Now that MWC19 has officially come to a close, it’s time to look back at some of our favorite phones. In past years, vendors have launched plenty of US-bound phones, but it was slim pickings in 2019. Still, we saw plenty of amazing devices that people around the world will be able to snap up at (mostly) affordable prices. Here are a few of our favorites.
Xiaomi Mi 9
After launching its newest flagship in China in mid-February, Xiaomi announced the global release of the Xiaomi Mi 9 at MWC19. In addition to being the first phone launched with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, the Mi 9 has a stunning OLED display, as well as a triple camera array with night mode and AI scene detection. It can even charge wirelessly at 20W with a separate charging pad. And with all these features, the Xiaomi Mi 9 only costs 449 euros (approx. $ 510), making it the most affordable flagship on the market.
Ulefone Power 5
While Energizer’s 18,000mAh smartphone may have created huge buzz at MWC19, Chinese smartphone maker Ulefone showcased its own big-battery handset. The Ulefone Power 5 packs a massive 13,000mAh battery in a much slimmer body. The midrange phone has a MediaTek 6763 processor along with 6GB of RAM. It even has 10W wireless charging if you’re willing to wait 9 hours to recharge your phone. The Ulefone Power 5 is available in Asia and Europe and sells for 236 euros (approx. $ 269).
Huawei Mate X
If there was one phone that absolutely stole the show at MWC19, it was the Huawei Mate X. In addition to being Huawei’s first folding phone, it’s also the company’s first 5G device. While we had a little time with the Mate X, we were not able to try out all its features. That said, the time we did spend with the phone was amazing. The plastic screen renders colors nearly as well as what you’ll find on an OLED display, and it’s just slightly thicker than a regular smartphone. Release details have yet to be announced, but the phone will sell for a jaw-dropping 2,299 euros (approx. $ 2,613).
Hisense Rock V Pro
While Hisense may not be a household name in the US, it’s well-known for its affordable and stylish smartphones in many parts of the world. At MWC19, the company announced its latest flagship, the Hisense Rock V. The phone sports a Helio P70 processor with 4GB of RAM. There’s also a large 4,530mAh battery, which can easily be expanded to 8,000mAh via a special shell included with the phone. At just 399 euros (approx.$ 454), it’s a great midrange option.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G
The launch of Xiaomi’s Mi Mix 3 created major buzz last fall. The sleek and inexpensive flagship sports a nearly 100 percent screen-to-body ratio thanks to a unique slider for the selfie cams. At MWC, it got a 5G makeover with a Snapdragon 855 processor and a Qualcom X50 5G modem. The 5G version will be available in May across parts of Europe for 599 euros (approx. $ 680)
General Mobile GM 9 Pro
Nokia isn’t the only Android One enthusiast. Turkish smartphone company General Mobile announced the GM 9 Pro at MWC19. The phone features an all-glass body in black or pink with a matching aluminum frame. The nearly bezel-less AMOLED display comes in at 6.01 inches and has an 18:9 aspect ratio. The GM 9 Pro is powered by a solid Snapdragon 660 processor and has 4GB of RAM. And at just 1599 TL (approx. $ 300), it would be a fierce competitor were it ever to sell in the US.
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