What to Expect From Mobile World Congress 2020
The biggest smartphone event of 2020 is all set to knock at our doors. The Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, is going to throw at us a lot more smartphones than what the CES 2020 did. Here, every company even slightly involved in the mobile industry will come together to show off new devices, hardware, and innovations.
So, what should we expect? Here’s a detailed guide on everything you need to know about MWC 2020, from the dates it happens to all the amazing technology you should keep your eyes peeled for.
When is it going to happen?
The biggest mobile show of the world will run from February 24 to February 27, 2020. It will take place in the majestic Fira Gran Via event space in Barcelona, Spain, which accommodated more than 109,000 attendees last year. While the show begins on February 24, news around it will start pouring in from February 22, as many companies hold press conferences ahead of the mega opening.
What will be the biggest talking point of the event?
Obviously, 5G. It has anyway been a major talking point at MWC for the past few years, and there’s unlikely to be much change in 2020. However, this time around, rather than focusing on network hardware, there are likely to be a lot more 5G smartphones to see. A lot of manufacturers are expected to announce a 5G version of any smartphone debuting at the show. Plus, a lot of 5G will inevitably come from the primary chipmakers, including Qualcomm, MediaTek, and Huawei.
What are some of the biggest smartphones brand going to offer?
While Samsung hasn’t announced a press conference for MWC 2020, it is going to reveal its first flagship smartphone for the year at a separate event in San Francisco on February 11. We are expecting to see the Galaxy S20 range, and the next Samsung folding phone, the Galaxy Z Flip. However, the company has always had a strong presence at the show, and last year showed a pair of A-Series smartphones off for the first time, along with the Galaxy Tab S5e tablet. Sequels to these devices, or other new models, could potentially be present at MWC 2020. Top executives of Samsung are also always in attendance, so more company news is possible at the event.
We don’t expect much of the brand at MWC 2020. Like every year, it is possibly going to take over one of the expansive outdoor areas, and showcase its products and software in real-world scenarios. While new phones like the Pixel 4a are unlikely to debut at the event, Google has previously shown updates to its software, including Google Assistant and Android Go, so we can expect some of that.
Sony has already scheduled a press conference for February 24 at 8:30 a.m. local time, a live stream of which will also be available. A new version of the existing Xperia 5 has been spotted in a few leaks, and there’s potential for a new flagship phone. Let’s see!
Rumors are rife of an LG V60 ThinQ launch at MWC 2020. Much like the G8X ThinQ, the V60 will come with a second screen case accessory. Also, if you’re waiting for news of an LG G9, don’t. It’s quite possible that the series has ended and LG will focus on using the V-Series name now. Leaks have already said that the LG G9 may depict the LG V60.
For MWC 2020, there is no surety on what the company is planning to do, considering its ongoing problems with the U.S. government ban on Huawei. The half-confirmed enhanced version of the Mate X may come with the new Kirin 990 processor inside, but we are not sure about what is going to happen to the Huawei P40 rumour.
If rumours are to be believed, the MWC 2020 is going to be a landmark event for Xiaomi. Taking advantage of the Huawei and Honor U.S. bans, it is entirely possible that the company will announce the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro phones at MWC 2020.
OPPO is most likely to announce at least one new smartphone at the MWC 2020, given its surging popularity in the smartphone landscape. The phone being rumored is the Find X2, which may be the first officially available smartphone with OPPO’s under-screen selfie camera.
So, what aspect of the MWC 2020 are you looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below.