Nokia 9 rumors suggest a strong 2018 for the reinvigorated company

Leaked image shows a Nokia phone with five camera lenses

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Nokia has already launched an impressive six new smartphones this year, however it appears there’s at least one more in the works. The Nokia 9, expected to be HMD’s 2018 flagship, appears to be on its way and it’s a behemoth.

While many of the earlier rumors about the Nokia 9 actually applied to the Nokia 8 Sirocco, that doesn’t mean the Nokia 9 is fantasy. Rumors about the Nokia 9 continue to come in and they mesh well with some of the earliest rumors we heard about the device. There’s also the issue of  a quote from Nokia executives that circulated after the Russian Nokia 8 Sirocco launch event that hinted at another Nokia with larger display in the works.

Nothing is certain, and the release date is unknown for now; but here’s all the information we’ve gathered about the Nokia 9 so far.

Camera

Early rumors stated the Nokia 9 would feature a dual-camera setup, but those rumors actually referred to the recently released Nokia 8 Sirocco. More recently, an image has leaked of a Nokia-branded phone with a whopping five cameras — and it’s possible that the leaked device will actually end up being the Nokia 9. The penta-lens setup has Zeiss branding, which makes sense considering Nokia’s partnership with Zeiss, and Zeiss patented a camera zoom system that looks very similar to what we can see on this phone, according to a report from The Verge. Some reports note that the leaked phone may not end up being the Nokia 9, but rather another handset called the Nokia 10.

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Previous rumors indicate that the Nokia 9 will boast a 41-megapixel wide-angle primary lens with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). It appears to follow the lead of the Galaxy S9 with a dynamic aperture switching between f/1.5 and f/2.4. You’ll also find Xenon and LED flash for the primary lens.

A secondary lens is rumored to come in at 20 megapizels and features OIS with an f/2.4 aperture. As for the tertiary lens, you should expect to see a 9.7 megapixel monochrome lens that will likely be used to enhance portraits.

The front-facing camera is expected to come in at 21 megapixels and feature a pretty impressive f/1.8 aperture.

Specifications

A Nokia 9 specs leak sheet appears to show the upcoming phone will pack some pretty awesome internals. Granted, these specs are not confirmed and they actually conflict with earlier specs, so we can’t be certain they are correct.

From the leaked specs sheet, it looks like the Nokia 9 will pack a 6.01-inch AMOLED display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. You’ll also find a Snapdragon 845 processor on the Nokia 9. The battery comes in at a pretty massive 3,950mAh, so you should have no problem getting a full day’s use. Additionally, the phone features a dual-SIM slot, but there’s no word if it’s a hybrid SIM for additional MicroSD storage.

As for memory, the Nokia 9 may feature a whopping 8GB of RAM and 256GB of onboard storage capacity. Though there’s no mention of RAM in the FCC documents, it seems likely that the Nokia 9 will feature 8GB of RAM. Geekbench is also reporting the Nokia 9 will feature 8GB of RAM, however these results can be faked.

One of the most exciting rumors surrounding the Nokia 9 involves the fingerprint sensor. According to the recent spec sheet leak, the upcoming flagship will feature an in-display fingerprint reader.

Software

The Nokia 8 will likely run Android 8.1 Oreo, Android One edition. Earlier this year at MWC, HMD confirmed that all upcoming Nokia devices, with the exception of the Nokia 2, would be part of the Android One program.

Design

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Nearly a year ago the first render for the Nokia 9 appeared online. While dozens of other renders have appeared since, it appears the first may be closest to what we will actually see — though that depends on if the leaked image of the penta-lens handset ends up being the Nokia 9.

It appears that the Nokia 9 will look a lot like the other phones introduced by HMD in 2018. A possible spec sheet says the phone will feature a ceramic body with 18-karat gold trim detail, suggesting it will be a step up from the Nokia 8 Sirocco’s chamfered chrome accents.

The back of the phone will house the triple camera array and Xeon flash. If the recent spec sheet rumor is true, you will not find a fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone; the Nokia 9 will feature an in-display fingerprint sensor. Although earlier renders show a rear fingerprint sensor on the Nokia 9, this may be because these renders were created before Vivo perfected in-display fingerprint readers in  late 2017.

Additional rumors suggest that the Nokia 9 will indeed feature an edge-to-edge 3D glass display, which means that it will be essentially without bezels. There will be no capacitive touch buttons and is said to exclusively support navigation with virtual touch-buttons.

It’s intriguing because the design is bezel-less, unlike the Nokia 8 Sirocco, and therefore more in line with other 2018 flagship Android phones like the Samsung Galaxy S9. The image should not be taken as final, because when it was leaked, it was accompanied by a similar sketch for the Nokia 8, also with thinner bezels than the final version. This casts doubt on the accuracy of the Nokia 9 image.

Other recent leaks come from Baidu which show the Nokia 9 in two different glossy color variants — blue and orange. Corroborating with other rumors, the photos above show the same edge-to-edge 3D-glass and bezel-less display.

Release date and price

We don’t know when, or even if, the Nokia 9 will be released. We would anticipate pricing to be what you’d expect of a flagship, especially since the HMD did not appear to skimp on the hardware for the Nokia 9. We’ll keep you updated with all the rumors.

Updated on September 7: Leaked image shows Nokia phone with five cameras.

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