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The Mobile World Congress (MWC 2019) annual technology convention saw smartphones of different shapes and sizes among its most notable announcements.

MWC 2019 drew to a close in Barcelona, with foldable phones among the most notable innovations appearing on the show floor.

However, the four-day event also attracted a number of other unique and unusual devices. It seems manufacturers were looking to strike a balance between being innovative and standing out from the rest of the crowd.

Here is a round-up of some of the more interesting products at the show.

Energizer phone

Energizer phone at MWC 2019
Energizer phone (Martyn Landi/PA)

Battery firm Energizer has been showing off a phone designed for those who don’t ever want to worry about charging their device.

The Power Max P18K Pop has an 18,000mAh battery. This is about seven times the capacity of the iPhone XS.

However the size of the phone is what it is likely to be remembered for. It’s about the thickness of three other smartphones stacked on top of each other.


Roboy at mwc 2019
Roboy (Martyn Landi/PA)

Robotics is often a big draw at tech trade shows. And MWC 2019 was no different with the Roboy the most eye-catching of them all.

The device is said to take inspiration from the complex biology of the human body. Its developers hope to advance humanoid robotics to a position where “its robots are just as good as a human body”.

The device is also being developed open source. This enables anyone to contribute to its development.

Sony’s big screen Xperia 1

Xperia 1 at mwc 2019
Xperia 1 (Martyn Landi/PA)

Sony’s mobile business has struggled to keep up with the market leaders of Samsung, Huawei and Apple in recent years. This has led to the company exploring new ways to appeal to mobile users.

At MWC 2019, the Japanese firm announced the Xperia 1. A phone Sony says is the first to feature a 4K resolution OLED display, while also being set in 21:9 aspect ratio. This makes it similar in shape to a cinema screen.

The result of that design is the Xperia 1 is longer and slimmer than many other flagship smartphones on the market.

Sony says the design makes the new Xperia 1 a standout way to watch films and TV. However, its size does raise questions in terms of fitting into the pockets of everyday users.

ZTE’s Robot band

Rather than specific new products, simple demonstrations of technology are what catches the eye.

Chinese firm ZTE used some space on their booth to set up a robotic band. The band has a pianist and drummer playing a range of music together throughout the show.

It shows that while much of robotics development focuses on improving industry and productivity, there is still room for entertainment.

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