MWC 2022: Madness of the metaverse, fast charging devils and new smartphones

TechPulse was live at MWC 2022 in Barcelona this week. We discovered these 6 trends for the future of mobile technology.

After the cancellation in 2020 and the reduced edition of 2021, the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona returned this year to all its splendor. The biggest names in the mobile industry were once again in attendance to demonstrate their latest technological breakthroughs to the thousands of tech enthusiasts in attendance. TechPulse was also present at this year’s MWC 2022.

Mobile World Congress is sometimes referred to as a ‘smartphone trade show’, but today it’s about much more than just smartphones. The conference has become a comprehensive technology fair showcasing the latest technological developments in the mobile B2C and B2B market. At MWC 2022 we got a unique insight into the future of mobile technology that will change our lives.

The metaverse explodes

It was reaffirmed at MWC 2022: Metaverse is the technological trend for 2022. All the protesters wanted to jump on the bandwagon and demonstrate their latest advances in virtual, augmented or mixed reality. Therefore, VR headsets and smart glasses happily passed on. Just a little too often in a rather cacophonous way that really failed to show the added practical value of the Metaverse.

At the moment, it seems like a lot of tech and telecom companies want to show they’re ‘in’, but don’t really know what they want to do in the Metaverse. And that is precisely why skeptics are (perhaps rightly) concerned about the potential risks of this new digital universe.

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MWC 2022 was largely dominated by the Metaverse.

To 5G and beyond

A necessary condition for the Metaverse is the expansion of 5G technology, and unsurprisingly, 5G was also a common thread throughout MWC 2022. Of course, 5G is no longer a new trend in the mobile industry; the first 5G smartphones already grabbed the spotlight during MWC 2019. Therefore, MWC 2022 mainly served as a strong call to Europe to speed up the development of 5G infrastructure so that the benefits of 5G can finally be used optimally here. .

Charge the battery in 9 minutes

There is nothing more annoying than a dead battery and the more you use your smartphone, the faster the battery will drain. Battery life and the rate at which the battery recharges are features where a manufacturer can really set itself apart from the competition. Spectacular fast charging records were set at MWC 2022.

Honor made a first attempt with its 150W gallium nitride charger, only to be beaten by the OPPO-OnePlus tandem just a few hours later. The sister brands announced a 150W charger that can double the life of your battery, and if that wasn’t spectacular enough, they’ll also be launching a 240W charger soon that can charge a 4,500mAh battery from 0% on. only 9 minutes. 100%. In the video below, you can see SUPERVOOC technology in action.

NFT: beyond madness?

Along with the Metaverse, NFTs are hype that threatens to be completely derailed by 2022. The rise of cryptocurrencies and non-fungible tokens has us thinking about the future of money. Will we soon have tangible money or will we keep all our assets digitally on our smartphone? Will someone be able to program their own money in the future? Plenty to think about after MWC 2022 in any case. Joan Laporta, president of the local soccer club, added a little more fuel to the cryptocurrency fire when he announced that his club would like to develop its own digital currencies. By the way, this is not the first time in the world of football: Club Brugge also sells NFTs.

Smarthome and IoT: together we are strong

We have more and more smart devices around us, but those devices do not always speak the same language. After all, every manufacturer likes to add their own twist to their products. But as a user, you have to master new software and interface for each product. Wouldn’t it be easier if all devices ran the same software? A push for greater uniformity pervades the smart device market. Google showed on its ‘Android Avenue’ how beautiful the world would look if all the devices in your home worked together seamlessly, and Huawei also showed off the potential of its HarmonyOS ecosystem at MWC 2022.

Smartphones galore

Of course, we can’t talk about MWC 2022 without talking about the new smartphones. The time that all the manufacturers waited for the fair to start and then announce their latest models against each other ended several years ago, but that does not mean that new smartphones have not been announced.

The most ambitious new device was probably the Honor Magic 4, a complete flagship that the iPhone 13 and Samsung Galaxy S22 should put to the test. We also saw the OnePlus 10 Pro for the first time on European soil and were able to test premium smartphones like the Galaxy S22 Ultra and OPPO Find X5 Pro. At the other end of the smartphone spectrum, HMD Global launched new models within the C-series of Nokia. They may have been overlooked by many people at the show, but we give them an honorable mention because they make mobile technology available to everyone. And let that be the philosophy of MWC 2022.

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The OnePlus 10 Pro was on display on the show floor.

MWC 2022 was also a week to enjoy for laptop enthusiasts. Samsung launched the Galaxy Book2 Pro 360/5G, Lenovo (not physically present at the show) a host of ThinkBook, ThinkPad and IdeaPad devices and Huawei’s new iMac-like MateBooks, tablets and MateStation X. you can take a look at our summary.

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