Coronavirus fears: Vivo and Intel join list of companies backing out of MWC 2020

“OPPO has confirmed that the brand still intends to attend MWC 2020, the biggest tech event of the year”

Although Sony and LG already made headlines when they announced they will not be attending this year’s MWC gathering in Barcelona due to coronavirus concerns. However, it seems like more brands will be cancelling their attendance at the event as now Vivo and Intel have also announced that they will not be able to take part in MWC 2020 due to the fears surrounding the spread of coronavirus. Notably, ZTE was the first major Chinese brand to announce that it was not attending the event but as Vivo comes under BBK Electronics umbrella, it seems very likely that OPPO, Realme, and other brands under the group might also back out of the event.

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To recall, Vivo was supposed to showcase its APEX 2020 smartphone at the event. In its statement, the company said, Vivo has been closely monitoring the Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia (NCP) outbreak and continuously evaluating planned activities. The health and safety of our employees and the public are our top priority. Based on the present situation, we have decided to withdraw from our debut at MWC 2020 and other related events later this month in Barcelona, Spain.”

We will soon introduce the APEX 2020 concept phone which we had originally planned to showcase at MWC. We will share more updates in due course. We apologize for any inconvenience caused and would like to thank our partners, media friends and consumers for their understanding,” the company added.

Separately, Intel told VentureBeat in its official statement, “The safety and wellbeing of all our employees and partners is our top priority, and we have withdrawn from this year’s Mobile World Congress out of an abundance of caution.”

Although OPPO has issued a statement saying that the brand will still be attending MWC 2020. We will have to wait and see if the brand manages to go ahead with its plans or not. OPPO is all set to launch its Find X2 handset, which will be a direct successor to last year’s OPPO Find X, at the gathering.