This article will be updated regularly until MWC 2022 so that you don’t miss any information about the brands present at the show this year. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to tell us in the comments what you expect from this edition of the biggest tech show in Europe.
The Mobile World Congress or simply MWC is one of the biggest tech shows in the world. It is held every year in February in Barcelona. Contrary to the other big shows like the CES in Las Vegas or the IFA in Berlin, the MWC has the particularity to be only dedicated to innovations in the mobile field. Thus, many major brands take advantage of the show to present their latest product and service innovations.
Despite the fact that in recent years, major manufacturers are increasingly presenting their products in dedicated events, the MWC remains a must for all those interested in smartphones, tablets and more. But it must be admitted that the organization remains on two consecutive years very complicated in the face of the health crises.
The MWC 2021 was held in person but was shifted from February to June with many cancellations, like that of Google. And the 2020 edition before it was simply canceled.
MWC 2022 will be held from February 28 to March 3, 2022, in Barcelona as it has been every year since 2006 and at least until 2023. The show is held in the Fira Gran Via, the premises of the Barcelona Trade Fair. Last year, the GSMA, the organization of the MWC, reported that 120,000 people attended MWC 2021, 20,000 of which were physically there.
The event starts officially on Monday, Feb. 28 at 9 a.m. CST with Honor’s conference, which is expected to announce a global product launch. The show is open to the public and the ticket prices start at 700 euros. However, it is worth remembering that the days preceding the fair will already have events dedicated to the press.
In this section, we have listed only the manufacturers that have officially, or at least publicly, confirmed their presence at MWC 2022.
Oppo has confirmed its participation in MWC 2022. A spokesperson for the brand stated that Oppo will be present at MWC 2022 and will showcase its latest innovations in Barcelona.
The company will probably showcase its new flagship smartphones there, since the Find X5 series will be released on February 24. The Find X5 Pro will be the brand’s new flagship. It should offer a technical sheet worthy of its rank with notably the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC or an AMOLED LTPO 2.0 screen. The main novelty would be the camera with the integration of the MariSilicon X, an NPU supposed to improve image quality.
Motorola has also announced a launch event for February 24, which is a few days before the start of MWC 2022. With this, the manufacturer of just showcase the new smartphone that, according to the teaser posted on the manufacturer’s Twitter, should be part of the new generation of the Edge series:
— Motorola (@Moto)
February 7, 2022
In addition, this year we also had rumors about a smartphone called Motorola Frontier 22, which is rumored to come with a new Qualcomm SoC, a 200 MP camera, and a 144 Hz display.
Huawei is losing momentum, but will nevertheless be present at MWC 2022. The Chinese giant will organize several conferences under the slogan “Lighting up the future”. The first official event will take place on Feb. 27th, 2022, at 2 PM CET (8 AM EST).
According to Android Gadget, the manufacturer should present the Mate X3, as announced by its president, Derek Yu during an interview broadcast on Romanian media. You can read the brand’s official invitation for its MWC event directly on its official website.
Samsung already announced an Unpacked Event during MWC 2022. The event takes place on February 27, 2022, at 1:00 PM CET. Unlike last year, when the Korean manufacturer presented its new OS for smartwatches, One UI Watch, this time Samsung will announce the next generation of Galaxy Books.
Honor will hold a keynote titled “The Power of Magic” on February 28 at 1 PM CET (7 AM EST) and is expected to present new products, including probably a new series of smartphones. As a reminder, the company recently presented the Magic V in China, so we could see a global launch.
— HONOR (@Honorglobal)
January 27, 2022
Xiaomi has a launch event on February 28 at 1 PM CET (7 AM EST). During the event, the new Poco X4 Pro 5G and Poco M4 Pro will be announced. So far, this is the only information regarding new announcements from Xiaomi at MWC 2022.
POCO is about to start this year with a bang!
Bringing you not one but TWO new devices!
— POCO (@POCOGlobal)
February 21, 2022
The young Chinese brand will be at MWC as mentioned by the GSMA on its official website. Realme could present its new flagship in Europe, the Realme GT 2 Pro in an event on February 28, at 10 AM CET (4 AM EST).
