessary phone number or type a short message by touch. Meanwhile, the gadget is very light and functional.
Guys from the Doogee company showed a smartphone with a plenty of additional accessories. For example, if you attach a special unit to the back of the device, you can get an access to 5G networks or turn your smartphone into a walkie-talkie or a game console.
At the Ulefone stand, the new Armor 6, which about I have also already told, aroused a particular interest. Representatives of the company readily demonstrated the toughness of their own devices and even organized special aquariums, where they placed smartphones in order to demonstrate their moisture resistance.
It was also interesting enough to hold CAT’s smartphone in hands, which includes such instruments as the thermal imager and a laser tape measure. The device’ll be interesting for people of special professions and builders. I’m afraid that only owners of construction companies, but not ordinary workers, are able to afford it in Russia.
BlackBerry Key 2 may be referred to specialized smartphones, which is endowed with a physical keyboard. I held a device like that in my hands for the first time and I enjoyed working with it. Typing messages and texts is really convenient and the manufacturer has installed familiar to everyone Android instead of its own covering of a firm.
When you choose earphones, it should be only True Wireless
Perhaps, only the laziest manufacturers of electronics haven’t presented headphones of True Wireless type at MWC. This novelty could be met not only on the stands of Samsung and Xiaomi, but it was also offered by Chinese friends, supplying OEM-production. I really liked the guys’ idea, who combined a fitness bracelet and True Wireless headphones. This solution can become popular among people who visit gyms.
“Ears” from Xiaomi, which were very interesting to me, turned to be very uncomfortable. By the way, I didn’t even manage to connect them to my smartphone and evaluate the sound quality at the stand. But to all appearances, I think that they would have greatly disappointed me. More likely I’ll buy this model in spring in China and conduct full experiments with a crash-test.
I liked Galaxy Buds very much, which “sit” in the ears well and “pump” properly all the frequencies from the bottom to the top. Bass line is built perfectly. Headphones can work up to 6 hours offline, and the case extends this time for another 13 hours. But then again, this is only the first impression as well and the gadget needs a prolonged testing.
Smart wristbands on each hand
The third most popular gadget presented at MWC are smart-bracelets. It’s a really comfortable thing, you can not only look after your health, but also keep in touch, even while swimming in the pool. I think that this direction will continue to develop and be in endless demand.
It’s a great pity that Xiaomi didn’t bring the concept of its future Mi Band 4, which everyone was waiting for so much. To be honest, on the stand of the company haven’t been noticed any worthy novelties – the entire assortment can be easily found in any Chinese store with the Mi logo.
We rest while the robots work for us
The creators of the space, where new Husqvarna robots were demonstrated, decided to show visually that people will soon have to forget about physical work. While everyone was sitting on the open lawn and sunbathing, sipping cold drinks, the robot was continiously running on the stand, mowing grass.
New Automower AWD grass-cutter from Husqvarna has a four-wheel drive. The robot can mow the grass at a large angle and isn’t unpretentious in terms of maintenance. It’s enough to run the program and the machine will refine the lawn by itself on a given territory. The device operates on battery power, and uses a special base for charging.
And not only work
It’s terrible to watch how a soulless machine deals with musical instruments very easily, draws works of art and dances. At that rate, people’ll lose their significance at all. If robots can now fully copy the movements of professional dancers, what will happen tomorrow. Not far off is the time when artificial intelligence will surpass its Creator and learn to create their own kind.
Energizer smartphone – it’s important not to drop it on the foot
A well-known manufacturer of batteries and accumulators decided not to trifle and built a smartphone into the power bank. Yes, yes, friends, you haven’t misheard, I had a chance to hold a novelty from Energizer with a battery capacity of 18000 mAh (standard 2000-3000 mAh). Indeed, I held the device with both hands and was very afraid to drop it, otherwise there would be a hole in the floor.
The smartphone is under development and it’s too early to talk about its technical characteristics. But, to all appearances it’ll be endowed with a retractable selfie camera and IR sensor for management of various household appliances. It’s difficult to say yet how such a device would be popular among the average user, but for people who live for several weeks in the wild, it’d be obviously useful.
Galaxy S10, which haven’t impressed
Having read a lot of positive reviews about the Samsung Galaxy S10, I was sure that I would throw out my ‘Apple’ in the litter bin and come back updated from MWC. But no, the Korean novelty disappointed me very much. As it turned out, the frameless display is very inconvenient in terms of work, and the camera is not as good as it’s positioned by the manufacturer.
On the other hand, the Galaxy S10 differs with a good productivity and has a large capacity of internal memory. Special attention should be paid to the mode that turns the device into a wireless charging. Indeed, by my experience I may say that the smartphone is the gadget that is constantly needed to be recharged. However, the S10 version was introduced, which supports work of 5G networks and will be useful for professionals.
5G – Internet is not for people only
Household Internet has reached the maximum speed and doesn’t need further development. Networks of mobile operators withstand without difficulty such flow of information that we’re able to accept. Then why is a new 5G standard created and implemented for? First of all, for the comfortable work of artificial intelligence. Very soon planes will fly in the sky without pilots, trains will go on the ground without drivers, and an electronic system will control their movement.
The new standard fulfill the speed required for processing of a large flow of information. If unmanned devices are already being tested separately, then with the arrival of 5G they will begin to unite into a single network and appear in our daily lives. The MWC 2019 event in Barcelona served as some kind of a platform where manufacturers of new systems were able to communicate with each other, share experiences and tell the whole world about the future that has already come.