Sony Backs Out Of MWC Barcelona 2020; To Launch Upcoming Phones On YouTube

Posted: Feb 10 2020, 5:34am CST | by , in Technology News

Sony backs out of MWC Barcelona 2020; to launch upcoming phones on YouTube

The Xperia 5 Plus could be unveiled on YouTube instead of a live press conference.

Sony is the latest company to withdraw from the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain this February, following the likes of Amazon, LG and NVIDIA, which all decided to back out of the annual trade event due to the global outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

The Japanese electronics and entertainment giant has released an official statement, saying it will no longer be part of the MWC and will instead host its own conference online on YouTube.

“As we place the utmost importance on the safety and wellbeing of our customers, partners, media and employees, we have taken the difficult decision to withdraw from exhibiting and participating at MWC 2020 in Barcelona, Spain,” Sony said in a statement.

Sony said it will instead hold a conference at 8:30am CET on Monday, February 24. The video will go live on Sony’s Xperia YouTube channel, where the company will unveil its new products.

Sony has yet to reveal details about what products the company is about to launch, but according to leaked photos from tech websites, Sony could be uncovering its new Sony Xperia 5 Plus.

Trusted leaker, Slashleaks, has provided renders of what is believed to be the Xperia 5 Plus:

If confirmed, the release of the premium version of the Xperia 5 could come shortly after the release of the Xperia 5 in 2019. Sony unveiled the smartphone during the IFA Berlin 2019 in September.

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