Best of MWC 2024: AI, wearable and bendable phone concepts that amaze

Mobile World Congress has always been where the latest and greatest in mobile technology is showcased to the world, and this year’s show was no different. Here in Barcelona we are treated to phones, laptops, smartwatches, wildly imaginative products and even robotic dogs. And while many things have gotten our blood pumping, or at least raised an eyebrow (we’re looking at you, Barbie flip phone), some things have gone further and taken technology to the next level. , brings new, innovative features that deserve exclusives. Mention

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Here, then, are our top products from MWC 2024, as chosen by CNET’s Andrew Linkson and Katie Collins, who have walked miles while scouring the conference halls for the show’s best offerings.

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Motorola wearable phone concept

Motorola has wowed us with quirky phone concepts before, but its latest creation is particularly interesting. This foldable phone is able to twist around itself, allowing it to be worn like a bracelet when not in use and unfolded when you want it to be a regular phone again.

See it: Motorola’s rollable concept phone wraps around your wrist.

There’s something particularly futuristic about being able to wear your technology in this way, and we’re really into it. If nothing else, it saves room in your pockets for extra snacks. Sadly, it’s just a concept for now, so don’t expect to see it on sale anytime soon.

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Samsung Galaxy Ring

Samsung teased its Galaxy Ring back in January, but the company showed it off at MWC and even let us try it behind closed doors. We’re still waiting to hear about the Ring’s many key features and specs, but we do know it will focus on sleep tracking and heart rate monitoring, as well as menstrual and fertility cycle tracking. .

See it: Samsung Galaxy Ring: Our first look at Samsung’s health-tracking wearable

While smartwatches have offered this functionality for some time, it’s nice to see health tracking tech being built into smaller, more discreet packages to offer an alternative for those who prefer a bulky watch. Not willing to sleep with.

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Human AI

It’s no surprise that AI is everywhere at MWC, inside phones, laptops and even in the strange robot arms with a front-facing face. But Human AI is a new way to use pin technology, and it made us wonder just how innovative it really is.

See it: Human AI pins hands-on: The wearable phonelet lights up like R2-D2

The pin is simply a small square that you magnetically attach to your jacket — you can talk to it, ask it questions, and use it for anything. In our demo, we were shown how it can translate language and perform basic tasks like currency conversion, but it will also learn the way you speak so that when you text your friends and family So it can send natural sounding messages.

Instead of being a phone accessory, the PIN works completely independently, using your phone number and answering questions either out loud, using a simulated voice, or using a laser on your face. Provides text or images on hand. If that’s not cool, we don’t know what is.

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Xiaomi 14 Ultra

It wouldn’t be a mobile tech show without at least one interesting mobile phone announcement, and Xiaomi’s 14 Ultra is one of the most tech-packed phones we’ve seen. It focuses heavily on photography, with a multi-rear camera setup that includes a large, 1-inch image sensor with a variable aperture, along with lens elements from legendary camera manufacturer Leica. Engineered.

We have yet to take the Xiaomi 14 Ultra for a proper spin and put it through its paces in photography, but we have high hopes for it to be a photo powerhouse. It also comes with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor, a 5,000mAh battery, 90-watt fast charging, and IP68 waterproofing — so camera aside, it has the edge over any other flagship at launch. Specs are there to stand up well against the ship. this year.

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Xiaomi SU7 EV

Xiaomi isn’t just showing off phones at this year’s MWC, it also gave us a first look at its brand new electric car, the Xiaomi SU7. Not only does this EV look amazing with its sleek and sporty design and vibrant blue paint job, it’s also packed with some wild-sounding performance figures.

Xiaomi is clocking a zero-to-60-mph time of just 2.78 seconds, thanks to custom-built electric motors. The company also believes the SU7 will achieve more than 470 miles of range per charge, making it one of the highest performers of any EV available today. Yet Xiaomi also boasts that the car can fit even bigger batteries, giving it a range of over 700 miles, with super-fast charging that fills the tank with just 15 minutes on a fast charger. Will return a range of 317 miles.

Whether this data is used in the real world remains to be seen.

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Lenovo ThinkPad T-Series laptops

It’s not necessarily the laptops themselves that are so exciting that justify their presence on this list. That’s why Lenovo has teamed up with tech repair advocacy group iFixit to make it easier for users to repair them. They are designed to make it easy for owners to replace batteries. upgrade memory and storage; Change the screen and keyboard; And even change the Ethernet port.

Making the machines easily repairable and upgradeable allows users to keep their laptops working optimally for longer before they need to buy a new one. This means fewer new laptops need to be manufactured and shipped, which in turn helps reduce carbon emissions and fewer computers end up in landfills.

Repairability and longevity have become an increasingly important aspect of all tech products, as part of improving their environmental impact. It’s great to see Lenovo taking steps to reduce the environmental impact of its best-selling laptop line.

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