MWC 2024: 7 of Our Favourite Things From Day 1 at Barcelona

MWC 2024 in Barcelona, Spain is officially underway. This global gathering, known as the biggest tech show around, allows companies to showcase their latest innovations. We’ve already covered Day Zero’s highlights, and today we’ll explore the best of Day 1. Let’s jump in!

Lenovo’s Transparent Thinkbook Concept: Seeing is Believing, Typing is Floating

Lenovo made a splash at MWC 2024 with the unveiling of its Transparent Thinkbook Concept. This groundbreaking device boasts a futuristic 17.3-inch Micro-LED transparent display. The laptop’s keyboard area is equally transparent, allowing for a unique “floating footpad” design.

Beyond its see-through aesthetic, Lenovo has integrated AI-powered features for interaction with real-world objects, creating a fascinating blend of technology and augmented reality. While still a concept, this device showcases Lenovo’s push towards innovative and visually striking computing experiences.

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Samsung Galaxy Ring: Health Insights Literally on Your Fingers

The Samsung Galaxy Ring is set to be the company’s first venture in the smart ring wearable category. It was first teased at this year’s Galaxy Unpacked and now at MWC 2024, the company has shared a few more details ahead of the release.

Galaxy Ring

The Galaxy Ring has a metallic build and appears to be quite lightweight. This is not surprising as it is meant to be worn on fingers and throughout the day. It should arrive in different size options so that users can get the one that fits them perfectly. It is expected to deliver all commonly seen health and fitness features that we get from modern smartwatches.

It will undoubtedly have integration with the Samsung Health app. Samsung is keeping exact details like Galaxy Ring specifications and features under wraps. However, it has been confirmed the Galaxy Ring will launch later this year.

OnePlus Watch 2: Big Battery for a Big Display

The OnePlus Watch 2 is the latest Wear OS smartwatch from the company known for making some of the best Android smartphones. The new smartwatch has a classy design and aluminium frame. We found the watch strap to be easy on the wrist during our first impressions.

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The smartwatch sports a 1.47-inch AMOLED display with 466 x 466 pixels resolution. The panel offers 1,000 nits of brightness which makes the outdoor viewing experience a pleasant one. OnePlus has opted for the Qualcomm Snapdragon W5 Gen 1 and BES2700 processors for performance.

The OnePlus Watch 2 is packed with a beefy 500mAh battery claimed to last for up to 100 hours on a single charge. The smartwatch has an IP68 rating, 5ATM water resistance, and MIL-STD-810H certification for durability. It is available in Radiant Steel and Black Steel colour options. The OnePlus Watch 2 is priced at Rs 24,99 in India.

Humane Ai Pin: AI in a Pin

The Humane Ai Pin is essentially a pin but as you might have guessed already, it is powered by AI. It can be attached to your shirt/T-shirt just like any other normal pin. There is a Booster (a power bank) on the inside of your shirt. The pin is on the outside of the shirt and attaches to the Booster magnetically.

This smart pin has a speaker at the top, a microphone at the bottom, and a ToF projector camera on the front. It can recognize who is in front of you and supports eSIM. You can triple tap the pin to make it read out notifications. Unfortunately, the tap gestures are not customisable.

The AI pin offers basic water resistance but does not have an official rating for the same. In our time with the Humane Ai Pin, we found the user interface to be blurry, but it was good at finding hands. There is a carrying case that can store both the Booster and the pin. It boots a custom operating system called Cosmos and has a claimed battery life of around 7-8 hours. It will be available in three colour options: Eclipse, Equinox, and Lunar.

Deutsche Telekom AI Phone Concept: A Smartphone Without Apps

The Deutsche Telekom AI Phone is a concept smartphone that wants to free users from the burden of apps. The company is referring to its user experience as “app-free AI experience”. It has collaborated with Natural AI to offer an AI-powered personal assistant with the smartphone.

The whole concept of the phone is that instead of relying on applications, users can get things done via AI. They can choose to give commands either via typing or using voice input. During our hands-on experience with the Deutsche Telekom AI Phone, we were able to get relevant results for booking a flight from Barcelona to India using voice commands. The company has plans to release the AI smartphone in various form factors and different price ranges.

Motorola Bendable Smartphone Concept: My Phone Don’t Fold, Fold, It Bends

Motorola took the stage at MWC 2024 to showcase a concept smartphone of its own. As the name suggests, it is a smartphone that bends and can wrap around your wrist like a bracelet. It looks like any other mainstream smartphone in first glance but things start to change when you start bending.

It should be noted that this is a bendable smartphone, not a foldable smartphone. You do need to wear a magnetic band first on the wrist to be able to wear it like a wristband. The team has worked on the software experience and it adapts automatically when you wear it on the wrist.

There is no doubt that Motorola’s bendable smartphone concept is a head-turner. You can check our first impressions of the device to know more.

Xiaomi SU7: A Sedan EV From Xiaomi

Xiaomi has ventured into a wide range of product categories since its early days of making smartphones. The Asian tech giant is now ready to enter into a new category i.e. electronic vehicles. The Xiaomi SU7 is an EV sedan which was launched in China in December 2023. It is the first time the Xiaomi car is getting a global introduction at MWC 2024.

The Xiaomi SU7 is currently being showcased in a distinctive Aqua Blue colour in Barcelona. In terms of appearance, the car certainly has looks that will make you go wow and look twice. We would not be complaining if it ends up reminding you of supercars.

During the China launch, Xiaomi talked about its five core EV technologies: E-Motor, Battery, Xiaomi Hyper Die-Casting, Xiaomi Pilot Autonomous Driving, and Smart Cabin. The company revealed it had invested 10 billion CNY in the initial R&D that featured a team of over 3,400 engineers.