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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  • Display 5.3" 1440 x 2560 pixels
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  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3090 mAh



1. threed61

Posts: 259; Member since: May 27, 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.

2. androiduser

Posts: 512; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

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

9. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

@threed61 .. That is not true at all.. have you seen this ? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYasmMSY3wA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5aXkW0EFRI 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 ...

3. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 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.

5. androiduser

Posts: 512; Member since: Jun 18, 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

14. jojon

Posts: 435; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

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

4. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2452; Member since: Feb 14, 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.


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

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

6. ishaqthkr

Posts: 159; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

5.3Inch WTF

7. ishaqthkr

Posts: 159; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Why compromise for a .2 inch?

8. adecvat

Posts: 647; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

That case. Design leak impossible.

10. PryvateiDz

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 31, 2011


11. Lumia_Luigi

Posts: 173; Member since: Mar 22, 2017

Meh design. Hopefully it kills it on the other features

13. rsiders

Posts: 1976; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

I'm ready for this.

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