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

The global trio of mobile events is back with big plans

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Mobile World Congress, or MWC as it's more commonly known, is an annual event held in various locations around the world. The event is typically a gathering of industry professionals from the technology areas of mobility and connectivity, otherwise known as the world's biggest phone and mobile tech tradeshow.

If it's a mobile device (i.e. a smartphone or some other type of device that can be taken and used on the go), or related somehow to mobile 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 pays attention to. This year, it will be held June 28 - July 1, 2021.

Other MWC events, however, are also planned in 2021 for Shanghai (February 23-25, 2021) and Los Angeles (October 26-28, 2021). The Shanghai event tends to focus solely on Asian and other regional mobility topics; Los Angeles is expected to focus on the future of artificial intelligence, 5G, and IoT topics.

For Shanghai, a virtual platform will run alongside the in-person event that is planned. It's still unknown if Barcelona and Los Angeles will follow suit with full in-person events; it's likely that local COVID-19 restrictions, if any, will impact the final decision.

Which Products Will be Announced?

It's still early for conjecture but watch for big announcements to come out of MWC 2021. New smartphone lines, in particular, tend to be launched at this event.

Companies like Samsung, Nokia, LG, Huawei, and Xiamomi usually make flagship announcements of some sort. Samsung and Huawei, for instance, announced foldable phones at WMC; LG and Xiaomi launched 5G phones, and even Microsoft got into the spirit by announcing the HoloLens 2 the last time the event was held (in 2019).

Many companies use MWC to announce items like modems, SIM cards, microSD cards, software development kits, apps, and partnerships.

How to Stream and Watch MWC 2021

Because this is typically an invitation-only event for industry professionals, it's not typically streamed for public consumption. However, many outlets do stream at least small portions of the event for anyone to watch. As soon as we have streaming details for Barcelona and Los Angeles, we'll post them here. If any become available for Shanghai in English, we'll post those as well.

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.

Stay tuned to this page for updates. We will continually add to it as more details about any MWC event becomes available.

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