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04 Jan

They’ve had a bit more luck in 2018, with the second-gen Nokia 6 and the stylish mid-range Nokia 7 Plus, but Nokia’s next big handset might be the true flagship stunner to boost the brand to new heights. It’s reportedly called the Nokia 9 or Nokia 9 Pure View, and it could pack some high-end surprises.

DID YOU KNOW WHEN WILL BE NOKIA 9 BE OUT?

We heard rumours that the Nokia 9 would debut much earlier in 2018, but that never came to pass. Now, however, the rumour mill is churning once again.

Russian publication Nokia Anew (via GSM Arena) suggests that the Nokia 9 will now be revealed during the last week of January 2019. That would put the launch event after CES but before MWC, giving Nokia its own window to steal a bit of the smartphone spotlight.

In early December, blogger Roland Quandt filed a report at WinFuture claiming that HMD Global German marketing executive Britta Gerbracht suggested that quality issues were responsible for delays. “So far, the quality of the camera has not yet reached the necessary level, which is why HMD Global [has] so far refrained from a market launch,” he wrote. Gerbracht is not directly quoted, but the report suggests that the Nokia 9 branding was directly mentioned during the conversation.

Quandt tweeted on 1 October that he believes that the phone will be called the Nokia 9 PureView. HMD Global recently acquired the old Nokia PureView branding back from Microsoft, and given the reported camera prowess of the handset, it would make sense to put that kind of emphasis in the name.

HOW MUCH WILL THE NOKIA 9 COST?

Earlier rumours suggested an upper mid-range, OnePlus-like device and price, but with more recent leaks pointing to a true high-end flagship and some serious perks, we might be looking at a truly pricey handset.

This year’s Nokia 8 Sirocco landed at £699 and wasn’t quite up to the class of the Samsung Galaxy S9 or Huawei P20 Pro, so an even higher-end Nokia flagship is sure to command an even larger price.

A report from MySmartPrice suggests a launch price of US$999, the same as the Apple iPhone X. If true, then Nokia must be incredibly confident with its new super-phone… or a bit mad.

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HOW MUCH POWER WILL THE NOKIA 9 PACK?

The Nokia 9 will reportedly keep up with the top of the Android pack when it comes to power, using a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip for speedy, high-end performance.

We’ve heard both 6GB and 8GB RAM mentioned in various reports, and it’s unclear whether that tally just hasn’t been pinned down yet or if we’ll see multiple configurations. Likewise, both 128GB and 256GB internal storage have been mentioned, but we’ll have to wait and see what the final device carries – and if there are multiple options to choose from.

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The latest leaks point to a 5.9in OLED display for the Nokia 9 at a pristine Quad HD resolution. It ought to be super sharp with fantastic contrast.​

A more recent report from WinFuture, released in June 2018, suggests that the Nokia 9 will also pack in a fingerprint sensor in the display, following the bubbling trend seen with some other new handsets. The Huawei Mate 20 Pro and OnePlus 6T are recent examples, with more sure to come in 2019.

This purported leaked photo of the Nokia 9, posted to Slashleaks, matches the speculative renders well and shows a good idea of what to expect from the handset.

HOW MUCH POWER WILL THE NOKIA 9 PACK?

The Nokia 9 will reportedly keep up with the top of the Android pack when it comes to power, using a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip for speedy, high-end performance.

We’ve heard both 6GB and 8GB RAM mentioned in various reports, and it’s unclear whether that tally just hasn’t been pinned down yet or if we’ll see multiple configurations. Likewise, both 128GB and 256GB internal storage have been mentioned, but we’ll have to wait and see what the final device carries – and if there are multiple options to choose from.

WHAT KIND OF CAMERAS WILL THE NOKIA 9 HAVE?

Nokia once led the pack when it came to smartphone cameras, but that was ages and multiple owners ago. Today, it’s all about Huawei’s industry-leading, triple-camera Mate 20 Pro setup.

But what if Nokia went even crazier with the Nokia 9? We heard a rumour a couple months back about a purported penta-camera approach, packing in five cameras on the back, but it seemed completely absurd. But look above and you’ll see a supposed Nokia 9 leak (via IT Home) with five – count ’em, five – cameras on the back, along with the flash and sensors.

That’d be wild, if true. Gizmodo speculates that maybe it points to the ability to adjust the focal depth of photos after they’re taken – much like the new Apple iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max can do.

Interestingly, Phone Arena notes that the handset pictured has already been certified for use in China as of May, so it’s either legit… or someone’s using the identifying info from another handset to try and sell this as being real.

Recent leaks point to a huge 4,150mAh battery pack, which nearly matches the powerhouse 4,200mAh cell in the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. It’s also expected to have wireless charging.

Naturally, you can also expect Android 9 Pie out of the box, since anything less in 2019 would be madness.

What you’re looking at above is reportedly a case leak found by SlashLeaks, showcasing another hint of the penta-camera setup on the back. Is it legitimate? We don’t know, but the rumours keep building…

FACT OR FICTION?

1) The bezel-heavy look isn’t the most premium around, but notch-haters will dig it if true.
2) Given how Nokia priced its other high-end phone this year, the Nokia 9 will surely land near the top of the price scale.
3) Not putting a Snapdragon 845 into a new top-end flagship would be a mistake, given all of the other phones on the market today, although the Snapdragon 855 will be rolling out into phones shortly…
4) This all sounds right to us for a top-end flagship phone in 2019.

5) Not putting a Snapdragon 845 into a new top-end flagship would be a mistake, given all of the other phones on the market today, although the Snapdragon 855 will be rolling out into phones shortly…

6) As far-fetched as a penta-camera setup sounds, we’d love to see Nokia reclaim some of its old spunk and shock the world with fresh ideas again. Bring it on.

7) A one-of-a-kind camera, huge battery, dazzling design, top-of-the-line display, and loads of power? Sounds like of a heck of a flagship, if true – but that’s a big “if” right now. In any case, we’re certainly excited to see what happens… and hopefully it’ll debut soon.

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