Nokia 9: what we expected and what we got

Nokia 9: what we expected and what we got

After touching our nostalgic hearts with the new version of the Nokia 3310 in 2017, we were all expecting HMD Global to follow up the Nokia 3, 5, 6 and 8 with a new super top-of-the-range model at MWC 2018, and we got one. But instead of the expected Nokia 9, the premium range device in question is in fact called the Nokia 8 Sirocco.

HMD Global made a strong showing at this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, presenting a suite of 5 new smartphones, including the much anticipated flagship, which turned out to be the Nokia 8 Sirocco. Even through the name was different from the Nokia 9 we were all excited for, HMD's offering doesn't disappoint.

The Nokia 8 Sirocco managed to impress even in the shadow of the Samsung Galaxy S9, and alongside the nostalgic new version of the Nokia 8110, could signify the start of strong comeback for Nokia under HMD Global.

Should Samsung and Huawei be worried? Let us know what you think in the comments!

Below you can find the gathered rumors and leaks concerning the now-mythical Nokia 9. 

Rumor history of the Nokia 9

Price and release date

The website Nokia Power User has received two tips one is about the price and release date details. The other concerns the device's technical specifications. The information should be taken with a grain of salt.

The tipster said that the price of the new Nokia 9 will be 749 EUR in European markets. It may be around $699 in the US, and Rs 44999 in India. Given the high-end specs mentioned, these prices seem reasonable, and they are most likely for a 64 GB version, though a 128 GB model may also be released. 

Design and leaked renders

Great news for Nokia fans: It looks like the upcoming flagship Nokia 9 will be keeping up with the Joneses as recent leaked images show a near bezel-less design for the OLED display. Check out the video below for the latest video render of the Nokia 9.

From a previous image leak, it's also clear that it won't feature a physical home button, so it's looking more and more like the phone will come with features one would expect of a 2017 flagship. No word yet on what materials will be used for the Nokia 9's casing.

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Nokia 9 featuring bezel-less display. / © Waqar Khan

A couple of cases for the Nokia 9 have been spotted online, from well-known casemaker Tudia and an unknown brand on Gearbest. Both show the device to have a curved display, with the former render being more curved and the latter being more subtle. Previously leaked renders also show a subtle curve, so we'll have to wait for the official reveal to find out how it will look. Until then, check out the renders below. Doesn't it remind you of the trend-setting Samsung Galaxy S series?

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Case leaks from Tudia and Gearbest show curved display. / © NextPit

Technical specs from the FCC

According to the tip, the Nokia 9 might have a QHD OLED 5.5-inch display. Excitingly, it could also come with a 22 MP dual lens Carl Zeiss rear camera, with a 12 MP front camera. Plus, it is expected to be powered by the Snapdragon 835 - the same processor used in the just-released Samsung Galaxy S8 - and 6 GB RAM.

This tip has been partly confirmed as the device passed through the FCC. The screenshots posted by the FCC show a display of 5.5 inches, Snapdragon 835 processor, 128GB of internal memory UFS 2.1, rear camera of 12+13MP and front of 5MP. We also find a 3250mAh battery and Android Oreo. As for RAM, we've still only got the earlier tip to go on.

Rumored technical specs

Display 5.5 inches, OLED, QHD
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Graphic chip Adreno 540
Storage 64/128 GB
Battery 3.800 mAh, Qualcomm Quickcharge 4.0
Software Android Oreo
Other Iris scanner, Fingerprint sensor, Nokia OZO Audio, IP68
Camera 22 MP rear, 12 MP front

Another thing to note: the Nokia 9 may be the first of its kind to feature Nokia OZO audio enhancements. That means it may be VR-enabled, and able to do 3D audio recording and playback. It is expected to have a large 3,800 mAh battery and IP68 certification.

We now know the rumored price, release date and specs, and finally we have more image leaks so we know what design Nokia is bringing to the table.

