Following LG, ZTE and Nvidia, it looks like Sony will also not be showing up at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2020. That’s the third mobile phone brand to announce its withdrawal from the event following the novel coronavirus outbreak.
The company made the announcement via a post on its website. In its statement, the company says that it has been monitoring the novel coronavirus situation. Sony came to the decision out of concern for its staff, customers, partners and members of the media.
The withdrawal is a big blow to the company. It had planned to announce a number of Xperia smartphones at MWC 2020. The company had intended to livestream the event as well for those who could not attend. As a result of the withdrawal, the Sony press conference will instead be done via a YouTube video on the official Xperia channel. The video is scheduled to go live at 3:30PM local time.
Despite four big names in tech not making it to MWC 2020, other smartphone makers are still on track to announcing new products there. One of them is OPPO, which is expected to unveil its Find X2 flagship phone.