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From wristbands to wearables: Coolest highlights from MWC 2024

MWC Mobile World Congress

Hosted in the vibrant city of Barcelona in late February, Mobile World Congress, or MWC, 2024 has once again set the stage for the most innovative advancements in the world of mobile technology. The three-day affair has long been the premier event for unveiling the latest in phones, wearables, and beyond.

What is MWC?

MWC stands as an influential event in the technology industry, gathering the brightest minds and leading companies to showcase their latest innovations. It’s a melting pot of ideas where the future of mobile connectivity, devices, and digital services is shaped and shared with the world. The event provides a platform for businesses to network, share knowledge, and explore new opportunities in the ever-evolving mobile ecosystem.

This year’s event was no exception, showcasing a plethora of innovations that promise to reshape our digital lives. Here are some of the coolest announcements from MWC 2024 that you need to know about.

Top Announcements at MWC 2024

Motorola’s Wearable-Phone Concept

Motorola takes phone design to a futuristic level with the introduction of a bendable phone concept. The company previously showcased the concept phone in Lenovo Tech World 2023 where it amazed the tech enthusiasts with the device’s flexible 6.9-inch FHD+ OLED screen called an adaptive display. This phone boasts the ability to curl and be worn like a bracelet when not in use, transforming seamlessly into a regular phone when unfolded. Offering a glimpse into a world where technology seamlessly integrates with our attire, this concept phone embodies the future of personal technology, offering a convenient and stylish way to carry your phone.

Samsung Galaxy Ring

The South Korean tech giant teased the new health tracking Galaxy Ring device during their Galaxy Unpacked event in January this year. With this, Samsung enters the smart ring market with the Galaxy Ring, focusing on health tracking. This discreet and stylish ring boasts sensors to monitor sleep patterns, heart rate, oxygen levels (spO2), and potentially even menstrual and fertility cycles. Offering an alternative to bulky smartwatches, the Galaxy Ring caters to those who prefer a more understated approach to wearable technology.

Humane AI Pin

Humane, an innovative technology company formed by Apple executives, had an innovative take on AI technology with the display of the Humane AI Pin. This small, magnetic pin attaches to your clothes and utilizes AI to perform various tasks. This wearable device operates independently, and is capable of performing tasks like translating languages, converting currencies, and more. Interact with it by voice, ask questions, and the pin can even learn your speaking style and send natural-sounding messages on your behalf. Its use of a simulated voice or laser-projected visuals onto your hand for interaction is a glimpse into the future of personal AI assistants.

Xiaomi 14 Ultra

Xiaomi unveiled its latest smartphone powerhouse, the 14 Ultra, boasting a top-tier camera setup with a 1-inch-type image sensor and lenses co-engineered with Leica, alongside impressive hardware specs including the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor and a 5,000mAh battery. The Xiaomi 14 Ultra features a quad-camera setup that includes one 50 Megapixel (f/1.63) primary camera, accompanied by three additional 50-megapixel lenses offering versatile aperture options of f/1.8, f/2.5, and another f/1.8. On the front, a 32-megapixel sensor delivers crisp and detailed selfies. The smartphone boasts an expansive 6.73-inch QHD+ LTPO OLED screen, with a refresh rate of up to 120Hz. It operates on the Xiaomi’s new HyperOS skin, with the latest Android 14 update.

Xiaomi SU7 EV

Xiaomi isn’t just about phones anymore. In December last year, this Chinese consumer tech giant made a grand entry into the electric vehicle market with its first car model, the Xiaomi SU7.  At this year’s MWC, Xiaomi showcased the 5-seater, high-performance SU7 EV in the Aqua Blue color variant, leaving auto enthusiasts in awe of its stunning design, promising exceptional speed and range. When it comes to performance, the SU7 boasts a 73.6 kWh battery and a maximum motor speed of 27,200 rpm, capable of unleashing 425kW of power and a peak torque of 635Nm. This sleek and sporty sedan boasts a lightning-fast acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in a mere 5.3 seconds. The lineup consists of two models namely, the Xiaomi SU7 and the Xiaomi SU7 Max. Additionally, Xiaomi touts its development of core EV technologies, hinting at their ambition to become a major player in the electric vehicle market.

Lenovo ThinkPad T-Series Laptops

Lenovo has emphasized sustainability and user empowerment with its latest ThinkPad T-Series, designed for easy repair and upgrade by users. Users can swap batteries, upgrade memory and storage, replace screens and keyboards, and even the ethernet port. This extends the lifespan of the laptops, reducing electronic waste and promoting responsible consumption.

Lenovo ThinkBook Transparent Display Laptop Concept

While this might not be hitting the market any time soon, the ThinkBook Transparent Display Laptop Concept certainly turns heads. This futuristic concept boasts a 17.3-inch transparent display, blurring the lines between the physical and digital worlds. While its practical applications remain to be seen, it showcases Lenovo’s innovative spirit and willingness to push the boundaries of technology.

In no particular order, these are just a few of the many exciting announcements from MWC 2024. They offer a glimpse into the future of technology, where devices become smarter, more discreet, and seamlessly integrated into our lives.

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