BrandArena: Samsung, Nokia, Sony Take Center Stage As #MWC2018 Begins

Monday, 26 February 2018

Samsung, Nokia, Sony Take Center Stage As #MWC2018 Begins

The world’s biggest smartphone manufacturers gathering, Mobile World Congress 2018 is here again in Barcelona to announce their new innovation and design as regard phones.

From today Monday, February 26 to March 1 year, top players like Samsung, Nokia, Sony among others will be announcing and unveiling their latest devices.

On Sunday, Samsung announced the Galaxy S9 and S9+, Nokia unveiled a whole plethora of devices, new and old, and Huawei eschewed phones altogether, choosing instead to announce its latest laptop, the MateBook X Pro.

At this year's event, Nokia opened with another reworking of a popular phone, the 8110, aka the Banana Phone. A version of it became the Matrix phone that guided Keanu Reeves, with its spring-loaded keyboard cover. This phone, now released in the same black as the original and a suitably fruity banana yellow, has a cover which you slide open and shut.

Chinese telecom gear firm Huawei has also unveiled world's first commercial 5G modem with claim that it can deliver peak speed of over 2,000 megabit per second on next generation network on Sunday.

"Huawei Balong 5G01 is world's first 3GPP 5G commercial chipset with peak rate of 2.3 GBPS (gigabit per second)," Huawei CEO, Consumer Business Group, Richard Yu said while unveiling the new technology.

Yu said Huawei is collaborating with 30 operators, including Vodafone, globally to deploy product based on this chipset.

The company unveiled world's first 5G CPE (consumer premise equipment or router) with the promise of delivering broadband speed of up to 2 Gbps on 5G network. The CPE will also support 4G network, as per the details shared by Yu. The announcement assumes significance for India, which is looking to highlight readiness for 5G and is working on spectrum auction plan to support 5G.

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