Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2023 is fast approaching. That means there will be an explosion of smartphone, tablet and laptop announcements.
The question is what to really expect from this year’s MWC, with so many companies attending and so many rumors floating around the internet. Will we see flagship launches like Xiaomi, Oppo and Motorola? Here we analyze all the expected announcements.
When is Mobile World Congress 2023?
Mobile World Congress 2023 is February 27 and March 2, 2023 At Barcelona’s Fira Gran Via, the home stadium since 2013.
However, as with most previous MWCs, expect the biggest announcements to come before the show begins. This year, we expect most major announcements to take place on the weekend before the Conference Grand Opening between February 25 and 26, 2023.
What to expect from Mobile World Congress 2023
MWC usually hosts a variety of tech presentations from some of the biggest manufacturers in the tech world, from Samsung to Xiaomi.
Most have yet to publicly announce their MWC 2023 plans, but based on previous announcements along with leaks and rumors, here’s what to expect to happen at MWC 2023.
Samsung at MWC 2023
Samsung usually releases its flagship smartphones before MWC. Anyway, that’s what happened over the past few years. MWC should focus on other products.
The launch of the Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360 and Galaxy Book 2 Pro last year suggested that we could see another laptop-themed announcement at this year’s show.
Sony at MWC 2023
Sony hasn’t been to an MWC show since 2019, and it looks like that won’t change in 2023 either.
Last year, the company said it had shifted its focus to “digital and online opportunities,” so it’s safe to assume there won’t be a physical presence at this year’s show either.
Huawei at MWC 2023
MWC 2023 will be a big year for Huawei. A Huawei spokesperson claimed that “this will be Huawei’s biggest year” at the event, which occupies the entire Hall 1 of Fira Gran Via Barcelona.
What Huawei plans to announce at this year’s trade show is shrouded in mystery. At MWC 2022, we got the chance to launch the MateBook E 2-in-1 alongside the top-of-the-line MateBook X Pro laptop and Kindle competitor, the MatePad Paper e-reader, and we’re seeing pretty much the same in 2023.
OnePlus at MWC 2023
MWC 2022 hosted a worldwide announcement of the OnePlus 10 Pro, but OnePlus’ MWC 2023 plans are a secret given that OnePlus has confirmed that the international launch of the OnePlus 11 this year will be on February 7th. Any ideas on what to expect.
Instead of the standard flagship launch, OnePlus Rumors of disclosure Following the announcement of Concept 1 at CES 2020, MWC 2023 presents a new concept phone called Concept 2.
Xiaomi at MWC 2023
If the rumors are true, Xiaomi will make a very exciting presentation at MWC 2023 in the form of the new top-of-the-line Xiaomi 13S Ultra, following last year’s Leica brand flagship. This is somewhat of a surprise given that the Xiaomi 12S Ultra was not unveiled at MWC 2022.
Major rumors revolve around the return of the Leica brand and the introduction of a giant 1-inch sensor, but not much is known at this point.
Rumors also point to the unveiling of the Xiaomi Pad 6 and Xiaomi Pad 6 Pro tablets at this year’s show.
Motorola at MWC 2023
Motorola is currently tight-lipped about its MWC 2023 plans, but online whispers suggest that the flagship Motorola Edge 40 Pro, recently launched in China as the Moto X40, could make a worldwide appearance.
Rumors point to a possible MWC 2023 reveal, while other rumors suggest it could debut a month later in March 2023 in India.
Honor of MWC 2023
The GSM Association lists Honor as a MWC 2023 attendee with a booth. This is something that MWC 2022 did not have.
Without going into details on what to expect, Honor hasn’t officially announced yet, but it’s consistent with rumors of a launch for the Honor Magic5 series.
We expect Honor to host a presentation at some point during the show, but we’ll have to wait and see what it’s planning.
Oppo at MWC 2023
Oppo has arguably had one of the most exciting MWC 2022 launches with the flagships Oppo Find X5 and Find X5 Pro, but rumors suggest that the successors could launch ahead of MWC 2023. So what will Oppo reveal at the show?
It’s unconfirmed at this time, but rumor has it that we’ll see a global announcement of the Oppo Find N2 Flip, a serious competitor to Samsung’s clamshell foldables in the west.
Realme at MWC 2023
The first smartphone to offer 240w fast charging will be unveiled at MWC 2023, and rather surprisingly it will come in the form of the Realme GT Neo 5.
Realme has already confirmed that 240w fast charging will indeed be a feature of the GT Neo 5, but has not stated when it will launch internationally.
Rumors currently point to a launch near the start of MWC, suggesting we won’t have to wait long to see a smartphone that charges insanely fast.