With this smartphone launched in China in early January, Realme wanted to offer its first real flagship and the bet is successful. The smartphone stands out for its allegedly eco-friendly design, its solid technical specifications and its aggressive price.
Nokia will be present at the MWC 2022 as we can see on its official website. In Barcelona, the brand will come to break the boundaries, as announced by the slogan “Breaking boundaries in Barcelona”.
However, do not expect any product announcement. Indeed, the announcements should be about networking solutions.
OnePlus has already sent out an invitation to the press to test the new OnePlus 10 Pro 5G during MWC 2022 between February 28 and March 3. The device was recently launch in China, and we’re eagerly awaiting the global launch.
So, if you’re interested in learning more about OnePlus’ new smartphone for 2022, stay tuned here on the channel for a hands-on at the Barcelona show.
The Mountain View company was not present last year, but it does appear on the list of brands attending the event in 2022. However, we don’t believe we will have many announcements during the Barcelona show since the Android 13 beta was already announced earlier this month.
In this section are listed the manufacturers that have either officially confirmed that they will not be physically present (and therefore only virtually), that they will not be present at all or those who simply have not yet communicated about their possible participation in MWC 2022.
For the third year in a row, Sony has declared that it will not be present at MWC.The GSMA responded by saying it was surprised by the announcement as the Japanese giant has not participated in the show since 2019:
The GSMA was surprised to see Sony’s announcement about MWC22 in Barcelona given that the company had not planned to participate in the show anyway. Sony has not exhibited at MWC since 2019 due to strategic business decisions made by the company.
Lenovo has confirmed that it will not attend this edition of the MWC due to the still unstable health situation. The brand should however participate via a virtual event as seen in the teaser published on the official website and in a statement published on Twitter:
MWC UPDATE: Due to the ongoing trends surrounding COVID, Lenovo’s activation at MWC 2022 will be fully virtual.
— Lenovo Stories & News (@LenovoNews)
January 25, 2022
Asus has confirmed to TechRadar that it will not participate in MWC 2022. The brand’s last participation was in 2018. On the other hand, it would be very surprising if any of the brand’s upcoming smartphones, the Zenfone 9 and ROG Phone 6 were to be introduced at MWC 2022. The manufacturer’s launch schedule is not really aligned with the Barcelona tech show.
As for the other brands such as Vivo, TCL, Alcatel or ZTE, no official announcement has been made yet. If a new brand confirms its presence at MWC 2022, we will keep you informed.
This year, the NextPit team has a hybrid editorial team, with local and virtual coverage. Our team will have three journalists doing hands-on coverage of products and services in Barcelona, in the MWC pavilions. As the exhibitor agenda is vast, we will prioritize the announcement of new smartphones and other smart gadgets. In Barcelona the NextPit editorial team will be me, Camila Rinaldi, and my colleagues Antoine Engels and Benjamin Lucks roaming the halls of the show looking for news in the area of mobile devices and innovative technologies.
While my colleagues Carsten Drees, Florian Philon, Rubens Eishima, Stefan Moellenhoff and Zois Bekios Zannikos follow everything that happens in the virtual universe of the fair.
That said, starting Sunday, February 27, our coverage of MWC 2022 begins, since some manufacturers have already opened the show with press events, as is the case with Huawei. In addition, this is also when ShowStoppers takes place, an event in which various companies vie for the attention of technology journalists by demonstrating their products that, if all goes according to plan, should become the highlight of the first days of the fair.
Last but definitely not least, starting this Sunday, you can check out daily videos with a summary of everything that happened during the last 24 hours of the show. From the most relevant launches of the day to the main controversies in the Metaverse! Follow NextPit’s coverage of the Mobile World Congress and help us choose the best and worst of the show in Barcelona next week.
You can also check the official agenda of the event. If you see a keynote or a conference that interests you, don’t hesitate to tell us in the comments, so we can take a look at it.
What are you expecting from MWC 2022? Which manufacturers are you watching closely? Are there any keynotes or conferences that interest you more than others? Stay tuned to NextPit to make sure you don’t miss anything from this edition of the show!