(Pocket-lint) - Mobile World Congress (MWC) is the biggest mobile event of the year. The show sees the launch of many of the year's top smartphones, smartwatches and tablets, as well as seeing the emergence of the hottest new trends in mobile.
Outside of the consumer sphere, it also draws in many of the industry heavyweights to talk about the future of mobile, like 5G, mobile hardware, VR and other associated technologies.
Here's everything you need to know about the show and what was announced in 2022.
What happened at Mobile World Congress 2022
In any normal year, there would be a series of launches from some of the leading mobile phone manufacturers - the likes of Sony Mobile and Nokia typically use MWC to launch new devices, there's often big showcases from the likes of Qualcomm and Samsung.
MWC 2022 was slightly different, but there were still many announcement from brands. The show floors of the Fira in Barcelona were filled with attendees, stands were bustling and despite the mandated masks, there was the hubbub of networking and to some extent, business as usual. Some brands did announce separately to the show, some scaled down stands, but as pandemic shows go, Mobile World Congress 2022 felt like it was productive.
Holoride at MWC 2022
Holoride showed off its in-car VR entertainment platform, which aims to reduce motion sickness, while providing immersive entertainment. The platform aims to be brand agnostic, but the demo was on the HTC Vive Flow headset.
Honor at MWC 2022
Honor announced the Honor Magic 4 at Mobile World Congress, and it features 100W fast charging. The Chinese brand also revealed the Honor Earbuds 3 that can also monitor your temperature and the Honor Watch GS 3.
Huawei at MWC 2022
Huawei used Mobile World Congress 2022 to reveal the MateBook Paper, which is an e-book reader and a notebook in one. It also announced the MateBook E - a 2-in-1 with an OLED display, and the MateBook X Pro - a laptop with super slim bezels and a camera in the right place this time around.
Lenovo at MWC 2022
Lenovo didn't attend MWC physically in 2022, though it did do a virtual event where it announced a plethora of devices. Among those devices were the Lenovo Tab M10 Plus 3rd Gen, offering more screen in a budget tablet, and the Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 and 3i, which are gaming laptops targeting the entry-level market.
MediaTek at MWC 2022
MediaTek revealed the Dimensity 8100 and 8000, new sub-flagship hardware for future mobile devices. It has a 5nm configuation, and offers support for all the latest features, but there's no mmWave support, so it's not complete global 5G.
Nokia at MWC 2022
Nokia announced the C21, C21 Plus and C2 2nd Edition entry level smartphones at MWC 2022. The C21 Plus is the new hero of the company's affordable phones, offering a 6.5-inch display, 13-megapixel camera and UNISOC hardware.
The C2 2nd Edition sits below the C21 Plus and standard C21, offering a 5.7-inch display, 5-megapixel rear camera and a 2400mAh removable battery.
OnePlus at MWC 2022
OnePlus revealed the OnePlus 10 Pro, its latest flagship phone, in China, prior to MWC 2022, but the company used the show to present the latest devices. It also announced that it will be bringing 150W charging to a new phone in Q2 of 2022.
Oppo at MWC 2022
Oppo announced the Find X5 series in the lead up to MWC 2022, alongside the Enco X2 earbuds. The Find X5 Lite Find X5 and Find X5 Pro were all announced on 24 February. The company showcased its 240W flash charging technology during MWC though, taking a 4500mAh battery from flat to full in 9 minutes.
Poco at MWC 2022
Poco launched the X4 Pro smartphone at MWC 2022, aiming to deliver big power for little money. It's a mid-range handset offering a big 5000mAh battery, fast charging and a 120Hz display.
Realme at MWC 2022
Realme announced the international launch of the Realme GT 2 and GT 2 Pro during MWC 2022, following their launch in China. The GT 2 Pro will be the first device to arrive in the UK and Europe with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset under the hood.
The company also revealed new charging tech called UltraDart, offering 150W charging. The Realme GT Neo 3 will offer the tech, charging from zero to 50 per cent in five minutes.
Samsung at MWC 2022
Samsung revealed new laptops at Mobile World Congress 2022, with the Galaxy Book 2 Pro and Book 2 Pro 360 both announced. The 360 model is the more flexible in terms of design and it gets S Pen support, but both come in 13.3 and 15.6-inch display options and both run on Intel 12th-gen processors.
Qualcomm at MWC 2022
Qualcomm always makes quite the show at Mobile World Congress. One of the big announcements was the Snapdragon X70 modem that uses AI to deliver boosted 5G performance. The company also talked about automotive, how it wants to boost mobile sound and a new Snapdragon Connect branding coming to future devices.
When is Mobile World Congress?
- MWC Barcelona: 28 February-3 March 2022
In 2022, Mobile World Congress returned to its regular time slot in the calendar - the end of February. In 2021 it was delayed until June and few companies attended the show.
While the official dates are 28 February to 3 March, these are the dates that the MWC conference schedule runs. The media launches were in the preceeding days, 26-27 February, giving us a few days of rapid announcements.
The GSMA ran a physical event for Mobile World Congress and attendance at the show was good, with wide representation.
Which companies pulled out of MWC 2022?
As has been the trend of recent conferences, some companies confirmed that they wouldn't attend the show because of the current pandemic status.
Sony Mobile were not at MWC 2022. Lenovo were also not in attendance, but did make announcements.