Though a number of extra smartphones debuted at CES 2020 than regular, the actual smartphone occasion of 2020 continues to be to come back: Cellular World Congress takes place in Barcelona, Spain, and it’s the place each firm even barely concerned within the cellular business comes collectively to point out off new units, hardware, and improvements.
What ought to we anticipate? Right here’s our information on every part you might want to learn about MWC 2020, from the dates it occurs to the cool tech to look out for.
When does it occur?
The present runs from February 24 to February 27, 2020. It takes place within the enormous Fira Gran Through occasion area in Barcelona, Spain, and final 12 months attracted greater than 109,000 attendees. Whereas the present begins on February 24, information will begin coming from February 22, as many firms maintain press conferences forward of the doorways opening.
Everybody shall be speaking 5G … once more
5G has been a significant speaking level at MWC for the previous few years, and there’s unlikely to be a lot change at this 12 months’s present. Besides this time, moderately than focusing totally on community hardware, there are more likely to be much more 5G smartphones to see. We anticipate most producers to announce a 5G model of any smartphone debuting on the present. Extra 5G discuss will inevitably come from the primary chip makers, whether or not it’s Qualcomm, MediaTek, or Huawei.
Samsung hasn’t introduced a press convention for MWC 2020, and can as an alternative reveal its first flagship smartphones for the 12 months at a separate occasion held in San Francisco on February 11. It’s right here we’ll meet the Galaxy S20 vary, and virtually actually the following Samsung folding telephone, the Galaxy Z Flip, too.
The corporate all the time has a powerful presence on the present anyway, and final 12 months confirmed a pair of A-Collection smartphones off for the primary time, together with the Galaxy Tab S5e pill. Sequels to those units, or different new fashions, might doubtlessly arrive at MWC 2020. High executives are all the time in attendance too, so extra firm information or updates on the most recent telephone launch schedules are solely doable.
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Google normally takes over one of many expansive outside areas at MWC, the place it exhibits its merchandise and software program off in real-world eventualities. For the previous couple of years, collectors have run across the present grabbing particular Google pins on the firm’s accomplice cubicles, and we doubt a lot will change this 12 months. Whereas new telephones just like the Pixel 4a are unlikely, Google has beforehand proven updates to its software program, together with Google Assistant and Android Go, typically at the side of new telephones from different producers.
Sony has scheduled a press convention for February 24 at eight:30 a.m. native time, which is 2:30 a.m. ET. A reside stream can even be accessible. A brand new model of the prevailing Xperia 5 has been noticed in a number of leaks, presently referred to as the Xperia 5 Plus, and there’s potential for a brand new flagship telephone too.
Rumors have said LG will launch the LG V60 ThinQ at MWC 2020. Just like the G8X ThinQ, the V60 will include a second display screen case accent, though apparently the hinge shall be redesigned. Whereas the G8X ThinQ is usually quirky and the second display screen has its makes use of, the area between the 2 shows is detrimental to the viewing expertise. Hopefully, it’s this facet that LG has redesigned for this new model.
Moreover, when you’re ready for information of an LG G9, don’t maintain your breath. It’s doable the sequence has ended and LG will concentrate on utilizing the V-Collection identify as an alternative. Leaks stated to be the LG G9 may very well depict the LG V60, for instance. On the time of writing, LG has not introduced a press convention for MWC 2020.
At MWC 2019, Huawei wowed us with the Mate X folding smartphone, a shocking gadget that went in a special design path from the Samsung Galaxy Fold. Whereas the Mate X has since launched in China, it has not been placed on sale elsewhere. It additionally launched a pair of MateBook Home windows laptops.
For MWC 2020, it’s unclear what the corporate’s plans are, attributable to ongoing issues with the U.S. authorities. The already half-confirmed enhanced model of the Mate X might arrive with the brand new Kirin 990 processor inside, however precisely what is going to occur to the rumored Huawei P40 stays unsure. The Huawei P30 launched in France in March final 12 months.
Honor will maintain a press convention on February 24 at MWC 2020 and has a wealth of latest merchandise to point out us. Main the cost would be the Honor View 30 Professional, which has already been introduced in China. The 5G telephone has a 6.57-inch display screen, the Kirin 990 processor, and a triple-lens digicam on the again. Honor’s different telephone announcement would be the Honor 9X Professional, one other telephone already seen in China, and a better spec model of the prevailing Honor 9X. Alongside shall be a particular version of the MagicWatch 2 smartwatch, plus a pair of Honor MagicBook laptops.
Like Huawei, Honor is struggling by the hands of the U.S. authorities’s commerce ban, so we’re not sure what model of Android will come put in on the Honor View 30 Professional, and whether or not it’s going to have the Google Play Retailer put in or not.
Rumors level to MWC 2020 being an enormous present for Xiaomi, which is capitalizing on its success in Asia by taking the European market by storm with well-priced, excessive spec smartphones, significantly now Huawei and Honor are hobbled by the U.S. ban. It’s doable the corporate will announce the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Professional telephones at MWC 2020.
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We already know a few of what TCL will launch at MWC 2020 as a result of it teased the brand new TCL 10L, TCL 10 Professional, and TCL 10 5G telephones at CES, telling us all the small print would come on the February present. It gained’t cease there both, and has stated different cellular units — a few of which can not fall into the smartphone class — can even arrive at MWC 2020. We’re holding out hope for a TCL folding smartphone too.
One other Chinese language smartphone producer making waves in Europe for the time being, Oppo will possible be at MWC 2020 with at the least one new smartphone. The telephone being rumored is the Discover X2, which often is the first formally accessible smartphone with Oppo’s under-screen selfie digicam for a modern look. Oppo has beforehand stated it has a telephone coming throughout the first months of 2020 with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor inside, and this can be the Discover X2.
Probably the most thrilling Chinese language smartphone manufacturers, Vivo shall be again at MWC 2020 with one thing new to point out us. Prior to now, it has quietly revealed prototype telephones and hardware, and it’s rumored that for this present it’s going to have one other idea telephone. Often called the Apex 2020 for the time being, precisely what the telephone shall be like stays a thriller. Based mostly on earlier expertise with Vivo, it’s positive to be thrilling.
HMD International takes MWC very significantly and has proven many thrilling telephones prior to now — from the 8110 4G to the Nokia 9 PureView — however to this point, we’ve got not heard what it has deliberate for the 2020 present. Equally, we’ve got not heard about something new from TCL’s BlackBerry, or from Motorola but both.
Microsoft might have extra concerning the Floor Duo telephone/pill/foldable, and final 12 months talked concerning the HoloLens 2 on the present; however don’t anticipate something from Apple, because it doesn’t attend MWC with any hardware. Nevertheless, it typically proclaims a March occasion across the time of MWC, so do hear out for any information on that.