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Allison Johnson

Allison Johnson

Allison reviews smartphones and covers wireless carriers for The Verge. Previously, she wrote about digital cameras and mobile photography at DPReview. She's a small phone enthusiast, home barista in training, and a roller derby retiree. You can find her on Threads most hours of the day at @allisonjo1.

What if phones actually bent to our needs?

We’ve been busy shaping our habits and thinking around our phones. But what would it look like if they shaped themselves to better fit our lives?

The Phone 2A makes a guest appearance at Nothing’s MWC event.

It’s not due to launch until March 5th, but Nothing couldn’t help teasing its first budget handset, yet again, in Barcelona.

As you can see, the light-up glyphs are back, but we’ll need a few more days before we get a better look at this device.

<em>Nothing Phone (2a) at MWC 2024</em>


Nothing Phone (2a) at MWC 2024
Photo by Jon Porter / The Verge

The Humane AI Pin worked better than I expected — until it didn’t

The AI Pin would look pretty impressive if it wasn’t so self-serious.

This is not the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4.

But it is the modem-RF chip that’s likely to be paired with Qualcomm’s next-gen processor in 2025’s big Android flagships. The Snapdragon X80 5G modem is an update to the X75 and supports six-carrier aggregation, 5G Advanced standards, and certain satellite-based non-terrestrial communications. And there’s a bunch of new AI optimization, because it’s 2024 and of course there is.

Rendering of Snapdragon X80 modem chipset.
Image: Qualcomm
Xiaomi’s SU7 electric car is here.

It’s sleek, blue, and runs Xiaomi’s Hyper OS to integrate with the company’s phones and other smart products. It’s loaded with cameras on the outside from what I can see, and can do zero to 100km/h in 2.78 seconds. The EV on display here at MWC is spinning around on a pedastal much, much slower than that.


A phone that bends over backwards for you.

I got to check out Motorola’s concept phone with a bending display. Is it impractical? Yes. Is it cool as hell? Also yes.

I was allowed to put it on my own wrist with a special magnetic bracelet keeping it in place. Can you imagine just casually checking the time on your bendable slap bracelet phone in the middle of a meeting? The ultimate flex!

Photo of bending concept phone worn on the wrist showing a watchface.