It’s been more than a month since Microsoft sent out invitations to its press conference at MWC Barcelona, the phone-centric trade show formerly known as Mobile World Congress. But with the company officially out of the phone business, the smart money on the event’s focus has been HoloLens 2.The HoloLens buzz has been swirling since the event was first announced on January 16. But in the past 24 hours, Twitter user WalkingCat — who has an excellent track record on Microsoft leaks — posted 4 photos of what’s said o be HoloLens 2. And with less than 4 hours to go, we don’t have long to see how accurate the leak is. Microsoft will kick off its presentation at noon ET/9 a.m. PT, which is 6 p.m. in Barcelona. CNET will have a crew at the event, and you can watch the livestream here, too. Read on for details.
How to watch live: Sunday, Feb. 24Microsoft is streaming its press conference live from Barcelona on YouTube (embedded above) and at Microsoft.com. Event start time: 9 a.m. PT, noon ET, 5 p.m. GMT, 6 p.m. CET (See the start time where you are)
Live coverage: We’ll have updates from the scene. Refresh this story for updates. What to expectThe expectation of a possible HoloLens sequel started when Microsoft indicated that Technical Fellow Alex Kipman will be speaking at the event. Kipman, the creator of Kinect and HoloLens as well as the head of Microsoft’s mixed reality efforts, further stoked the flames when he tweeted a cryptic video earlier this month. He’ll be joined by CEO Satya Nadella and Corporate VP Julia White. The HoloLens headset is, after all, due for an update. Microsoft first showed off the mixed reality headset more than four years ago. And while there’s still no consumer version, it’s found a home in industry and the military (though the $480 million contract with the US Army has created dissent in the Redmond ranks). The HoloLens sequel rumors date back to at least June 2018. And the recent announcement that a HoloLens app is coming to Android shows that Microsoft remains actively engaged in the technology.Other MWC announcementsStill, HoloLens or no, Microsoft’s presentation will be a highlight of Sunday’s MWC itinerary, which is the the start of at least two days of press conferences in Barcelona. Oppo kicked things off on Saturday with new phones pushing the specs envelope, with both 5G wireless and 10x camera. On Sunday, Huawei and HMD (Nokia) have unveilings scheduled before Microsoft, while LG will end the day. They’ll be followed on Monday by Sony, Ericsson and ZTE. CNET will have complete coverage of the show throughout the week.Originally posted Feb. 23. Updated Feb. 24 at 5:15 a.m. PT with news on Twitter leak.
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