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February 26, 2018 / 08:40 PM IST

MWC 2018 Highlights: Lenovo adds Yoga 530 and 730 to its Yoga laptop series

Live updates from the 2018 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.


20:36 That's all for the day. Thanks for staying tuned.

18:30 Vivo showcases concept smartphone Apex with in-display fingerprint scanner

MWC 2018 has seen its share of interesting devices from the stables of Samsung, Nokia, Lenovo and Huawei. One of the most-interesting ones is a concept from Chinese smartphonemaker Vivo — the Apex. The most important feature of the Apex is the half-screen in-display fingerprint scanning technology.

It allows users to unlock the phone by touching the screen, unlike other smartphones which have a separate fingerprint sensor. Also, another exciting innovation is the 8-megapixel pop-up camera, a periscope-like module. While taking selfies the module pops out in under a second to take pictures.

15:51 Lenovo adds Yoga 530 and Yoga 730 to its Yoga series laptops

The two are one of the first laptops to feature have Amazon’s voice-controlled Alexa virtual assistant and can support Cortana too.

The laptop can be used in three more ways — tablet, stand and tent — thanks to the 360-degree rotatable hinge.

Yoga 530 has a 14-inch UHD IPS touch-enabled display and has 10 hours of battery life. You can configure the laptop with Intel 8th-gen Core i7 series processor, accompanied by up to 16 GB of RAM.

Price: Lenovo Yoga 530 is priced at Euro 549 in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. 13-inch Yoga 730 will go on sale starting at Euro 999. The 15-inch Yoga 730 will start at Euro 1,099. Both the Yoga 730 variants come along with Active Pen 2.

15:00 Huawei unveils world's first 5G commercial modem

Chinese telecom gear firm Huawei 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.

Besides the chipset, Huawei unveiled full touch screen enabled notebook Huawei Matebook X Pro with 13.9-inch display, pop-up camera on the keyboard with price range started Euro 1,399.

The company unveiled three 4G tablet models in Mediapad M5 series with dual use as tablet and notebook at starting price of Euro 349.

14:40 Sony has come up with XZ2 Compact. With a 5-inch screen, it is truly compact.

XZ2 Compact has a Snapdragon 845 processor and has the same camera features as the XZ2. However, it does not have the Dynamic Vibration System.

The rear side of the phone has plastic instead of glass. XZ2 Compact lacks the wireless charging.

13:56 Both — XZ2 and XZ2 Compact — phones now sport shrunken bezels, but not as much as Samsung LG or OnePlus.

They are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 processor. The XZ2 has a 5.7-inch 4K HDR display which has a 2:1 aspect ratio and resolution of 2160×1440.  The ultra-slow-mo mode can record 960fps footage at a higher 1080p resolution.

Pricing and release of the two phones will be announced later.

13:30 Sony Xperia Ear Duo ear buds arrive in May for USD 280

Price and sale date: USD 279.99 and will be available from May. However, pre-orders for these ‘open ear’ ear buds start today on Amazon.

Ear Duo aim at delivering a ‘dual listening’ experience which combines user’s music with the environmental sounds.

Audio notifications of your calendar, news headlines, among others can also be heard on the headset. Sony has built in Siri and Google Assistant integration.

13:16 As expected, Sony had unveiled the new Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact smartphones.

Sony Xperia XZ2 offers Dynamic Vibration System, which gives users haptic feedback when they are watching a video or playing a game.

Xperia XZ2 can shoot videos in 4K HDR.

13:15 Sony is working with Qualcomm and Ericsson to add and optimise 5G. The company has already got a variety of carriers on board.

Talking about their collaboration with Sony and the Spadragon 845 processor Qualcomm's Cristiano Amon has said, "We're very excited about what the two companies can do."

13:05 Sony event has begun at the 2018 MWC. The Japanese tech company is expected to launch three smartphones, amongst others.

12:10 Sony is expected to reveal three new smartphones at 1 pm today.

11:39 Vivo showcases Apex: World’s first in-display fingerprint scanner concept phone

Chinese smartphone maker Vivo had earlier showcased a prototype phone which had the world’s first in-display fingerprint scanner.

