Here is a selection of the top stories from across the internet from this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, where the global mobile industry gathered to show off their latest tech and innovations.

Best phones of MWC 2019: every new handset you need to know

Tech Radar

With Samsung opting to announce the Galaxy S10 family at its own Unpacked event the previous week, MWC 2019 had the potential to be one of the least exciting editions of the world’s biggest mobile technology show in recent memory.

The good news is, it wasn’t. Instead, it allowed the other manufacturers from around the globe to step up to the plate and embrace the lack of new Samsung flagships by taking the limelight with their own releases.

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A foldable phone just won ‘Best in Show’ at MWC 2019, and it’s not the Samsung Galaxy Fold

BGR

More than a week ago, we had no clear idea whether Samsung would bring its first foldable handset to the Galaxy S10 Unpacked press conference, as it was previously rumored. And we suspected that at least one foldable would be shown at the Mobile World Congress. What followed was somewhat surprising, as foldable devices quickly took over MWC 2019. They’re certainly not for everyone, but they’re the talk of the town. It’s not a surprise that a foldable phone won the “Best in Show” award in Barcelona this year, but it wasn’t Samsung’s Galaxy Fold that did it.

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5G will make our phones faster—and Google, Amazon, and Microsoft even stronger

Quartz

In recent years, much of the discussion at Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress—okay, nearly all of it—has focused around the advent of 5G cellular technology, and the technological marvels that these ultra-fast networks will enable. This year, unlike in previous expos, those promises started to feel more real, as chipmakers, networking equipment manufacturers, and smartphone companies showed off 5G-capable devices, while mobile operators unveiled timelines of 5G service rollouts. It’s a long-discussed future that will soon be upon us.

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MWC 2019: Huawei Politics, Robots and Speedy 5G

NY Times

BARCELONA, Spain — The Trump administration sent a delegation to Spain this week to make its case against the Chinese technology company Huawei at one of the world’s biggest tech trade shows.

But the event, called MWC Barcelona, ended up being favorable ground for the Chinese maker of telecom equipment.

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MWC 2019 is a 5G party and Apple isn’t celebrating

ZDNet

For years, MWC has been a central source of 5G anticipation fuel. This year, though, is clearly the cellular technology’s coming-out party. In any other year, the arrival of a smartphone with a folding display or second screen would be enough to ensure that a company was on the cutting edge of mobile technology. This year, though, the companies that introduced such flagships had to anticipate 5G proliferation. Even HTC, which did not introduce a new smartphone at MWC, had a unique 5G product announcement.

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There are no smartwatches or fitness bands at MWC 2019, and it’s not a problem

Tech Radar

For the second year in a row, Mobile World Congress (MWC) – one of the biggest shows in mobile technology – is without any major smartwatch or fitness tracker announcements.

Instead, the show has been full to the brim with new top-end, exciting phones like the Huawei Mate X and Sony Xperia 1… but why isn’t there more wearable tech?

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Five phone cameras? Three? Galaxy S10, PureView, Xperia take different tacks

Cnet

Cast your mind back to the heady days of 2012 when Nokia scored an award for launching the best new device at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The winner was the Nokia 808 PureView, a Symbian-powered phone that boasted a camera with 41 megapixels.

Seven years later, there’s a new PureView in town, but this time it’s less about the megapixels and all about the number of lenses.

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella tries to bring a little star power and vision to MWC Barcelona 19

Venture Beat

With the gathering we call Mobile World Congress expected to offer little in the way of big announcements and buzzworthy names this year, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella arrived in Barcelona to fill the void.

On Sunday evening, Nadella opened a Microsoft event for journalists to introduce the second generation of the company’s HoloLens, an intriguing augmented reality headset Microsoft is still trying to push past the embryonic stage.

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MWC 2019: AT&T and Vodafone partner on automotive IoT

Zdnet

AT&T and Vodafone Business have announced at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 in Barcelona that they will be cooperating on Internet of Things (IoT) applications across the automotive space, including safety, security, and entertainment.

The two said they will develop connected car solutions for combined customers in the North American, European, and African markets.

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Curios of the Congress: 5 of the strangest gadgets from MWC 2019

Trusted Reviews

Partaking in Mobile World Congress grants the global technology press access to a wealth of innovative technologies. This year we met the Nokia 9 PureViewwith its five rear cameras, the stunning Huawei Mate X foldable, Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 and a host more incredible products that we’ve featured in our Best of MWC 2019 round-up.

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