Believe it or not, Mobile World Congress 2022 has already come and gone! Although the Android Central team didn’t attend the conference in person this year, we were involved in all the exciting announcements and product unveiling.
Although MWC is now over, we wanted to share our picks of products, partnerships, and companies that managed to grab our attention and grab our attention. Below are the winners of the MWC 2022 Awards, as selected by the Android Central staff.
Best Chromebook – Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 3
Since the failure of the Google Pixel Slate, we’ve been told that Chrome OS on tablets has died in water. However, thanks to better mobile processors, innovative designs, and stealth work by Google and OEMs, Chrome OS on tablets is better than ever.
We liked the original Lenovo Chromebook Duet, even though it was small and a bit more powerful, and we absolutely loved the follow-up to the Chromebook Duet 5. Lenovo has taken what made these two devices great and improved them with their latest Chrome OS tablet, the IdeaPad Chromebook Duet 3 .
Powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 Compute Platform, this device will give users more power to shoot through emails or browse the web and promises up to 12 hours of video streaming. The screen is now 11 inches and features upgraded speakers, a second USB-C port, and an improved keyboard. We can’t wait to get our hands on a full review!
Best Phone Design – Oppo Find X5 Pro
The new Oppo Find X5 Pro improves on the “impossible” curved back panel design of its predecessor, the Find X3 Pro, with a new ceramic-backed chassis that looks super smooth. The ceramic surface of the back panel is curved to match the surface of the camera module, giving Find X5 Pro a unique look as it leans through the light. Whether you pick up the new Oppo flagship phone in a glossy black finish or a glossy white, there is no denying that this is one of the best smartphones out there right now.
Best Camera Phone – Honor Magic 4 Pro
The Honor Magic 4 Pro has a solid camera arrangement that contrasts with the best that Samsung, Google, and OPPO have to offer at the moment. The dual 50MP lenses take great photos in tough conditions, and there’s a competition telephoto lens from Samsung, and you can shoot 10-bit video. You’ll want to pay attention to this phone once it’s launched globally later this year.
Best Phone Update – Moto Edge+ (2022)
2021 wasn’t Motorola’s best or most exciting year. The company only had one semi-flagship device — Motorola’s Edge last fall (2021) — but that phone was overshadowed by phones like the Pixel 5a, which were less expensive and better overall. But the start of 2022 was off to a good start with the Motorola Edge+ (2022), a flagship phone at every turn.
Motorola has replaced the mid-range Snapdragon 778G processor with the new high-end Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor and upgraded the 144Hz LCD screen to a 144Hz OLED panel. They even promise an entirely new camera experience with new sensors, improved software, and an active focus on AI-powered computational imaging.
Even better, Motorola will sell a separate folio case that comes with an active stylus, complete with a suite of software meant to challenge S Pen-enabled Samsung phones. Selling an MSRP of $999 can be tough for a company that has historically been way behind the times with software updates, but carrier deals are sure to sweeten the pot and make this release memorable.
Best Foldable – Honor Magic V.
Honor tackled a lot of folding pain points with the Magic V: the hinge locks completely, you can barely distinguish the crease in the middle, and the 120Hz external display is the same size as a regular phone. In short, it will probably be one of the best foldable phones of 2022.
Best all-round phone – Oppo Find X5 Pro
Oppo continues to improve the Find X mode, with a larger battery, faster charging, and a cool new MariSilicon X chip to improve camera performance. The Find X5 Pro is a great device overall, offering much longer battery life than its predecessors, and can be recharged from dead to 50% in less than 12 minutes. The triple camera setup features enhanced video performance and excellent low-light capabilities. ColorOS 12 from Oppo is as elegant as the wallpaper color and multitasking in the floating window. It’s not hard to imagine this device earning a spot among the best Android phones of 2022.
Best Networking Ad – Qualcomm Snapdragon X70 Modem with 5G AI
The Snapdragon X70 5G modem may not arrive in smartphones until later this year, but we already have high hopes for a new Qualcomm chip. With an integrated AI processor, the Snapdragon X70 is poised to greatly enhance 5G connections, particularly with mmWave, which is hard to come by, even in urban environments where it’s more commonly available. This means that more people will have more access to ultra-fast gigabit speeds, and 5G can really start to live up to its potential.
Best XR Ad – Qualcomm / ByteDance
While we didn’t see any of the exciting new Quest 2 competitors appear at MWC this year, Qualcomm’s new partnership with ByteDance was more than we expected. ByteDance, which previously bought VR headset maker Pico in August 2021, is also the same company that makes the ever-popular TikTok app, and its coffers are ready to challenge Meta in the AR/VR space.
The announcement was rather brief, but it shows how far Qualcomm is willing to go to ensure that its chips are in every popular XR headset around the world. Whether it’s smart AR glasses or VR headsets, Qualcomm wants to be the one that powers the experience.
At the moment, the Pico Neo 3 is, basically, the Quest 2 for the China market. It uses the same chipset and can play the same games thanks to global development platforms such as OpenXR. While we don’t expect the Neo 3 to make its way to the US to challenge Quest 2 anytime soon, this partnership could ensure that Neo 4 becomes the standalone VR competitor we’ve been waiting for.