As of this week, MWC 2022 was a real thing. It took place in Barcelona, Spain, almost one year after it was mostly online and a few years after its actual on-ground event was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since the first Mobile World Congress (MWC) was held in 1987, it has been known for mobile phones and another tech.
This year, the conference had a lot of mobile devices and tablets, laptops, and other things that you can use on the go.
TCL also showed off new foldable phones at MWC 2022. These phones have different designs and experiences.
This year’s conference also brought ultra-fast charging technologies from companies like Realme and Oppo, which we’ll be able to use on commercial phones later this year.
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MWC 2022, from February 28 to March 3, is the subject of this week’s episode of the Gadgets 360 podcast Orbital.
Counterpoint Global Content Manager Ritesh Bendre and our Deputy Reviews Editor Roydon Cerejo talk about the event.
To cover MWC this year, Ritesh was there. Roydon has been to the event in Barcelona many times before.
There were many fewer people at this year’s MWC than at previous ones. The conference used to have a lot of people watching a lot of keynotes simultaneously.
Even though there are still rules about coronaviruses, the number of people who came to the MWC was cut down.
The people who came also had to wear face masks. Similarly, sanitisers were set up at all booths so that people could clean their hands before they touched any demonstrating devices.
TCL’s foldable phones, the TCL Fold ‘n Roll and the TCL Ultra Flex, were two of the most talked-about things at the show.
Both phones can be turned into tablets by unfolding their flexible screens. The Fold ‘n Roll can extend the screen from one side to 10 inches.
On the other hand, the TCL Ultra Flex has a 360-degree hinge that allows the phone to be folded both inward and outward.
TCL’s new foldable phones are currently on display and not for sale. However, the company may put them on the market in some places later this year.
TCL also showed off new smartphone models that aren’t unique, but they do give people more options.
Huawei has made its first e-reader, the MatePad Paper. The device comes with a 13.3-inch E-ink screen that can be touched and comes with a stylus. It also includes 64GB of onboard storage.
The company from China also had new Windows 11 laptops at the MWC. These announcements aimed to retain the customer base — despite losing the smartphone business.
Realme and Oppo — the two subsidiaries of China’s BBK Electronics — joined this year’s MWC with their 150W fast charging technologies.
Both companies claim that their new technologies can charge a regular battery of 4,500mAh from zero to 50 per cent in five minutes.
Later this year, the Realme GT Neo 3 will have a 150W charge. That’s not all: Oppo, on the other hand, said that its 150W charging technology will be used on OnePlus phones in the second quarter of this year.
This year, Xiaomi started selling phones that could be charged at 120W. Realme and Oppo seem to have a hard time competing with Xiaomi.
Oppo also showed off its 240W charging technology, which is only a concept at the moment.
We talk about the use cases of the new fast-charging technologies in detail. We also talked about other things that happened at this year’s MWC, like some new phones.
To listen to our more than 40-minute conversation, click the play button on the Spotify player above.
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