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8 Best Phones And Laptops Of MWC 2023

Although the OnePlus 11 Concept phone was arguably the brand’s biggest head-turner at the show, the company admitted that even if it could produce a market-ready version of the phone with the same integrated liquid cooling system, it’d likely only deliver two or three degree-Celsius reduction in temperature in real-world use.

1. Best mobile accessory: OnePlus 45W Liquid Cooler

In contrast, a surprise entrant from the brand is the OnePlus 45W Liquid Cooler.

The Thermo Electric Cooler (or TEC, for short) has four intensity settings and promises to chill your phone by up to an impressive 20°C / 36°F; that’s huge in mobile silicon terms.

Perhaps one of the cooler’s greatest strengths is that despite coming out of OnePlus, its design means it isn’t only compatible with OnePlus’ smartphones. As long as your device fits into The Clip, you can benefit from its chilling abilities, whether you use an iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, or any other brand’s device.

2. Best mobile innovation: Xiaomi 13 Pro

Although Xiaomi first introduced its latest Xiaomi 13 flagship phone series into the Chinese market in late 2022, MWC 2023 marked the line’s international release.

Having already spent some hands-on time with both the Xiaomi 13 and Xiaomi 13 Pro, it’s the latter’s combination of Leica-tuned imaging and Sony’s huge 1-inch IMX989 sensor that delivers a excellent camera experience.

Add to this a price that undercuts key rivals and the promise of top-shelf performance too, and the Xiaomi 13 Pro is a smartphone to watch out for.

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3. Best foldable: Honor Magic Vs

Not unlike Xiaomi’s 13 series, the Honor Magic Vs is a device that was first introduced as a China-market exclusive late last year, but at MWC 2023, alongside the launch of the company’s new flagship – the Honor Magic 5 Pro – the company also served up international pricing for its latest and greatest foldable (€1,599), cementing its position as a new contender in the global smartphone market.

Best of all is the price, which looks set to undercut its leading rival when it does go on sale globally.

4. Tablet of the show: OnePlus Pad

The tablet market has been eerily quiet recently, but the OnePlus Pad sees the upstart phone company making a big splash on a bigger Android screen. The OnePlus Pad mixes some best-in-class specs with appropriately cut corners. The design recalls the latest OnePlus 11 phone.

The display, is extra-large – at 11.6 inches – and a bit taller than you’d normally find on most tablet displays. OnePlus has opted for a unique 7:5 aspect ratio, which isn’t so far from the normal 4:3, That display is sharper than you’ll find on even the best iPads, with a pixel density of 296ppi.

The OnePlus Pad gets a unique design, with a centrally-located camera around the back that OnePlus says will stay out of the way of errant fingers. It also has fast charging, which is still a rarity in tablets.

5. Best outdoor tech: Bullitt Group Motorola Defy Satellite Link

At MWC, Bullitt Group surprised us by bringing the same consumer-friendly satellite messaging to any smartphone, thanks to the Motorola Defy Satellite Link Bluetooth accessory.

While the iPhone 14 family of phones can talk to satellites, the Motorola Defy Satellite Link is an entirely different – and friendlier – beast. The iPhone can help you in an emergency, but what if you just want to make dinner plans while you’re still high on the mountain? The Defy Satellite Link will connect to a satellite and send your message on. No need for all of the Emergency SOS drama.

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Both the Motorola Defy 2 and the Motorola Defy Satellite Link will use a subscription plan to let users send up to 30 messages or more, depending on how much you pay. A set number of messages will be free in the first year. To receive messages from a satellite, your recipient will first get a text message telling them to download the Bullitt Group app, which will communicate with the satellite service.

Unlike Apple, which uses fast-moving satellite constellation networks, the Bullitt Group solution relies on singular geosynchronous satellites that are about as far away from earth as a satellite can get.

6. Phone of the Show: Honor Magic 5 Pro

The Honor Magic 5 Pro doesn’t have as large a sensor as the one-inch module on the Xiaomi 13 Pro, but it still packs a bigger sensor than most competitors; including the best Samsung phones and best iPhones you can buy. Instead, the Magic 5 Pro goes for a wider f/1.6 lens, and this is going to make a huge difference.

The Honor Magic 5 Pro also uses the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, so it should see speedy performance on common tasks and gaming. It’s got fast charging, a bigger battery than much of the competition, and even new features.

Like its former parent company Huawei, Honor won’t be selling its flagship phone in the US, but expect wider availability throughout Asia, Europe, and Mexico.

7. Best laptop: Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Twist

Lenovo had a brilliant MWC 2023, showing off some truly innovative and exciting laptops, proving decisively that the Barcelona-based tech show isn’t just about smartphones, but it’s increasingly seen as a platform for companies to show off their upcoming laptops as well.

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The Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Twist, is a great example of how a company like Lenovo can innovate, especially when it comes to the tried-and-tested laptop form factor.

Unlike traditional 2-in-1 laptops that turn into tablet-like devices by folding the screen back behind the keyboard, the Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Twist uses a central hinge that lets you literally twist the laptop and turn it into a tablet.

That’s not all, though, as the back of the screen houses a second display – a color E Ink display similar to the ones found on e-readers. This allows you to use the laptop in an ultra-low powered state, conserving battery life when you want to browse the web, for example.

The main screen is a gorgeous 2.8K OLED, and Lenovo has also packed cutting-edge tech, such as 16GB of DDR5 RAM and a 13th gen Intel Core i7 processor into an incredibly slim and stylish body.

8. Computing innovation: Lenovo’s rollable laptop concept

Lenovo didn’t just show off laptops that were coming soon at MWC, it also showed off its vision of the future of laptops with its ‘rollable’ laptop. While this is clearly not going to appear in a product any time soon, it impressed us enough when we saw an early version in person to get excited for Lenovo’s vision, and give its rollable laptop concept is Best Computing Innovation of MWC 2023 award.

Rather than a laptop that you can roll up like a newspaper, it it stores part of its display in a roll behind the screen, which then unspools, slowly increasing the overall screen size.

Even in this early incarnation, it’s an impressive feat, and it’s a great showcase for rollable screen technology. Don’t expect to see this in laptops any time soon, but when it does appear, it could be a game changer.

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