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  • David Martrano Dec 20, 2017 Link to comment

    Maybe it's just me but if I'm going to spend over 600.00 on a phone I want the latest processer. Unfortunately the Nokia9 ain't it. The 835 is in the 8 so again why spend a lot on the same processing package? Yes it has oreo8, an upgraded battery a few improvements but, the same processer. This is the same mistake the g6 made with the 821 instead of the 835. And the results were failed sales. Does it make a difference, for me yes. The only thing you can hope for is a plus version with the 845 processer!

  • Andrew Burgin Sep 26, 2017 Link to comment

    Keep checking for a Nokia phone to compete with the Samsung Galaxy S8 plus,and the Nokia 9 looks a very promising phone,and if it offers better option than the S8 plus then i will definetly giving this phone a chance,because i am getting feed up of Samsung pricing of there phones,after seeing the Note 8 pricing,and the future S9 might be overpriced as well

  • David Martrano Sep 25, 2017 Link to comment

    This certainly looks & sounds like a very good offering. I know it's not the original Nokia company but any good phone is welcomed to the Android Community!

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    Deactivated Account Sep 25, 2017 Link to comment

    I am looking forward to this phone. I just hope it is not another all glass build.

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    Deactivated Account Apr 13, 2017 Link to comment

    Well I will look at one of these Nokia's if it has a 3800mAh battery, even if it's not a removable battery, it has a good fast processor the 835. Will have Nougat 7.1.2, if released as advertised and 6gb Ram. Already ticks most of my boxes.

  • Tech Mate Apr 12, 2017 Link to comment

    I wonder if Nokia is also in the AI race. If that's the case then within no time the Nokia brand will come on par with the likes of Google, Apple and Samsung. Fingers crossed. Waiting for Nokia Flagship. Hope they come up with their proprietary OS some time in the near future or acquire Jolla for Sailfish and make Sailfish OS smartphones as well.

    • Brittany McGhee Apr 12, 2017 Link to comment

      Do you think Nokia has anything unique to bring to the table in the AI race?

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        Deactivated Account Apr 12, 2017 Link to comment

        maybe supporting Google's assistant with regular os updates would be unique..

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        Deactivated Account Apr 13, 2017 Link to comment

        Not just unique but a miracle I would say Paul. Then Nokia will be the first manufacturer that support their devices. hahaha

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      • Tech Mate Apr 18, 2017 Link to comment

        What if they manage to bring something unique?

    • GE918 Oct 9, 2017 Link to comment

      They tried using their own OS Symbian and Android left them in the dirt.

  • Nathan Ukachi-Lois Apr 11, 2017 Link to comment

    What ever happened to Maemo and Meego 🤔

  • Dejan Jandric Apr 10, 2017 Link to comment

    3800 mah battery for that specs? Too low too low Nokia. You can drain that in like 20 minutes. And also a bit too high price for company that is getting back on track.

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    Deactivated Account Apr 10, 2017 Link to comment

    I am really looking forward to Nokia's new flagship phone. I was always a Nokia fan until they went Windows. Just wish they would give it a removable battery.

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      Deactivated Account Apr 10, 2017 Link to comment

      yes removable battery, i wish...
      I'm sorta weighing up IP 68 or removable back.. can't seem to have both so far.

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        Deactivated Account Apr 10, 2017 Link to comment

        I have found if you have a removable battery you really do not need the IP 68 rating, because you can pull the battery to stop the damage. My S3 has been drowned 3 time and still going strong.

      • Jay Viper Apr 11, 2017 Link to comment

        Galaxy S5 had removable battery and also "waterproofing"

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    Deactivated Account Apr 10, 2017 Link to comment

    they certainly made an impact in China (very tough market, ask LG..! ) with Nokia 6 getting over a million sales in pre-registration in less than a minute of being announced.
    more importantly is HMD's attitude towards​ Android...

    "Most of the smartphones in the market do not have Android OS in the way it should be. Vendors are adding a skin on top of the OS.
    Consumers have the right to have the latest version of the OS and we will be pushing the latest version and the patches as soon as it is available from Google"
    Per Ekman a VP at HMD.

    can't imagine a Samsung VP saying anything like that..

    not sure what Nokia's Flagship is gonna actually look like, but stock android fully supported and solid hardware sounds very very appealing.

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