Every year, Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona becomes the venue for many exciting announcements in the tech world. This year was no different.
From smartphone flagships, to laptops, to new wearables, this year’s MWC did not disappoint. Here are our picks for Best of MWC 2018.
Samsung Galaxy S9
Samsung’s Galaxy S9 is not only stunning on the outside, it’s also a power-packed on the inside. What Samsung has been able to pull off with the Galaxy S9‘s Dual Aperture camera is a feat of engineering that only techies might fully understand, but anyone who loves to take photos can fully appreciate. The S9 was the marquee feature of MWC 2018 and it’s set the bar high. New features like AR Emoji and super slow-mo video sweeten the deal, and make this a solid upgrade.
Nokia 7 Plus
The Nokia 7 Plus, crafted from a single block of aluminum, is a definite looker. Easily one of the best-looking phones at MWC, and proof that you don’t need a borderless screen to look good. It feels good too, with a soft textured back that doesn’t pick up smudges. Add a pair of Carl Zeiss lenses, a pure Android experience, and sub-EUR 400 price tag, and you have the best value-for-money phone so far this year.
ASUS ZenFone 5 Lite
ASUS’ newest line wowed at MWC but one device in particular caught our eye — and not just because it comes in beautiful red. With four cameras (including two in front), and the same all-glass design as the higher-end ZenFone 5, the ZenFone 5 Lite is our favorite ZenFone of the bunch, and our new favorite selfie smartphone.
Land Rover Explore
We loved the Land Rover Explore because it represents the active lifestyle like no other Android phone we’ve seen. The phone is drop proof, ice proof, and rain proof. But what makes this rugged phone an adventurer’s dream is its modular approach, with kits for bikers and mountain climbers in the works.
To be a great phone, you just need to cover your bases and be great at them. Nokia goes back to basics and is amazing at it — proof that a smartphone doesn’t need all the frills to be a great device. Not only is the Nokia 1 the best budget smartphone of MWC, it’s probably the best sub-US$ 100 Android phone.
Is the future of smartphones borderless? In a sea of notch-full smartphones Vivo’s Apex concept easily became the must-see tech of MWC 2018. When many announcements are purely iterative, we appreciate innovation. The Vivo Apex has a fully borderless display, a pop-up selfie camera, and a fingerprint sensor that covers the entire half of the screen.
LG V30S ThinQ
Technology is moving towards artificial intelligence and LG will not be left behind. If LG’s philosophy is to be believed, there’s nowhere to go but up. Instead of releasing a new phone, LG introduced their own artificial intelligence technology on an already existing premium flagship. This AI allows the device to recognize shooting scenarios and improve on the photos based on this information. The LG V30S ThinQ is a true testament to LG’s continued commitment to improvement and excellence.
Nokia 8110 4G
The Nokia 8110 4G is the throwback feature phone we’ve all been waiting for. The nostalgic device, once featured in the movie The Matrix, is back and it’s gotten some 2018 upgrades. It also comes in a bright yellow version — fitting for a device dubbed “banana phone.”
Huawei MateBook X Pro
The borderless race doesn’t only apply to smartphones and it’s amazing that a laptop is leading in this category.
The world’s first FullView laptop comes in the form of Huawei’s MateBook X Pro. This beautiful device accomplishes what a lot of laptops have only attempted. Sheer ingenuity allowed for almost non-existent bezels on this machine — the camera is tucked away in the keyboard.
Lenovo Chromebook 300e
Lenovo’s Chromebook 300e is the perfect notebook computer for students. It can flip around like a Lenovo Yoga and be used in tablet mode. Our favorite feature though is being able to use a regular pencil as a stylus!
Sony Xperia Ear Duo
Sony’s MWC releases were not limited to phones. The Xperia Ear Duo is unlike any other headset; it reimagines how you listen to music giving you a more ambient experience and allowing you to still interact with signals from the world around you. These unique earbuds generate sound behind the ear and come with Google Assistant.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 700
Qualcomm’s newest processor is technology we’ve all been waiting for. It bridges the gap between midrange and premium processors. Bringing top-tier functions like artificial intelligence to more markets, and more people. Considering most major smartphones rely on Qualcomm SoCs to power their phones, this was an easy pick for us.
