MWC 2022: what we expect from the biggest mobile event in the world

MWC 2022 opens next week – so what are we waiting to see? MWC is one of the biggest mobile phone shows on the planet, and it’s usually a place where a myriad of new handsets are launched, all vying to top the list of best camera phones.

The good news is that the exhibition is back and living in its traditional February slot – after two years of disruption due to Covid-19. In 2020, the show was canceled at the last minute, and in 2021, the exhibition was postponed to the summer and mounted in a hybrid fashion.

How big this year’s show will be, it’s hard to say. By relying on manufacturers from all over the world, and China in particular, we can be sure that we will not see the crowd of yesteryear in its entirety again. But we do know that exciting new products and technologies will be revealed for MWC 2022.

What is MWC 2022?

MWC stands for Mobile Word Congress – and is organized by the GSMA, the global industry association, established in 1995 to promote GSM 2G digital phones. The show was first held in 1987 and in 2019 it attracted over 100,000 people to the Fira Barcelona Gran Via exhibition halls in Barcelona, ​​Spain. There are now other MWC spin-off shows in Shanghai and Los Angeles.

(Image credit: MWC Barcelona)

When is MWC 2022?

It takes place in Barcelona from February 28 to March 03. And while not all companies will be at the show, many will choose to hold press briefings and make product announcements at show time.

In fact, we are planning far fewer launches than usual. But there will be plenty of speeches from leading industry figures. Many sessions will center around the topics of the Internet of Everything (IoE), Virtual Reality, 5G and the Metaverse – and discuss how cellular technology can be used in much more than our phones.

But, still, we’ll bring you all the news, as it happens…

What we expect from MWC 2022

Thanks to the rumor mill and the inevitable teasers from major manufacturers, we already have a pretty good idea of ​​what some of the highlights will be at this year’s show:

Realme at MWC 2022

Realme will launch its GT 2 series at the expo. The GT 2 and GT 2 Pro are already on sale in China, but they will get their global launch in Barcelona.

Powered by a Snapdragon 888 chip, the Realme GT2 has solid specs for a mid-range camera phone. These include a large 6.62-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a 120Hz, 5,000mAh battery that supports 65W fast wired charging, which can go from 0-100% in just 33 minutes. It has a triple-lens rear camera led by a 50MP f/1.8 main sensor and a punch-hole cutout for the 16MP selfie camera on the front.

The Realme GT 2 Pro has a larger 6.7-inch 120MHz AMOLED display than its smaller sibling, which has a 120Hz and 1440 x 3216 resolution. It’s powered by the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset and features a 5,000mAh battery, which supports 65W fast wired charging.

The triple-lens rear camera setup consists of a 50MP f/1.8 primary, a 50MP f/2.2 ultra-wide sensor, and a 3MP macro sensor. In terms of video, it can shoot up to 8K or 4K at 30/60fps. On the front, the Realme GT 2 Pro has an impressive 32 MP selfie camera. shooter.

Realme can also tell us more about the Realme 9 Pro Plus, which we already know will have an integrated heart rate monitor.

Realme is also teasing that it will unveil the world’s fastest phone charging technology at the show – it’s rumored to be 150W.

Honor at MWC 2022

Continuing to prove it has life after its split from Huawei, Honor will unveil its Magic 4 series of phones. There could be three different models, with details to be announced on February 28.

• Learn more about Honor Magic4 rumors

Oppo at MWC 2022

A year after the Oppo Find X3 Pro, it is said that Oppo will launch the Find X5 series during the show. The X5 Pro is rumored to have a 6.7-inch screen, a triple-camera setup with two 50-megapixel shooters, and 5x zoom.

What we do know for sure is that it uses Hasselblad camera technology, has a new Neural Processing Unit (NPU) dedicated to imaging, to aid in night shooting. It also has a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor and a ceramic back.

We won’t have long to wait for full details, as Oppo starts early with a worldwide livestream of the launch on February 24.

• Oppo Find X5 Rumors

Xiaomi at MWC 2022

Expect all the details on the Redmi 10 2022, which quietly launched earlier this month. There are a growing number of rumors about the Xiaomi 12 Ultra, which we hope will have a sensor at least as large as that found on the Xiaomi 11 Ultra – but we don’t expect the 12 Ultra to be launched before the end of the year.

Samsung at MWC 2022

(Image credit: Samsung)

Samsung has just unveiled its most exciting phones for 2022, with the launch of the Galaxy S22, S22 Plus and stylus-enabled S22 Ultra – so we’re not expecting anything else big from the Korean company in Barcelona .

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