AI and 5G in focus at top mobile fair

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PV Desk : Phone makers will seek to entice new buyers with better cameras and bigger screens at the world’s biggest mobile fair starting Monday in Spain after a year of flat smartphone sales.
But with no major innovations awaited in handsets, analysts expect the four-day Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to focus on new uses for artificial intelligence (AI) and the looming deployment of super-fast 5G wireless networks.
Smartphone giants Huawei, LG or HTC are not expected to launch a new flagship device at the annual show, so Samsung will have the opportunity to grab the spotlight when it unveils its S9 and S9+ phones on Sunday on the eve of the fair.
The teasers suggest major changes to the camera, which will reportedly allow for “super slow-motion” videos and a new camera lens that improves low-light photos: features some of its rivals already offer.
The camera “seems to have become a major source of differentiation for the latest generation of smartphones,” said mobile phone analyst Ben Wood of CCS Insight.
Samsung suffered a humiliating recall of its Galaxy Note 7 device in 2016 after several devices exploded but its Galaxy 8 smartphone was a consumer and critical success.