(Pocket-lint) – Mobile World Congress (MWC) is the biggest mobile event of the year. The show sees the launch of many of the year’s top smartphones, smartwatches and tablets, as well as seeing the emergence of the hottest new trends in mobile.
Outside of the consumer sphere, it also draws in many of the industry heavyweights to talk about the future of mobile, like 5G, mobile hardware, VR and other associated technologies.
Here’s everything you need to know about the show.
When is Mobile World Congress?
- MWC Barcelona: 28 February-3 March 2022
In 2022 Mobile World Congress is planning to return to its regular time slot in the calendar – that’s at the end of February. In 2021 it was delayed until June and few companies attended the show.
While the official dates are 28 February to 3 March, these are the dates that the MWC conference schedule runs – often the media launches are in the preceeding days, 26-27 February, giving us a few days of rapid announcements.
The GSMA is running a physical event for Mobile World Congress and it looks like attendance at the show is going to be good, with wide representation.
Which companies have pulled out of MWC 2022?
As has been the trend of recent conferences, some companies have confirmed that they won’t be attending the show because of the current pandemic status.
We’ve heard that Sony Mobile will not be at MWC 2022.
We’ve also heard that Lenovo won’t be in attendance.
MWC UPDATE: Due to the ongoing trends surrounding COVID, Lenovo’s activation at MWC 2022 will be fully virtual.
— Lenovo Stories & News (@LenovoNews) January 25, 2022
What to expect from Mobile World Congress 2022
In any normal year, there would be a series of launches from some of the leading mobile phone manufacturers – the likes of Sony Mobile and Nokia typically use MWC to launch new devices, there’s often big showcases from the likes of Qualcomm and Samsung.
MWC 2022 will be slightly different, but it still looks like there will be many announcement from brands. All the times below are CET, the timings for MWC in Barcelona.
Samsung at MWC 2022
Samsung has already had a bumper collection of launches for 2022 – the Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22+ and the Galaxy S22 Ultra have been announced, as have the Galaxy Tab S8 family of devices. There’s some thought that Samsung might use Mobile World Congress to reveal the Galaxy A53, its next mid-range device. Samsung has booked in an event for Sunday evening, where it’s believed that Samsung will be revealing new laptops.
Honor at MWC 2022
Huawei at MWC 2022
Huawei might have fallen from favour in the US – seeing a serious Google problem limit its phones in some reasons – but it’s still a huge player. With its flagship models already launched, we’re expecting Huawei to talk more about life away from Google, as well as pushing some of its other product lines, like laptops and tablets.
Lenovo at MWC 2022
- 28 February, 12:00 (virtual)
Lenovo has said that it won’t be physically at MWC in 2022, but we suspect that it’s planning to announce the Legion Y90, a gaming phone and the Y700, a gaming tablet. The company has confirmed a virtual presence at MWC, as well as teasing a launch event in China, which looks like it will be for the Legion devices.
Nokia at MWC 2022
Nokia usually launches a full range of devices at Mobile World Congress. It has, in early 2022, let a few devices out already, including affordable devices for the US market, and updated Nokia G models. That makes us suspect that it’s leaving space for another announcement higher up the scale for something at MWC. There’s no confirmed press event, however.
Nothing at MWC 2022
There’s nothing confirmed from Nothing, but with increasing talk about a Nothing Android phone, there’s no better place to stir up those rumours than at Mobile World Congress. Carl Pei, Nothing founder, has been talking about Android more and more over the past week, so we wouldn’t be surprised if news broke about a Nothing phone at Mobile World Congress.
OnePlus at MWC 2022
OnePlus has already revealed the OnePlus 10 Pro, its latest flagship phone, in China, but the company has confirmed that it will be at Mobile World Congress showing off the latest devices. We’re not expecting any new announcements, but we would expect a push on the OnePlus 10 Pro to its global audience.
Oppo at MWC 2022
We know that the Oppo Find X5 is in the works, launching before the show, but Oppo is also talking up its presence at Mobile World Congress. It says that it will be showing off more than just phones – with confirmation of an event at MWC.
Poco at MWC 2022
Poco has scheduled the launch of its next device for Mobile World Congress, with an event on the Monday. It’s expected that the company will be launching the Poco X4 Pro, aiming to deliver big power for little money. Poco will also have an exhibition at the show.
Realme at MWC 2022
Realme has confirmed that it is hosting an MWC launch event. We’re expecting the Realme GT 2 and GT 2 Pro to get an international launch following its launch in China. We’re also expecting a new charging tech to be unveiled, rumoured to offer 150W charging. There’s also talk about Realme’s magnetic charging solution MagDart. We’ve also seen Francis Wong, Realme’s chief marketing officer, saying he’s heading to Europe with a 2K display. There’s plenty of buzz around Realme at MWC.
Qualcomm at MWC 2022
Qualcomm makes quite the show at Mobile World Congress. Much of the talk will be about the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, but you can also expect announcements around automotive, AR and VR as well as 5G and future technologies. Qualcomm has scheduled a number of events, including an MWC keynote.
Xiaomi at MWC 2022
Xiaomi has already unveiled the Xiaomi 12 in China, but we’d normally expect a follow-up at Mobile World Congress to get this phone onto the global market. Currently there’s no confirmation, but we’re expecting to see Xiaomi in Barcelona and we’re expecting announcements from the company.
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Writing by Chris Hall. Editing by Britta O’Boyle.