The four-day event, taking place in Barcelona’s grand convention center La Fira, is the largest and most influential gathering of the global phone technology industry.
Let’s take a look at the highlights of the week’s noteworthy industry announcements and intriguing product launches thus far.
Smartphone that fixes itself
On Monday, Nokia announced its “self-fix phone,” one of the first inexpensive Android handsets designed to be fixed at home.
Customers will be able to perform quick repairs themselves with the use of this technology (which has been introduced to the market in collaboration with the e-commerce website iFixit), such as changing out worn-out batteries or cracked screens.
The phone should appeal to anyone wishing to save time and money on their next purchase, as well as provide a long lifespan for users, according to Nokia and its parent company HMD Global.
OnePlus unveils new cooling concept smartphone
The company showcased its OnePlus 11 concept phone, which uses the innovative Active CryoFlux cooling system.
The phone appears to have colored stripes going over its back. This is in fact a fluid that is being circulated inside the phone by the ceramic piezoelectric micropump.
What is it for, you ask? Similar to cooling systems you might find on a computer, it can enhance the performance and longevity of the device while also facilitating faster charging.
Xiaomi’s 13 series and AR glasses
In addition to launching Xiaomi 13 and 13 Pro on the European market, the Chinese smartphone brand took MWC as an opportunity to unveil its joint product with the developers company XDA – a wireless prototype pair of AR glasses that can change from transparent to shaded models.
Honor presents new flagship and “battery of the future”
The new Honor Magic5 series, which debuted at MWC this week, has topped the DXOMARK Global Smartphone Ranking for camera and screen technology.
The rounded design weighs only 219 g and the camera has a 100-degree, 12 MP selfie function, featuring face scan technology to achieve that perfect shot. The screen’s resolution is 1312×2848 pixels, with peak brightness of 1800 nits.
Another exciting announcement was the fact Honor is developing a new battery based on silicon-carbon anodes. At the moment, cellphones – and even large-scale electric vehicles – are always powered by standard lithium-ion batteries. However it is well known that lithium-ion batteries have significant drawbacks. Lithium is a problematic raw material, particularly in terms of the environment, so businesses across many industries are diligently working on alternatives.
When compared to lithium-ion batteries, Honor claims to have a 12.8% higher power density, which guarantees a substantially longer battery life. This ensures that the newly created battery’s residual voltage remains high enough even when the battery is running low.
Motorola’s latest Bluetooth device defies satellites
The Motorola Defy Satellite Link “pendant”, which also made its debut at MWC, enables devices to send and receive text messages even when there is no signal.
The attachment can send SOS signals and location updates even if the smartphone it’s paired to has lost power, making it ideal for anyone who enjoys exploring the remote outdoors.
This innovation means that consumers won’t need to purchase a new phone in order to reap the benefits of the growing capabilities of off-radar communication.
Super fast wireless charging
The 240W Realme smartphone, released in China last month, will be made available internationally. According to the manufacturer, the GT3 model can charge to 100% in just nine and a half minutes.
Xiaomi’s Redmi is also pushing to the top of the charging rankings with a 300W charger that it claims will fill your phone to half capacity in just over two minutes and to full capacity in five.
Military-grade cyber watch from Huawei
In terms of both presence and product offering, Huawei has been dominating the MWC program this year.
Its new GT Cyber watch promises “military-level durability”. Indeed, the watch is water resistant up to 50 m, has more than 100 workout modes, and uses data from five satellites to measure activity as precisely as possible. It also features sleep technology, which monitors movement and heart rate as you rest.
OHealth H1 Smart Health Monitor by Oppo
This health monitor may look like an outdated computer mouse, but it’s as close to having a live-in doctor as you can get. Oppo’s gadget measures six biometrics, including blood pressure, heart rate, and blood oxygen saturation. Additionally, it contains a digital stethoscope and can use AI to identify medical issues and recommend possible treatment.