This year’s Mobile World Congress kicked off in Barcelona on February 27 and had some of the best mobile showcases in store for the year. The event concluded yesterday, March 2, and saw all the major brands show off their newest releases along with some bold concepts. From rollables to ultra-fast charging, MWC 2023 had it all. If you haven’t been keeping up with the headlines, here is a roundup of all the top tech launches and announcements from MWC 2023.
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Xiaomi 13 Pro
Launched in China at the tail end of last year, the Xiaomi 13 Pro made its global debut at this year’s MWC. The smartphone puts the cameras on centre stage, collaborating with Leica to put out one of the more remarkable camera units on recent flagships. The triple rear camera setup on the Xiaomi 13 Pro consists of a 50-megapixel 1-inch Sony IMX989 primary sensor, a 50-megapixel Leica’s 75mm floating telephoto lens, and a 50-megapixel wide-angle lens. The smartphone is powered by the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC and gets 120W fast charging support. In India, the Xiaomi 13 Pro fetches Rs 79,999.
Honor Magic Vs
Foldable phones are definitely here to stay. Some of the most eye-catching products at MWC 2023 were foldable smartphones and it’s always fun to see every brand’s spin on the form factor and software integration. If we’re strictly talking about the form factor, Honor Magic Vs may even have Samsung beat. When folded shut, you won’t find any gap between the folding displays. Bringing sleekness seems like almost an impossible task, but Honor seems to have done a good job with the Magic Vs. The smartphone is powered by the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC and gets 12 GB RAM.
OnePlus 11 concept phone with Active CryoFlux
You’d think that OnePlus would take a breather after launching a series of products last month which included its flagship release OnePlus 11. But the smartphone manufacturer had a few surprises awaiting the attendees at MWC 2023. The company unveiled its newest concept phone which is based on OnePlus 11 and comes with Active CryoFlux cooling. The Active CryoFlux technology, OnePlus claims, can reduce the smartphone’s temperature by up to 2.1°C while gaming, leading to an increase in gameplay framerate by 3-4 fps. It can also reduce the phone’s temperature by 1.6°C while charging. While the numbers may not seem much, the phone itself looks outstanding with the cooling liquid flowing across the back in little pipelines. The liquid also forms a blue ring around the camera unit.
Tecno Phantom V Fold
This year, the MWC had two major foldable showcases. Honor showcased the Magic Vs at the event and Tecno had something to ‘unfold’ as well. Tecno’s debut foldable, Phantom V Fold, is currently available in India at Rs 79,999, making it one of the most affordable folding smartphones on the market. The smartphone gets a 6.42-inch 1080p LTPO AMOLED cover display with a refresh rate of 120Hz https://www.gadgetbridge.com/news/mwc-2023-oneplus-to-launch-its-first-foldable-smartphone-in-the-second-half-of-2023/and a 7.85-inch LTPO 120Hz primary display. Powering the foldable is MediaTek Dimensity 9000+ SoC which clocks a score of more than 1.08 million on the AnTuTu test. The triple rear camera setup consists of a 50MP primary shooter, a 50MP telephoto, and a 13MP ultrawide lens.
OnePlus steps into the foldable universe
As we said earlier, foldable smartphones surely seem like the future. While Samsung dominates the category for now, brands like Xiaomi and Oppo have enjoyed a fair bit of success as well. Now with OnePlus stepping into the ring, things are bound to get interesting. The company announced its plans to release a foldable smartphone in the second half of 2023 but kept a tight lid on the looks and the specs. With a few months to go before the release, we are expecting some major leaks to surface on the Internet in the coming weeks.
Huawei Watch Buds
Converging the TWS and smart wearable worlds, the Huawei Watch Buds smartwatch flips open to reveal wireless earbuds inside. As bizarre as it may appear, it still works pretty well. The smartwatch is IPX7 rated and comes with a complete range of health and fitness tracking functions. The earbuds are significantly smaller than your average TWS, but it’s something that is to be expected from a product with this form factor.
Redmi shows off 300W charging
If you thought fast charging on phones was getting ridiculous with massive charging bricks and extraordinary charge times, wait until you see what Redmi has to offer. While most smartphones on the market rarely tread above 120W charging, Redmi showcased its 300W charging using a modified Note 12 Pro. It took the charger a mere 5 minutes to completely replenish the 4,100mAh battery. Xiaomi hasn’t shared any details about how it accomplishes this feat, but you best believe it will feature in future smartphones.
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These were the major tech launches and announcements from MWC 2023 in Barcelona. While these announcements and launches may have gathered the headlines, there was a lot of other cool stuff on the showcase. Nokia came out with its G22 smartphone which is entirely self-repairable. Made in collaboration with iFixit, the smartphone makes it incredibly easy to replace the battery unit, camera sensors, and more. Motorola also had an interesting showcase in the form of the ‘Rizr’, a rollable smartphone that expands its screen at the press of a button. Which were your favourite showcases at MWC 2023? Let us know in the comments!
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