We have yet another leak ahead of LG’s press conference happening right before Mobile World Congress 2019. This time, it’s for the company’s first 5G smartphone, the V50 ThinQ.
It comes in the form of a tweet by Evan Blass, who also spilled the beans on LG’s upcoming G8 ThinQ flagship a few days ago.
LG V50 ThinQ for Sprint 5G pic.twitter.com/TNLQsYPgPS
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) February 16, 2019
This confirms that the 5G smartphone LG will be showing off at MWC in Barcelona, Spain is the V50 ThinQ. Previously, we knew of such a handset coming on February 24, but we didn’t know what branding it would go under.
The leak, however, points to exclusivity with US carrier Sprint. It might also be a limited partnership, but we can more or less confirm that the V50 ThinQ will carry a Snapdragon 855 chipset in order to handle 5G signals.
In addition, we can see an extra camera on the front and back as compared to the G8 ThinQ’s setup. Sadly, it seems like the wide notch is sticking around.
Surprisingly, the V50 ThinQ is launching less than five months after the V40 ThinQ’s release. LG may be prioritizing its 5G rollout and needs an existing series to lay it on.
We’ll learn more once LG takes the stage on February 24 to reveal all its new devices, which might also include a foldable phone.
Nimb is an eSIM-enabled smart ring that acts as a panic button
Help is just a button away
Gone are the days of jewelry being a mere aesthetic accessory. These days there are color-changing smart rings, smartphone bracelets, and designer smartwatches. At MWC, we scoped out another amazing thing that does more than just accessorize your outfit.
This is the second-generation Nimb ring.
Nimb is the product of experience. Three years ago, Nimb co-founder Katya Kermlin told her harrowing tale: She was attacked in broad daylight by a man whose advances she rebuked. It resulted in nine stab wounds.
Katya survived and she, along with a group of what I could only describe as awesome, awesome people, set up a Kickstarter campaign for what would be the first-generation Nimb ring.
This tiny wearable is a panic button that sends out your location to pre-set contacts or first responders all with a touch of a reachable button. It is, after all, on your finger so you can get to it even when your hands are, God forbid, tied up.
At the end of 2019, the second-generation Nimb rings will be launched and they’re even more feature-packed. What’s special about these new gems is the fact that they’re actually eSIM-enabled. This means even without a phone, it will work. The ring also has a mic so that you can stream audio after a button is pressed.
As of now, though, those are the only definite details we know about this ring. But, I’m certainly excited to see what else the new Nimb ring will be able to do.
Image credit: Joshua Vergara
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!
This Indian brand has launched a pop-up camera phone and something’s fishy
If everyone’s doing it, why not?
The pop-up camera design has been trending for quite some time now and so far we’ve seen OPPO, Vivo, and Honor lead the pack. Now, an Indian brand wants to make a mark and has launched a wide array of phones at MWC 2019. And, one of them features a sliding pop-up selfie camera.
Centric is an Indian smartphone maker we haven’t heard much about. But, the company is at MWC 2019 and has launched five new phones in the budget segment. One of them is the Centric S1, and there’s something weird about the phone.
Remember the Vivo NEX? It was the first phone to feature a sliding camera module and was launched in the second half of 2018. The Centric S1 looks eerily similar to the NEX. In fact, except for minor specification modifications, the two look alike from the outside.
It has a 6.39-inch Full HD AMOLED display and the brand claims a screen-to-body ratio of 92 percent. The display houses an in-display fingerprint scanner for authentication and also supports face unlock.
The phone is powered by a MediaTek P70 Helio processor, paired with 4GB or 6GB RAM, depending on the variant. Internal storage is available in 64GB or 128GB, and supports expandable storage via a microSD card.
The pop-up module features an 8-megapixel selfie camera, while the rear houses a 16-megapixel primary sensor and 5-megapixel secondary sensor. Backing these internals is a 3800mAh battery. Thankfully, the phone ships with Android 9 Pie out of the box.
Centric is calling its fast charging solution “Pump Express 3.0” and claims it can charge 50 percent of the battery in just 20 minutes. The phone starts at a price of US$ 310, though availability hasn’t been announced yet.
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