The Samsung conference and MWC Barcelona have long been connected up and down. Trade show energy has diminished and it has been running depending on whether the world's largest cell phone maker has decided to hold its first show on the phone in Spain. If Samsung appears, there is a noticeable whirlpool of interest.
On Wednesday, just days before the start of this year's MWC, Samsung made its debut in the Galaxy S1
Perhaps you think this will take the wind from the MWC canvas. But between the combination of unique new devices, some international intrigue and, of course, 5G, the show has a good chance to do it alone without Samsung. MWC traditionally offers you a window about how the smartphone will look the next year. But with 5G you can see the foundation for the development of things over the next few years.
"This will be the most significant MWC after launching 4G," said Wayne Lamm, an analyst at HIS Markit.
Where CES in January offered a modest irritation of how 5G looks, MWC will be the right release of next-generation cell technology. After years of hip 5G will change our lives, linking everything to a super-fast and super-responsive network, some of them will actually become alive.
Hell, even President Donald Trump writes about it.
Another reason to be excited is the ability to see more folding smartphones at work. Samsung may have pushed things off with the Galaxy Fold, but Huawei and Xiaomi may have their own flexible devices. LG also has an intriguing second-screen plug-in for one of its leading handsets.
The other fold is how Huawei is going to be in the spotlight on the show while it's engaged in increased global control over the security of its products. The company usually has a huge MWC presence and this year it will not be different.
So yeah, this will be a wild and weird show.
5G, 5G, 5G
This is 2019, and finally 5G is here. South Korea has included the service, although customers and their deployment remain limited. In the US, AT & T has a real 5G (not fake 5G E) on a dozen markets, while Verizon has its 5G Home service since the end of last year (some questions about whether it's a real 5G).
There is no doubt that there will be real 5G deployments over the course of the conference with major companies such as Huawei, Ericsson and Nokia, who will likely put test networks at the Fira Gran Via congress center.
This will be a good test on these networks, given the clean traffic and competing cellular requirements for so many different applications.
MWC will also be a good place to see wider applications beyond the faster connection to the smartphone. Ericsson has shown in the past how a responsive network can help you manage a remote excavator a thousand miles away while Huawei has shown the potential of intelligent cities.
"The mobile industry is progressing rapidly and we are expecting MWC Barcelona's most important topic to be how 5G will change the world, and in particular the role it will play in introducing a new era of intelligent connectivity," said Mats Granid, General director of GSMA, the commercial group he put on sale
Not only Samsung
Galaxy Fold stole the thunder away from the Samsung Unpacked Galaxy S10.Mobile folding MWC phones can do the same
While Samsung jumped competition, companies like Huawei and Xiaomi could laugh last.
While Galaxy Fold impressed the audience with its demo, Samsung decided not to let anyone get too close to it, and the phone was MIA when the demo opened. Another company can steal the spotlight by offering people closer to folding devices.
At CES, I was testing Flexpai from Chinese starter Royole. While the software was buggy, the folding display worked well, and that's easily one of the most impressive things I saw on the show. The point is that the tape is low and the tolerance to products in work is high when it comes to flexible phones.
CNET has reported that TCL is working on a family of folding devices and can also offer an irritation to the show.
Not all fun and games. One of the show's underwater currents will be how Huawei deals with questions about his behavior. The United States led a crusade against the company, with the Justice Department equalizing numerous charges, including intellectual theft, fraud and legal obstacles.
Meng Wanzhou, Chief Financial Officer of the company and daughter of founder Ren Zhangfei, was jailed in Canada awaiting extradition to the United States on some of the accusations cited by the Ministry of Justice. Huawei denied any violations, and Rehn said in an interview with CBS Morning that the move was politically motivated. (Note: CNET and CBS this morning are part of CBS.)
Also, ZTE will return from the edge after an agreement with the US Department of Commerce on sanctions related to its work with North Korea and Iran. He retains a low profile at CES 2019 but is expected to return with a press conference in Barcelona.
Wild Card Devices?
Over the last few years, the MWC has telephones from nowhere to capture the show's participants.
Here is the mysterious LG smartphone with an attachment on the second screen. It's not exactly a folding smartphone, but it's a potentially unique innovation that takes us to the boring rectangular plate.
Already in 2017, the launching HMD Global, which manufactures phones using the Nokia brand, drew a lot of attention with the remake of the Nokia 3310, which perfectly incorporated into the nostalgic trend that also revived NES Classic.
HMD did it again last year with the Nokia 8110, also known as the Matrix phone. Leaks point to a phone with amazing five cameras on the back.
Maybe he'll go for a trifle of retro phones. Or someone like the Chinese manufacturer of Oppo phones will come from nowhere to reduce the crowds.
When Samsung comes out of the mix, anything can happen at MWC.
The story was originally published at 5 am.