February 06, 2020 12:39
LG has pulled out of the year's biggest trade expo, the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, because of the worldwide spread of coronavirus. The annual expo runs from Feb. 24 to 27.
Other electronics firms are downscaling their presence at what for them is a vital opportunity to showcase their products. "The biggest reason is that many Chinese companies are taking part in the show," an industry insider said.
LG on Wednesday said it is pulling out to ensure the safety of customers and staff. It had planned to open a huge exhibition booth and unveil its new flagship smartphone, the V60 ThinQ.
Out of 2,400 participating businesses, some 220 of them are expected to be Chinese, including Huawei and OPPO. Chinese phone maker ZTE has canceled a media event but decided to open an exhibition booth. Huawei has announced no launch schedule for a new foldable smartphone it was widely expected to showcase in Barcelona.
Organizers GSMA on Wednesday said that the coronavirus outbreak has had "minimal impact on the event thus far" but pledged to continue to "monitor and assess the potential impact of the coronavirus."
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