The story of Mobile World Congress 2018, in 25 photos
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Barcelona hosted Mobile World Congress 2018
From smartphones as powerful as computers to mobile networks faster than Google Fiber, big ambitions characterized this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
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Jason Hiner giving a tour of MWC 2018
I gave tours of Mobile World Congress 2018, highlighting the best devices and the biggest trends. Now, here’s my photo tour for those who weren’t in Barcelona.
Hall 3 was the center of the show
Mobile World Congress 2018 took up all eight halls of the Fira Barcelona conference center, but the heart of it all was Hall 3 where all of the big tech vendors set up shop in booths nearly as large as the biggest ones at CES.
Galaxy S9 stole the show
The night before Mobile World Congress 2018 opened, Samsung held a huge launch event for the Galaxy S9 in Barcelona. Predictably, that made the S9 the biggest buzz of the show.
Samsung rep demos S9 at MWC 2018
Samsung reps had their hand full the first couple days of the show as attendees flooded the booth to the see the new Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus.
T-Mobile unveiled its 5G plans
The biggest story of MWC 2018, by far, was 5G. T-Mobile promoted 5G in its typical flashy pink way. The carrier announced at the show that it would bring 5G to New York City, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Dallas, but it will wait until 2019 when the first 5G devices are ready.
Huawei showed off its 5G breakthrough
Huawei touted its big 5G test last year, which included 2GB downloads–twice the speed of Google Fiber.
Ericsson announced indoor 5G cell
Ericsson made the biggest 5G equipment announcement of the show with its 5G Radio Dot, which can be used for 5G signals inside buildings.
SEE: Ericsson CEO says ‘5G is open for business’ at MWC 2018
Ericsson 5G Radio Dot
KT bragged about its 5G at the Olympics
KT showed off its success in bringing real-world 5G connections to life in Pyeongchang during the 2018 Winter Olympics.
5G deployment practices were a hot topic
There was lots of talk among the telecom vendors about how to bring 5G to life in the best ways–a good sign that 2018 is likely to see a race among the carriers.
SEE: Why 5G is coming to the US faster than expected
Cars are now the world's biggest mobile devices
The next-generation Smartcar was one of the many automobiles being touted at MWC for their 5G, IoT, and AI features of the future.
Robots were another hot topic at MWC 2018
Robots of all shapes and sizes were seen across Mobile World Congress 2018, but this one at NTT Docomo was among the more stylish.
All kinds of robots were at MWC 2018
Many of the robots at MWC weren’t humanoid at all, and there was talk that 5G could lower the cost of robots by handling more processing in the cloud so that not as much computing power will need to be built into the robots themselves.
SEE: How 5G will drive down the cost of robots
Drones were also everywhere at MWC 2018
While there were lots of drones at MWC, this one that can carry a human passenger was the one a lot of people wanted to take a selfie with.
This laptop was a big hit, too
With its smartphone-like fingerprint scanner, razer thin bezel, and webcam that pops out of the keyboard, the Huawei MateBook X Pro looks like a worthy MacBook competitor.
The Huawei MateBook X Pro drew a crowd
The curiosity of MWC 2018 was Nokia's Banana Phone
Nokia’s 8110 4G will cost 79 euros, has up to 30 days battery life, is a slight step up from a feature phone, and works as a 4G hotspot.
SEE: Nokia’s retro phone obsession isn’t completely bananas (CNET)
The Nokia 8110 4G had its admirers
Apple was at MWC 2018, in the SAP booth
One of the common questions at MWC was where’s Apple? The world’s largest tech company wasn’t there, of course, but it did have a prominent showing in the SAP booth.
Google Assistant walked the show floor
I met the Google Assistant walking around the show floor. He may have been an Android though.
VR is still not meant to be done in public
Putting VR headsets on grown-ups in groups at tech conferences is a very entertaining thing to watch, and not always in a good way.
Clear glass touchscreens arrived at MWC 2018
Clear glass touchscreens made their appearance at several MWC booths, and this one in the T-Mobile booth was one of the largest and most impressive.
Even the robots were tired at the end of MWC 2018
CBSi Tech has MWC 2018 covered
CBSi Tech (TechRepublic, ZDNet, and CNET) not only offered tours at MWC 2018, but we also covered it from every angle. So check out all three sites for lots of information on what we’re learned about the future of mobility, IoT, robotics, drones, 5G, AI, digital transformation, and more.
- The Samsung Galaxy S9’s best hidden feature: The battery (TechRepublic)
- 5G adoption: The first 3 industries that will be at the forefront (TechRepublic)
- Tests show Samsung Galaxy S9 is stronger than S8, but still breaks on first drop (TechRepublic)
- Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus: This is how much your new smartphone costs to build (ZDNet)
- The 10 best smartphones of 2018 (shame about Huawei) (ZDNet)
- Mobile device computing policy (Tech Pro Research)