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[Update: Pre-orders live on Sprint] The HTC 5G Hub is coming to Sprint, Three UK, Deutsche Telekom, and other carriers

One of the main promises of 5G is bringing ultra-fast internet to homes. Instead of laying fiber cable underground, which is extremely costly and time-consuming, ISPs can set up 5G towers instead. HTC announced a product at Mobile World Congress designed just for that use case — the simply-named '5G Hub.'

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That ridiculous Energizer 18,000mAh battery/phone raised just 1% of its Indiegogo goal (unsurprisingly)

You may remember that back in February at MWC 2019 in Barcelona, Energizer unveiled a boatload of phones. The most bizarre of the lot had a humungous 18,000mAh battery, dual pop-up front cameras, and it could seemingly also be used to break through glass in an emergency. In news that will shock nobody, it has spectacularly failed to reach its lofty Indiegogo crowdfunding target.

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[Update: Assistant actions get new voices on March 4th] Google Assistant improves support for French, German, Korean, and other languages

As with most of Google's products, Assistant is an incredibly powerful tool in the United States, but its functionality is limited in other countries. This is understandable, since there are dozens of other major languages worldwide with countless dialects, and speech recognition for each variation can take a while to develop. At Mobile World Congress, Google announced a massive expansion for Assistant's language support.

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Ubiquitilink may allow regular phones to receive two-way signals from satellites

Satellite phones are typically bulky and expensive, since they require specialized hardware for sending communications into Earth orbit. However, it may be possible in the near future for regular smartphones to connect to telecommunications satellites, using technology demonstrated by Ubiquitilink Inc.

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The ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G has four names, five gees

Everyone who's anyone is showing off a 5G phone at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this year, and ZTE has eagerly joined the prestigious club. The US government's favorite OEM has unveiled the Axon 10 Pro 5G, with triple rear cameras, an in-display fingerprint scanner, and a waterdrop notch. On the non-5G front, ZTE also unveiled the Blade V10 with a 32MP front-facing camera for AI smart selfies.

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Ignoring folding phones, LG makes a second-display case for the V50 ThinQ 5G

MWC 2019 is full of folding phones, but LG wants you to forget about them and consider the possibility of a dual display setup without all the fuss of a flexible screen. Enter the Dual Screen accessory for the V50 ThinQ 5G. It's a case with a second screen, and it works exactly like you would expect that to do (read: not so convincing).

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Energizer puts a display on top of a massive 18000mAh power brick and calls it a phone

At the beginning of the month, we reported Energizer was planning on announcing a myriad of phones at MWC. The rumors had it some would feature a pop-up camera, and one could even sport a jaw-dropping 18,000mAh battery. Given the brand's expertise in power storage, it was only fair to expect the handsets to receive respectable battery sizes, but we were far from thinking it would present something as enormous as an actual brick.

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OnePlus shows off 5G soap bar at Mobile World Congress

This year's Mobile World Congress has been full of 5G announcements, from Samsung's Galaxy S10 5G to the LG V50 5G ThinQ. We've been hearing talk about a 5G phone from OnePlus for months, and the company finally showed off the device at Mobile World Congress — sort of.

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Anker announces more batteries, chargers, and earbuds at MWC

Less than two months ago, Anker announced a wide array of new products at CES. The company is back at MWC with even more devices, including a new USB-PD portable charger, a 10,000mAh battery, and more.

The first new product is the PowerPort Atom PD 2, a slightly beefier version of the company's slick PD 1 power brick that we reviewed earlier this month. This model doesn't match the small size of the original version, but it has twice the USB Type-C ports and twice the maximum charging rate (a total of 60W). Anker says it will launch in May, but the price isn't available yet.

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Thanks, I hate it: Nubia's wearable, flexible phone is from the darkest timeline

At a press conference during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today, Nubia unveiled what is supposedly a finished version of its Alpha concept device that it first showed off during IFA in September last year. While it may look like a funky smartwatch with a strange, elongated screen, Nubia insists it's actually a smartphone that you can wear on your wrist. Because that's a thing we all want, obviously.

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