Samsung may have inadvertently confirmed the Nokia 9 is coming soon

Samsung may have inadvertently confirmed the Nokia 9 is coming soon
The Nokia 8 Sirocco was the closest HMD got to a true flagship design

It feels like we’ve been waiting for a new Nokia-branded flagship handset since forever, but it’s actually “only” been four and a half years. The Microsoft-manufactured Nokia Lumia 930 was followed by a Microsoft-branded Lumia 950 in the fall of 2015 and the rest, as they say, is history.

Of course, a little company called HMD Global began rewriting Nokia’s tumultuous history early last year, focusing largely on low-end and mid-range devices with pure and secure software, as well as unbeatable prices.

HMD adopted a very simple naming convention for these new Nokia smartphones, instantly inciting speculation of a Nokia 9 hero device. But that still hasn't arrived, and with an increasingly diverse portfolio including X5, X6, and 8 Sirocco models, you may have started to doubt the Nokia 9 is real.

In an odd twist, the latest hint regarding the veracity of that long-rumored name comes from none other than Samsung. That’s right, the world’s largest smartphone vendor seems privy to a (much smaller) rival’s release plans, listing the Nokia 9 as a trade-in option for the company’s Buy Back program in Latvia and Estonia.

Samsung may have inadvertently confirmed the Nokia 9 is coming soon

Clearly, this could be an innocent typo or just an educated guess on Samsung’s part, but at the same time, you shouldn’t rule out the possibility of a premature listing based on inside information.

Companies like Samsung and even HMD often know exactly what industry rivals have in the pipeline way ahead of official announcement events and commercial rollouts, so yes, single and dual-SIM Nokia 9 configurations with both 64 and 128GB internal storage are likely right around the corner. Obviously, there are no words on the rear-facing camera count today.

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20 Comments

1. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Ooops

2. Venom

Posts: 2965; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I don't think it matters much since they are not going to have much of a presence in the US market.

7. samgsam

Posts: 139; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

Exactly. They will be targeting the largest and the second largest smartphone markets first, i.e China and India respectively. Since majority of Americans are blind apple fans so there's no point in investing much in the US.

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 21324; Member since: May 28, 2014

Exactly. HMD will be targeting the 2 largest smartphone markets first, like they normally do. This is clearly a strategy that is paying off well for them, as they have been growing sales and market share with little to no U.S. presence, anyway. They are proving that the rest of the world in terms of smartphones matters just as much as the U.S. does, and in China and India's case, more so.

14. Venom

Posts: 2965; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I never said anything about the rest of the world not being important. The US is just as important as the rest of the world. Just because you have tunnel vision doesn't mean everyone else does. You talk about me not having experience with Nokia phones, but when I point out that they need to increase their presence here with better phones, you pull out the "rest of the world" copout response.

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 21324; Member since: May 28, 2014

You inferred it by saying you "don't think it matters much since they are not going to have much of a presence in the U.S." I'm not the only one that's noticed it, hence someone else responding to you. You're just triggered because I agree with what the person who responded to you said. Just because you're xenophobic and haven't a clue how businesses actually work, doesn't mean everyone else is like you. You have zero experience with Nokia smartphones, and that's a fact. And it's not a copout if they are growing sales and market share without the U.S. market. That means it's a proven business strategy. Here endeth the lesson.

17. Venom

Posts: 2965; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I didn't infer anything. I was referring to Samsung accidentally revealing the Nokia 9 as a trade in hence why I said what I said. I'm not xenophobic just because I disagree with your one sided view about the smartphone market. You act like you are the be all of smartphones. You are not. You don't tell me what I have experience with or what I don't.

18. meanestgenius

Posts: 21324; Member since: May 28, 2014

Stop lying. You're just walking back your statement because I called you out. You're extremely xenophobic, and you've proven that in the past. It's you that has the one sided view about the smarphone market, and your commet proves it. I don't "act" like anything, I just know a hell of a lot more about the smartphone market than you do, just like I know that you have zero experience with Nokia Android smartphones, and there isn't anything that you can do about it.

19. Venom

Posts: 2965; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I'm not walking back my statement. You are the one who is accusing me of being something that I'm not just because I don't agree with you and your obviously one sided view about the smartphone market. You do act like a know it all, trying to force your views onto other commentors then throw a tantrum when you don't get your way. And for the record, you don't tell me what I have experience with or what I don't have experience with, end of discussion whether you like it or not.

20. meanestgenius

Posts: 21324; Member since: May 28, 2014

You're always walking back your statements when you get called out, as opposed to just owning them. I don't need to "accuse" you of the truth, because it's the truth. You're extremely narrow view of the smartphone world and how businesses actually work is ridiculously laughable. I don't need to act like a "know it all" when it's a fact that I'm more knowledgeable than you are, by far. And stop projecting about me trying to "force my view" on anyone, that's totally your thing. And when they don't agree with you, you get triggered and go into a fit of rage. And yes, I DO get to tell you what you do and don't have experience with, because you have posted photoshopped images of what you don't own with your now defunct Flash account, that I already called you out on. NOW it's the end of the discussion, lol.

11. rkoforever90

Posts: 410; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

Why even bother investing in us market where people dont know any other phones other than iphone and galaxy .better to concentrate on markets like china or india where people value vfm

16. Venom

Posts: 2965; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

That's where you're wrong. Not everyone is willing or able to shell out $1K for the latest Samsung or Apple iPhone. You obviously don't know too much about the midrange market.

8. Skizzo

Posts: 401; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

Sadly, I feel this is going to be the case, but I hope you are wrong. I hope Nokia can come and at the very least bank on the nostalgia of a lot of North American users in order to break through this duopoly of Apple and Samsung. There needs to be more top tier players in the game.

13. Venom

Posts: 2965; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I agree. They would be good competition for the Moto G phones. We need more stock Android phones on the market despite what some people would say.

3. BGChicago

Posts: 219; Member since: Nov 16, 2014

Please, let it not be 6". Why is everyone copying everyone and don't they know there is a huge amount of customers that do not want a tablet in their hand? We need options to chose from and even though here are over 20 flagship devices, only one (sort of) is a compact one hand use

4. Skizzo

Posts: 401; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

Since anyone who got their hands on any of the new lower tier phones so far has been praising them, I am beyond excited to see what they bring to the flagship market! I'm excited at the prospect of owning a "no compromise" Nokia phone for the first time in 20 years. :)

5. Bankz

Posts: 2476; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

In 20 years?

6. yalokiy

Posts: 878; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Nokia has been selling phones for over 20 years.

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 21324; Member since: May 28, 2014

Eagerly awaiting this. I'm ready to add a high end Nokia branded smartphone to my personal smarphone portfolio. HMD's current Nokia branded smartphones have been pretty good, so I'm expecting even better from the Nokia 9 flagship.

12. skips

Posts: 453; Member since: Oct 04, 2015

I almost shat myself seeing latvian language for a moment ngl

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