There was plenty going on at Mobile World Congress 2018 – so much that it is difficult to pick the top innovations from the gathering. We need to limit the scope of our criteria just to wade through all of the exciting new products that were there. With that in mind, let’s focus our efforts here on three products expected to be required tech in 2019.

The Galaxy S9 Family

The mobile technology that stole the show, hands down, was the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus. These two new flagships finally employed AR technology in an accessible way, along with facial recognition and fingerprint sensors for security. The cameras on these phones are next level, making them the ultimate consumer tool for 2018. Basically, if you are not going to invest in an Apple phone, this is what you need to get.


The Samsung Galaxy S9 highlighted Mobile World Congress 2018. Photo copyright Samsung.

The S9 Plus costs around 20% more than the base model, but it also comes with 2 GB more of RAM, 64 GB more media space, a telephoto option for improved camera zoom, a 500 mAh improvement in battery life, and a slightly larger screen.

The Huawei MediaPad M5

The MediaPad M5 represents a line of three absolutely incredible tablets that lend a new level of functionality to high end Android tablets. All three come in two screen sizes – 8.4 inch and 10.8 inch. On top of this, you can also invest in the MediaPad 5 Pro, which comes with a stylus.

Surprisingly, the smaller versions may have a better display to them because of their higher pixel per inch frequency (359 ppi compared to 280 ppi for the 10.8 inch version). However, all of these tablets have a 20% improvement in picture quality because of the new Huawei technology known as ClairVu. They include either dual or quad speakers, and an Android Oreo 8 overlay known as Emotion UI 8.

The Sony Xperia XZ2

Sony gets back into the mobile fray with the flagship Xperia XZ2, a device that definitely ups the ante for their product line. This is the big brand phone with the greatest improvements in design, so expect to turn heads after picking one up. However, the performance matches the aesthetic. Starting with a smart 4K HDR video capture feature and ending with a design language called “Ambient Flow,” you get every upgrade that Sony could think of to draw users back to the company.

The smartphone sports an 18:9 display, much larger than previous iterations of Sony phones. The screen is a huge: 5.8 inches with a noticeable reduction in bezel size. Its new Dynamic Vibration System adds low end to movies, games and movies. Also, don’t forget 19 MP sensor on the camera.

There was so much at Mobile World Congress 2018, you really had to be there to take it all in. Expect these products to be some of the most highly coveted from the convention. Stay tuned to Bandwidth Place for additional dispatches from the telecommunications world.