This year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona got over a couple of days back, and there were several interesting and innovative products at this year’s event. We gave out FoneArena Awards to 10 of the latest products and innovations. Here are our Best Picks of MWC 2023.
OnePlus 11 Concept
OnePlus unveiled OnePlus 11 Concept, the company’s next concept phone after 2 years, at the Mobile World Congress 2023 in Barcelona. This has Active Cryoflux that uses industrial-grade ceramic piezoelectric micropumps at the center, connected to pipelines sandwiched between an upper and lower diaphragm.
The micropump takes up an area less than 0.2cm², enabling the liquid to circulation around the pipelines without significantly increasing a phone’s weight and thickness.
It can reduce the temperature up to 2.1℃, improving the frame rate by 3 to 4 fps during gameplay. The Active CryoFlux can also bring the temperature down when charging by 1.6℃, so it can reduce 30 to 45 seconds from the charging time, said OnePlus.
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Xiaomi introduced the Xiaomi 13 series at the MWC 2023, and the phone also launched the smartphone in India. It has triple 50MP rear cameras with the main camera featuring a 1″ ultra-large Sony IMX989 sensor, Leica optics. There is a 6.78-inch 2K flexible E6 Samsung AMOLED LTPO screen.
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— Xiaomi India (@XiaomiIndia) February 28, 2023
Qualcomm Snapdragon X75 5G modem
Introduced a few weeks before the MWC, the Qualcomm Snapdragon X75 4nm 5G modem is the successor of the X70 modem powering the 5G devices that were introduced at the MWC.
This has a dedicated Tensor accelerator hardware for the first time and provides over 2.5x better AI performance than Gen 1 and also introduces the Qualcomm 5G AI Suite Gen 2 with new AI-powered optimizations to achieve better speeds, coverage, mobility, link robustness, and location accuracy.
MediaTek Satellite Connectivity Technology
MediaTek introduced the MT6825 IoT-NTN standalone chipset for satellite communication that can be added to any 4G or 5G device. It uses the open 3GPP R17 NTN standard, unlike competing solutions which are based on proprietary solutions, so once a device has been certified, it can be used on any IoT-NTN compliant network.
The devices with the chip includes the motorola defy 2 and CAT S75 smartphones; and the motorola defy satellite link, a compact and lightweight Bluetooth accessory that allows Android and iOS devices to connect to the Bullitt Satellite Connect platform.
Nokia G22 with QuickFix Design
Nokia introduced the G22 smartphone at the MWC, designed with repairability at its core. It is the first Nokia smartphone to come with repairability at its core, including a global collaboration with iFixit.
With collaboration with iFixit, you can easily access repair guides and affordable parts to replace a damaged display, bent charging port or flat battery with a QuickFix design, said the company. There are at-home Fit Kits and replacement parts are available from iFixit.
TECNO Phantom V Fold
TECNO introduced the Phantom V Fold, the company’s first foldable phone with dual LTPO AMOLED screens, at a competitive price at the MWC 2023. It has an aerospace-grade innovative drop-shaped hinge with exclusive fixed-axis rotate and slide technology, self-developed reverse snap structure that makes folding virtually seamless and crease-free, says the company.
The phone is also coming to India priced starting at Rs. 89,999 with an early bird price of Rs. 79,999 in Q1 2023.
HONOR Magic5 Pro
HONOR introduced the Magic5 series at the MWC, with the Magic5 Pro featuring a 6.81-inch Quad-curved floating 120Hz OLED LTPO screen, certified with both HDR10+ and IMAX Enhanced. It features the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Mobile Platform from Qualcomm, and has IP68 water and dust resistance.
It has triple 50MP rear cameras with support for 3.5x Optical Zoom, 100x Digital Zoom, Falcon Camera algorithm and AI Motion Sensing Capture. It also features a Magic5 Pro features a 12MP Front Camera + 3D Depth Camera on the front.
Motorola Rollable Smartphone concept
Introduced at the Lenovo’s Tech World 2022 event, Motorola showcased the interesting rollable smartphone concept at the MWC 2023. This has a screen that expands and contracts as a button is pressed.
The screen wraps around the device, rolling up from the bottom edge. The flexible OLED screen used for the rolling display has a maximum extension of 6.5 inches and a minimum reduction of a little over 4 inches.
HTC VIVE XR Elite
The HTC VIVE XR Elite which was introduced at the CES 2023 is showcased at the MWC. This combines Mixed Reality (MR) and Virtual Reality (VR) features into a single compact, lightweight, powerful, and extremely versatile device suitable for gaming, fitness, productivity, and other applications.
The VIVE XR Elite offers wireless PC streaming over Wi-Fi 6E, with low latency and excellent graphics, and it can be quickly connected to a PC via USB-C to access PCVR content from VIVEPORT and Steam.
PlanetPC XR Mini Desktop
Planet Computers introduced the PlanetPC XR series mini desktop computer at the MWC. It runs Ubuntu Linux and is powered by Rockchip RK3588 Octa-Core ARM processor with Mali-G610 GPU and a 6TOPS NPU.
It also features a unique integrated colour touchscreen soft keys, a system monitor and controls for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, VPN, Network disk, audio and other system functions.