Nokia 9 rumor review: Design, specs, price and release date of the mysterious flagship

Nokia 9 rumor review: Design, specs, price and release date of the mysterious flagship
Talk about a Nokia 9 have been going around for a long time now, but it all really kicked off with the gossip that Nokia is prepping not one, but two flagship for 2018. The first one? That's easy, the Nokia 8 Sirocco was announced earlier this year at the MWC '18 convention in Barcelona, Spain, with great design and excellent specs. 

But what about the second rumored device? Well, the rumor mill tends to believe that a Nokia 9, of all names, is in the works. Is there reason to be excited about this one?

For starters, we should lay it all out: nothing is written in stone when it comes to this secretive device -- it might be another vaporwave that only exists in the collective hive mind. To be bluntly honest, rumors about a romanticized, super-unique Nokia flagship  that are bordering with unsubstantiated wishful thinking have been around for ages. Thusly, take everything with a grain of salt.


Right now, we have no credible leaks that would give us a possible sneak peek at the design of the phone. Sad, but true. Judging by the times we live in, it will be quite illogical for the Nokia 9 to come with а bezelless design to combat the likes of the flagship stock these days. A notch could probably be expected, too.

Still, provided that a proverbial Nokia 9 exists, we would bet that the company could go with the trendy-of-late full-glass design. It would seem that metal is now considered a second-grade build material by phone designers and has gradually succeeded plastic as the preferred material of choice for mid-range and entry-level devices.

Aside from the material of choice, there's no denying the fact that the phone would adopt an unorthodox aspect ratio. The days of the good ol' dominant 16:9 format are gone, at least for flagship and high-end devices.


Specifics-wise, some rumors put a 5.7-inch display at the front of the Nokia 9. We are rather pessimistic of this one -- if the phone is bezel-less, we'd argue that a larger display would be employed. The reasoning is simple - high-end phones these days roll with 6.0 - 6.3-inch displays and it makes sense for Nokia to follow suit.

While display specifics are hard to come by at this point, there's one saucy rumor lying around, and it claims that the Nokia 9 would feature an in-display fingerprint scanner. While the technology is still not found on any mainstream flagship device by a well-known manufacturer, many exotic devices are already using it, hinting that a more mainstream adoption could be just around the corner.


If the Nokia 9 got released today, it will undoubtedly have the Snapdragon 845 chip inside. The rumors we've heard so far also agree with this rather logical conclusion, and it should also come with 6 or 8GB of RAM. Storage-wise, given that the Nokia 9 will be as high-end as they come, we suspect that storage could vary, but start at 128GB.

Of course, if the Nokia 9 isn't slated for a 2018 release but a 2019 one, it could theoretically come with a next-gen chipset, possibly a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855. Theoretically, of course.

We haven't caught wind of other credible specs due to the lack of those benchmark leaks we cherish so much.


Nothing particular is circulating out there when it comes to the camera of the secretive device.

Dual cameras these days are a given, but triple ones are nothing out of the ordinary. Hence we should probably expect at least two cameras at the rear of the phone.

But what about that crazy penta-lens camera setup we've seen before? This is rumored to be a highlight feature of the Nokia 9, one that will set it apart from just about anything on the market. Of course, we are quite intrigued to see if the rumors will play out well and churn out something real, but until then, we remain cautiously pessimistic that Nokia will be able to pull such a setup off. Not to downplay Nokia's engineering prowess, but so far such a camera setup hasn't been pulled off.

Price and release date

As we mentioned in the beginning of this piece, the very existence of a Nokia 9 is quite doubtful. Don't shoot us if it doesn't exist at all. 

However, it's logical for Nokia to have or at lest consider having a super high-end phone in its lineup as the Nokia 8 Sirocco doesn't really cut it. It has slightly dated specs to battle the other top-dogs out there.

As far as pricing is considered, everything is possible given that $1000 phones are a reality and not a dystopia.

A possible release date for a high-end Nokia device could be IFA 2018 in Berlin, Germany, which is a big enough venue for Nokia to showcase its high-end wares.

If they exist, that is.

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Posts: 2819; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

I have been waiting for this phone, let's hope that there is no fugly notch!

15. vasta

Posts: 74; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

There’s just one problem: stock Android sucks.

17. LoveHater

Posts: 235; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

Hope u wld be fine with IOS cloned SKIN

14. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

I will be interested if they use a 41 MP camera like the 808 PureView but now with enough processing power to handle it.

13. sks1969

Posts: 108; Member since: Mar 04, 2012

I just want the Snapdragon 845 in the Nokia 8 form factor and a slightly better camera

10. Tipus

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Still better than crapmoled, pentile whatever display. Oh wait.. wrong article, my bad :)))

9. middlehead

Posts: 486; Member since: May 12, 2014

Dual cameras are Not a given, and triples are definitely out of the ordinary.

5. Sparkxster

Posts: 1269; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Want to see the Nokia 9's Penta lens in action!

4. paeschli

Posts: 35; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

Given that the Nokia 8 had a 5.3" display, a 5.7-inch display doesn't sound unrealistic

12. Subie

Posts: 2467; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Given that the Nokia 8 Sirocco has a 5.5" 16/9 display, I'd say that Peter K's assessment sounds more likely. Still all just speculation though.

3. toyboyz

Posts: 235; Member since: Jan 22, 2010

A Nokia flagship with 6.2" sounds very interesting

2. surethom

Posts: 1775; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

"high-end phones these days roll with 6.0 - 6.3-inch displays and it makes sense for Nokia to follow suit." NO Thats the problem phone dimensions are now overly big, the S9 & Lg G7 are the ideal phone dimensions, the oneplus 6 size is just too wide & tall. 5.7" is a flagship usable size.

8. middlehead

Posts: 486; Member since: May 12, 2014

I'd say the S9 and G7 are even a little too big, but at least usable.

1. yann

Posts: 616; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

Why you connect flagships with 6'' or bigger screen??? 5.7", if it is true, with slim or without bezels will create one compact and useful one handed operating phone. This will be awesome! I'm sick and tired from huge plates, that can barely hold with one hand. Hope this phone to come up soon.

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