Last month’s Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona is history now, but the products unveiled are only just beginning to make their way to markets across the globe. Not every new device or service will make it to South Africa, but here are more of the coolest gadgets we can anticipate.
Most original mobile accessory: LG V50 with dual screens
LG not only startled MWC with the launch of two new flagship phones – the G8 ThinQ and the V50 ThinQ 5G – but also unveiled an attachable flip-cover with a second display inside. It is only a screen, without the smarts of the handset, but is able to run anything off the smartphone itself. When the cover is attached to the V50 handset, the phone’s Android operating system appears on both displays, and any app on the handset can be flipped to the second screen.
Says LG, “Because two phones are of course better than one, you can use the dual screen for a multitude of tasks. For example, you can watch a movie on the flip-case display while scrolling Twitter or checking your email on the display of the V50 ThinQ 5G itself. You can also use the flip-case display as a control pad while gaming, or a keyboard while writing a message.”
Best Battery Life: Energizer Power Max P18K Pop
Known for its battery technology, Energizer showcased no less than 26 smartphones at MWC. The stand-out, both in concept and size, was the Power Max P19K Pop, featuring an 18 000 mAh battery. That’s six times the average high-end smartphone. Stand-by time is 50 days, and it allows two days of continuous video play-back. That goes hand-in-hand with 18 Watt fast-charging, and reverse charging – other devices can be charged from this one. It also features a pop-out selfie cameras that looks like the terminal of a battery when viewed front-on. It offers a 6.2” edge-to-edge display, 1080p display, and the Android 9 operating system.
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