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MWC 2023: Everything we can expect from Mobile World Congress
As the pandemic starts becoming a thing of the past, tech conventions like CES and MWC are returning in full force. The world’s biggest mobile-first trade show returned with an in-person presence in 2022, and 2023 won’t be an exception.
Mobile World Congress is a mobile-focused trade show that takes place every year in Barcelona, Spain. After a cancellation in 2020 and a diminished event in 2021, we had a full-size show in 2022, and MWC 2023 is just around the corner too.
We’re getting ready to cover MWC 2023, and we’re sure you’re also eager to learn more about the exciting upcoming announcements. We can’t give you exact details just yet, but we have a general idea of what may come. Let’s talk about all the awesome things we expect to see in Barcelona this year!
MWC 2023: Important information
- What is MWC? MWC stands for Mobile World Congress. It’s the largest yearly mobile-focused convention in the world. It hosted over 61,000 attendees in 2022, getting people from all over the world together. This includes all types of people from the industry, including “global mobile operators, device manufacturers, technology providers, vendors, content owners, or people interested in the future of tech.”
- When is MWC 2023? MWC 2023 will take place from Monday, February 27, to Thursday, March 2, 2023.
- Where is MWC 2023? MWC 2023 will take place in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, primarily at the Fira Gran Via. Separate MWC announcements, keynotes, and product unveilings happen at various locations around Barcelona, though.
- Is MWC 2023 open to the public? Unlike other major tech conventions, MWC makes it pretty simple for people to attend. The event is open to the public as long as attendees pay for registration. You can find all the details here.
Nothing is for sure yet, but Honor announced the Magic 4 series at MWC 2022. Leaks and rumors are starting to show up around the web, making people believe we will soon see the new Honor Magic 5 series. Whether this turns out to be true is yet to be seen, but Honor is on the exhibitor list, so we’re sure they’ll be present at the event.
While we didn’t see new smartphones coming from Huawei during MWC 2022, it still brought plenty of fantastic tech to look at. We’re expecting an even more impressive Huawei presence at MWC 2023. Huawei’s official page has extended an invitation to the public, and a Huawei spokesperson told Fierce Wireless “this will be Huawei’s largest year” at MWC 2023. The manufacturer plans to take over the entire Hall 1 of the Fira Gran Via.
All that said, we’ve also heard rumors of the Huawei P60 series launching around March, so there is a chance we’ll see it at MWC.
Nokia usually has a strong presence at MWC, and we expect the same at the 2023 event. The official Nokia website is already announcing the MWC attendance, and it’s excited about broad spectrum topics such as “pushing the boundaries of innovation through network and software approaches, accelerating the digitalization of industries using automation and AI, and finding new solutions and business models through collaboration.”
Oppo announced its Find X5 Pro flagship on the Thursday before MWC 2022, so it might be possible for the Oppo Find X6 series to come at around the same time. Additionally, the rumor mill has been spinning with murmurs of SuperVOOC 240W charging coming in March. We saw this tech demonstrated last year, delivering a 100% charge in nine minutes.
We’re still unsure whether OnePlus will have anything new to show at MWC 2023, but we know it’s planning a global launch of the OnePlus 11 and OnePlus Buds Pro 2 in February. We’re likely to see both in Spain.
Realme has been talking about the GT Neo 5, an upcoming smartphone specced with stunning 240W charging. While not confirmed for MWC 2023, we know the GT Neo 5 is getting close to launch. There is a good chance we might see it at MWC 2023.
Don’t get too excited. The Samsung Galaxy S23 series is set to launch during its own Unpacked event, on February 1. This is far before MWC takes place. That said, Samsung will still be present at MWC 2023. We just don’t know what we’ll see yet. Last year the Korean manufacturer launched the Galaxy Book 2 line.
Xiaomi has recently launched the Xiaomi 13 series, but these phones are still exclusive to China. Rumors say the lineup will head to other markets. This announcement is said to take place during MWC 2023. Additionally, there might be an addition to the series in the form of a Xiaomi 13 Ultra.
We’ll be updating this page with information about upcoming products from Mobile World Congress 2023. Check back later this week for updated info.