GadgetMatch Awards: Best of Computex 2019
The best from Asia’s biggest tech show
Now that we’ve seen the best Computex 2019 has to offer, it’s time for the GadgetMatch team to dish out awards for the most deserving products.
Make no mistake about it: The chosen ten below have stood out for being the cream of the crop in their respective categories.
Here are all ten awardees of our Computex 2019 awards:
Best Smartphone — ASUS ZenFone 6 Edition 30
Computex 2019’s most impressive smartphone by far is the ZenFone 6 Edition 30 from ASUS. On top of all the high-end specs that make the original ZenFone 6 so great, this special edition smartphone exudes ASUS’ iconic concentric-circle pattern on the rear as well as an Edition 30 logo to commemorate the brand’s 30th anniversary. Only 3,000 will be made available — now that’s special!
Best Laptop — ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo
This year’s Computex saw ASUS taking secondary laptop screens to the next level. The ZenBook Pro Duo shines with a massive 4K touchscreen situated above the keyboard, providing a whole new dimension of interactivity. Combined with the primary NanoEdge OLED display and flagship specifications, the ZenBook Pro Duo stands out as not just the best laptop of Computex 2019, but also the most innovative notebook this year.
Best Gaming Laptop — Alienware m15
Leaner and more powerful than ever, the Alienware m15 proves that even slim gaming laptops can handle the most demanding of video games. It’s the world’s first 15-inch notebook featuring Tobii Eye Tracking technology for that competitive edge. It’s also built with the latest Intel and NVIDIA chips, as well as Alienware’s own Advanced Cryo-Tech 3.0 tech for maximum cooling efficiency, making this the best 15-inch gaming notebook of Computex 2019.
Best Convertible — Dell XPS 13 2-in-1
It looks like Dell has created the ultimate convertible, and it’s called the XPS 13 2-in-1. With a 4K InfinityEdge touch display and support for Dell’s Premium Active Pen, this is a multimedia creator’s dream. It even includes Intel’s newest 10th-generation Core processors, an edge-to-edge MagLev keyboard, and up to 16 hours of battery life, so you’re never left wanting more out of the XPS 13 2-in-1.
Best Mobile Chipset — MediaTek 5G SoC
MediaTek is now one step ahead of its competitors in the mobile 5G realm. MediaTek’s 5G SoC is the world’s first 7nm mobile chipset with an integrated 5G modem. It’s a single chip with the latest Cortex-A77 CPU and Mali-G77 GPU, plus the Helio M70 5G modem. With a theoretical maximum download speed of 4.7Gbps and upload speed of 2.5Gbps, this chipset will power the slimmer and more efficient 5G phones of the future.
Best Laptop Chipset — Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx 5G
Qualcomm is ready to become more present than ever on consumer notebooks, specifically those that are connected to the internet all day. The Snapdragon 8cx from last year is back and it now has the X55 modem, enabling seamless 5G connectivity on the go along with incredible battery life. Designed to turn laptops into true road warrior companions, the Snapdragon 8cx 5G may very well power the next generation of mobile computing.
Best Prosumer Laptop — Razer Blade Studio Edition
Razer’s new Blade 15 Studio Edition and Blade Pro 17 Studio Edition laptops are part of the first wave of NVIDIA Studio-branded machines with systems designed specifically for creators. They come in an attractive Mercury White finish and pack a 4K display, Intel Core i9 processor, and unrivaled Quadro RTX 5000 graphics. With these beastly specs, they can rival even the most powerful of desktop workstations — something we didn’t expect to happen so soon!
Best Desktop CPU — AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
Computex 2019 gave birth to AMD’s third-generation Ryzen CPUs, and the crown jewel is the world’s first 7nm desktop chip, the Ryzen 9 3900X. With 12 cores and 24 threads to work with, the Ryzen 9 3900X is today’s ultimate consumer CPU. Even more impressive is its efficiency and value for money: It has a thermal design power of 105W and it’s priced at just US$ 499, which is less than half of its competitor’s asking price!
Best Lifestyle Product — WUDI IDI Arctic Neck Cooler
WUDI IDI’s Arctic Neck Cooler is the perfect accessory for strenuous physical activities like hiking, running, playing tennis, or even just sitting under hot weather. With strategically placed fans and a thermoelectric cooler placed on your nape, it dissipates heat upon contact with your skin to rapidly decrease your body temperature. It’s time to say goodbye to uncomfortable sweat!
