We arrived on Saturday night, on Sunday morning we just rested, then in the afternoon the party started with a Xiaomi event, which we got there pretty quickly, but since Sunday was the last time the outdoor temperature was understandable, we looked at the sea for a while. Then we sat through the Chinese manufacturer’s presentation, the most positive part of which for me was that Abi Go, the manufacturer’s communications manager, is finally someone who presents in English in a nice, comprehensible and collected manner. By the way, we looked at three phones, of which only two will be here, those two have already been announced in China, they brought a watch for 50 kilos, which is the same as its brother with 80 sheets, a headset for 100 thousand money, which is quite daring, and a half-millimeter scooter, which is a relabeling of another scooter.
Then the next morning we were out early in the exhibition hangar pile called Fira, which is again bustling like it was years ago. Right out of routine, we went to the press center to find a seat, only to find out that they had moved the media to the far end of the third hall. However, there was plenty of space, you just have to do more dog-walking for everything. We dispersed, everyone went to see the things they thought were important, there was plenty of material, and we Dr. With Legend (who is trying to make himself famous under his civil name, Zsolt Tamás), we tried to attend the Honor press event. Because what happened was that we received an invitation for this well in advance, but the day before it turned out that unfortunately we could not enter, because only those who were transported out by Honor at its own expense were allowed in, and we solved this in a different way. Then, the night before, the situation changed so that, well, we could still go in, but only after Honor’s own guests had already entered, so we went there, but we were thrown into the shadows, because at the last moment someone pressed the “cancel” button.
The thing is, it’s hypocrisy. This year, basically, three companies competed to take journalists out of Hungary: Telekom, Honor and Xiaomi. I don’t know anything about the magenta team, they didn’t look for us, but with the other two, it was as if there was some kind of house championship in terms of who they could take out, which also meant that three of them were out of certain, not at all tech-focused publications, but this is obviously it doesn’t matter to us, we already agreed with ZTE a long time ago that they would help us with some sponsorship to organize our trip ourselves, as we do every year. The result of this this year was that for a while it seemed that we wouldn’t even get into the Xiaomi event (because even there it was the basic case that it is only for those who are protected by Xiaomi), this changed in time, but in exchange for the previously smooth At Honor, who seemed to be an agent, we encountered the thoughtlessness of the Chinese organization, or the durcin, or I don’t know… because there was also a saying that we shouldn’t let in a press worker whose trip was supported by another Chinese company. How many people the media excluded from the event reaches, what area it operates in, what kind of relationship it has with the local team, and how important it is, from here on fell into the totally irrelevant category.
I think a few years ago this would have gone down very badly. Now we just shrugged it off, the worst thing that happened was that I was sculpting for an hour before the event unnecessarily and no pictures or video material was taken of the presentation, because of this our life continues to flow undisturbed. We went to the stand, took photos of the product, wrote the article, that’s how it goes, they couldn’t tell us what makes the Magic5 Pro world-beating in their opinion, but that’s their problem, not ours.
The situation was quite different with the Lenovo-Motorola roll-up display concept, which was shown in a display case, but the Tech2 triumvirate Laci – Legendd – Dani Virág acted effectively in order to get a 15-minute co-production photo-video demo, which resulted in an appearance on all three channels, that’s all and the product definitely deserved it, because it may never be put on the market in this form, but the idea is still exciting, they obviously thought about it a lot, and such a prototype is excellent for testing users who are receptive to tech topics and based on the reception decide whether to keep the concept or throw it in the trash.
By the way, there are countless exhibitors on quite a variety of topics, the startup that monitors health status based on selfies almost smells of Theranos, the Hyperloop mockup watching in Hall 7 is a bit strange at MWC, HTC is also presenting any number of Vive generations this year is trying to promote virtual reality with its demo, and a visible segment of startups riding on the back of ChatGPT invents all kinds of unnecessary things in the magic circle of artificial intelligence. The MWC is full of smaller Chinese manufacturers, we will visit them, Google is also out there with all kinds of goodies, they give out free smoothies to everyone, so you could easily spend a day at the event without the pressure of writing and videoing, but just looking. There might be some chance for that on Thursday, but now we see that the next two days will be busy as well.
But that’s why we came.