More than 100,000 telecom executives, mobile-industry insiders, analysts, reporters, and gadget gawkers have descended on Barcelona for Mobile World Congress—which kicks off today (Feb. 25).
The theme of this year’s MWC is “Intelligent Connectivity.” Is there is any other kind?
Huawei also made waves with the Mate X, what it calls the “world’s fastest foldable 5G phone.” (Take that, Samsung.) Living on the edge will cost you a lot of Dollar The Mate X starts at a cool $2,600
“This will catapult Huawei to a true leader in smartphones, proving themselves to be worthy of comparison to Apple and Samsung,” said Wayne Lam, an analyst at consulting firm IHS Markit .https://t.co/jCRJh9icn7 via @WSJ
— Huawei Mobile (@HuaweiMobile) February 25, 2019
Huawei is one of the expo’s largest sponsors, but that’s not why it will be the talk of MWC this week. The world’s largest network equipment seller is under fire from US officials, who accuse it of building backdoors into telecom systems on behalf of spies in Beijing.
America’s attempts to enlist European allies in blacklisting the Chinese firm appear to be faltering, though, and Huawei will seek to win converts in Barcelona by trying to focus on technology, not geopolitics.
Unrivalled speed. The #HUAWEIMateX combines the world’s first 7nm 5G multi-mode modem, the #Balong5000 with the #Kirin980 for unbeatable performance. #ConnectingTheFuture #MWC2019 pic.twitter.com/nWzZryI7RS
— Huawei Mobile (@HuaweiMobile) February 24, 2019
Huawei. The Chinese tech giant introduced a new version of the MateBook X Pro laptop with a massive, sharp screen that gives Apple a run for its money.