MWC (Cell World Congress) is the most important commerce present within the cellular calendar and it’s the place most of the yr’s most enjoyable handsets are sometimes introduced – alongside tablets, wearables, and different tech.
Or a minimum of, it’s often the most important commerce present within the cellular calendar, however in 2020 it was cancelled because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, the excellent news is that MWC 2021 is scheduled to go forward, although it will likely be later than regular, as defined beneath.
So what are you able to anticipate to see at MWC 2021? Whereas nothing has been confirmed simply but, we will take some educated guesses based mostly on earlier years.
You’ll discover them beneath, and as quickly as we be taught extra we’ll replace this text with all the main points. So ensure to examine again right here if you wish to keep updated on MWC 2021.
Lower to the chase
- What’s it? The largest smartphone commerce present of the yr
- When is it? June 28 – July 1
What are the MWC 2021 dates?
MWC 2021 is scheduled to be held from June 28 – July 1. These aren’t the unique dates, because it had beforehand been deliberate for early March, however it has now been delayed to extend the possibility of it truly with the ability to go forward.
Whereas it will likely be held in Barcelona as common, it’s additionally set to have “digital parts” this time.
The GSMA – the corporate behind the present – has confirmed that the intention is for the present to go forward, however it’ll be a lot additional scaled again than in earlier years.
In an interview with Mobile World Live, GSMA Restricted CEO John Hoffman confirmed that the plan is to have between 40,000 and 50,000 attendees. In 2019, the final bodily MWC present, there have been round 110,000 attendees.
In fact, since nobody can predict the long run it’s all the time potential that the occasion can be additional delayed and even cancelled, however for now, late June is when to mark it in your calendar.
Ericsson is likely one of the largest corporations that usually attends MWC, however the firm has decided to withdraw from the 2021 occasion. Google, Samsung, Sony, Nokia and others have since stated the identical – however many nonetheless recommend they will participate within the digital parts, which means we’d nonetheless see bulletins from them.
What’s the plan for MWC 2022? Mats Granryd, Director Basic of the GSMA, has confirmed to TechRadar plans to maintain its February window for future reveals after the 2021 occasion.
“We do wish to be going again to the February Barcelona rhythm as soon as 2021 is completed.” Granryd stated. “A number of product launches are occurring in direction of the start of the yr, so we would prefer to time that into our occasion.”
What to anticipate at MWC 2021
On the time of writing there’s little concrete information about what to anticipate at MWC 2021, however we’ve some concepts based mostly on the types of merchandise which can be usually introduced.
Sony at MWC 2021
Regardless although, we’d assume it’s seemingly that we’ll see one thing from Sony at MWC 2021. That stated, the corporate has pulled out of the in-person occasion – however it might effectively nonetheless announce one thing on-line.
Huawei at MWC 2021
Whereas Huawei didn’t launch any of its fundamental flagships at MWC 2019, it did unveil the foldable Huawei Mate X, which was fairly an enormous deal. It additionally usually unveils new tablets and laptops through the occasion.
So whereas we in all probability gained’t see the Huawei P50 or Huawei Mate 50 at MWC 2021, we’d effectively see one thing from the corporate – maybe together with a number of foldables. The Huawei Mate X2 has already landed, however there’s rumors that Huawei has some affordable foldables on the best way in some unspecified time in the future this yr.
Nokia at MWC 2021
Nokia usually has an enormous presence at MWC, with flagships (such because the Nokia 9 PureView in 2019) and decrease finish telephones each accounted for.
On the time of writing the corporate hasn’t but launched the Nokia 10, in order that’s overdue and can probably arrive earlier than MWC 2021, however you by no means know, we’d see it there, and even the Nokia 11.
Leaks at the moment cannot agree on whether or not it would land within the first or second half of the yr – if the latter then it won’t arrive till after MWC, however the confusion might stem from MWC occurring proper in the course of the yr.
And if the Nokia 10 would not land there, on the very least we’ll in all probability see some low-end or mid-range Nokia telephones, such because the Nokia 8.4. It is value noting that Nokia has pulled out of attending MWC 2021 in individual, however claims it would take part within the ‘digital occasion’.
Every thing else
Whereas we’ve coated most of the seemingly highlights above, there’ll in all probability be all kinds of different issues on present from all kinds of different corporations.
At MWC 2019 we noticed new telephones from Alcatel, Xiaomi, ZTE, and extra. We additionally noticed new Samsung handsets, however don’t get too excited – in recent times the corporate has held separate occasions for flagships, and we have already had the Samsung Galaxy S21 vary.
Samsung isn’t participating in the physical event, which makes it appear much less seemingly the model can have something to indicate off, however we will not rule it out for good.
Different seemingly candidates for MWC 2021 telephone launches embrace Honor, Motorola, and Oppo. Plus, you may anticipate a wide range of tablets and laptops, doubtlessly alongside some smartwatches and health trackers – although notably there weren’t any at MWC 2019.
What we in all probability gained’t see is something by Apple or OnePlus, and whereas Google would possibly unveil one thing it nearly actually gained’t be a telephone – at MWC 2019 the corporate simply talked about Google Assistant enhancements and Google Fi.
As with a lot of different corporations although, Google has stated it will not attend the bodily occasion, however that also leaves it open to on-line bulletins.