What can we expect from a huge phone show?
With the annual Mobile World Congress approaching, we expect to see a number of exciting new mobile phones being introduced. Here’s a full overview of what’s in store.
MWC is always one of the most important dates in the tech calendar, so we fervently hope that the 2022 release will not disappoint us and that there will be several major new smartphone launches this spring.
This article brings together all the most important news and rumors about the upcoming event so you can find out what to expect before it starts.
When is MCHC?
This year MWC will take place with 28 from February to March 3, 2022. It will take place at the same location as since 2013, namely at the Fira Gran Via in the city of Barcelona.
Samsung at MWC 2022
You could reasonably expect Android’s most famous manufacturer to be the star of the show at MWC; however, it could very well be that the highlight of the month will instead be the presentation of the Samsung Galaxy S22 (expected February 8 and pictured above). However, there may still be announcements of mid-range devices at MWC or more information about planned software developments.
Rumor has it that Samsung is also releasing new Android tablets in the form of the Galaxy Tab S8 line so that they can be saved for MWC.
The brand focused heavily on its wearable software last year after a partnership with Google that eventually paid off with the updated operating system and interface we saw on the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4.
Sony at MWC 2022
Sony hasn’t been at MWC since 2019, and unfortunately this trend will continue for at least another year. The 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 shifted to a large extent towards digital and online opportunities, Sony Corporation will communicate in such a way that our exciting product news will reach a wider audience. “.
Huawei at MWC 2022
It was officially confirmed that Huawei will be attending this year’s MWC with the motto “Illuminating the Future” – so what can the manufacturer have in store for us?
The highlight of the past years was the unveiling of the Mate X foldable phone, but after the Android ban and the resulting decline of Huawei in Western markets, MWC may no longer be such a priority for the brand. However, the foldable sequel is sure to be widely welcomed at the show.
We could also learn more about the European launches of the P50 Pro and P50 Pocket. Both of these devices have been announced for the Chinese market, but a wider release is expected.
OnePlus at MWC 2022
The most anticipated phone releases in early 2022 are undoubtedly the OnePlus 10 and OnePlus 10 Pro. This latest device launched in China on Jan. 13, but was promised to be introduced “later in 2022” to customers in the US and Europe.
However, it is unlikely that this launch will be delayed until MWC at the end of next month, so while new phones may still be introduced there, a full launch seems unlikely.
Xiaomi at MWC 2022
Xiaomi hasn’t attended MWC since 2019, but it may return this year.
The Xiaomi flagship 12 landed in China with great success on December 28, but it has not yet been officially launched in the West. MWC could potentially be the right place for such a reveal – and we certainly hope it is – but if not, then we can at least expect something to be revealed from the manufacturer’s sub-brands, Redmi and Poco.
Motorola at MWC 2022
Motorola is usually a mainstay of MWC, and while the brand may choose to showcase some of the mid-range devices it’s best known for, we’re also keeping our fingers crossed that it’s also introducing the Motorola Razr 3 foldable. This followed comments in December by Chen Jin, CEO of Lenovo Mobile Business Group in China, that the brand was “silently preparing the third-generation Razr.”
Honor at MWC 2022
After splitting from Huawei, Honor products are once again available with Google Mobile Services, and recently the brand has made a triumphant return to our shores with the Honor 50.
Launching the Magic V foldable flagship exclusively in China this January, we expect it to arrive here soon, and MWC 2022 could be the right time for its debut.
Oppo at MWC 2022
It is believed that Oppo is currently working on the Find X5 series, the sequel to the excellent flagship Oppo Find X3 Pro (with a missing number, apparently due to the Chinese thinking that 4 is bad luck). The rumored specs include a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip, a 2K AMOLED screen, and a 125W fast charger – so those are the things to look out for. There is no guarantee that it will make a special appearance at MWC, but it is expected to launch in the first quarter of this year.
Realme at MWC 2022
Another brand developing a flagship phone is Realme, and apparently it’s so special that it will be the brand’s first product with the “Pro+” designation. This likely means the Realme 9 Pro+ will have great camera and screen specs, but we’ll have to wait until its launch – which could take place at MWC 2022 – to find out for sure.
It’s undeniable that in-person events like MWC have had a tough few years due to the Covid-19 pandemic and we’re still not out of the woods, as evidenced by the no-shows of people like Sony.
However, there is cause for optimism this year, not least because of the delightful rumors gathered above, and nothing excites me more than the possibility of next-generation foldable phones from Huawei, Motorola and Honor. If the form factor is really supposed to be the future of mobile technology, then this promising competition is exactly what we need to see.