Replace: The Nokia 9 may be introduced on January 19 and will have a lower cost than beforehand rumored.
Previous to the launch of the Nokia 8 it had been a very long time since we would had a Nokia flagship, however one other new one is rumored to be on the best way, and it’s set to be greater than the Nokia eight.
HMD International – the corporate that’s revived the Nokia identify on smartphones – has to date in any other case unleashed a handful of entry-level and mid-range telephones, just like the Nokia 5, however the high-end Nokia 9 would possibly launch quickly, and it might be positioned to compete with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and iPhone 8.
We’re beginning to hear rumors about it, all of which you’ll discover beneath together with our skilled evaluation, and as quickly as we hear something new we’ll add it to this text.
Lower to the chase
- What’s it? A Nokia Android flagship
- When is it out? Probably January 19
- What’s going to it value? It’s going to have a high-end value
Nokia 9 launch date
The one release date rumor we have heard factors to a January 19 announcement in China.
Apart from that each one we now have to go on is a remark from a consultant for HMD International, who has hinted that the phone is on the way, and that it’s going to have a bigger display screen “to fulfill the wants of completely all customers.”
TechSwitch’s take: January 19 is the one announcement date rumor in order that’s our greatest guess.
Nokia 9 display screen
- A 5.5-inch QHD OLED display screen
We have heard a number of sources say the screen on the Nokia 9 will likely be a 5.5-inch QHD show.
QHD sometimes means 1440 x 2560 and it’s the usual flagship display screen decision, although some telephones, such because the Sony Xperia XZ Premium, are actually pushing above that. 5.5 inches is a reasonably typical measurement too – not a small display screen however not fairly a phablet both.
The attainable use of OLED is probably essentially the most attention-grabbing facet. That is the display screen tech utilized by Samsung on a lot of its telephones, however one which isn’t broadly used elsewhere.
It tends to ship extra vibrant, however probably much less pure colours than an LCD show, and will quickly be the tech of selection amongst flagship makers, with Apple additionally rumored to be utilizing it in upcoming handsets.
Nonetheless, the Nokia eight caught with LCD, and is barely barely smaller at 5.three inches, so for the Nokia 9 to face out we would suppose it would push the dimensions up additional.
TechSwitch’s take: We solely have one display screen rumor and it comes from an nameless supply with nothing to again it up, so we’d take it with an enormous serving to of salt.
Nokia 9 design
- An all-metal physique
- Water resistance
- A curvy construct
One source claims the Nokia 9 could have an all-metal physique, whereas another says to count on it to be IP68 licensed, which might make it mud proof and water-resistant to 1.5 meters deep for as much as 30 minutes.
We have now seen a leaked image giving us a detailed take a look at the back and front of a telephone believed to be the Nokia 9, and it appears to be like so much just like the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, with a curved display screen, bezels above and beneath and what seems to be a glass again – in distinction to the all-metal claims.
The picture additionally reveals a dual-lens digital camera and a rear-facing fingerprint scanner.
Leaked renders match up with that, whereas including dimensions to the combination, revealing that the Nokia 9 will apparently be 140.9 x 72.9 x 7.5mm. You may as well see from these photos that there isn’t any three.5mm headphone port.
We have additionally seemingly now seen an image of the Nokia 9 within the flesh, or at the least its backplate, and it matches the renders above, full with a shiny end, a dual-lens digital camera and a rear-facing fingerprint scanner.
One different leak we have seen supposedly reveals an early prototype of the telephone, but it surely’s encased in a plastic case to cease us seeing the total design, and the digital camera structure does not match the picture above.
A few sketches have leaked out of the provision chain too, however we’re not 100 p.c certain of their authenticity for now – they present a Nokia 9 with very slender bezels prime and backside, similar to a number of different 2017 flagships.
TechSwitch’s take: The curvy leaked picture of the Nokia 9 appears to be like convincing, whereas water resistance is plausible, because it’s a function discovered on a lot of high-end handsets.
Nokia 9 digital camera
- A dual-lens 22MP Carl Zeiss digital camera
- A 12MP front-facing digital camera
The earliest Nokia 9 rumors pointed to a dual-lens digital camera, and a more moderen leak backs that up, with a tipster claiming it can have a 22MP dual-lens Carl Zeiss snapper on the again and a 12MP digital camera on the entrance.
Each of these cameras have extra megapixels than most telephones, although they’re not fairly a match for the 41MP Nokia Lumia 1020.
