Mobile World Congress – the world’s largest global mobility conference – will be held in Barcelona from February 26 through March 1, 2018, and Miradore will be there!

Our booth, manned by our CTO Valtteri Kekki and Sales Manager Cassandra Saikkonen, will be located in the Finland Pavilion in Hall 3, Stand 3B10.  Stop by and say Hi to us and the Dudesons!

Announcements – or rather, whisper campaigns – of new phones from OEMs abound at MWC – which of course are of huge interest to us here at Miradore, as these land in our customers’ employee’s hands rather quickly.

A tweet on Thursday from Juho Sarvikas, the chief product officer at HMD Global — the company that licenses the right to make Nokia-branded phones — teased a phone launch for MWC – perhaps the new Nokia 9 smartphone.

However, an official invitation to the “Home of Nokia phones” at MWC also hints at a connected home product. The invitation held the day before the official event depicts a couple sitting on the floor inside an apartment or house, with sketches of a side table, overhead lamp, framed wall photo and window around them.

CNET suspects HMD would launch Nokia phones at MWC, but this connected home tease could show the brand branching out beyond handsets and entering the crowded yet still developing smart-home space.

Of course, MWC wouldn’t be MWC without an announcement from Samsung:  The Galaxy S9 is scheduled to debut at the event.

According to Evan Blass, mobile reporter at Venture Beat, Samsung will announce the device on February 26, the first day of the conference, accept pre-orders on March 1, and ship the phone on March 16.

Questions abound. Will it be foldable?  Will it have a headphone jack?  Will it have single or dual cameras?

Further, will it have a fingerprint scanner, an iris scanner or perhaps full-face authentication, like with the iPhone X?  Qualcomm’s next-generation Snapdragon 845 processor, which is likely to power the Galaxy S9, may hold hints about potential steps forward in camera and security technology.

Check out CNET’s continually updating list of Samsung S9 rumors, both confirmed and speculative.

Of course, the final question to ask about the Samsung S9 is:  will it cost $999, the same as the base model iPhone X?  This remains to be seen.

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