MWC 2022 live blog: TCL’s new tech just dropped


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And there was another product launch, and that brought us the first MWC 2022 smartphones.

TCL launched five new phones. Check out our coverage on them here, but for a quick rundown these are:

  • TCL 30
  • TCL 30 Plus
  • TCL 30 5G
  • TCL-30E
  • TCL 30 SE

These are five budget phones, and they’re all pretty similar too, but we don’t imagine they’ll all fall into one region.

Press rendering of the new Huawei MatePad

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Another interesting device from Huawei’s conference: the new MatePad. Yes, the successor to the Huawei MatePad 11 does not have a number.

You can read our full Huawei MatePad review here, but it’s a fairly inexpensive HarmonyOS tablet that might be tempting for people torn between an Amazon or iPad tablet.

It has a 10.4-inch 2K display which seems to be its biggest feature, but also pen compatibility and a slim design.

Huawei Sound Joy

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Here’s another device from the Huawei press conference that intrigues us: the Huawei Sound Joy might have a weird name, but it’s the company’s first-ever portable Bluetooth speaker.

This gadget has four speakers, 8,800 mAh battery life (26 hours of use, according to Huawei), IP67 resistance and costs €149 (around $170, £130 or AU$230, although availability is not yet available). has not yet been confirmed).

We’ll have to test this to see if Huawei can hold its own against Sonos or JBL, but it looks pretty good.

Huawei MatePad paper in black with display

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So this Huawei event was surprisingly hectic.

Perhaps the biggest announcement was the Huawei MatePad Paper, a new E-Ink tablet reader that will soon arrive in Europe.

It’s bigger and more powerful than Amazon’s Kindle, which is any E-Ink device’s natural rival, and also comes with a stylus, video playback and handwriting recognition. Very nice !

Read our full news on the Huawei MatePad paper for all the details on this device, but we’re very keen to test it where possible.

Alright, here we go – things are starting to kick off, and it’s Huawei coming out first from the blocks with their press conference – you can watch it now.

This conference is called “Huawei Spring 2022 Smart Office Launch”, which means business-related announcements, rather than consumer devices. We’re keeping an eye on it though, just in case.

TicWatch x Arty

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Although nothing has been launched yet, some companies have announced their plans for MWC 2022.

For example, Mobvoi (which makes the TicWatch smartwatches) announced the launch of a new device on March 1.

This appears to be a smartwatch with an emphasis on heart rate tracking features – we’ll be sure to bring you the news whenever Mobvoi officially announces this device.

And we begin! Sunday isn’t technically part of MWC, since the event doesn’t really kick off until tomorrow, but that’s not stopping some companies.

We already know Samsung is doing something today, and that’s the biggest news we know of until Sunday – but we could see other companies launching devices without warning too.