Nokia 9 rumor review: specs, price, release date
The Nokia 6, Nokia 5, and Nokia 3 are not bad phones at all, but they aren't what the Western market wants or needs. This is why HMD is prepping a whole new device, the Nokia 9, which will compete with the rest of the flagships out there.
HMD Global has taken a huge responsibility – to do the iconic brand justice, and produce high-quality smartphones that will cater to most needs. The Nokia 6 has already proven to be a sturdy mid-ranger that's worth its price, so we can't wait to see how the Nokia 9 fares.
Until HMD officially announces its flagship, though, we'll have to go by whatever leaks and news we manage to come across. Here's what we have so far.
It is only natural to assume that the fourth handset is the Nokia 9, especially considering it has all the characteristics of a flagship – a good-sized screen, dual camera and a sleek design.
We expect that the Nokia 9 will not go for the glass-sandwich form factor, but for sturdy aluminum unibody, similar to the Nokia 6. Leaked photos of an alleged Nokia 9 prototype seem to give more weight to this assumption. The device is encased in a plastic box, hiding most of its design, but what is visible appears to hint towards a metal back, complete with a Gorilla Glass front and plastic antenna lines on the top and bottom.
The device will also come with a vertical dual-camera setup on the back, a home button (which will probably double as a fingerprint scanner) on the front, and capacitive navigation buttons on either side of the home button.
The Nokia 9 is expected to have a 5.3-inch screen, with the classic 9:16 aspect ratio. It will probably use the same technology as the Nokia 6 – IPS LCD. This will make it more power-hungry than an OLED alternative, at least in theory, but it will also have a longer lifespan.
In terms of memory, the device is expected to have 4GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal memory. In some markets, HMD might opt for a version with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, but the US is unlikely to get that model officially.
As mentioned before, the handset will come equipped with a 5.3-inch LCD display, which will boast a 1440 x 2560 (Quad HD) resolution, and a classic 9:16 aspect ratio.
We expect that the Nokia 9 will be in the same price range as the Sony Xperia XZ Premium, and it will sell for about $800, give or take. With the Samsung Galaxy S8+ selling for $999 (with no discounts), and the iPhone 8 rumored to be around the $1,000 mark as well, Nokia might have the edge in that regard.
We're aiming to release worldwide in Q2 2017 (May - June). We can't be more specific than this. Please stay tuned to our social channels.— Nokia Mobile (@nokiamobile) May 29, 2017
In fact, these devices have already made it to a lot of countries around the globe, but what about the alleged Nokia 9? What we know so far is that the device has passed its FCC certification, and it will probably be available in the US, because HMD has confirmed plans to eventually bring its other handsets to the US. Considering the substantial amount of leaks and rumors recently, we can safely assume that the announcement will follow very soon.
If we were to put our money on when exactly, we'd guess that the handset will be unveiled by the end of Q2, but some rumors suggest that it might be as late as August of this year. Either way, there isn't much time left, so stay tuned for more updates.