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Tech Talk Thursday: Feb 2019

Tech Talk Thursday: Feb 2019

The MWC Barcelona (formerly Mobile World Congress) is a meeting of industry leaders that share innovations, explore trends and feature discussions from many of today’s influencers. The event just wrapped up and with over 2,400 exhibitors, there were lots of exciting announcements. Let’s look further into some of the key takeaways from this trade show.

Top Tech Announcements for February 2019

Foldable Screens are here

Folding phone concepts have been around for years but now, those visions are starting to become a reality. In fact, Samsung announced The Galaxy Fold; it features a 7.3 inch Infinity Flex Display which folds into a compact device with cover display when the phone is closed. Samsung fitted the Galaxy Fold with a high-powered, next-generation processing chipset and 12GB of RAM with PC-like performance. This gives the phone a powerful, unique way to multitask, watch videos, play games and more.

Huawei introduced The Mate-X smartphone, an 8-inch, plastic OLED display that folds outward which means it gives you a tablet-sized screen when its extended, and a 6.6-inch diagonal front screen and an 6.4-inch back display when its folded.

Hole-Punched Screens

Samsung announced 4 models of its Galaxy phones: S10, S10+, S10E and S10 5G. The phones offer an Infinity display that has a “punched out” hole for the forward facing camera, edge-to-edge screen with tiny bezels, an ability to wirelessly charge another device, an improved rear camera and ultrasonic fingerprint reader in the display.

Of course, these models are currently not available; if you are interested in using phones for an upcoming event, we rent Samsung Galaxy phones.

AR Advancements

Microsoft announced its HoloLens 2, its second mixed reality (MR) headset, targeted to frontline workers, architects, military personnel. The mixed reality headset is more comfortable to wear, supports new gesture controls and utilizes optics to increase the field of view. The headset can best be described as a full PC on your head and more than a pair of “AR glasses.”

Not interested in mixed reality? We offer many virtual reality headset rentals to fit your needs and budget.

VR for Business

Microsoft isn’t the only player announcing a new headset. HTC showcased its Vive Focus Plus that is targeting businesses – hospitals, schools, architectural firms, hospitals and more – that are looking for an all-in-one solution. The headset is near-identical to the Vive Focus; the controllers are improved and offer a similar immersive experience to the Vive Pro.

Don’t forget that VR headsets are also perfect for trade shows. Check out ways to add virtual reality demos to your trade show exhibit.

Portable Monitor

Accessory announcements don’t typically generate a whole lot of excitement but Lenovo ThinkVision M14 changes that. It is a portable monitor that offers a 14-inch full HD (1920 x 1080) display with fold out kickstand, slide over hard cover to protect the glass, USB-C ports and two mounting points if you want to put on a stand. It is specifically designed for workers on the move. Available summer 2019.


There is lots of talk about 5G – with speeds of 10 gigabits per second, who wouldn’t be excited. In addition to speed, 5G will create flexibility and agility to allow enhanced services and performance with better reliability than is currently possible. However, many pundits suggest ignoring 5G for the moment. 5G is at least a couple of years away from being a real option for most of the country. Stay tuned…

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