Long before Nokia 8 was launched, Nokia talked about two flagship devices. With Nokia 8 now available in stores, a lot of Nokia fans are waiting for the upcoming Nokia 9. At the time of writing this article, there is no official word yet from the company. However, HMD Global has mentioned this phone before and it is still coming up in a lot of places. So, here is all that we know about Nokia 9.
Nokia 9 first appeared in early 2017. Back then, Nokia 8 and Nokia 9 were used interchangeably. Back then, when Nokia’s flagship was being made, nobody knew what the name would be. The 2017 flagship from HMD Global came out to be Nokia 8.
However, the Nokia 9 name persisted. There is also a rumour of a Nokia 7 being in the pipeline – something of a budget premium whereas Nokia 9 will be a flagship competing with the other big players in the market. Some assumed that it will be a Nokia 8+. Moreover, when Nokia 2 was being released, we found two devices being registered in China – Nokia 2 was one of them, the other is assumed to be Nokia 9.
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Pricing and Availability
It is a bit too early to talk about pricing and availability. The price tag is expected to be around 749 euros, whereas the Nokia 8 was priced at 599 euros. This seems like a reasonable jump in price considering how high the prices of most flagships are today.
We’ve also seen 3C certification for a device called the TA-1042 in China and it passing through the FCC as TA-1005, suggesting slightly different versions for different markets. This certification suggests that it’s nearing launch. Chances are that HMD Global will reveal Nokia 9 in the Mobile World Congress 2018.
It is worth noting that the device will be launched in China before it is available to the rest of the world. Nokia devices always launched in China first. China even got access to the second generation of Nokia 6 devices that the other regions did not get yet.
Build and Design
The rumoured dimension of Nokia 9 is expected to be 140.9mm x 72.9mm x 7.5mm, camera bump 8.9mm. It will come with IP67 waterproofing, come with a metal frame and glass exteriors. Assembly line leaks gave us a fair idea of what Nokia 9 would look like. It will come with dual rear cameras arranged vertically and a fingerprint sensor on the rear. In the images below, you can see what the phone will look like.
It is rumoured that the phone will come with 5.5-inch OLED 2560 x 1440 pixels, Quad HD screen. Now, in the display department, not much s yet confirmed. The display size would be something between 5.5 to 5.7 inches. Nokia 8 came with a 5.3-inch display – something that is a little small by today’s standards. Therefore, Nokia 9 is expected to have a bigger display.
The OLED display is also expected to be curved. It is not known whether the entire display will be curved in the edges, like in the Samsung flagship phones, or will it be like the iPhone devices where the OLED panel is flat, but the glass on top is curved. But it is confirmed that Nokia 9 will come with minimal bezels. This is reinforced by the presence of the fingerprint scanner on the back.
We are expecting the phone to come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 6GB RAM, 64 or 128GB storage with microSD support, 3250mAh battery with Quick Charge. It is a bit early for phones to have Snapdragon 845, so in this case, the Nokia 9 may be a bit dated as there are already tons of flagship with that processor. Nokia 8 came with 4GB RAM, so it is only logical for Nokia to release the phones with 6 or 8 GB RAM.
Regarding cameras, Dual rear Zeiss cameras are confirmed. It will probably have a 12+13-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front camera. The dual camera setup may have wide-angle and zoom lenses separately. The dual camera setup will be vertically stacked.
The Nokia 8 comes with RGB + Monochrome sensor to improve image quality. Nokia 9 may have dual RGB sensors where each sensor operates independently. However, Nokia’s camera app has been updated and buried in the code is some details about telephoto and wide-angle lenses. So far, none of the Nokia phones has offered this. Some manufacturers refer to “wide” and “tele” and it might just be that Nokia is going to do the same and either has a wide-angle lens like the LG V30 or a zoom like the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. There is also the chance that Nokia is going to attempt to do both. There is also talk from some corners about dual front cameras. Nokia is not alone in following this line – several others have been looking at this idea too.