MWC 2019: The Future Of Mobility Is Here

Foldable Smart Mobile Devices, 5G, And More

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Steven Lerner

On February 25-28, tech leaders from around the world will gather in Barcelona for MWC 2019. It’s world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry.

What will be the most anticipated news to come out of MWC? Here’s a preview of what to potentially expect.

1. Not Just Mobile Anymore

Despite the expo’s presence within the mobile industry, there is a strong push to focus on technologies beyond just mobile. As a result, the Mobile World Congress changed its name to MWC. 2019 is the first year with the new name change. The rebrand of the MWC will result in a more diversified expo with new technologies, exhibitors, and speakers. There are scheduled sessions on IoT, AI, and blockchain.

2. Foldable Smart Phones

2019 is the year of foldable smart phones, with several examples anticipated to be released during MWC.

First, Samsung is expected to come out with its foldable smart device soon. The rumors state that Samsung could officially showcase the device in February, either at MWC or at an earlier press conference. The name of this device could be called the Samsung Winner.

Huawei announced that it will also launch its foldable smart device at MWC. Based on early specs, it is slated to be a single display that folds backwards and it could potentially connect to 5G networks.

To top it all off, Nubia is going to announce the launch of its foldable smartwatch-wearable hybrid. With more wearables coming to the enterprise, this could be exciting news.

3. 5G Arrives

One of the biggest enterprise mobility trends for 2019 is 5G. Mobility leaders across all sectors are talking about the implications of 5G in the workplace. At MWC 2019, manufacturer OnePlus is slated to showcase their new 5G device, which is one of the first on the market.

OnePlus’ 5G device will be powered by the Snapdragon 855 chipset, and it has Qualcomm’s X50 5G modem for 5G-connectivity. It will be on display within the Qualcomm booth at MWC 2019.

4. An Augmented Reality Upgrade

As MWC evolves into an expo that presents new gadgets beyond mobility, there will be more next-gen technologies on display. One example of this is Microsoft’s HoloLens 2. It has been three years since Microsoft released its first mixed reality smartglasses, and now the latest version will be unveiled at MWC 2019.

This week, a video teaser for the HoloLens 2 was released on social media. The HoloLens is slated to include a Qualcomm 850 chip and new Project Kinect Sensors. With more organizations testing the waters with augmented reality (AR), the HoloLens 2 could serve as one of the new innovative technologies embraced by enterprises.

5. Big Name Keynote Speakers

Finally, MWC is known for its diverse selection of speakers across the broad mobile ecosystem. As always, some of the biggest technology founders and CEOs will be featured as keynote speakers. There are also several interesting keynote speakers from organizations within different sectors, such as Citi Bank President James Forese, Daimler AG and Mercedes Benz Chairman Dieter Zetsche, EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel, and United Nations Deputy Secretary General Amina J. Mohammad.

Which technologies will create the biggest buzz for enterprises during MWC? Follow us at @mobilityxchange for MWC 2019 updates and coverage.