What can we expect from the big phone show?
The annual Mobile World Congress is fast approaching and we expect a range of exciting new phones to be unveiled. Here’s the full rundown of what’s in store.
MWC is always one of the biggest dates on the tech calendar, so we’re fervently hoping that the 2022 edition doesn’t disappoint and that there are some great new smartphone launches this spring.
This article rounds up all the biggest news and rumors about the upcoming event, so you can see what to expect before it starts.
Table of Contents:
- When is the MWC?
- Samsung at MWC 2022
- Sony at MWC 2022
- Huawei at MWC 2022
- OnePlus at MWC 2022
- Xiaomi at MWC 2022
- Motorola at MWC 2022
- Honor at MWC 2022
- Oppo at MWC 2022
- Realme at MWC 2022
- Confidence Building
When is the MWC?
This year, the MWC will take place from February 28 to March 3, 2022. It will be held in the same venue that it has occupied since 2013, Fira Gran Via in the city of Barcelona.
Samsung at MWC 2022
Image Credit: Unbox Therapy
It’s reasonable to expect the highest-profile Android maker to be the star of the show at MWC; however, it’s entirely possible that the brand’s unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S22 (scheduled for February 8 and shown above) will be its main event of the month instead. However, there may still be mid-range device announcements taking place at MWC, or more information on planned software developments.
Samsung is also rumored to be launching new Android tablets in the form of the Galaxy Tab S8 lineup so they can sign up for MWC.
Last year, the brand focused heavily on its wearable software following its partnership with Google, which finally paid off with the revamped operating system and interface we saw on the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4.
Sony at MWC 2022
Sony hasn’t been to MWC since 2019 and sadly that trend will continue for at least another year. An official statement on the matter reads: “Sony Corporation has made the decision not to have its own booth at MWC 2022. As the world has largely shifted towards digital and online opportunities, Sony Corporation will be reaching out to bring our exciting product news to a wider audience.
Huawei at MWC 2022
Huawei Mate X2
It has been officially confirmed that Huawei will be present at this year’s MWC, with the theme “Lighting up the future”. So what could the manufacturer have in store for us?
One of the highlights of previous years was the unveiling of the Mate X foldable phone, but since the Android ban and Huawei’s subsequent decline in Western markets, MWC may no longer be a priority for the brand. Nonetheless, a foldable tracker would surely be well received at the show.
We may also hear more about the European launches of the P50 Pro and P50 Pocket. These two devices have been announced for the Chinese market, but a wider version is still expected.
OnePlus at MWC 2022
OnePlus 10 Pro
The most anticipated phone launches in early 2022 are undoubtedly the OnePlus 10 and OnePlus 10 Pro. The latter device received its launch in China on January 13, but promised a presentation “later in 2022” for customers in China. the US and Europe.
However, that launch is unlikely to be delayed until MWC at the end of the following month, so while the new phones may still be on display there, a full launch event seems unlikely.
Xiaomi at MWC 2022
Xiaomi Mi 12
Xiaomi hasn’t been to MWC since 2019, but it could make a welcome return this year.
The Xiaomi 12 flagship landed in China with a vengeance on December 28, but has yet to be officially unveiled in the West. MWC could potentially be the right place for such an unveiling, and we certainly hope so, but if not, we can at least expect something to be revealed from the manufacturer’s Redmi and Poco sub-brands.
Motorola at MWC 2022
motorola razr 2019
Motorola is often a mainstay at MWC, and while the brand may choose the opportunity to show off some of the mid-range devices it’s best known for, we’re also keeping our fingers crossed that it will also feature the foldable Motorola Razr.3. . This follows comments in December from Chen Jin, general manager of Lenovo Mobile Business Group in China, that the brand is “quietly preparing the third-generation Razr.”
Honor at MWC 2022
Honor Magic V
Following its separation from Huawei, Honor products are once again available with Google Mobile Services, and the brand recently made its triumphant return to our shores with the Honor 50.
After launching the foldable Magic V flagship exclusively in China in January, we’re expecting it to arrive here soon, and MWC 2022 could be the right event for its debut.
Oppo at MWC 2022
Oppo Find X3 Pro
Oppo is believed to be currently working on the Find X5 series, a sequel to Oppo’s excellent flagship Find X3 Pro (with the number omitted apparently due to the Chinese belief that 4 brings bad luck). Specs are rumored to include the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip, a 2K AMOLED display, and a 125W fast charger, so this is the one to keep your eyes peeled for. There’s no guarantee it will make its big appearance specifically at MWC, but it’s expected to launch in the first quarter of this year.
Realme at MWC 2022
Another brand with a flagship phone in development is Realme, and apparently this one is so special that it will be the brand’s first product bearing the ‘Pro+’ designation. This probably means that the Realme 9 Pro+ will have excellent camera and screen specifications, but we will have to wait for its launch, which could be at MWC 2022, to be sure.
There’s no denying that in-person events like MWC have had a rough few years due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and we’re not out of the woods yet, as evidenced by the absences of companies like Sony.
However, there are reasons to be optimistic this year, not least because of the delicious rumors collected above, and nothing excites me more than the possibility of a new generation of foldable phones from Huawei, Motorola and Honor. If form factor is really going to be the future of mobile technology, this budding competition is exactly what we need to see.
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