Select Page

MWC 2019: Foldable smartphones, 5G and sound-emitting displays

by | Feb 12, 2019 | News | 0 comments

At the end of this month, MWC will take place in Barcelona and we’re delighted to be joining again. It’s the time of the year many tech enthusiasts look forward to, as a lot of new digital products will be released or announced. In today’s blog post, we’ll have a look at what’s to be expected from the largest smartphone and tablet manufacturers.

Samsung

One of the biggest brands in the mobile market, of course, is Samsung. Most manufacturers will use MWC as the occasion to reveal their latest mobile innovations to the world. For the new Samsung Galaxy range, including the much-anticipated S10, the company organises its launch event Unpacked in the week prior to MWC. Of course, the new devices will also be on display in Barcelona, and we’re excited to learn more about these phones.

According to Techradar, the phone will carry a 6.1-inch display, three camera lenses on the back and a Snapdragon 855 processor, allowing for 5G-connections. Furthermore, the S10 will have 8GB or 12GB worth of RAM, 128GB to 1TB of storage and will be shipped with Android 9 Pie. Additionally, people are also looking forward to finally see the first real foldable smartphone be revealed. It is rumored that Samsung might present it at MWC, and supposedly holds an astonishing 6,200 mAh battery and a 7.3-inch screen when unfolded. One of the most appealing features is the sound-emitting display that the device is also rumoured to have:


Samsung showcasing ‘sound on display’ on a demo device during SID 2018.

Huawei

Another big player in the mobile market is Huawei. It’s expected that we might see the successor to the P10 and P20: the P30. Supposedly, the Pro-version of the flagship phone would have four (!) camera lenses on the back. Those should definitely deliver some amazing photographic results. However interesting, the most exciting product release by the Chinese phone maker will certainly be their very first 5G-capable foldable phone. Huawei shared a very little sneak peek into the concept with their announcement on their social channels. We’re curious to see more of this futuristic device.

Sony

When it comes to launching new smartphones in Barcelona, Sony has been consistent throughout the years. For this year’s edition, the Japanese manufacturer is expected to launch the Sony Xperia XZ4. Personally, I’ve always been a fan of their compact models, that house high-end specs in a smaller 5-inch device. Sony Mobile’s Marketing VP acknowledges that people generally “want a lot more surface area for their content now.” This was a month after design renders appeared for the Xperia XZ4 Compact, so it’s still uncertain if their Compact line will be continued. Nevertheless, the flagship XZ4 will be a powerhouse phone, expected to pack a 6.5-inch OLED display, Snapdragon 855 processor and a 4400 mAh battery. The 21:9 CinemaWide display shows how Sony keeps on focusing on mobile entertainment, which could set them apart from the competition.

LG

Fans of LG can’t wait to discover more about the G8, which will most likely be revealed on February 24th. It is said to carry a 4K LCD display which supposedly is sound-emitting as with the Samsung example above, meaning the earpiece is built into the screen. That in itself already is an impressive piece of innovative technology. In line with the other companies above, LG too will present a 5G-enabled smartphone. Also, the theme of their invite was “Goodbye Touch”. We’re not sure what that means, but it definitely hints to air-gestured navigation.


Xiaomi

The Chinese maker Xiaomi showed a prototype of its folding smartphone and it definitely looks impressive. It even has a double fold instead of just a single fold. Will this be something the company will already present in Barcelona?

MWC19

As you can tell, phone manufacturers will be showing the world some interesting new devices by the end of this month. And then I haven’t even mentioned the new models OnePlus, Motorola (Lenovo), HTC, Nokia, Asus, and Oppo will reveal. It gets us excited to learn what new innovations mobile manufacturers will actually present during MWC this year. One of the things we’re already wondering: how will innovations such as foldable displays and air-gestured navigation affect the user experience of digital applications? Only time will tell, but the nearby future sure is exciting.

Heading to Barcelona as well? We’d love to meet you there. What are you looking forward to?

Tag Cloud

Other content that might be interesting for you:

App in den Urlaub: Flug-Apps auf dem Security und Usability Prüfstand

Ob auf Geschäftsreise oder im Urlaub – Apps von Fluganbietern und Vergleichsportalen sollen helfen, sicher ans Ziel zu kommen. Damit der Ausflug...

MWC Raffle – Hall of Fame

It might sound weird, but we cannot wait for Monday. On this day Mobile World Congress 2017 will start and we are very happy to be a part of it. As...

Testbirds’ #getreal raffle – Win a FREE PASS for MWC 2017!

Mobile World Congress is approaching and we can’t wait to attend one of the biggest events in mobile tech. Especially since we’ll be showcasing our...

History’s Biggest Software Fails!

Last time on History’s Biggest Software Fails we looked at The Heartbleed Bug, which has been dubbed “perhaps the worst vulnerability found on the...

Meet our Testers: Jason from China

This month we interviewed one of our most experienced testers in a new market for Testbirds - China. We are happy to introduce you to Jason, from...

Learn from our Bird Rob: Screencasts How-To

Need help capturing the screen of your PC or mobile device when reporting a bug? Our tester, Rob, is here to save the day! Hi, I am Rob Sep. I’m 53...

We’ve flown a long way – the past year at Testbirds

As 2018 is coming to an end we look back over the year that has passed and a few of the many exciting moments we’ve experienced. The most impactful...

MWC 2019: Foldable smartphones, 5G and sound-emitting displays

At the end of this month, MWC will take place in Barcelona and we're delighted to be joining again. It’s the time of the year many tech enthusiasts...

Neue Testbirds-Studie „Mobile-Strategie deutscher Unternehmen 2014“

Welchen Stellenwert hat Mobile in deutschen Unternehmen? Wie werden Apps geplant und entwickelt und welche Herausforderungen müssen gemeistert...

I’m Maximilian and this is my role at Testbirds

My Role at Testbirds is a series of blog posts that gives insights into the daily life at the office. Every so often, one of our employees will...

Testbirds specialises in the testing of software such as apps, websites and Internet of Things applications by using innovative technologies and solutions. Under the slogan, “Testing Reality”, the company offers various testing methods to its clients looking to optimise the user-friendliness and functionality of their digital products. With over 250,000 registered testers located in 193 countries, Testbirds is one of the world’s leading crowdtesting providers. In addition, the IT service provider utilises cloud based technologies to support customers in the optimisation of their digital products. The combination of the two testing methods delivers a unique and extensive portfolio that takes the quality of software to the next level. Testbirds was founded in 2011 by Philipp Benkler, Georg Hansbauer and Markus Steinhauser. Today, the company has over 100 employees. Other than its headquarters in Munich, there are now offices in Amsterdam, London and Stockholm, franchises in Hungary and Russia and sales partners in Italy.

© Testbirds GmbH. All rights reserved.

Subscribe to the Testbirds Whistler!

Receive updates on our innovative testing services, webinars, brand-new Nest features!

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Become a TESTER