With the Mobile World Congress 2018 rapidly approaching, leaks and rumors about upcoming smartphones and gadgets have been intensifying.
Initial rumours suggested that the Chinese manufacturer would announce an update to its flagship line - possibly the Huawei P20 - at MWC, but that looks unlikely since the company has scheduled a standalone press event later in March.
The company is also said to launch the Nokia 8 Sirocco (2018) smartphone, which will feature a 5.5-inch OLED display and will be powered by a Snapdragon 835 processor, paired with 6GB RAM. The larger Galaxy S9 Plus is said to sport a vertical dual camera setup compared to a single camera on the Galaxy S9. Previous rumors hinted at a Nokia smartphone with penta-lens and Carl Zeiss optics for this year, and the rumored name was Nokia 10.
Other flagships expected to come with the Snapdragon 845 include the Google Pixel 3, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus, and the LG G7. The fingerprint scanner has been relocated to below the camera module.
Elsewhere, HMD Global is tipped to be hard at work on an all-new Nokia 9. HMD Global's launch event will be held on February 25. We can expect the global variant of Nokia 3310 4G to be unveiled at the upcoming tech show. The hardware is likely to stay the same, however, we expect the new smartphone to run Android 8 out of the box. Rumours suggest that the smartphone will sport a 6-inch full HD+ display and feature a dual rear camera set up.
Japanese smartphone maker Sony has its own plans.
Nokia marked a great comeback a year ago at the MWC 2017 with the announcement of several devices including the Nokia 6, Nokia 5, Nokia 3 and Nokia 3310 (2017) in partnership with HMD Global.
Tahawul Tech will be covering the four-day event live from Barcelona. The handset maker is in all liklihood will launch the flagships of this year including Sony Xperia XZ2, XZ2 Pro and XZ2 Compact during the event.
Aside from the camera, it doesn't look like the S9 will be a major upgrade over the S8. This smartphone is rumored to be launched with a Snapdragon 845 SoC coupled with 8GB RAM and 256GB of default memory.
According to reliable tipster Evan Blass, the handset will have two 20-megapixel camera lenses on the back and two 16MP sensors on the front.
Other vendors such as Xiaomi and Motorola are also expected to unveil their new phones. Instead the company is said to bring a new device called Mi Mix 2S.