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Best of MWC 2022 Awards: Android Authority's favorite products from the show
After a two-year hiatus, we’re back on the ground at Mobile World Congress and crowning our picks for the Best of MWC Awards. There’s no denying MWC 2022 was a more unusual year than most, but there was still plenty announced and shown to ensure the trip was worthwhile. Without further ado, these are Android Authority‘s Best of MWC 2022 Awards.
Related: Everything announced at MWC 2022
HONOR Magic 4 Pro
HONOR stepped up to the big leagues at MWC 2022 with the launch of the Magic 4 Pro. Tipping the scales at €1,099 (~$1,221), the Magic 4 Pro is up there with the best of them and thus far, it looks to be holding its own (check out our initial camera test). The 120Hz LTPO OLED display is great, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, 12GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage check all the right boxes, and the 4,600mAh battery charges at 100W whether wired or wireless! We’re really looking forward to seeing what the Magic 4 Pro can do when it comes in for review.
realme GT 2 Pro
With a huge range of ecosystem products announced alongside the global launch of the GT 2 Pro, realme now has a huge portfolio of products at every price point. The GT 2 Pro is the company’s first real flagship smartphone, with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, 6.7-inch QHD+ 120HZ OLED display, impressive camera array, and Android 12 out of the box. Prices start at €649 (~$721) with an eco-friendly manufacturing process and reduced carbon emissions to boot.
Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360
Samsung’s new Galaxy Book 2 Pro series (and the 360 version in particular) caught our attention early at MWC for their sleek profiles and solid hardware. With 12th-gen Intel Core i5 and i7 options, these Windows 11 laptops are built to impress. Starting at $849 for the base Pro model (and $1,249 for our favorite 360 version), Samsung once again demonstrates it knows how to put great hardware together.
OPPO SuperVOOC 150W fast charging
When you announce both 150W and 240W fast charging, it’s easy to get dazzled by the bigger number. Sure, a 100% charge in just nine minutes (240W) is astounding, but 15 minutes (150W) is hardly much longer. Even more important than charging speed is battery health and longevity. That’s why we chose to award Oppo’s 150W SuperVOOC charging: because it promises 80% battery health for double as long as the 240W option (1,600 charge cycles compared to 800). Surely that’s worth waiting for an extra five minutes.
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 3 Chromebook
Lenovo did the unthinkable with the IdeaPad Duet 3: increased the display spec to 2K resolution while dropping the price. At $399, the Duet 3 is a very affordable option with impressive specs for what you get. Beyond the display upgrade, Lenovo also improved the chipset to a Snapdragon 7c Gen 2. The Duet 3 ships in May with built-in 1W speakers and a 12-hour battery.
HUAWEI MateBook E
Huawei’s first OLED 2-in-1, the fourth generation MateBook E features a 12.6-inch OLED on a 709-gram magnesium alloy chassis. The MateBook E works with the magnetic keyboard you see above and the 2nd-generation M-Pencil. If you go all out with both accessories and the maxed-out spec (11th-gen Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB storage), it’ll set you back €1,399 (~$1,554) but you can get a base model Core i3-powered MateBook E (8GB/128GB) on its own for €649 (~$721).
TCL Tab 10S 5G
We love affordable tablets here at Android Authority. Sometimes you need something that does it all but most of the time you just want a large screen on which to watch Netflix or YouTube. The 10.1-inch TCL Tab 10S 5G costs just €349 (~$388) and is the cheapest 5G tablet with Android 12 we’re aware of. The Tab 10S is definitely worth a look if you’re after a future-proof tablet at an affordable price point.
HUAWEI MatePad Paper
In a surprise move, HUAWEI announced a Remarkable 2 competitor in the MatePad Paper. The MatePad Paper is more than just an e-reader though: it’s also an e-ink Android tablet running Harmony OS. This means you can load Android apps as well as ebooks and enjoy both in glorious grayscale. It comes with a 2nd-gen M-Pencil and Folio Cover for €499 (~$554).
Qualcomm Snapdragon X70 modem
At MWC 2022, Qualcomm announced the first all-band 5G modem: the Snapdragon X70. The X70 supports every commercial band from 600MHz to 41GHz. This one-size-fits-all modem means flagship phones that use it will be able to work in all countries on all carriers. It’s also the first to use AI to increase energy efficiency and throughput.
MediaTek 8000 series
Any competition is good competition, and MediaTek has its sights firmly set on Qualcomm’s dominance. The 5nm Dimensity 8000 series aims to siphon off potential customers of the Snapdragon 888 and 870 in the $400-$700 price range. With a significant boost in GPU performance over past Dimensity chips, these chips will provide more options for mid-range smartphone buyers.
OnePlus and OPPO abandoning plans for a unified OS
It’s not often we recognize a company for not doing something but in this case, we felt it was warranted. Late last year, we had serious misgivings about the news that OnePlus and OPPO would be creating a unified OS, combining Oxygen OS and Color OS. Thankfully, the companies walked back this decision at MWC 2022 and each will retain its own UI.