Lenovo and Sony will skip MWC 2022 in person while other Android brands pledge to stay

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A health checkpoint at Mobile World Congress 2022Source: GSMA / MWC Barcelona

Update, January 26 (8:30 p.m. ET): corrected assertion that Lenovo owns TCL; he actually owns Motorola. We regret the error.

Many popular tech brands dropped out of CES 2022 in-person at the last minute due to the rise of Omicron, including Google, Meta, and Twitter. Now, with little change from a pandemic perspective, and MWC 2022 slated to arrive in about a month, mobile brands must decide whether or not to go virtual — or skip the event entirely.

On Tuesday, Lenovo announced that the event would be “entirely virtual” due to “ongoing trends surrounding COVID.” Since Lenovo owns the Motorola brand, we’re very curious what phones the company might announce at the event, even if they do so virtually.

Sony also informed Techradar that it “will not be holding its own booth at MWC 2022”, virtual or otherwise. The brand hasn’t participated in MWC since 2019, so it won’t be a big surprise.

Techradar has received confirmations from Huawei, OPPO, and Xiaomi that all three brands will be attending the event in person.

Huawei has six booths at the event, making it likely the brand has big plans to show off its P50 Pocket and other unannounced phones. OPPO’s only booth could show off the OnePlus 10 Pro – still unreleased outside of China – or the recently leaked OnePlus Nord 2T. Xiaomi will also have only one booth for its announcements.

As for the brands that haven’t made their plans clear yet, Samsung has a whopping eight booths reserved for MWC 2022. It stuck to CES in person, but may have at least considered canceling, while “closely monitoring the current health”. situation” beforehand. It is unclear if anything has changed for MWC.

If Samsung sticks to the person, it will likely introduce the new Galaxy S22 and Tab S8 which are expected to ship in late February. But it could also show off its new Galaxy A lineup for the year, like the leaked Galaxy A53 5G. Or, we might see more foldable prototypes from the company.

Qualcomm (one booth), Nokia (five booths) and Honor (two booths) also seem to have in-person plans at the moment. And other brands like ASUS and Realme should appear. We’re excited to see if any of the future best Android phones will get an MWC reveal, whether virtual or in person.

After a messy semi-virtual CES exposed the issues of tech events today, we have to wonder what will happen with MWC and if other companies will follow Lenovo’s lead.

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