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MWC 2018: Newly Announced Devices You Might Have Missed
From Vivo's Apex Concept Phone to Sony's Xperia Ear Duo
Aaqib Javeed
By Aaqib Javeed
Mar 01, 2018
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Mobile World Congress 2018 is going to end today but it’s already been a jam-packed event for various product launches including smartphones, laptops, digital assistant devices etc.

From the unveiling of Vivo Apex Concept Phone to Leagoo S9 with iPhone X-like design, here are the releases you might have missed at the grand event.

Vivo Apex Concept Phone

   

Chinese smartphone maker Vivo introduced a new concept smartphone called APEX that has the world's highest screen-to-body ratio and half-screen in-display fingerprint scanning technology. It allows users to unlock the phone by touching the screen, unlike other smartphones which have a separate fingerprint sensor.

“We are committed to bringing in technology and innovation in every new product that comes out of our stable and APEX is not an exception. The futuristic design innovations in APEX are only a fraction of our innovation pipeline,” Alex Feng, Senior Vice President of Vivo, said in a statement.

The concept device features an 8MP elevating front camera that opens when required and retracts when not in use. It also features the Vivo’s own "Screen SoundCasting" technology that sends vibrations through the display without the need for a traditional loudspeaker.

The Chinese media reported the company is likely to make announcement related to apex concept phone on March 5.

Sony Xperia Ear Duo

Besides the launch of Sony Xperia smartphones, the company has also unveiled Sony Xperia Ear Duo, its wireless stereo headsets at the ongoing Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. It is designed for those who want or need to remain hyper-aware of their surroundings which means it deliver a “dual listening” experience that combines your music with environmental sounds happening around you.

The Ear Duo comes in two colours, this champagne gold colour or a more traditional black, and earpiece weighs about 10g. Sony’s Xperia Ear Duo will ship this May and the company will charge $279 for the product.

Leagoo S9

Leagoo S9 looks an awful lot like the the iPhone X.

Chinese company Leagoo unveiled its latest smartphone at MWC with iPhone X-like design including the famous "notch." Also known as the 'World’s first Android iPhone X', the Leagoo S9 has a 5.85 inch HD+ IPS display and “Face Access” feature, which uses facial recognition to unlock the device.

The smartphone comes packed with an eight-core chipset clubbed with 4GB RAM/ 32GB of storage with a microSD card support for expansion. It also has a dual 13-megapixel camera on the back of the phone, as well as a rear fingerprint sensor.

Leagoo S9 will cost only $149.99 when it’s released later this year.

LenovoYoga 730

Lenovo has not launched any smartphones at MWC 2018, but the Chinese computer maker has unveiled two new laptops under the Yoga series- Lenovo Yoga 730 and Yoga 530.

The Yoga 730, 2-in-1 laptop has Alexa built in and will be available in 13-inches or 15-inches, with an eight-generation Intel Core i7 processor and 16GB of RAM. The cool feature with the new laptop is that it offers support for both Cortana and Alexa.

The new Lenovo Yoga 730 comes in Platinum, Iron Grey, and Copper and prices will start from around $880.

ZTE Axon M

One of the more unusual gadgets at Mobile World Congress 2018 is the ZTE Axon M – a foldable smartphone with two screens.

At first glance the Axon M looks like a regular smartphone, but users can open a second 5.2-inch HD screen from the back, transforming it into a small tablet. The Android phone has a 20-megapixel camera but weighing in at almost a quarter of a kilo.

ZTE Axon M is powered by quad-core processor and comes with 64GB of internal memory and has a microSD card slot to expand the further.

The device is available in the US market at a price of $724.99.

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