Windows Central's Best of MWC 2022

Windows Central Best Of MWC 2022
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Mobile World Congress 2022 has officially wrapped up and, while we weren't able to take part on the show floor this year, there were a ton of great announcemenets. Lenovo and Huawei, in particular, showed up in force with a peek at their upcoming laptop slates for 2022. It may be a few weeks or months before we start seeing these laptops hit the market, but it's a fun look at what lies ahead.

While MWC 2022 may be over, we wanted to share our picks for the products that caught our eye from the show. Here's a look at our MWC 2022 award winners, as chosen by the Windows Central staff.

Best of MWC 2022

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Best Mobile PC (opens in new tab)

The 13-inch ThinkPad X13s is a big deal for Lenovo as it's the first Qualcomm-based laptop for the prestigious ThinkPad line. With the brand-new Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 processor, zippy PCIe 4.0 SSD, and LPDDR4x RAM, this will be the fastest Windows ARM PC yet. Combined with a sizeable 50WHr battery, up to 28 hours of video play, and 4G LTE/5G (including mmWave), there's no wondering why AT&T and Verizon are also going to be selling this always-connected productivity laptop. Look for the ThinkPad X13s later in May, starting at $1,100.

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Best Overall PC (opens in new tab)

The X1 Extreme is Lenovo's answer to Dell's XPS 15 laptop. It's a powerful rig with 12th Gen H-series processors and up to RTX 3080 Ti graphics, along with that famed Lenovo keyboard and TrackPoint. You still get the taller 16:10 display, but there's a non-touch option now. Rounding out specs for performance is new DDR5 RAM (up to 64GB), a 90WHr battery, and up to 8TB of PCIe 4.0 storage thanks to the dual SSD slots. You'll have to wait until June 2022 to get one, and the pricing starts at $2,049.

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Best Portable Display (opens in new tab)

The ThinkVision series of portable displays have always been great, but the new M14d is a new model that features a taller 16:10 14-inch display that matches Lenovo's new 16:10 ThinkPads. It's non-touch, but the resolution jumps from just full HD to a better 2240 x 1400. And besides Type-C pass-through, it also doubles as a Type-C hub for all your peripherals. A total must-have for road warriors who need more screens at the hotel. You'll have to wait a bit for the M14d, as it's slated to hit the street in July 2022 for a starting price of $299.

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Best 2-in-1 PC (opens in new tab)

The ThinkBook Yoga 14s Gen 4 brings mid-range pricing to Lenovo's more modern looks. For Gen 4, Lenovo gives Intel 12th-Gen chips, up to 40GB RAM, integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics, and support for two SSDs up to 1TB in storage, all in a clean and minimalist dual-tone design. The 360-hinge and Lenovo pen ensure you'll make the most out of Windows 11 without breaking the bank since pricing starts at $850.

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Best Business PC (opens in new tab)

Samsung's Galaxy Book2 Pro lineup is looking better than ever for 2022. For this refresh, Samsung has massively updated the webcams to 1080p with a wider andle lens, auto-framing, background blur, and more features for video conferencing. That's on top of powerful 12th Gen Intel core processors, up to 32GB of RAM, and both 13-inch and 15-inch models. Add in optional 5G, and you have a laptop that is a perfect fit for business users on the go.

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Best PC Design (opens in new tab)

The Huawei MateStation X is the company's first all-in-one PC, and it's coming out of the gate looking great. The 28-inch PC puts the display on, well, display, with a 4K+ resolution and a 92% screen-to-body ratio. That's backed up by an AMD Ryzen 5000H processor, 16GB of RAM, and 1TB of storage. The whole package is sleek as could be, and we can't wait to check this one out.

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Best PC Update (opens in new tab)

The Huawei MateBook X Pro has been one of our favorite laptops since it was first introduce, thanks to its premium look and feel. For the 2022 update, the MateBook X's screen is the start of the show. It's a 14-inch panel at a 3.1K resolution with a quick 90Hz refresh rate. That's in addition to 100% coverage of the DCI-P3 color gamut. Combine that with TÜV Rheinland certification for color accuracy, and you've got a pretty capable screen on a premium machine.

Daniel Rubino
Editor-in-chief

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.