Xiaomi, Realme Cancel Upcoming On-Ground Launch Events Due to Coronavirus Cases in India, Will Do Online Launch Events
Coronavirus outbreak has led to the cancellation of many global events starting from MWC 2020 and Game Developers Conference (GDC) to some company-specific events such as the Facebook F8 developer conference. Now with the new cases of Coronavirus in India, Xiaomi and Realme have also canceled their upcoming on-ground events where the companies were expected to launch their new products.
Xiaomi has canceled its Redmi Note 9 series on-ground launch event on March 12 in India, while Realme has pulled the plugs on its March 5 launch event for the Realme 6 series phones. Both the companies will now instead hold an online-only launch event.
The news comes from the official Xiaomi India Twitter handle which shared the photo of a statement signed by Xiaomi India MD Manu Kumar Jain, which says that the emergence of coronavirus infection cases in India as the reason behind the cancellation of its March 12 on-ground event. Just a day before, the company announced that t will launch the Redmi Note 9 and Redmi Note 9 Pro at an event on March 12.
Due to recent reports of COVID-19 #CoronaOutbreak in certain parts of the country, we've decided not to host product launch events on-ground in March.
This is keeping in mind the safety of our fans, media friends, employees & partners.
Please stay safe.🙏 pic.twitter.com/ZgPwXS6Rgu
— Mi India #108MP IS COMING! (@XiaomiIndia) March 3, 2020
On the other hand, Realme Mobiles CEO, Madhav Sheth has also announced that that the company’s March 5 event for the launch of Realme 6 and Realme 6 Pro has been canceled. he company will now hold an online launch event that will be live-streamed via the official Realme India YouTube channel. The launch event starts at 12:30 pm (noon) on March 5 in India.
In light of current reports of #coronavirus impact & related advisory by health officials to maintain social distance as a precautionary measure, I'm calling off our biggest event. Will still give live speech in stadium with you watching #realme6series event online. #HealthFirst
— Madhav 5G (@MadhavSheth1) March 3, 2020
For those who have bought tickets for the event, Realme India CMO Francis Wang has promised that their tickets will be refunded along with a special gesture of appreciation for fans.
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