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Encased Nokia 9 prototype unit gets the hands-on treatment

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Encased Nokia 9 prototype unit gets the hands-on treatment

Since HMD Global announced it would start launching Nokia-branded smartphones, the Finnish company unveiled three handsets: Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6.

All three are about to make their debut in just about every market across the world in the coming weeks. However, these won't be the only Nokia smartphones HMD plans to launch this year, as reports claim 3 or 4 more handsets will follow in the second half of 2017.

Nokia 9 is said to be HMD's flagship for this year, one that hasn't been officially introduced yet. Still, fans anxious to learn more about the first Nokia flagship in a long while will be pleased to know that the first hands-on pictures of the phone have just emerged online.

A French online publication posted the images of what appears to be a prototype Nokia 9 unit hidden in a “black box.” This special case is meant to hide the phone's design, thus preventing any leaks regarding the phone's looks before the official unveil.

The good news is some traits are visible since they're positioned outside this “black box.” For example, it looks like Nokia 9 will come with a dual camera on the back, and there's also an USB Type-C port at the bottom, alongside a 3.5-mm audio jack.

One of the pictures published reveals some of the phone's specs, such as the 5.3-inch Quad HD display, 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal memory. Although the images state the smartphone packs a Qualcomm chipset without actually naming the model, it would be extremely unlikely for the Nokia 9 to include a processor other than the Snapdragon 835 processor.

There's no rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, but the phone comes with a Home button, which is where the fingerprint reader might be positioned. It's also worth pointing out that the prototype unit is running Android 7.1.1 Nougat that offers an experience very close to “stock Android.”

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posted on 20 May 2017, 10:17 5

1. threed61 (Posts: 246; Member since: 27 May 2011)

The problem with all the HMD devices is that there is none of the Nokia distinction. Just nice, but typical Android slabs with a Nokia nameplate.

posted on 20 May 2017, 10:22

2. androiduser (Posts: 244; Member since: 18 Jun 2014)

No 5.5 inch display and no 6gb of ram :(

posted on 20 May 2017, 11:27 5

9. nokia12 (Posts: 582; Member since: 19 Nov 2013)

@threed61 .. That is not true at all..

have you seen this ?



They are bang on with the build quality and Design.. even Nokia 3 looks and feels premium inspite of not having a full metal body.. It is as good as any previous Nokia's ..

Then they are good on the software part as well..

They are only lacking in Camera department , Just that 1 and most important aspect is missing ...

posted on 20 May 2017, 10:24

3. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 1010; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)

It's true. They are making just ordinary phones like any other brand. There is no distinction​.

I am waiting for a pureview camera flagship phone. But I have little expectations from HMD.

posted on 20 May 2017, 10:41

5. androiduser (Posts: 244; Member since: 18 Jun 2014)

Lool it may have the best camera and it has to specs. It beats the galaxy s8 other than the design department, for those looking for the best phone to buy they will have to choose between galaxy s8 htc u11 oneplus 5 nokia 9 and lg g6 which is my least favorite. Nokia 9 is perfect tbh, i wanted a 5.5 inch screen but now that i think of it i prefer 5.3 inch :) and it is water proof has Bluetooth 5 has great speakers great camera great battery life close to stock Android nice Nokia build beautiful display.. What would i want more in a phone. It is close to perfect

posted on 21 May 2017, 05:29

14. jojon (Posts: 360; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)

...yes Pureview AND wireless charging, i too do not hold out for that either

posted on 20 May 2017, 10:26 1

4. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1639; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)

I'm honestly waiting for the Nokia 8 even a little bit more than the Nokia 9. It's supposed to have a larger display (5.7 inches vs 5.3 inches of the 9) and it will feature the Snapdragon 660 processor which should translate into better battery life. It's also supposed to have a lot of the same features as the 9 top.

posted on 20 May 2017, 15:08

12. SYSTEM_LORD (Posts: 1021; Member since: 05 Oct 2015)

I'm there with you. The higher efficiency mid range phones​ are what interest me these days...

posted on 20 May 2017, 11:00

6. ishaqthkr (Posts: 87; Member since: 26 Mar 2015)

5.3Inch WTF

posted on 20 May 2017, 11:00

7. ishaqthkr (Posts: 87; Member since: 26 Mar 2015)

Why compromise for a .2 inch?

posted on 20 May 2017, 11:19

8. adecvat (Posts: 321; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)

That case. Design leak impossible.

posted on 20 May 2017, 12:56

10. PryvateiDz (Posts: 286; Member since: 31 Jul 2011)


posted on 20 May 2017, 14:51

11. Lumia_Luigi (Posts: 112; Member since: 22 Mar 2017)

Meh design. Hopefully it kills it on the other features

posted on 20 May 2017, 19:34

13. rsiders (Posts: 1090; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)

I'm ready for this.

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