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
- Display: 5.7" 2880 x 1440p POLED
- Rear Cameras: ZEISS co-developed penta-lens cameras
- Front-Facing Cameras: Dual cameras
- Fingerprint Scanner: In-display
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. We expect an OLED panel to be used to match their current high-end offering of the Nokia 8 Sirocco.
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.
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.
According to NokiaPowerUser, the Nokia 9 will arrive around September 2018. This announcement date would put it right around the launch of the newest iPhones and right before the announcement of the Pixel 3 series. A second leak from WinFuture reveals that production started in February 2018, with a launch aiming around August or September 2018.
According to WinFuture, it's also rumored to come with Android P on board, which gives us some idea as to its release date. Google's Android P timeline suggests an early-August release date for the final public version of Android P, so the Nokia 9 could come any time after that. There's also the possibility that Google utilizes a play from their own playbook and lets Nokia release the first phone with the new version before the new Pixel debuts (like back in 2016 when the LG V20 was the first Android 7.0 Nougat device).
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.