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Here's what OPPO and realme are doing after MWC cancelation (Updated Feb 24)

While one company has postponed its event, the other has changed the venue.

Published onFebruary 14, 2020

OPPO Reno 10x Zoom rear logo

Update, February 24, 2020 (12:40 AM ET): OPPO has reportedly rescheduled the Find X2 launch event for March 6. The information was revealed by Playfuldroid, which claims to have obtained a Save-The-Date teaser image for the launch event of the phone. You can view the alleged teaser image below.

OPPO Find X2 Launch teaser

Original article, February 14, 2020 (1:30 AM ET): OPPO and realme, like many others, have altered their MWC 2020 plans due to the cancellation of the trade show. Both brands were Barcelona-bound and expected to announce their flagship smartphones — OPPO Find X2 and realme X50 Pro 5G — at MWC.

Oppo’s Find X2 launch was supposed to take place on February 22. Meanwhile, realme was set to hold its “first global launch event” for the X50 Pro 5G and a TV on February 24.

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What’s OPPO doing?

OPPO has rescheduled the Find X2 launch for March, it confirmed in an official statement to Android Authority.

“OPPO respects and understands GSMA’s decision to cancel the MWC Barcelona 2020 event. After serious consideration, we have also decided to reschedule the OPPO Find X2 global launch Event, originally scheduled on 22nd February,” read an excerpt of the statement.

“As of now, the event will be rescheduled for March and more information will be shared soon.”

Realme’s revised plan

Realme, on the other hand, has not postponed its plans. Instead, the company will be hosting an online launch event and beam it globally from Madrid on the same date.

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“Keeping in light with the impact of the virus and the cancellation of MWC 2020, realme has decided to cancel the participation at MWC Barcelona 2020, accordingly,” the company’s statement read.

“Our first 5G flagship smartphone realme X50 Pro 5G, originally planned to debut at the MWC, is going to be launched online globally in Madrid on February 24th.”

What about MWC 2020?

This is the first time that MWC has been cancelled since the event moved to Barcelona for good in 2006. It’s the most important yearly event in the mobile phone industry, but is its cancellation really that big of a deal? Here’s what AA’s own Bogdan Petrovan has to say about it.

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