After Samsung, consumer electronics major Lenovo has announced not to attend the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in person in Barcelona this year.
A Lenovo spokesperson told The Verge on Tuesday that the company will attend virtually instead of in-person and has informed the GSM Association, the organizer of MWC.
The in-person event is still scheduled to happen in June, despite the ongoing pandemic that has devastated several countries like India and Brazil in the second wave.
Several big tech companies like Google, Nokia, Ericsson, Sony, and Oracle have already decided not to attend the event in person.
Earlier this week, Samsung said it would not showcase its products and technologies “offline” at the mobile technologies trade fair, to be held between June 28 and July 1 in Barcelona.
“The health and safety of our employees, partners and customers is our number one priority, so we have made the decision to withdraw from exhibiting in-person at this year’s MWC,” the company said in a statement. “We look forward to participating virtually and continuing to work with GSMA and industry partners to advance new mobile experiences.”
MWC is considered one of the top three tech events in the world, along with the Consumer Electronics Show in the United States and IFA in Germany. It has been held in Barcelona usually between end-February and early March each year, but the tech expo was canceled last year due to Covid-19, and this year, it was pushed back to June.