Xiaomi, Realme cancel launch events over coronavirus fears

By Xite - March 4, 2020
Xiaomi, Realme have now joined the list of other big tech giants that have scrapped their on-ground events over health concerns of coronavirus. The companies will not be holding live stream of their r....

Two big Chinese tech giants Xioami and Realme have now joined the list of other big technology brands who have announced to cancel their on-ground launch events over health concerns of coronavirus (COVID-19).

While the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 was scheduled to launch in India on March 12, Realme was planning to launch the Realme 6 series devices on March 5. Both the events now stand cancelled and the companies will now launch them via online, respectively.

‘Due to recent reports of COVID-19 #CoronaOutbreak in certain parts of the country, we've decided to not host product launch events on-ground in March,’ tweeted Manu Kumar Jain, Xiaomi India MD.

‘This is keeping in mind safety of fans, media friends, employees & partners. I urge you all to stay safe,’ the tweet added.

Xiaomi will not be holding any events throughout March in India.

Realme Mobiles CEO, Madhav Sheth also took to micro-blogging website to announced that that the company's March 5 event for the launch of Realme 6 and Realme 6 Pro now stands cancelled. The company will launch the device via a livestream through its official Realme India YouTube. For those who are interested in viewing the livestream, it will start at 12:30 p.m. on March 5.

‘As for fans who purchased tickets to the Realme 6 series launch event later this week, their tickets will be refunded alongside a special gesture of appreciation for fans,’ said Realme India CMO Francis Wang.

Google has also cancelled its I/O developer conference over the coronavirus outbreak. The conference was scheduled to take place between May 12 - 14. The cancellation of I/O event comes a day after Google scrapped its in-person Google Cloud Next conference that was due to take place from April 6 to 8. The company will now hold a digital version of the event on the same dates.

In February, Facebook called off its F8 developers' conference and will now hold a live stream of the event. The biggest mobile show – Mobile World Congress, known as MWC, was also cancelled last month.

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