Best of MWC'19: It's awards time!

Best of MWC'19: It's awards time!
MWC'19 is not over just yet, but as most major phone announcements have already taken place, we are are more than ready to hand out a few awards.

Last year's MWC was relatively light on new device announcements as the major players vied for media attention and stayed away from the informational deluge that is MWC. This year, however, the largest mobile expo proved to be quite intriguing as we not only welcomed the usual yearly upgrades of the most popular phone families, but also witnessed the major strides that have been made in 5G and the baby steps of a brand new from factor - foldable phones are here, folks, and despite the unironed out caveats of the first devices that came out, this trend is already set to be the next big thing for phone manufacturers in the coming years.

Still, despite all the promising tech showcased in the vast halls of the MWC expo in sunny Barcelona, we need to distinguish the highlights and hand out our awards to the retspective parties. 

Best of MWC'19: Samsung

Hanna Park, Senior Global PR Manager at Samsung, receives the 'Best of MWC'19' award for the Galaxy S10 lineup

If you're insisting on being extremely correct, you might say that the Galaxy S10, S10+, S10e, and S10+ 5G weren't technically unveiled at MWC'19 as their announcement took place just four days earlier in San Francisco. You'd be correct in saying that, but either way, we recognize Samsung's efforts and hand out our first award to the South Korean super-giant. The reason for that is not only the aforementioned Galaxy S10 lineup due to its uncompromising design, innovative features, superb displays, and aura that will certainly keep most of its rivals on their toes in the upcoming months.

Read more about the Galaxy S10 by following the links below.

Best of MWC'19: Sony

Yosuke Someya, Sr. Manager Product Planning at Sony, receives the 'Best of MWC19' award for the Xperia 1 at Sony's MWC 2019 booth

Sony bags our second MWC award. The reason? The Sony Xperia 1 with its super-tall 21:9 displays 4K OLED display is the main reason for the crowning achievement, seemingly boasting enough pizzaz to finally make Sony relevant. Of course, the pricing and availability of the phone will play a pretty large part in its eventual success, but from a pure technical standpoint, the Xperia 1 seems like a winner. The cinematic camera mode, super-fast Eye Focus, and the subtle but beneficial interface touch-ups are also helping Sony's case this year.

The Xperia 10 and 10 Plus also appear to be quite interesting mid-rangers that could reap lots of success provide that Sony doesn't go overboard with the pricing. All in all, Sony had one of the more solid lineups at MWC'19. 

Honorable mention: LG

LG was one of the major manufacturers that had announcements during MWC. The company announced not one, but two flagship phones! So why just an honorable mention? Well, LG's new G8 and V50 aren't exactly exciting. Both devices look pretty much identical to their predecessors and the biggest standout feature of the V50 is its 5G modem, which we'll start seeing more and more often anyway. 

However, the LG G8 ThinQ did have something cool to offer: Air Motion. That's the name of LG's new hand gesture controls. Using them, you can perform various functions without touching your device, just hovering your hand above it and moving it around like a wizard. Sadly, in practice, as we found out during our hands-on with the G8, the real-world use of that feature is far from perfect and the whole thing feels like a gimmick. Still, we do appreciate LG's effort to add something new to smartphone controls, which is why the company gets this honorable mention.

Read more about the LG G8 and the LG V50 from our articles below:



1. Cat97

Posts: 1976; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Has th world gone mad ? Elongating the screen by a few millimeters, rendering the phone unusable in the process, is now considered innovation and reason for awards ?

3. androiduser

Posts: 514; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

Exactly lol this new cinematic aspect ratio is bs, as for watching movies most people watch movies on their TV and even if you were to watch movies on your phone, most content you will watch on it will be in 16:9 and you will have huge black bars, as for multi tasking 18:9 is more than enough, Sony is just trying to do something new but its stupid, their new phone is more like a TV remote, that's what it should be, a smart TV remote lol

5. User123456789

Posts: 1141; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

They said today there a lots of stuff 21:9 ... Come say the same when s11 arrives with 21:9

7. Reza14

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 28, 2015

This type of screen is the most common type of movie watching, most of the cinematic movies on the TV are black and white on both sides. The aspect ratio is 21: 9, I cover it, most of the cinematic films are recorded with this aspect, on Amazon you can Find these kind of videos extensively

19. nodes

Posts: 1163; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

You are confused between movies and tv shows, movies are 21:9.

13. umaru-chan

Posts: 372; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

Aren't you supposed to be a Sony slave who criticise every Samsung product - according to a "non-biased" middle eastern a-hole. So why a "Sony Slave" like yourself is questing about Sony "innovation"? Shouldn't you start trolling Samsung while celebrating these " Sony innovation "? Why are behaving in a way that contradict that a-hole's narrative?

20. Nevita

Posts: 44; Member since: Sep 01, 2018

the Xperia 1 fits on the hand perfectly and on the pocket, many have done the test and yes! it fits very well because the phone is more narrower and not much taller than the previous xperias

2. shield

Posts: 868; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

Best of MWC for me is LG serie.

18. mudassarfa

Posts: 15; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

they are worst in system updates. if you check all the lg phones they are way behind system updates

4. John23

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 26, 2019

I love Sony but LG deserves it much more than Sony here.

6. adibuyono

Posts: 50; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

Agree. I am Sony fans too, but I still think LG deserve the award more than Sony. Sony got nothing new, but LG got first ToF, which simply will be next smartphone trend

11. hansip87

Posts: 229; Member since: Nov 10, 2015

Xperia XZ actually has ToF and even their 3d creator has enabled them to do 3d scanning.

21. Nevita

Posts: 44; Member since: Sep 01, 2018

nope, the Xperia Touch has the feature of motion detection and recognition, even with a ToF, their use isnt new.

8. Sparkxster

Posts: 1245; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Best of MWC was Nokia, Sony, LG, and Samsung.

9. OneLove123

Posts: 1257; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

My 3 phones for early 2019 are S10+, LG G8 and Sony xperia 1. I cant wait to get my hands on them.

10. Sparkxster

Posts: 1245; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Same here and I would add the Nokia 9 to the list as well.

12. Jason2k13

Posts: 1469; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

If Sony wants their phone more ‘cinematic’, why give it a small battery?

14. drunkenjay

Posts: 1700; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

grats for samsung, they really showed alot this wmc.

17. monoke

Posts: 1197; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Although I won't be getting either, to me, a 21:9 screen is more bold in design and has practical functionality than a freaking hole in the screen.

22. riteshrkm

Posts: 164; Member since: Apr 15, 2015

Whatever you people fight whether Sony or LG. Both wont Sell!

23. romeo1

Posts: 823; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Not sure why samsung got the award for the s10 line nothing to special about them but the fold is special although not worth the price imo but still it's innovative (same with the Huawei) Sony also with the 21:9 4k hdr oled The rest was more of the same with just spec bumps

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