Sony becomes latest major brand to pull out of MWC 2020 over coronavirus

Sony becomes latest major brand to pull out of MWC 2020 over coronavirus
Mobile World Congress is the biggest tech event of the year and companies from across the globe are typically in attendance. However, the recent coronavirus outbreak has led to many cancelations and today another big name joins the list.

The Xperia 1.1 will be unveiled through YouTube


Sony has today announced that it has “taken the difficult decision to withdraw from exhibiting and participating at MWC 2020 in Barcelona” like Amazon, Ericsson, LG, NVIDIA, and ZTE.

The company says it has been closely monitoring the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, which was declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization on January 30, and places “the utmost importance on the safety and wellbeing of our customers, partners, media and employees.”

As some of you may already know, Sony had already scheduled a press conference on Monday, February 24. The company says this will now go ahead as a livestream at 8:30am CET via the official Xperia YouTube channel.

Sony is apparently going to unveil the Xperia 1.1 flagship which will reportedly feature a 6.6-inch display, 5G network support, the Snapdragon 865, and a quadruple-camera setup. Front-facing stereo speakers and a headphone jack should also be part of the package.

Up Sony’s sleeves will be two mid-range smartphones too. Little is known about the products right now but they’re expected to replace the Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus.

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8 Comments

12. markusinfinite

Posts: 82; Member since: Aug 05, 2016

Will be going back to Sony because of the headphone jack and stereo speaker....and notchless.!

10. Blazers

Posts: 794; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

At this rate, they may have to cancel or postpone MWC 2020.

7. vuyonc

Posts: 1094; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Their presentation stream better be as hands-on as possible then!

3. surethom

Posts: 1775; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

At lease they are still going to do a presentation via live stream on the same date unlike LG? who has not announced an announcement date yet!

8. rsiders

Posts: 2068; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Exactly.

1. AlienKiss

Posts: 359; Member since: May 21, 2019

Please let the rumors about the 3.5mm jack be true! If Xperia 1.1 has it, I'm ditching Samsung and going back to Sony.

6. Feanor

Posts: 1449; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

I'm a Sony user and normally I'd welcome your decision to go back to Sony, but for this reason? Is it really this 3.5mm jack so important? I'd choose Sony over Samsung mainly for their cleaner Android skin (no two dig. assistants in one phone etc.), or their unique hardware design.

11. AlienKiss

Posts: 359; Member since: May 21, 2019

Software is not an issues if you know your way around. The hardware, though, is something that you can't change.. And yes, I always use wired headphones (NEVER out loud - I hate those people). They even saved my phone a couple of times (grabbing the wires while falling). Try doing that with cancerous Bluetooth wireless headphones :) The SD card slot and the 3.5mm jack are definitely deal breakers for me if they're not available. That's why I never wished for a Pixel or iPhone. That's why I'm using Samsung now - because Sony got rid of the 3.5mm jack. Yes, there are people like me who think that some features are more important than brand loyalty.

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