Notchless Nokia 9 and Nokia X7 display panels allegedly leak out

Notchless Nokia 9 and Nokia X7 display panels allegedly leak out
Alleged Nokia 9 rear camera setup

After a previous image claimed to show off the rear panel of HMD Global’s upcoming Nokia 9 flagship, today a newly-leaked photo of what is allegedly the device’s display assembly has now revealed the smartphone’s front design.

It’s fair to say that 2018 has been the year of the notch – the controversial feature is included on Apple’s new iPhone XS and XS Max, Huawei’s P20 series, and even some of HMD Global’s own devices, among others – but it seems as though the flagship Nokia 9 will not follow this trend. Instead, the smartphone will make use of a more traditional 18:9 display of unknown dimensions complete with rounded corners and relatively average top and bottom bezels. Speaking of which, while the bottom bezel doesn’t appear to be home to any kind of sensors or branding, the top one is. Specifically, this includes the in-ear speaker towards the middle, the front-facing camera and Nokia branding on the right, and the LED notification light and proximity sensor in the left corner.

Elsewhere on the smartphone, previous leaks have revealed that a total of five rear cameras will be included. While the exact function of each sensor is still unconfirmed, one main camera will reportedly be coupled with a secondary RGB offering. Then, these will be combined with a third monochrome sensor to improve the overall detail. Additionally, it’s claimed that the two remaining cameras will boast telephoto and super wide-angle lenses respectively.

Aside from the flagship Nokia 9, the front panel of the upcoming Nokia X7 was also spotted. Unlike the Nokia X5 and X6 that have preceded it, though, there was no sign of a notch. Thus, confirming that it will resemble the premium Nokia 9 from the front.

Currently, there is no information regarding when the Nokia 9 or Nokia X7 will make their official appearances. However, considering the Nokia 9 is set to be powered by the Snapdragon 845, an announcement should take place sometime in October or early November at the latest. After all, Qualcomm is set to announce the newer Snapdragon 855 in December.

source: Baidu (translated) via MadSimar

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1. torr310

Posts: 1645; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Forget about Samsung and Apple! I will get a Nokia! Well, as long as not the ridiculous 5 lens!

2. Venom

Posts: 3410; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I agree. They go from the notch to that hideous camera setup. Hopefully they will be making a presence in the US because Nokia has been ignoring the US market for the most part.

8. lyndon420

Posts: 6737; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

One of the most intriguing phones mentioned this year so far. No notch is definitely nice. Headphone jack??

9. gigicoaste

Posts: 446; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

even if the "ridiculous" camera setup will bring some great functionality/image quality?? To me, as long as cameras have a flat desgin, nothing comes outsite above the body, there is no issue as long as the setup will deliver.

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 2014

Exactly. As long as that five lens "hideous camera set up" provides great features, great image quality and a little innovation on the side, it doesn't matter how it looks. The performance is what counts ad far as the camera's go. And in terms of overall performance, HMD hasn't been letting us down, and them growing profits and market share is a testament to that, even without having a strong presence in the U.S.

20. Venom

Posts: 3410; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

You don't need a ridiculous camera set up to take amazing photos. Just look at the Pixel phones cameras and what they are able to accomplish. There's a reason they are considered to be the BEST cameras of any phone. I'm not trying to be a mean jerk or anything, but I just thought I'd share my thoughts in regards to your comment. I don't think it ultimately matters much since Nokia doesn't have much of a presence in the US. They are leaving money on the table despite what some people think.

25. gigicoaste

Posts: 446; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

sure.. but you know nothing about what performance will bring this setup, so why do we compare something which exists with something which should be released ? How exactly you know in whih way the 5 cameras will be used? Let's wait and see..

26. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, said anything about needing it? But if it brings something innovative to the table, then why not? And what makes it ridiculous? Because you say so? You're not an authority on this, so stop trying to act like one. The single camera on the Pixel had already been beaten by the Huawei P20 Pro, which is regarded as having a better camera than the Pixel 2XL, so sorry, not sorry to burst your venom-spewing bubble on yet another Nokia article. I'm not trying to be venomous troll or anything, just thought I'd share the facts with you. The P20, Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and S8+, and a few others have beaten the Pixel 2XL camera as well. And they all have more than one camera on them. Technology moves at incredible speeds, and if you don't innovate, you get left behind. I know you would prefer for tech to stand still, but thankfully, there are companies like HMD that disagree with you. And whether they have much of a presence in the U.S. or not has ABSOLUTELY NO BEARING on how well the five camera set up will perfom. That was utterly ridiculous to even bring up. As long as HMD is able to grow both sales and market share without, even without having much of a presence in the U.S., is all that matters and what's important, despite what you may think.

17. RoyalMike unregistered

Nokia is dead for good..

18. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 2014

Hahahahahahahahahahaha!!! Not even if you dreamed it with someone else's brain....

21. Venom

Posts: 3410; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Without much of a presence in the US, I would say that there is some merit to your comment. No dreaming in someone else's brain required.

23. Damo579

Posts: 264; Member since: May 18, 2013

Doesn't hurt Huawei....

24. bokimaricu

Posts: 89; Member since: Dec 21, 2013

why is US presence necessary for success? Just look at Huawei. The US isn't that crucial for market share anymore.

27. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 2014

Except that there is "no merit" to what he is saying, as companies like HMD with their branded Nokia phones have been growing sales and market share WITHOUT much of a U.S. presence. This is a PROVEN FACT, and not conjecture and dreaming inside your head that you keep posting. HMD is now in the top 10 gloabal smartphone manufacturers, and they did it "without much of a U.S. presence". Huawei has become the number 2 smarphone manufacturer recently and is growing sales and selling more handsets WITHOUT much of a U.S. presence as well. This is also a VERIFIABLE FACT. Two companies succeeding without much of a U.S. presence, all FACTS. Where are your facts to denounce this? Provide links that prove this to be false. And don't forget to provide the link shows there is "some merit" to Nokia being dead. Oh wait, you CAN'T provide those links, because they don't exist, but what you're agreeing with is conjecture filled dreaming in your head and his. The U.S. isn't as important a market in the smarphone space as China and India are, hence why companies like Huawei and HMD have been able to continue to be successful with sales and growing market share without having "much of a presence" here. I know that your xenophobia makes you wish it were otherwise, but it's not. Sorry, not sorry to burst your bubble with the facts.

3. mrsmith5280

Posts: 30; Member since: Jul 23, 2018

Just gonna wait for this!

4. modu9 unregistered

Hallelujah! Thank goodness Nokia dumped the idea of the disastrous notch. If indeed it turns out this way then my money is going to Nokia.

7. Papa_Ji

Posts: 838; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Notch are only for there mid-ranger... A real flagship will never have a notch.

5. Cat97

Posts: 1861; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Notch-less but "forehead-full" and "chin-full" a la 2016 ? No thanks !

6. sissy246

Posts: 7070; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Slim forehead and slim chin is much better then ugly notch.

10. Diva_hipsterova

Posts: 17; Member since: Aug 21, 2018

I know it seems unlikely but x7 looks like 16:9 in this photo

11. ALMBO6

Posts: 195; Member since: May 28, 2018

I've Been in love with Nokia for so long, I'm just waiting for a Camera beast to get back in the gang.

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 2014

Can't wait for the Nokia branded flagship from HMD. Notch or no notch, it's a must have for me. Really can't wait to see how the 5 camera set up performs. HMD has been doing justice by the Nokia name.

14. Sparkxster

Posts: 1213; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Hope Nokia releases this next year with the snapdragon 855. Liking the honeycomb style camera array.

15. ALMBO6

Posts: 195; Member since: May 28, 2018

It'll be great indeed, but I wouldn't count on it too much

16. htcisthebest

Posts: 435; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

Thank god there's no notch!!

22. Venom

Posts: 3410; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

No, but there's something even worse.

28. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 2014

What could be worse than a notch? (Not that I have anything against one). Oh wait, I know... horrible, bug ridden software that makes your phone a beta phone like the Pixel line, lol. Doubt there will be any of that here, as HMD branded Nokia smartphones have far less issues than the Pixel line does.

19. anixo

Posts: 16; Member since: Sep 14, 2018

I hope this camera delivers

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