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From folders to fat phones: MWC 2019’s trends

2nd Mar 19

Craig Wilson
By Craig Wilson47 Followers

The crop of smartphones unveiled at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 in Barcelona was the most interesting the tradeshow has seen in years. While last year focused on notches versus teardrops and double camera setups, this time around there were new form factors aplenty, fresh approaches to mobile photography and plenty of talk of 5G. These are the trends that emerged and are likely to keep popping up in devices for the rest of the year.

Behold the fold

Technically speaking, Samsung revealed its Galaxy Fold 2-in-1 phone and tablet at its own Unpacked Event a few days before MWC kicked off, but thanks to Huawei debuting its own folding device – the Mate X – at the event, talk of both was inevitable.

Like Huawei, Samsung’s folder was generally closeted away in display cases, but that didn’t stop both foldables from grabbing headlines. The companies have taken different approaches to creating a convertible phone. Samsung’s Fold closes its 7.3in tablet display in on itself, with a secondary, 4.6in display on the outside of the phone for the things that don’t require that much resolution or screen real estate.

Huawei’s Mate X, meanwhile, folds back on itself, so its 8in display does double duty as a pair of smaller, phone-like displays when the device is folded. That also means Huawei’s stuck with three cameras on one plane, rather than the six Samsung’s distributed all over the Fold...

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