It won't be an exaggeration to say the Nokia 9 is the flagship device most Nokia fans have been waiting for. The unannounced smartphone has been rumored since 2017, with many hoping it would have already released. Thanks to NokiaPowerUser, we know the device is still a part of HMD's roadmap for this year.
HMD wants this series of phones to be the best offering in their lineup. This is why the rumored phone from last year wasn't released under the 9 series. According to NokiaPowerUser , the Nokia 9 rumored for 2017 was actually the Nokia 8 Sirocco, which was announced during Mobile World Congress 2018. Therefore, to get you accurate information, we read all rumors, eliminating those pertaining to Nokia 8 Sirocco, and presented all the information we know about the Nokia 9 launching this year.
- OS: Android 9.0 P
- CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
- GPU: Adreno 630
- RAM: 8 GB
- Storage: 64 or 128 GB
- Display: 5.99-inch 2880 x 1440p POLED
- Rear Cameras: ZEISS co-developed penta-lens cameras
- Front-Facing Cameras: Dual cameras
- Fingerprint Scanner: In-display
- Battery: 4,150 mAh
Its looks like HMD is hoping to reduce the overall size of the device while maximizing the actual display size. Therefore, following in the footsteps of Apple's iPhone X, HMD will include a notch to house the dual front-facing cameras and speaker.
While some rumors indicate a 5.7" display, based on the images below, it looks like the upcoming phone will be closer to 6" than 5.7" while having a smaller footprint. According to Vtechgraphy, the new Nokia device will indeed have 5.99" display.
WinFuture is reporting that LG Display is supplying the OLED panel for the Nokia 9. Therefore, the upcoming flagship will use a POLED panel, the controversial display found in the LG V30 and Pixel 2 XL. Hopefully, with all the backlash, LG will correct the issue that plagued last year's phones.
In addition to utilizing the notch to reduce the overall size of the device, Nokia will also include an in-display fingerprint scanner to keep the bezels small while retaining the fingerprint scanner in the front. Currently, there is only one phone on the market with this technology, the Vivo X20 Plus UD, a midrange device only available in China.
Based on rumors of other major flagship devices, all the major OEMs will be passing on the technology until next year, allowing the Nokia 9 to be the first US flagship device with the technology.
According to reliable leaker Roland Quandt, HMD will officially be calling the upcoming flagship the Nokia 9 Pureview. We learned in August that HMD acquired the trademark back from Microsoft, and speculation was that the cameras of this device would be called Pureview. However, we now know that HMD will actually include it in the official device name. As for why they are calling it Pureview, you'll want to check out the next section.
There's been a rumor circulating that HMD and Foxconn are currently developing a "Penta-lens" camera, employing five-lenses for the rear camera. This rumor isn't that farfetched, as Nokia was able to achieve a similar advancement with the Nokia 808 PureView — a 41 MP phone wasn't imaginable at the time.
Based on a ZEISS patent for a "Miniature zoom camera", only the two lenses will be visible to the consumer. However, for the RGB sensor, a "wheel" containing the four other lenses will rotate in front of it. Each lens has a different focal length, allowing for various degrees of optical zoom for the main sensor. The second visible lens will be a monochrome lens which will improve sharpness and assist in depth.
Rumors have it that the technology is in its early stages of development, so while this rumor isn't as strong as previously mentioned ones, there is a still a chance this shows up on the Nokia 9 later this year. Additionally, WinFuture is reporting that internally, HMD is classifying the Nokia 9 camera as "high risk." Ideally, this should translate to something different and "funky" which increases the possibility that Penta-lens system will happen.
As we draw closer to its release, more images are showing up reinforcing the possibility of a penta-lens camera. Vtechgraphy revealed an image of what appears to be the back cover of the Nokia 9. Seven holes are shown, with five cameras, a single LED, and what appears to be a laser autofocus sensor.
According to NokiaPowerUser, HMD started production of the Nokia 9 in August. Their sources claim the five cameras modules are challenging to assemble, and therefore, Nokia wants the strictest of quality control before releasing to the public. As a result, it appears that while HMD might have previously aimed for a September launch, the phone might not be ready until mid-to-late October or later.
We do know it should be appearing soon. Samsung Latvia/Estonia has already added the Nokia 9 to their buyback program, as leaked by Roland Quandt. Here we learn the two storage capacities as well, 64 GB and 128 GB.
A recent APK teardown of ARCore by AndroidPolice found that support was coming for a number of Android devices in the upcoming months, one of which was the Nokia 9. There was the Nokia 7.1 Plus (rumored to be announced in October) and another with the codename CTL_sprout (a potential gaming phone by Nokia). Based on the other phone on the list, this update is coming for phones which are already available or should be coming soon, which gives us a good idea of when to expect the Nokia 9.
On September 17, 2018, Twitter account @nokiamobileru wrote a multiple tweet message about how Chief Product Officer, Juho Sarvikas, wants to postpone the Nokia 9 Pureview until next year out of fear that the device isn't ready. The multiple tweet message lays out how this would be a repeat of the Nokia 8 Sirocco, which was also delayed.
The Nokia 9 is supposed to be priced similarly to the Samsung Galaxy S9+, which currently retails for $840 unlocked in the United States. This price would make sense, as it should be cheaper than the upcoming Apple products and the larger Pixel device.
The Nokia 9 is supposed to be the latest and greatest from HMD. Based on the little rumors we know, it should be the phone we expected since HMD took the helms of the Nokia brand from Microsoft. What do you think of the Nokia 9? What feature has you the most excited? Let us know in the comments below.