From February 26th to March 1st, over 120,000 exhibitors all around the world met in Barcelona, the capital of the mobile world. Many companies, from universally known brands such as Samsung to relatively unknown brands like Huawei, introduced new products ranging from laptops to smartphones, showing off their brand to the international audience. 

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1. Samsung Galaxy S9

It is universally agreed upon that Samsung is one of the most influential phone manufacturers on the market. This year, the South Korean company has installed many new improvements on their already great design by adding numerous features and improvements. Instead of dramatically altering the design of the phone, Samsung’s 2018 flagships, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, focuses more on the user experience and the camera quality. Last year, the Galaxy S8 was criticized for its non-ergonomic fingerprint reader placement. Samsung listened to their fan base by shifting the location of the fingerprint reader below the camera, making it more comfortable to reach. Also, Samsung significantly improved the camera in the S9 and the S9+. They created the word’s first phone with a variable aperture, potentially improving its low-light capabilities. In addition, the S9 has other features such as 960fps slow-motion at 720p and the “AR Emoji,” which looks eerily similar to Apple’s Animoji. 

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2. Sony XZ2 Smartphone

After being obsolete in the smartphone market for a while, Sony is back on and putting significant efforts in their smartphone production once again. To power their new XZ2 smartphone, Sony used Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 Processor, meeting 2018 flagship specs. Sony clearing did not disappoint power users with the XZ2’s specs. In terms of its design, though it does resemble HTC’s U11, we are glad that Sony is taking a new approach to its smartphone design as previous flagships were blocky and non-ergonomic. 

 

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3. Huawei MateBook X Pro

Of course, when we think of laptops, the Huawei is not a brand that immediately comes to mind. However, there is no doubt that Huawei Matebook X is one of the most aesthetically pleasing laptops right now. The MateBook X Pro sports a super slim design, the newest Intel 8th Gen Coffee Lake processor, a plethora of memory and storage options, and a beautiful 13.9-inch, 3000 x 2000 resolution display which beats even the Macbook Pro’s  2560 x 1600 Retina display. 

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In addition, the Matebook X Pro boasts a new webcam placement that tackles today’s privacy concerns as it can be blocked manually. However, it still has the non-ideal camera angle that looks up your nose. 

 

These three products were unquestionably the highlights of MWX 2018. Companies such as Samsung, Sony, and Huawei are developing at a rapid speed and are on the paths to becoming legitimate threats to Apple. Now, instead of buying based on brand, we may soon have to start focusing on the features and specs of these electronic devices.

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