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Mobile Phone Makers Announce New 5G Models Despite MWC Cancellation

What would have been the big news from Barcelona's annual global cellular confab is the tsunami of 5G handsets.

While COVID-19 may have forced the cancellation of this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC), a slew of scheduled new handset and new technology announcements have and will proceed in other forms, times and venues over the last few and coming weeks. 

What would have been the big news from Barcelona’s annual global cellular confab is the tsunami of 5G handsets. According to an MWC-timed Strategy Analytics report, shipments of 5G smartphones are due to grow 10x in 2020 to a projected 199 million units worldwide in 2020, which will represent around 15 percent of this year’s mobile phone sales.

Surprisingly, the U.S. is still an emerging 5G market. China is thus far the one-ton 5G gorilla, where 46 percent of all 5G handsets were sold globally last year, according to an MWC report from Counterpoint Research. As a result, many of the new bleeding-edge 5G mobiles that were due to be announced at MWC and in the wake of its cancellation are coming from Chinese brands such as Huawei/Honor, Xiaomi/Redmi, Oppo, Realme, ZTE/Nubia and vivo, and intended for their local and nearby markets such as India, and therefore unlikely to be available from U.S. carriers.

Here are some of the mobile hardware and other technologies from what would have been unveiled at MWC, as well as a preview of prominent mobile introductions scheduled during the next couple of months, likely to appear in the U.S.

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