Just when all mobile phone enthusiasts have been much excited and eagerly awaiting the arrival of smartphones that were teased and confirmed to show up at the 2020 Mobile World Congress (MWC) this February 24 to 27, a party pooper arrived in the form of the Novel Coronavirus (nCoV) scare that shook China and spread to other parts of the world. This ongoing health threat has affected a lot of business due to cancellation of events and travel bans to avoid the spread of the virus, and the mobile phone ecosphere is impacted as well.
Big tech companies like Intel, NTT DoCoMo, Sony, NVIDIA, Ericsson and Amazon have confirmed they will no longer be present at the MWC, which will be held in Barcelona, Spain. Also withdrawing their attendance are electronics and mobile tech companies LG, ZTE, Vivo and TCL which also has its own smartphone product.
The ever-aggressive Xiaomi Corporation, however, decided to brave the odds and fearlessly push through with the launching of its flagship Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro. This is good news to Xiaomi's large subscriber base and pool of fans who are eagerly awaiting the successor to the Mi 9 series of mobile phones.
In an official Xiaomi Mi blog statement, published in both English and Simplified Chinese, the Beijing-based mobile phone company, which is the top 4th smartphone brand in terms of shipment in 2019, assured the public that it will proceed with its planned schedule at the MWC to launch its latest smartphone offerings as well as a range of smart hardware. In the message, Xiaomi also emphasized that the health and safety of the people, especially those attending the event, are its foremost priority and that it would abide in all safety measures to ensure that the outbreak will not be spread. It has detailed the safety measures that it plans to implement on the day of the launching, February 23, including having staff from the company's local European offices to man the booths and the event, and would ensure that they have been observed for symptoms for a period of 14 days. Any Xiaomi employee or executive who will be traveling to Spain will be subjected to a 14-day quarantine to ensure they do not show any sign of the virus. Furthermore, it assures the public that there will be proper disinfection of the Xiaomi booth found at 3D10, Hall 3, Fira de Barcelona Gran Via.
Locally, the Mi 10 series is expected to be unveiled on February 13 via online broadcast. So far, the Mi 10 series is expected to sport UFS 3.0 storage, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset, a high-res 108MP camera, 5G connectivity and a 5,250mAh battery capacity with 66W fast-charge support.