Coronavirus: Computex 2020 gets postponed to September
Another one bites the dust: After MWC and E3 had to be cancelled completely, the spreading Coronavirus SARS-Cov-2 pandemic affects yet another technology exhibition. Today, the Computex, one of the biggest technology exhibitions of Asis that happens annually in Taipei, has officially been postponed.
Originally, Computex 2020 was scheduled open on June 2nd and last till the 6th of June. Since traveling to the exhibition would have been difficult to impossible for both exhibitors and media, the event is being shifted to late September (September 28 to September 30).
Of course, this announcement may have an extremely limited life-span, as it is completely unclear if the Corona virus pandemic will be under control in September or not. Unlike many other countries, Taiwan seems to have the virus under control, but a huge international exhibition might be a risk too large to take.
If Computex 2020 does take place in September, the viability of the event seems questionable. The reduction of its duration from five down to three days already seems to indicate a less eventful Computex. Even more worrisome for Computex is the fact IFA 2020 is still planned for early September.
Computex is the only large PC-focused exhibition during summertime. If its so close to IFA, many manufacturers might skip Computex and just show off their new PCs at IFA. In the end, such a Computex would probably be reduced to a small regional event for the Taiwanese PC and ODM industry.