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Mobile World Congress 2018

The Mobile World Congress 2018, the biggest mobile phone industry trade show in the world, concluded in Barcelona. Alvin Thomas takes a closer look at some of the top innovations that stole the show



HomePod

When Apple releases a new product, we can be certain that it will garner great response. Rest assured, we’re going to purchase these products too. But Apple’s new HomePod hardware personal assistant falls into the category of a niche market that has already been taken over by the Amazon Alexa and Google Home. Released at the Mobile World Congress this week, the device will come packing seven tweeters for a superior acoustic experience and an A8 chipset for all your processing needs. Buy this from apple.com/shop for RO135

The Ninth Dimension

Time flies. In tech terms that means it’s time to reveal a new smartphone and rake in more profits. And in true fashion, Samsung has revealed its new Galaxy S9 and S9+ smartphones to the world. There’s not much to set it apart when compared to its predecessor – but it has us bowled over with its almost bezel-less design and 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch edge-to-edge screens, respectively. The S9 comes packing a great 12MP camera while the S9+ takes a more far-reaching approach with two 12MP cameras in the back. Both devices will feature fingerprint and Iris scanners, Exynos 9810 octa-core processors and 4GB or 6GB RAMs. We expect this to give the iPhone X a run for its money. Preorder yours for RO322 and onwards from all leading electronic stores

Dream On

When the Nokia brand was reimagined early last year, we had nothing but little faith in the brand’s second coming to the smartphone industry. However, this week, they surprised us with the Nokia 8 Sirocco – a phone that is ready to hustle with the heavyweights from Apple and Samsung. The device dons a 5.50-inch curved pOLED display that is reminiscent to the Samsung’s S8 and S9 devices. It will also pack a Snapdragon 835 processor, 6GB RAM, dual cameras and a breathtaking 128gigs of on-board storage.
We haven’t seen the device in person but we’re a bit concerned about the build quality of the device from the released photos. The device will hit the market later this month

EDITOR’S CHOICE

Tour de Force

The Huawei Mate 10 Lite is impeccable in every sense: It has a giant 5.9-inch display, making it the industry’s first full-screen product in this price range. It has an 83 per cent screen-to-body ratio, which is 10 per cent more than the traditional 5.5-inch display (73 per cent screen-to-body ratio) seen on other devices. In addition to that, traditional “giant” display phones usually make use of FHD displays – which results in the picture on the screen to become unclear because the resolution remains the same despite a substantial increase in screen size. In contrast, the Huawei Mate 10 Lite has a Full HD and FullView (2160×1080) display with high PPI (pixels per inch); so it is much clearer. Buy this from all leading electronic stores for RO119.9