The 2019 Mobile World Congress did not disappoint.
MWC (as it’s known) is a major consumer tech event focused on showcasing and introducing the industry’s latest and greatest products. Held in Barcelona, this year’s attention-commanding products were headlined by 5G-compatible hardware and foldable smartphones that can transform into a tablet. The latter included headline-grabbing products from and , though you’ll have to be patient if you want to have one of them. The Samsung Galaxy Fold, for example, is weeks away from hitting the shelves.
As expected, MWC 2019 showcased a number of excellent smartphones from today’s leading Android manufacturers. They range from the decidedly premium Samsung Galaxy S10 lineup, all the way to affordably-priced offerings from the likes of Lenovo and Sony, which are bound to push the boundaries of design and performance in their price range.
With such ground-breaking tech on display, it can be hard to stand out at MWC. But — from a dual-screen smartphone to a travel-friendly monitor — these gadgets managed to do so, and have us truly amped for their release.
Announced a week ahead of the event, the Samsung Galaxy S10 was the best smartphone on display during Mobile World Congress. And that includes all three iterations in the tenth generation of the ultra popular smartphone family: the S10, the more compact , and the big-screen . (A 5G-capable Galaxy S10 is due to launch in the coming months.)
The Galaxy S10 has everything you'd expect from a top-tier smartphone. It's beautifully designed and crafted, fully waterproof, incredibly powerful, and is capable of capturing image and 4K video with superb quality via five built-in camera sensors (four in the Galaxy S10e).
All iterations of the Galaxy S10 are also equipped with a captivating Infinity Super AMOLED display with an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor underneath it. Every Galaxy S10 version supports fast wired and wireless charging — and even more impressively, you can use your Galaxy S10 to wirelessly charge other compatible devices.
Overall, the Samsung Galaxy S10 all but guarantees to be one of the best Android smartphones you can buy in 2019.
LG's range-topping G8 ThinQ Android smartphone impressed us with a plethora of innovative tech features, which set it apart from its rivals. They include intuitive gesture controls, the ability to unlock the phone by simply reaching towards it (it can read the unique vein and line patterns of your palm), as well as 3D facial recognition.
The LG G8 ThinQ also features cutting-edge audio tech, which transforms the display of the smartphone into an acoustic surface. The feature has eliminated the need for an earpiece, thus making the phone incredibly elegant. It's also great for entertainment on the go.
Of course, the latest LG G series smartphone has a powerful Qualcomm-made chipset, a gorgeous OLED display, a triple camera, a big battery with support for fast wired and wireless charging, and a fully waterproof body.
The LG G8 ThinQ is due to launch in the coming weeks. The newcomer looks poised to be one of the best Android smartphones money can buy.
The LG V50 ThinQ will be the first 5G smartphone you can buy when it hits the shelves of Sprint wireless this spring. A vastly upgraded, close relative (design-wise) to the already excellent , the V50 packs Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 855 chipset with a 5G modem, an upgraded cooling system, and a larger 4,000 mAh battery.
The LG G50 ThinQ has a trio of camera sensors on the back, coupled with two selfie snappers. Combined, they make the smartphone a highly versatile tool for mobile photography and videography.
Even though it's brimming with tech, the device is elegant, yet capable of complying with military standards for durability.
LG will offer an optional accessory with a second screen for the V50 ThinQ. Dubbed a Dual Screen, the gadget will make the smartphone an even more capable entertainment and productivity tool.
Sony Xperia 10 Plus
The Xperia 10 and the Xperia 10 Plus by Sony are our favorite mid-range smartphones of MWC 2019. Thanks to a combination of elegant design, robust hardware specs, and streamlined user interface, they promise to deliver an Android smartphone experience worthy of a higher price tag.
Both Xperia 10 variants have an ultra-wide display with a 21:9 aspect (6-inch for the regular and 6.5-inch for the Plus model), which is great for multitasking. Every Sony Xperia 10 version is equipped with a dual camera, as well as a side-mounted fingerprint sensor.
Sony's latest midrange smartphones are already available to pre-order, with the the Xperia 10 sporting a price tag well below $400. The devices will hit the shelves in the coming weeks.
The Moto G7 by Lenovo is handily the best budget-friendly smartphone featured at MWC 2019. With an elegant design, a feature-packed spec sheet, and a reasonable price, the smartphone will undoubtedly be a contender for the best pick in its price range this year.
Key highlights of the Moto G7 include a sharp 6.2-inch display with minimal bezels, a dual camera, a big battery with fast charging capabilities, and a zippy Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 chipset coupled with 4 GB of RAM, which is a major improvement over the Snapdragon 400 series found in last year's .