After all megapixels aren’t the whole lot and most flagships (together with the Nokia eight) have settled on rear cameras of round 12 or 13MP, so it stays to be seen how good the cameras will truly be.
There’s additionally no data but on what the second lens will likely be used for – it might be used for optical zoom for instance, or for wide-angle pictures, or one thing else fully.
Within the Nokia eight’s case there is a monochrome lens and an RGB one, that are mixed for higher pictures, particularly in low gentle, in order that’s our greatest guess for now.
TechSwitch’s take: The couple of rumors we’ve heard each level to a dual-lens digital camera and the Nokia eight already has such a snapper, so that may nearly actually be what we get, however we’re much less certain concerning the rumored megapixel depend.
Nokia 9 battery
- An enormous three,800mAh battery
- Quick charging
There’s just one battery rumor to date, and it factors to a three,800mAh juice pack with Qualcomm Fast Cost four.
That might make it far greater than most smartphone batteries, with even one thing just like the LG G6 having only a three,300mAh battery.
TechSwitch’s take: A three,800mAh battery appears surprisingly giant for a 5.5-inch telephone, so we’re not completely satisfied by that, but it surely’s attainable. Quick charging is probably going, as that’s turn into a reasonably customary flagship function and is offered on the Nokia eight.
Nokia 9 OS and energy
- A Snapdragon 835 chipset
- 4GB, 6GB or 8GB of RAM
- Android 7 or later software program
Early sources declare the Nokia 9 could have a Snapdragon 835 chipset and 6GB of RAM – although we’re solely speaking about two sources right here. That might make for a high-end spec, topping even the Sony Xperia XZ Premium and the US model of the Samsung Galaxy S8, each of which use that chip however have simply 4GB of RAM.
One of many sources provides that the Nokia 9 will even have an Adreno 540 GPU and run Android Nougat 7.1.2, which at time of writing is the newest Android launch, however is probably not by the point the telephone truly launches.
Since then we have seen two benchmarks for the telephone, each of which additionally checklist a Snapdragon 835 chipset, however one in every of which lists 4GB of RAM, whereas the opposite claims it comes with 8GB. Nonetheless, if there’s an 8GB mannequin within the works we would not count on to see it within the west.
We wouldn’t count on to see any type of overlay, as HMD International has caught with inventory Android on its present crop of handsets.
TechSwitch’s take: The rumored specs would put the Nokia 9 on the very top-end, however they’re not unbelievable, particularly as HMD will wish to make a splash with its second flagship telephone. That mentioned, we would guess 4GB of RAM is extra seemingly than 6GB or 8GB.
Nokia 9 different options
- 3D audio recording
- An iris scanner
- A fingerprint scanner
Based on one source the Nokia 9 could have each an iris scanner and a fingerprint scanner, very similar to the Galaxy S8.
The identical – nameless and unproven – supply claims that it’s going to have OZO audio enhancements. It is a Nokia tech which creates a encompass sound impact if you’re recording audio. It lets smartphones with 4 microphones report 3D audio, these with three seize spatial 360 audio, and people with two seize spatial audio.
Nonetheless, the supply doesn’t point out what number of mics the Nokia 9 has, so even when that is true we don’t understand how closely it is going to be in a position to make the most of the tech.
TechSwitch’s take: None of those rumors are unbelievable, however as all of them come from the identical unproven supply we wouldn’t learn an excessive amount of into them.
Nokia 9 value
- A roughly $560/£415/AU$735 beginning value
- Might value extra for larger storage capacities
The newest pricing rumor places the 64GB mannequin of the Nokia 9 at three,699 yuan (roughly $560/£415/AU$735), whereas a 128GB model may apparently are available at four,199 yuan (round $635/£470/AU$835).
That is a lower cost than a earlier rumor we would heard, with a tipster reckoning it’s going to be expensive at $699 within the US (round £565/AU$935) and 749 euros (roughly £640/AU$1,060). Just like the rumor above, they added that there will likely be each 64GB and 128GB fashions, however did not specify which value that is for.
Direct conversions are hardly ever correct, so we would not depend on any of those costs being proper, however one in every of them may be shut.
TechSwitch’s take: The more moderen pricing rumor is more than likely to be correct, each as a result of it is current and since it places the telephone at a lower cost, which appears more likely to be the case provided that the rumored specs may be a bit dated by the point it lands.