MWC 2022 feels emptier without LG Mobile, but it paved the way for more cheap phones

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I have two particularly distinct memories from Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019, the last ‘true’ MWC to take place before the pandemic.

One was the Xiaomi Mi 9 launch, which kicked off the show for me, and the other was LG’s flashy event where it debuted the G8 and V50 ThinQ.

Now MWC 2022 is here, and boots are on the ground in Barcelona again for the event – but the Xiaomi 12 is missing in action, and LG Mobile is nowhere to be seen either, for reasons that tech fans already know about.

MWC has changed since its …