Best of MWC 2024: The top phone, tablet, smart glasses, and more
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Best of MWC 2024: The top phone, tablet, smart glasses, and more


The best of MWC 2024, based in Barcelona, Spain, encompassed several categories, including phones, foldables, and laptops. Mixed-reality smart glasses made their mark, too, but only one caught our eye.

Curious about which technological marvels won our hearts? After stuffing our faces with delicious Spanish paella and tapas, here are the winners for best phone, best foldable, best laptop, and best smart glasses of MWC. For good measure, we’ll throw in a “best concept” category: an unreleased idea that has groundbreaking potential.

Best of MWC 2024

Best laptop: Samsung Galaxy Book 4 Ultra

Galaxy Book Ultra family

Samsung unleashed an entire Samsung Galaxy Book 4 family, including a 3-in-1 and a workstation
Credit: Samsung

Samsung’s been killing it in the smartphone game. It’s a worthy opponent for the Apple as it attempts to beat the iPhone with its swanky Galaxy S series phones (i.e., Galaxy S24 Ultra). Now, Apple has to worry about Samsung in another product category: laptops.

If you’re going to purchase a Samsung laptop, the Galaxy Book series is where it’s at. The Galaxy Book 3 family made a splash in the laptop industry, particularly the Galaxy Book 3 Ultra. Now, Samsung has rolled out the new Galaxy Book 4 Ultra, which is stacked with powerful internals, including an Intel Core Ultra 7 or 9 CPU, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 GPU, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD.

When we played around with the Galaxy Book 4 Ultra at MWC 2024, we were blown away by its zippy performance.

Best phone: Infinix’s color-changing phone

Infinix color changing phone

Infinix’s color-changing phone
Credit: Stan Schroeder

Infinix’s color-changing phone is one of the highlights of MWC 2024. Also showcased at CES 2024, this phone features E-Ink Prism technology that lets the chassis change colors while still maintaining high power efficiency.

You can customize the colors, too, to your personal preference. This isn’t available for purchase just yet. According to Engadget, Infinix still needs to iron out a few kinks regarding thermal performance and thickness. However, if it does ever come to market, you can’t deny that a color-changing phone would be a cool, conversation-stimulating device.

Best foldable: Motorola’s bendable device

Motorola's bendable device


Credit: Stan Schroeder / Mashable

Motorola’s been working on the phone-you-wrap-around-your-wrist concept for quite some time — as far back as 2016. It’s 2024 now and the mobile hardware company is continuing to perfect the bizarre, conceptual device.

Mashable’s Stan Schroeder got to demo the bracelet-like phone at MWC 2024. He discovered that it uses a flexible pOLED display, allowing the device to bend and transform into different positions, including tent mode.

It’s so eye-catching, the bendable device also landed on our MWC 2024 wildest tech list.

Best smart glasses: XReal Air 2 Ultra

Stan Schroeder wearing the XReal Air 2 Ultra smart glasses


Credit: Stan Schroeder

The XReal Air 2 Ultra smart glasses, which also impressed us at CES 2024, continues to lead the charge in the smart glasses space.

It’s what the Apple Vision Pro secretly wants to be: it’s sleek, slick and comfortable. Plus, it can be connected to almost any USB-C device with video output, whether it’s a Windows PC, a MacBook, or a PS5. Plug it in and watch your viewing pleasures expand into a gigantic virtual screen.

On top of that the XReal Air 2 Ultra smart glasses facilitate spatial computing and augmented reality (AR) à la Vision Pro and Quest 3 — Meta and Apple better watch out!

Best concept: Lenovo ThinkBook Transparent Display Laptop

Lenovo’s swanky transparent laptop is reminiscent of LG’s transparent TV that made a splash at CES 2024. Like LG’s panel, you can see through the screen of Lenovo’s conceptual laptop. You may be wondering, “Why do I need this?” You don’t. It’s just another ostentatious, obnoxious way to flaunt your wealth.

Lenovo Transparent laptop

Best of MWC 2024
Credit: Joe Maldonado / Mashable

Either way, you can’t deny that the Lenovo ThinkBook Transparent Display Laptop, packed with a striking 17.3-inch, miniLED screen, is one of the most eye-catching, futuristic designs of MWC 2024.

UPDATE: Feb. 27, 2024, 3:09 p.m. EST The winner of the “best smartglasses” category was corrected to XReal Air 2 Ultra.





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