Rumor: The next Nokia flagship will be considerably more expensive

Rumor: The next Nokia flagship will be considerably more expensive
Although HMD Global has already launched its own Nokia flagships, price-wise they are in the mid-tier category after Samsung, LG, Motorola, HTC, and some other Android handset makers. Apple has already been at the top of the price tier with its flagships, but the iPhones have the best resale value (around 85%).

After launching the Nokia 8 and Nokia 8 Sirocco, HMD Global plans to launch much better flagship in the coming months. The Nokia 9, or whatever name the Finnish company will use, is expected to cost around $1,000, a massive increase considering that the Nokia 8 was available for $700 at launch.

In order to justify the high price, HMD must add quite a few improvements over its previous flagships, not to mention that the Nokia 9 must be at least as appealing as the competition's top-tier phones.


Rumor has it, Nokia 9 will not have a notch, but it will pack Light's camera that features multiple lenses. It will probably be equipped with Qualcomm's latest chipset and a decent amount of RAM and storage.

HMD will probably continue to launch mid-tier priced flagships, but for the first time since it bought the rights to make and sell Nokia phones, it will compete at the top tier with the likes of Apple and Samsung.

source: Nokiamob
image credits: David McNew via Getty Images

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20 Comments

1. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Nice, should be a decent alternative to the Pixel 3 XL, which we all know will be ultra ugly. let's see what they bring to the table. Nokia!!!

9. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Nokia should bring back the Nokia 8210. Or what would be the modern example of what the 8210 was back in the days.

2. meanestgenius

Posts: 22057; Member since: May 28, 2014

Personally, I don’t think ANY smartphone is justified at the $1,000 price point currently. HMD has to really pack this thing with some innovative tech to justify a price that high. I’m cautiously optimistic that they will, because so far, NO smartphone to date is packed with innovations to justify $1,000, IMO. Hopefully, this price point being a rumor is just that. However, I am intrigued, thus far. In any event, hit a home run with the Nokia 9 or 10 or whatever you call it, HMD! You’ve been putting out some great smartphones, so far.

4. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

For real. This MoFo better make my coffee and fetch my paper for that kind of bread. Unless US (or any) carriers decide to pick it up, it'll fail miserably due to that high price tag. Galaxies and iPhones sell because of carrier financing and/or subsidies. I don't see too many people dropping a G for this or any phone.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 22057; Member since: May 28, 2014

LMAO! So true. Carrier financing carries a whole lot of weight when it comes to people buying iPhones and Flagship Galaxies.

12. Venom

Posts: 3573; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Actually pops carrier subsidies aren't as prevalent as they used to be. Most of what they have now is installment billing and incentives. Sure you have to sign an agreement with them, but that's mostly saying that if you cancel service, you are responsible for the remainder of the phone's balance. A lot of people do buy their phones outright. Samsung tends to do a lot of promotional offers, which I actually took advantage of recently.

17. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Once again your reading comprehension has failed you. I said "carrier financing AND/OR subsidies. The subsidy model is still alive and well outside the US.

19. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

iP X is €600 with a €45 2y plan so the carrier financing is almost neglectable. A €1-2k credit card is easy to get, making the cost of a 2y phone+contract €1350 instead of €1680. The same goes for Samsung devices.

3. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

No matter how much they charge, iphones will cost more than any Samsung, Sony, Htc, Motorola, Google, LG or HMD

6. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

85% resale value.

8. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Sorry... Someone has to be pretty fool to by a used phone ( maybe after 1 year) for 85% of its releasing price. Ppl accept to do that because their urge to have an iphone. No surprise 6 and 6s are still for sale. A new 5s here is the price of Moto G6

10. josephnero

Posts: 780; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Sadly there are lots of fools.I rather buy a last year android flagship instead of second hand phones.

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 22057; Member since: May 28, 2014

You also have to remember that a lot of people choose iPhones for the ecosystem it brings with it, which is currently the best in the business. Apps, music, movies, health, brick and mortar stores (not everywhere in the world, but in a lot of places), and more. Still, it’s to beat being able to go into brick and mortar stores to talk to a live person face to face.

14. Venom

Posts: 3573; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

That's because most of the iphones still work just enough to get by each day. Of course you're sacrificing to the Apple ecosystem and all.

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 22057; Member since: May 28, 2014

That 85% resale value is actually a great thing if you’re in the habit of selling your current iPhone (8, 8 Plus, X) to pick up next years model.

13. Venom

Posts: 3573; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Iphones are overpriced and a bit on the overrated side, but they do have excellent resale value although Samsung has caught up in recent years.

18. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Really? Have you seen the current resale prices for the S8+? You can pick them up on eBay and Amazon (new) for $450. They were $850 at release less than a year ago.

7. ALMBO6

Posts: 195; Member since: May 28, 2018

We'll wait and see.

11. Whitedot

Posts: 811; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

There is no phone to justify anything above $800( and that is for max storage) knowing most of OEM's these days do same slab design, became f**k all lazy and introduce incremental upgrades. There is hardly anything revolutionary in the industry right now.

20. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I used for a short period of time a BB P9981 Porsche Design (the first model); in 2011 it was a €1500 phone (of course I hadn't bought it myself) and I assure you that if I had the money I have right now, I would not hesitate to buy it; in fact, I thought of getting the Huawei PD but there's no value in changing my phones this year and maybe the same will be true next year.

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