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Sony ditches the Mobile World Congress after Amazon

Sony withdrawn from MWC after Amazon

The novel coronavirus has claimed over 900 lives, and the death toll seems to be rising with every passing day. Countries and organizations have taken a strict stance over this global outbreak. Banning Chinese entrants and visitors is just one of the several measures. Several brands have come up with their list of Dos and Don’ts. At such a crucial time, the MWC was set to happen in Barcelona. The event is currently bearing the brunt of this outbreak.

MWC seems to be paying a heavy price after several brands backed out from attending the event. LG, ZTE, Nvidia, Amazon, and Ericsson had already taken a call and canceled multiple events that had to take place at the MWC, which is set to happen in Barcelona. The latest to join the league is none other than Sony. Sony has issued a statement on its website in order to present an official stand over its diverted plans.

The company was rumored to be launching its new smartphone Xperia 5 Plus. The phone will be packed with a series of solid features. The phone is also going to be a 6.6 inch OLED display based phone. Xperia 5 Plus comes with triple rear cameras. It is equipped with a powerful sensor that works wonders for portrait photos. The device shall be having one of those ‘time of flight’ based display sensors.

Sony’s Xperia 5 plus is also expected to have a no-nonsense 8-megapixel selfie camera, and it will be equipped with stereo speakers and a fingerprint sensor that should be present at the side. Now that the major exhibitor has backed out from the mobile event, it plans to launch its phones over YouTube. The launch is expected to be made shortly. It will be done on their official channel. Reportedly, the phones would be getting a launch through a hosting that it plans to hold on its official Xperia YouTube channel.

The company will not be holding any press conferences now. Earlier, Sony, among other brands like LG, ZTE, Nvidia, Amazon, and Ericsson, had planned to hold a press conference at the event. Reporters had been buzzing at the biggest mobile show if that were the reality. But after so many big names have backed out, it remains to be seen what is left in the show.

Following companies like Amazon and Sony, TCL has also announced that it does not plan to hold a press conference at the big mobile show, but it is still willing to attend the event in Barcelona. CNET’s Katie Collins kept her stance clear through her Twitter handle. She said that the event could be expected just to be a bunch of journalists hovering around an empty conference center. That surely casts doubt over the success of a show which is dotted with so many top companies backing out.

Sony has kept its stand firm, stating that it considered the safety and well-being of all stakeholders at the number one position. Their press release outlined, “As we place the utmost importance on the safety and well-being of our customers, partners, media, and employees, we have taken the difficult decision to withdraw from exhibiting and participating at MWC 2020 in Barcelona, Spain.”

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