Samsung is the latest company to cut down on its presence at MWC 2020 this year due to the coronavirus outbreak. So far, LG, Nvidia, ZTE, and Ericsson have already pulled back from the trade show amid safety concerns due to the virus.
As per Cnet's report, many high-level Samsung executives in the US and Korea plan on canceling their trip to Barcelona this year to attend MWC 2020. While the Korean company will still have an official presence and a booth at the trade show, its plans could change depending on the virus outbreak and the scenario surrounding it. The important deal-making that happens between executives behind closed doors could also be halted.
Samsung is still on track to announce the Galaxy S20 series, the Galaxy Z Flip, and the Galaxy Buds+ at its Unpacked event later this week. The company had not scheduled any press event at MWC 2020 so its product launch will not be jeopardized by the coronavirus outbreak and its limited presence at the trade show.
While Chinese OEMs like Huawei and Oppo are continuing with their MWC 2020 plans, they are taking precautionary measures including quarantining their employees for up to 14 days prior to the event. The GSMA -- the organizer of MWC -- has also told all event attendees to take precautions as suggested by WHO to prevent the spread of the virus. It has also taken additional health measures for the safety of the attendees.