Best Startup Product — SmartSound Skeeper
Skeeper is here to manage your daily health by listening to your heart. It’s a smart stethoscope that accurately captures your heartbeat using sound processing technology and provides monitoring and analysis through an app called Skeeper Heart. For pregnant moms, the Skeeper Mama app monitors their heart and baby’s health even while in the womb. With this lovely innovation, moms can now easily take care of themselves and their baby at the same time.
GadgetMatch Awards: Best of MWC 2019
The latest and greatest in mobile tech
Mobile World Congress has once again given us the best of the present and a glimpse of the future. It’s been an amazing show and we’ve never been this excited for what the mobile consumer world has in store for us.
To honor the best we’ve seen during the smartphone world’s most important show, we’re awarding the twelve best products that impressed us the most.
This year’s winners for GadgetMatch’s Best of MWC awards are:
Best in Show: Huawei Mate X
At MWC 2019, no product blew us away more than the Mate X. Just as foldable devices are forging a new category of their own, Huawei delivers what is surely the torchbearer. The Mate X is groundbreaking and revolutionary. More importantly, it was the foldable we actually got to touch and use. Whether or not foldable phones are the future, this marks the beginning of a new smartphone era, and we’ll always remember Huawei as the pioneer.
Best smartphone: Xiaomi Mi 9
Leave it to Xiaomi to create a smartphone that offers best in class smartphone experience at an affordable price point. The Mi 9 is the latest in Xiaomi’s excellent line of flagship smartphones, providing the best-possible features, from its chipset and cameras to the under-display fingerprint scanner and wireless charging capabilities. No smartphone currently comes close to its price-to-performance offering.
Best value for money smartphone: Nokia 4.2
Nokia is back with yet another budget-friendly smartphone that punches way above its weight. The Nokia 4.2 easily stands out as the best value for money smartphone of MWC 2019 with its sleek glass design and complete feature set from the inside out. Pick it up, or take it for a spin, and the experience defies its sub-$200 price point. We especially love its Pink Sand color!
Best innovation in smartphone photography: Nokia 9 PureView
The legendary PureView tech is back and it’s better than ever! The Nokia 9 PureView is redefining smartphone photography as we know it, combining five rear cameras, Zeiss lenses, a dedicated Light lux capacitor, a fully maxed out Snapdragon DSP, and computational photography for a completely different smartphone photography experience. The Nokia 9 PureView produces photos at an incredible 12.4 stops of dynamic range for realistic output similar to a professional camera’s. This is easily the best application of smartphone photography from the entire show.
Best smartphone display technology: Sony Xperia 1
Sony brings its expertise in the realm of high-quality displays to its latest flagship smartphone, the Xperia 1. If you’re looking for the most advanced display on a smartphone, its 6.5-inch 4K OLED panel, innovative 21:9 CinemaWide aspect ratio, and HDR capabilities make it the ultimate mobile device for watching movies and cinematic videos on the go.
Best consumer laptop: Huawei MateBook X Pro (2019)
2018’s best Windows laptop has just gotten better. The 2019 edition of the MateBook X Pro, Huawei’s latest flagship notebook, is now faster and more powerful, but still sleek and solidly built. New features like Huawei Share for quick and easy file transfers from your smartphone bring Huawei’s vision of seamless connectivity alive. Other mainstays include a pop-up web camera and a near-borderless display, solidifying the new MateBook X Pro as the best of its class at MWC 2019.
Best business laptop: Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga
If you need a business laptop that’s built to impress, look no further than the ThinkPad X390. With decades of experience under its belt, Lenovo created this machine with the tireless worker in mind. Tough, powerful, and more secure than ever — the ThinkPad X390 Yoga is just as practical as it is attractive, making this a standout product at MWC 2019.
Best mobile accessory: Lenovo ThinkVision M14
No mobile accessory from MWC 2019 comes close to the usefulness of Lenovo’s ThinkVision M14. This sleek and portable USB-C monitor is not only easy to carry around but incredibly handy when used as a secondary display for your laptop, as well. It doesn’t even need to be charged or plugged into an outlet, giving us the peace of mind we always desire out of our gadgets.
