MWC 2021: Dates, News, Announcements, and Everything Else to Know

The global trio of mobile events is back with big plans

Mobile World Congress (or MWC) is an annual event held in various locations worldwide. The event is a gathering of industry professionals from the technology areas of mobility and connectivity, otherwise known as the world's biggest phone and mobile tech trade show.

If it's a mobile device (such as a smartphone or some other type of device that can be taken and used on the go) or related to mobile or cellular connectivity, it's fair game for MWC.

What Are the Dates for the Next MWC?

MWC Barcelona is the primary mobile event that the majority of the tech world follows. This year, it was held from June 28 to July 1, 2021.

Shanghai held an MWC event from February 23 to 25, 2021, and Los Angeles will host the show from October 26 to 28, 2021. The Shanghai event tends to focus solely on Asian and other regional mobility topics. The event in Los Angeles will focus on the future of artificial intelligence, 5G, and IoT topics.

MWC Barcelona 2022 will be held from February 28 to March 3, 2022.

Highlights from MWC 2021

Samsung unveiled a new smartwatch platform in Barcelona this year, offering a first look at its upcoming One UI Watch experience. The electronics manufacturer announced the first Galaxy Watch running the new OS will appear on shelves later in 2021.

According to a press release, the as-yet-unnamed platform will provide "performance enhancements, a more seamless experience between the Watch and Android smartphones, and access to an even greater number of applications."

This year also saw a lot of enthusiasm for the fledgling 5G market. Qualcomm announced support from more than 30 cellular carriers and telecoms providers to drive support for 5G technologies and speeds.

On the hardware front, Android fans can expect improved performance in the form of the Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G Mobile Platform. The successor to Qualcomm's Snapdragon 888, the new high-end chip will deliver improved AI performance and is expected to launch in new mobile devices in Q3 2021.

Fans of Android tablets will likewise be happy to hear news from Lenovo. The Chinese tech brand unveiled and soon launched the Lenovo Tab P11 Plus, Yoga Tab 11, and Yoga Tab 13.

The Latest News About MWC

While you can always read the latest mobile tech news on Lifewire, here are some pieces of interest about MWC in particular.

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