The tech a method of biometric authentication that could result in dropping of screen bezels, rear-mounted sensors altogether. Now, Vivo has come out with a concept phone at the 2018 MWC which has the in-display fingerprint scanner at its heart.

The concept phone is tagged ‘Apex’ is Vivo’s main product on display this time. Vivo calls it the ‘Half-Screen In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology’ and the idea here is for users to be able to place their finger on a large area of the display screen instead of the thumbnail-sized icon to unlock the phone.

11:00 Huawei launches world's first bezel-less notebook Matebook X Pro

Huawei launched its Matebook X Pro which is said to be the world’s first FullView touchscreen notebook.

The Matebook X Pro has a 91 percent screen-to-body ratio and has a 13.9-inch 3K display. It has a metal unibody design.

The notebook is powered by Windows 10 and has up to 8th gen Intel Core i7 processor. It features a 2-in-1 power button with a fingerprint sensor.

There are quad speakers on the notebook for audio while the camera has been integrated into the keyboard.

10:25 Nokia revamps classic 1996 model 8110

The original 8110 was first launched in 1996 and was popular for having a "slider". The 8110 also appeared in the science-fiction movie ‘The Matrix’ in 1999.

Nokia has not revamped this phone again. This time, it is 4G-enabled.

You can answer calls on the new 8110 4G by simply sliding the case open and also cutting the call by snapping the slider shut.

08:15 India at the Mobile World Congress: To highlight 5G readiness, tech leadership

With one of the largest delegations at the Mobile World Congress, India plans to highlight its readiness for 5G services and technology leadership including its numero uno position globally in terms of mobile data usage.

"We want to position ourselves not as a recipient of 5G technology but active contributor of the 5G technology. Whether it is core network technology, all services of application ecosystem," Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan told reporters about India's participation in MWC 2018.

Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha will lead a 90-people strong delegation at the annual event.

The Indian government has set up a high-level committee to work on 5G technology roadmap for India including participation in global standards, test facilities etc.

Sundararajan said that most of the used cases being showcased for 5G services at present are largely for the developing advanced economies.

"We want to make sure that we start building in developmental used cases particularly in the field of health, agriculture etc. We should be an integral part of standards," she said. (PTI)

08:06 Nokia 8 Sirocco Specs:

The new Sirocco has a 5.5-inch 2K display. The smartphone is 7.5 mm thick and is IP67 rated waterproof till 1 metre for up to 30 minutes.

The phone will run on Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. It has 8GB RAM and 128GB storage with an expandable microSD card slot. It will feature dual cameras — 12 megapixel and 13 megapixel (rear) and a 5 megapixel front camera.

Nokia’s latest flagship device will run on Android Oreo One and will have a 3,260 mAh battery.

Nokia has set the price for this phone at Euros 749, which is roughly USD 925. While the release date for United States and rest of the world has not been announced, the phone is expected to hit European stores in April, we have learned.

07:53 Galaxy S9 and S9+ Specs:

Samsung has not revealed the price yet.

The Galaxy S9 comes with 4GB RAM and with internal memory options of 64GB, 128GB and 256GB along with an external memory slot, which can support capacity of up to 400GB. It has put 3,000 mAh battery for the 5.8-inch screen.

The Galaxy S9+ comes with 6GB RAM and would also have memory options of 64GB, 128GB and 256GB along with an external memory slot of 400GB. The S9+ has a 3,500 mAh battery for its 6.2-inch screen.

Samsung has incorporated several advanced features like the built in live automatic translator in its camera app, which can translate over 50 languages, the company claims.

This includes several Indian languages such as Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Telugu, Tamil, Punjabi and Marathi.

Both smartphones will operate on Android 8 Orio and will give options to users to create their own emojis with their faces while chatting.

Both these phones will have a front camera which is 8 mega pixels and the rear will be 12 mega pixels. The phones will also have features like rear finger scanning and wireless charging system. (With PTI inputs)

07:45 Nokia launches new flagship phone Sirocco

Nokia launched its new flagship smartphone — Sirocco. The phone has a 5.5-inch display which stretches to all sides of the phone by curving at the edges. It has a stainless steel frame.

