Mobile World Congress 2021 Dates: Biggest mobile tech event in the offing, Samsung to Lenovo, here is what to expect
Mobile World Congress (MWC) kicks off tomorrow, which means the biggest mobile event of the year will begin in less than 24 hours. Every year, MWC plays hosts to the manufacturers of several popular smartphones and tablets, as well as ad and networking technologies like 5G connectivity. The annual conference is also home to several other aspects connected to mobile devices like virtual reality (VR) and smart wearables. New announcements and potential product launches from companies like Samsung, Lenovo and Intel are expected.
While last year's Mobile World Congress was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, MWC 2021 event was scheduled to be hosted this year as an in-person event, but many of the top mobile device manufacturers have dropped out of this year's event.
Here's what you need to know about this year's MWC event and how you can keep track of all the developments as they happen.
How to attend Mobile World Congress 2021 virtually
MWC 2021 will be a hybrid between an in-person event and a series of virtual announcements, so viewers who are unable to travel to the venue due to the pandemic can tune in from the comfort of their homes. They will need to purchase a virtual pass that costs € 438.90 (approximately ₹38,900) after which they will be able to tune into all the events.
You can also stay tuned for our coverage of all the announcements at the event.
What to expect from Samsung at Mobile World Congress 2021
One of the biggest expectations from Samsung at MWC 2021 is the announcement of a new Galaxy Watch, which is likely to be the first smartwatch released by the Korean company since Google announced the two companies were partnering to work on WearOS together. While we can expect to see an announcement about the rumoured Galaxy Watch 4, there's not much to indicate that Samsung will announce a new phone at the company's virtual event that begins tomorrow.
What to expect from Lenovo at the Mobile World Congress 2021 event
Another brand that has confirmed that it will attend MWC 2021, the Chinese company is likely to make mobile-related announcements on June 28 -- the company has already launched laptops and Chromebooks since June 23, but it looks like more announcements could be on the way.
Intel announcements at Mobile World Congress
Intel has been touting its 5G connectivity capabilities recently, and the company has been working on several improvements to its chips that can be used even in laptops. Intel could announce some devices or chipsets with 5G capabilities tomorrow on June 28, alongside other advancements in the emerging connectivity standard.
Brands that won't be attending the Mobile World Congress 2021 event
Some brands have reportedly pulled out of the MWC 2021 event altogether. These include Google, Xiaomi, Nokia, Sony – and even Facebook! While we are unlikely to see any announcements from these companies, they might still make their own announcements about innovations or upcoming features in the coming days.