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5G, Foldable Smartphones to Dominate Mobile World Congress 2019

According to Paul Miller, Senior Analyst at Forrester, early experiments in augmented and virtual reality have matured and we’ll see tangible proof points of real value at the MWC

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The buzz around the first 5G-enabled smartphone and foldable devices will be the talk of the town as the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 opens in Barcelona next week.

According to Thomas Husson, Vice President and Principal Analyst at Forrester, a global market research firm, the sessions on 5G and foldable phones are likely to cast a shadow over MWC.

“There is no denying that 5G is the infrastructure of the connected world, and precisely the reason why it is at the centre of the economic and political war between the US and China,” Husson told IANS.

“However, the reality is that it will take another five to seven years before it reaches critical mass among consumers in most countries.

“While we will hear a lot about the first 5G smartphones, the challenge is to simultaneously roll-out the infrastructure and it will take time, especially in Europe where spectrum allocation remains a mess at a country level,” he added.

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Foldable screens will accelerate the convergence between smartphones, tablets and laptops, progressively unleashing a new form factor.

Several smartphone and telecom infrastructure players are set to showcase their technologies at the event that begins from February 24 through February 28.

“It is likely top smartphone brands will claim to have reinvented smartphone design. However, it will take longer for these foldable screens to reinvent the smartphone category and deliver differentiated experiences,” said Husson.

Foldable screens will accelerate the convergence between smartphones, tablets and laptops, progressively unleashing a new form factor.

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According to Paul Miller, Senior Analyst at Forrester, early experiments in augmented and virtual reality have matured and we’ll see tangible proof points of real value at the MWC.

“Endless pilots and proofs of concept in IoT are also maturing, reaching beyond the operational teams where they began into the mainstream business, where they simplify existing processes and open the door to new service-based business models,” he added. (IANS)

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OnePlus Working on New 5G Smartphone: Report

“If you want to be a premium phone in 2020, you have to be equipped with 5G technology,” OnePlus CEO Pete Lau said

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Chinese handset maker OnePlus has reportedly confirmed that the company is working to manufacture a second 5G phone before the end of 2019 which could purportedly be the OnePlus 7T.

This time being 5G capable globally, the device should pick up the mantle from its predecessor OnePlus 7 Pro, the XDA Developers reported quoting the Financial Times on Wednesday.

However, unlike the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G that is only available from a selected few carriers across the world, the new handset would get a global release.

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“5G is the promise of a better quality of life for all and exceptional opportunities. It will allow to adapt life to our needs,” he said. VOA

“If you want to be a premium phone in 2020, you have to be equipped with 5G technology,” OnePlus CEO Pete Lau said.

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He added: “We believe with the development of 5G technology next year we can have a (even) better performance. With the upcoming 5G era approaching, we are going to invest more,” the GSMArena quoted Lau as saying. (IANS)