All the Major New Gadgets at MWC 2024

Cellular Planet Congress—or just MWC—isn’t just one of our favorite trade displays just simply because it’s situated in the lovely metropolis of Barcelona all through a seasonally proper time of year. (Affordable cava and tapas do not have just about anything to do with it both.) No, this show is a most loved simply because it’s just one of the most straightforward to navigate, and there is generally lots of appealing, enjoyment, or just simple insane tech to scavenge via.

This 12 months, such bounty involves clear laptops, bendable phones, a Barbie flip mobile phone, and far more. Listed here are the highlights.

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HMD Rebrands (Sort of) and Teases a Barbie Cellular phone

Mattel mobile: HMD is doing work with the toy brand to start a Barbie flip cell phone (behold the pink pixelation).

Photograph: Julian Chokkattu

HMD was supposed to be the rebirth of Nokia phones back again when it manufactured a splash at MWC 2017, but it was not long prior to the corporation shed steam and it was apparent that the Nokia manufacturer title wouldn’t truly compete with the likes of Samsung and Apple any longer. HMD in its place set its focus on budget Android phones in excess of the past couple a long time and its feature mobile phone business enterprise. At MWC, it declared that 2023 was the company’s 1st lucrative yr, and now it is making an attempt to adjust items up with a rebrand. To start with is the name—it’s leaning far more on “Human Cell Devices” (the whole version of its acronym) alternatively of HMD. This year’s lineup of gadgets will involve an HMD cellular phone, an iconic Nokia cell phone, additionally a Barbie flip phone.

Yep, you listened to that right. HMD is collaborating with Mattel to start a Barbie aspect flip cellular phone. It’ll be coming this summer months, will of course be pink, and is being touted as a digital detox device. That’s all we know. The only images of all the teased phones ended up pixelated.

What we do know about HMD’s other cell phone is that it will revolve around a system referred to as HMD Fusion. Comparable to Motorola’s Moto Mods or Google’s long-missing Venture Ara, it appears like a system of modular elements that developers can construct for the smartphone, from an extended battery and a barcode scanner to a payment terminal to medical gear. It produced a toolkit that builders can use to get started out.

HMD also had a huge concentration on repairability—it expects 50 % of its units introduced globally this 12 months to be repairable. But this summer season, it states it will have a method that significantly reduces the amount of ways it usually takes to take care of a cracked screen.

Motorola Bends a Mobile phone, and Debuts Wise Link

Bendy blower: Motorola bendable cell phone idea can have a selection of viewing selections.

Photograph: Julian Chokkattu

Late last 12 months at Lenovo’s Tech Globe party, Motorola unveiled a bendable concept cellphone named the Adaptive Display screen. I obtained a opportunity to participate in all-around with it at MWC. It appears and feels like its Razr folding telephones, other than as a substitute of having a hinge that snaps the cell phone shut precisely in half, you can bend the complete thing backward.