Best enterprise innovation: Microsoft HoloLens 2
The original HoloLens was revolutionary for its time; now the HoloLens 2 is set to take mixed reality to the next level. It offers a wider field of vision and greater integration for enterprise applications — all in a package that’s far more affordable than its predecessor. We’ve only yet seen the beginning of a revolution. The possibilities for this MR headset are endless!
Best wearable concept: Nubia Alpha
Is it a foldable phone or is it a next-generation wearable? The Nubia Alpha caught everyone’s attention at MWC 2019 with its unique take on a smartwatch. The watch is both display that wraps around your hand and almost a smartphone with features. They’re calling it a new era of communication.
Most exciting 5G smartphone: Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
5G smartphones are coming out left and right, but none spark more excitement than the Galaxy S10 5G. Not only does it own the next generation of mobile connectivity, but it’s also the most powerful smartphone Samsung has ever made. We love its curvy design, hole punch display, and its amazing cameras. If this is the standard for premium smartphones moving forward, we’re all in!
Powering the 5G revolution award: Qualcomm
Behind every innovative mobile device is a chipset that powers its features. When it comes to the 5G revolution, no other player has made as big an impact as Qualcomm. During MWC 2019, we saw Qualcomm inside the 5G devices of tomorrow, ushering in a new world of possibility that will fuel the next generation of mobility. Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon too was an ever-present figure of the entire event, and evangelist championing the 5G cause. This is only the beginning; 5G is here, and we can’t wait to see what happens next!
GadgetMatch Awards: Best of CES 2019
From lifestyle to gaming and smart homes!
We’ve just witnessed, by far, the best Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in years. Never have we seen this many incredible showstoppers out of the Las Vegas tech convention in recent memory.
To celebrate all that we’ve seen and experienced — and to recognize the best of the best — we’ve rounded up the 15 most significant products and innovations of CES 2019.
Here they are in no particular order.
Best in Show: LG OLED TV R
If money were no object, we’d take home LG’s rollable television, the OLED TV R in a heartbeat. Seeing this flexible, wallpaper-thin television roll in and out of its box is a scene straight from a sci-fi flick, but it’s actually tech you can buy today. And for a show that’s known as the stage for previewing what tomorrow’s tech will look like, it’s quite refreshing that LG’s futuristic TV is not just a concept device. While many flexible displays are either gimmicky or still in the prototype stage, LG has got it all figured out. This ultra high-end TV, while the talk of the town, is also practical. And it’s our choice, hands down, for the best tech of CES 2019.
Best Technology Showcase: LG Massive Curve of Nature
If you have time to see only one thing at CES 2019, you must check out LG’s “Massive Curve of Nature” exhibit. Made up of 260 curved OLED TVs, this work of art is a testament to LG’s undisputed leadership in the world of display technology. From flowing streams, to floating lanterns, to galaxies that explode into a universe of colors, the two-minute show is spectacular and makes the trip to CES worthwhile.
Best Value for Money TV: HiSense H8F 4K HDR ULED TV
If you’re looking for a great TV that doesn’t break the bank, there’s no better option than the H8F 4K HDR ULED TV from HiSense. Their 50-inch model retails for just under US$ 400 and is an absolute steal. This TV’s got everything we look for in a television but doesn’t bore a hole in the pocket: a bright display with great colors and contrast, Android TV, Google Assistant and Alexa built in, and Dolby Vision support. If Roku is more your thing, get the R8F instead; it’s the same good TV, but running Roku instead of Android.
Best Virtual Assistant Device: Lenovo Smart Tab
For many years Lenovo has constantly pushed boundaries and redefined what tablets can do. This year’s Android-powered offering is no different. The Smart Tab is an important piece of tech that bridges the world of virtual personal assistants and consumer gadgets because of its flexibility. At just under two hundred dollars, users are introduced to the world of virtual assistants and smart displays while also getting a powerful Android tablet and speaker dock.
Best Value for Money Laptop: Huawei MateBook 13
Less than a year after Huawei rocked our world with its impressive MateBook X Pro laptop (one of the best PC laptops of 2018), they’re back with an even more affordable option. The MateBook 13 is a high-end laptop without a high-end price, offering features like a dedicated graphics card, long battery life, fast charging, and a 2K display with slim bezels. What more could you ask for?