Sirocco has 2K resolution and functions on the Qualcomm 835 processor. It comes 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.

The smartphone can be charged wirelessly and is waterproof till 1 metre for up to 30 minutes.

07:37 Samsung launches Galaxy S9 & S9 plus

South Korean technology giant Samsung has unveiled its latest flagship model in the smartphone segment Galaxy S9 and S9+, a day before the Mobile World Congress 2018.

The phones have dual aperture and slow motion video options similar to iPhone X and the Google Pixel 2 series. It also have features like dual-stereo speakers and Dolby Atmos surround sound.
  • February 26, 2018 / 08:36 PM IST

    That's all for the day. Thanks for staying tuned.

  • February 26, 2018 / 06:31 PM IST

    The Future of smartphones — Vivo Apex concept

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  • February 26, 2018 / 06:22 PM IST

    Also, another exciting innovation is the 8-megapixel pop-up camera, a periscope-like module. While taking selfies the module pops out in under a second to take pictures.

  • February 26, 2018 / 06:11 PM IST

     Vivo displays futuristic Apex concept with in-display fingerprint scanner
    The most important feature of the Apex is the half-screen in-display fingerprint scanning technology. It allows users to unlock the phone by touching the screen, unlike other smartphones which have a separate fingerprint sensor.

  • February 26, 2018 / 05:59 PM IST

    MWC 2018 has seen its share of interesting devices from the stables of Samsung, Nokia, Lenovo and Huawei. One of the most-interesting ones is a concept from Chinese smartphonemaker Vivo — the Apex.

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  • February 26, 2018 / 03:49 PM IST

     Lenovo adds Yoga 530 and Yoga 730 to its Yoga series laptops

    The two are one of the first laptops to feature have Amazon’s voice-controlled Alexa virtual assistant and can support Cortana too.

    The laptop can be used in three more ways — tablet, stand and tent — thanks to the 360-degree rotatable hinge.

    Yoga 530 has a 14-inch UHD IPS touch-enabled display and has 10 hours of battery life. You can configure the laptop with Intel 8th-gen Core i7 series processor, accompanied by up to 16 GB of RAM.

    Price: Lenovo Yoga 530 is priced at Euro 549 in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. 13-inch Yoga 730 will go on sale starting at Euro 999. The 15-inch Yoga 730 will start at Euro 1,099. Both the Yoga 730 variants come along with Active Pen 2.

  • February 26, 2018 / 03:27 PM IST

    The LG V30S ThinQ is seen on display at MWC.

     The LG V30S ThinQ is seen on display at MWC.
  • February 26, 2018 / 02:59 PM IST

     Huawei unveils world's first 5G commercial modem

    Chinese telecom gear firm Huawei 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.

    Besides the chipset, Huawei unveiled full touch screen enabled notebook Huawei Matebook X Pro with 13.9-inch display, pop-up camera on the keyboard with price range started Euro 1,399.

    The company unveiled three 4G tablet models in Mediapad M5 series with dual use as tablet and notebook at starting price of Euro 349.

  • February 26, 2018 / 02:51 PM IST

    An engineer points to a Huawei Mate 10 Pro mobile used to control a driverless car at the MWC. (Image: Reuters)

     An engineer points to a Huawei Mate 10 Pro mobile used to control a driverless car at the MWC.  (Image: Reuters)
  • February 26, 2018 / 02:39 PM IST

    Sony has come up with XZ2 Compact. With a 5-inch screen, it is truly compact.

    XZ2 Compact has a Snapdragon 845 processor and has the same camera features as the XZ2. However, it does not have the Dynamic Vibration System.

    The rear side of the phone has plastic instead of glass. XZ2 Compact lacks the wireless charging.

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  • February 26, 2018 / 01:54 PM IST

    Both — XZ2 and XZ2 Compact — phones now sport shrunken bezels, but not as much as Samsung, LG or OnePlus.

    They are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 processor. The XZ2 has a 5.7-inch 4K HDR display which has a 2:1 aspect ratio and resolution of 2160×1440.  The ultra-slow-mo mode can record 960fps footage at a higher 1080p resolution.

    Pricing and release of the two phones will be announced later.

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