Lenovo won’t be attending MWC in person, either – TechCrunch

In a while after Samsung introduced that it gained’t be attending the approaching MWC Barcelona, Chinese language {hardware} massive (and Motorola dad or mum) Lenovo has showed with TechCrunch that it has additionally determined to forgo the in-person tournament. The development is scheduled for June 28 to July 1.

“Lenovo isn’t attending in consumer however will take part within the digital spouse program,” the corporate stated in a temporary commentary. The verdict displays that of Samsung’s — opting to skip a sales space in desire of going all-virtual.

The transfer isn’t in particular sudden — and, as famous previous, it’s arduous to shake the sensation we had early ultimate 12 months, because the dominoes began falling forward of the development’s cancellation (regardless that through all accounts this 12 months’s MWC could have a bodily presence regardless). Google, IBM, Nokia, Sony, Oracle and Ericsson have all already showed they’re going to now not be in attendance.

Some key {hardware} names are nonetheless up at the professional MWC exhibitor record, together with ZTE, Xiaomi and LG — regardless that issues are additional sophisticated through the truth that the latter just lately introduced its go out from the smartphone industry.

Following Samsung’s announcement, the display’s governing board, the GSMA, informed TechCrunch, “After all we recognize that making plans in an endemic is sophisticated. Samsung will adapt their presence to digital for MWC21 and we look ahead to seeing them in consumer 2022.” It’s protected to suppose the reaction is identical for the instant, regardless that we’ll replace if we obtain further remark.

Those bulletins are, without a doubt, a large blow for MWC’s ambitions for a small go back to normalcy this 12 months. However given commute restrictions in lots of puts because the pandemic continues to rage on in more than a few portions of the arena, it’s arduous to fault any of the corporations for his or her abundance of warning.


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