Nokia 9 PureView
AVAILABILITY To be confirmed
Mobile: With five cameras on board, the Nokia 9 PureView is the most interesting phone we’ve seen for ages. They’re not there to help you get a wider angle or a zoomed-in view of your scene, but to boost the dynamic range of the camera. That is to say, the range of light intensities from black to white, an area in which smartphone cameras have traditionally struggled. In fact, every time you hit the shutter button, the phone captures at least one frame with all five of the cameras – that’s 60 megapixels worth of image data – before fusing them all to create one image. Nokia worked with Light (you may remember its crazy L16 camera) on the proprietary chip that controls the capture process on the PureView’s camera array.
The result of all this jiggery-pokery is, Nokia claims, that the 12megapixel, the f/1.8 camera can capture a staggering maximum of 12 stops of dynamic range. You’ll also be able to call on Nokia’s “full-view” depth mapping to reposition the focal point after shooting and to create more convincing portrait shots than ever. Indeed, the data from the phone’s five cameras coupled with the accompanying time-of-flight depth sensor enables the camera to produce a depth map with 1,200 layers, with focal lengths from 7cm to 40m.
Huawei Mate X
There was one undoubted star of MWC 2019: the Huawei Mate X. A foldable phone that people will genuinely want to buy and a marker of things to come. Let’s just hope the price drops in the meantime. You’re paying for some incredible innovation. At 11mm, it’s not much thicker than a normal phone. Both sides are full-height displays, yet it unfolds to produce a stunning 8in 2,480 x 2,200 screen.
Unfolded, the Mate X measures just 5.4mm thick, but note that one edge is thicker – this gives something to hold on to so you can use it onehanded, with the screen cleverly locking into position thanks to the ingenious “falcon wing” hinge design. This also means that unlike the Royale FlexPai foldable phone (see our‘Best of CES 2019’ feature, issue 294, p28), there are no gaps when you fold it into phone mode. Fold it back into phone mode and you’re still left with a 6.6in 2,480 x 1,148 front screen, with a 6.38in 2,480 x 892 panel available on the back. With its own 5G chip inside,
Huawei claims that the Mate X can achieve download speeds of up to 4.6Gbits/sec – which is fast enough to grab a 1GB movie in just three
seconds. The Huawei Mate X will be available from EE, Three, and Vodafone over this summer. We hope.
PRICE Not applicable
AVAILABILITY First half of 2020 Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 and X50 5G modem are only just making their way into smartphones, but the chipmaker is already casting its gaze towards next year. Following the announcement of its second-generation 5G mobile modem – the X55 – Qualcomm has confirmed next year’s flagship processor will have 5G fully integrated on the die. This means that every high-end smartphone in 2020 will be 5Genabled since the capability will be already built into the next flagship Qualcomm chipset, presumably to be called the Snapdragon 865.
Huawei Matebook 14
PRICE €1,199 or €1,499
AVAILABILITY April 2019
Huawei unveiled three new laptops at MWC: an updated version of the MacBook 13 for the global market (the US version was announced at CES), a new MateBook X Pro and – most interesting of all – the MateBook 14. While keeping the MacBook Air-esque style of the MateBook 13, along with its excellent build quality, it includes a GeForce MX 250 GPU, an 8th Generation Intel Core processor (the i7-8565U in the more expensive model) and the promise of15 hours of battery life.