Best Laptop Design: ASUS ZenBook S13
ASUS has always prided itself as a company of engineers, but recently, they’ve made major strides in design as well. Its new ZenBook S13 is one great example. This laptop is one of the best-looking PC notebooks we’ve seen in a long time offering a well balanced mix of form and function. From its near borderless display that’s 97 percent all screen, to its innovating ErgoLift hinge that makes typing more comfortable and the laptop cooler, to a new reverse-notch that keeps the front camera in the right place without sacrificing its ultra-slim bezels — design-wise, the ZenBook S13 is a winner from every angle.
Best in Automotive Tech: Audi Aicon
Each year we see many concept cars at CES, including the Audi Aicon which first made an appearance in 2017. On its return visit to CES Audi’s car of the future comes with delivery date, 2021! The Aicon is a level five autonomous vehicle, and can get you to your destination without any human help. Sans any need to drive, passengers can lounge in the car’s luxurious interiors or gaze into the stars through its patterned sky roof. The future hasn’t looked this good.
Best Smartphone: Honor View 20
While the Honor View 20 doesn’t officially launch outside of China till later this month, Honor gave us a sneak peak at CES. We’ve only used the phone for a few days, but 2019’s first major phone is already setting the stage for what looks to be another exciting year in smartphones. The View 20 is headlined by the largest sensor ever seen on a smartphone camera, 48 megapixels, a 3D sensing time-of-flight camera, and a notch-less, edge-to-edge display except for a small punch hole for the selfie camera. Expected to be priced at just under US$ 450, the Honor View 20, with its top-of-the-line specs sheet and innovative offerings is shaping up to be one of the best value smartphones you can buy today.
Best Creative Tool: Lenovo Yoga A940
Attention to detail is one trait all creatives share and the Lenovo Yoga A940 is a device engineered to make meticulous, creative work more efficient, without breaking the bank. The combination of a rotating hinge that tilts the 27-inch 4K display up to 25 degrees and the Precision Dial that lets users tweak settings make inputs from the bundled pen more precise.
Best Gaming Laptop: Alienware Area-51m
Alienware’s Area-51m gaming laptop is so powerful, it’s out of this world. Not only does it have the best specs you could find on any mobile gamer-centric machine to date, it’s also upgradeable like a desktop PC — from its CPU and GPU, to RAM and storage. No gaming laptop at CES 2019 comes close to the awesomeness the Area-51m offers.
Best Innovation in Gaming: ASUS ROG Mothership
Breaking barriers of innovation sometimes entails creating a whole new form factor that allows you to deliver everything you want. Case in point, the ROG Mothership from ASUS is unlike anything we’ve seen before. It’s neither laptop nor desktop PC, but has the advantages of both. Yes, it’s portable enough to carry around, yet has the high-end specs of a gaming desktop — Core i9 CPU, RTX 2080 GPU, 144Hz refresh rate, and more — and wireless keyboard to boot!
Best Display Solution: Samsung’s 75-inch MicroLED 4K TV (Modular TV)
In a feat that could’ve only been imagined a year ago, Samsung was able to pull off a modular TV design that looks as great as it is functional. The new MicroLED TV reimagines the whole TV experience with modular pieces and screens you can cater to every space and user need. Samsung shows us the future and it’s filled with moving parts and MicroLED screens.
Best Wearable for Kids: Dyno Smartwatch by Coolpad
The Dyno Smartwatch is a wearable that both kids and parents will love. This is what happens when a company fully understands the market they’re entering: A device that’s well thought-out with features catered to a user’s every need. The Dyno Smartwatch considers the special demographic the watch appeals to and ensures not only a fun experience for kids, but also peace of mind for every parent.
Best Innovation for Beauty and Wellness: L’Oréal My Skin Track pH
An innovation that will revolutionize skin care, L’Oréal’s My Skin Track pH is a small but impactful device. The concept is simple and the solution has been engineered by L’Oréal to be effective and affordable. My Skin Track pH is a wearable sticker that measures skin pH and diagnoses skin health. It’s the brilliant answer to a lot of questions we have regarding our skin.
Best Lifestyle Product: Adero Intelligent Organization System
Adero is something we all need in our lives. This organization system is an amazingly simple and effective way to make sure you never leave anything at home. It turns your bag into a smart bag with tags that will track all your essentials. With one look at your phone, you’ll know if you’ve left something important behind. Pretty soon, we’ll all be wondering how we ever survived life without Adero!
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