Lenovo will offer two additional variants of the Moto G7. They include a with a massive 5,000 mAh battery on board, as well as a . The latter has a smaller screen, a single camera, and a lower price tag.
The Sony Xperia 1 captivated our attention by toting a jaw-dropping, impossibly sharp and vibrant 4K OLED display with HDR support. Measuring a massive 6.5 inches diagonally, it sets the top-shelf Android smartphone apart from all of its rivals. It promises to make every interaction with the device a memorable one.
The rest of the device's hardware specs are worthy of its industry-leading display. They include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset, a triple camera setup, built-in stereo speakers, and support for PlayStation 4 remote play, among others.
The Xperia 1 will be available in the coming months in black or purple. Given its hardware specs alone, we expect Sony to charge a pretty penny for it.
The latest iteration of the Huawei MateBook X Pro is the best laptop from MWC 2019. It brings a host of upgrades compared to , which was handily one of the best laptops of 2018. Upgrades include upgraded processor and graphics card, more storage, and a faster USB-C port with Thunderbolt 3 compatibility.
The latest Huawei MateBook X Pro has the same captivating design as the outgoing model, headlined by a beautiful 13.9-inch touchscreen with insanely slim bezels. They make the notebook incredibly compact for a device with a display this big. The design also retained the pop-up camera that made the original memorable.
The 2019 Huawei MateBook X Pro will be available in the coming weeks. There will be two colors to pick from: mystic silver and space gray.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga 2-in-1 laptop impressed us with versatile design, excellent craftsmanship, and top-tier hardware specs. Those specs include powerful Intel processor options, a 13.3-inch Full HD touchscreen with a 360-degree hinge, and a bevy of wired and wireless connectivity options.
The device has a built-in stylus pen, which will surely appeal to productive personalities. We really like that Lenovo has equipped the ThinkPad X390 Yoga with a webcam cover for enhanced privacy and security.
The Windows 10 notebook will be one of the best options in its price range when it becomes available to order in the coming weeks.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active is elegant and lightweight, yet packed with a host of health- and fitness-tracking features, presented via an intuitive user interface. The most notable ones include a fully waterproof, swim-friendly design, a heart-rate sensor, among many others.
The smartwatch has a robust battery life and support for wireless charging. We really love that Samsung Galaxy S10 owners will be able to charge the smartwatch off their phone.
The Galaxy Watch is compatible with both iPhone and Android smartphones. It is available in black, silver, green, and rose gold.
The Lenovo ThinkVision M14 mobile display gives laptop users the ability to instantly use a second screen on the go. The handy accessory packs a 14-inch Full HD display panel with a robust brightness, a duo of USB-C ports, and a thin profile. The external display weighs just a tad more than 1 pound, so it's perfect for road warriors.
Sales of the Lenovo ThinkVision M14 will kick off in May. The mobile display will have a reasonable $249 price tag.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds are the best wireless earbuds of MWC 2019. Tuned by AKG, they offer excellent audio quality, top-notch ergonomics, and an easy-to-access ambient mode to help you be aware of your surroundings.
The earbuds will deliver up to 6 hours of wireless playback between charges. Their charging case holds another seven hours worth of battery life. We like that it supports wireless charging, thus allowing you to charge your earbuds with your Galaxy S10 phone.
The earbuds will hit shelves with a sweet $130 price tag, with several colors from which to choose.
The HTC 5G Hub grabbed our award for the best mobile hotspot of MWC 2019. The surprisingly elegant gadget is capable of delivering internet with 5G network speeds to a maximum of 20 connected devices. With a 5-inch touchscreen and Android on board, the HTC 5G Hub is also a capable portable entertainment device.
In order to be compatible with 5G networks, the sleek mobile hotspot packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 mobile chipset — the same as in today's latest and greatest Android smartphones. Other key features of the device include a built-in Ethernet port, a microSD card slot, and built-in duo of loudspeakers.
The 5G Hub by HTC will launch in May. Pricing has yet to be revealed.
This microSD card by SanDisk deserves an award for its mind-boggling 1 TB storage capacity. The tiny accessory is tailor-made for top-tier smartphones with great cameras and 4K video-capture capabilities. It's also a perfect option for digital cameras equipped with a microSD card slot, as well as compatible laptops and tablets.
SanDisk will launch the 1 TB Extreme microSD soon. We suggest that you prepare for a price tag as epic as its storage capacity.