Best PCs and biggest news from MWC 2023
Mobile World Congress featured PC announcements from Lenovo, Samsung, and Huawei.
What you need to know
- Lenovo, Samsung, and Huawei unveiled new PCs at this year's Mobile World Congress.
- Huawei showed off its first-ever All-in-One while Lenovo announced its first ThinkPad device running on an ARM processor.
- Samsung refreshed its Galaxy Book2 laptops with 12th Gen Intel CPUs.
Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2022 didn't have as many major product announcements as we'll see at some events this year, but there were still some PCs shown off at the event. Lenovo, Samsung, and Huawei all announced PCs, including the first ARM-based ThinkPad from Lenovo and Huawei's first-ever All-in-One.
Here are the biggest pieces of news from MWC 2022 on the PC side of things. If you're interested in mobile phone announcements from MWC, make sure to check out our sister site Android Central's coverage from this week.
Lenovo unveils ARM-based ThinkPad
Lenovo announced several PCs at Mobile World Congress this week, but the most intriguing is the ThinkPad X13. In addition to being Lenovo's first-ever ARM-based PC, the ThinkPad X13 is the first PC powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3.
The ThinkPad X13 is a 5G clamshell laptop that only weighs 2.35 lbs (1.06 kg). Lenovo claims that the device will get up to 28 hours of battery life. Even if those battery estimates are lofty, the new business laptop should still last longer than most of the best Windows laptops.
While the ThinkPad X13 is not the first Lenovo laptop with an ARM processor, it is the first ThinkPad device with an ARM chip. That means the laptop combines the portability and connectivity of the ARM platform with the business focus of the ThinkPad line, and that includes security features. Microsoft and Lenovo worked together for four years to ensure that Lenovo's security software would work well on a Windows on ARM PC.
Our executive editor Daniel Rubino got to go hands-on with the Lenovo ThinkPad X13.
Samsung refreshes its Galaxy Book lineup
Samsung refreshed its Galaxy Book lineup with improvements across the board. The Galaxy Book2 PRo and Galaxy Book2 Pro 360 now feature 1080P webcams with an 87° wide-angle lens. Those cameras support auto-framing, blurring backgrounds, and other smart features. The laptops also have bi-directional AI noise-canceling microphones and speakers. All of these improvements should help the laptops perform better during virtual meetings, which is increasingly important as hybrid work becomes the norm.
The new Galaxy Book Pro devices integrate with the rest of Samsung's ecosystem, including Link to Windows, and support for "Second Screen," which lets you use a Galaxy Tab as a secondary display.
The new Galaxy Book Pro laptops aren't dramatic overhauls in one specific area. Rather, they've been improved across the board to create a better overall experience.
Samsung also announced the Galaxy Book2 360 (non-pro) and Galaxy Book2 Business. These focus on meeting the demands of professionals.
If the naming conventions of Samsung's laptops seem a bit confusing, make sure to check out our full coverage of the devices. Rubino breaks down the difference and shows off spec tables for all of the new laptops from Samsung.
Huawei announces its first All-in-One
Huawei refreshed its MateBook X Pro laptop and MateBook E 2-in-1 with better internals, but the company's biggest announcement was the MateStation X. It's the first All-in-One PC from Huawei.
The MateStation X features a 28.2-inch 4K+ display with thin bezels that allow for a 92% screen-to-body ratio. That screen is also anti-reflective, which should help in well-lit offices.
Inside, the MateStation X runs on an AMD Ryzen 5000H mobile processor and has 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage.
The biggest drawback of the MateStation X is that, like other Huawei products, it will be difficult to get a hold of in the United States.
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