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January 16, 2018

Nokia 9: what we know so far

Last year Nokia returned to the premium smartphone market with the release of the Nokia 8. A feature-filled, powerful and pretty handset, the phone was a great start for the company that once dominated the mobile phone industry, and all eyes are on the brand’s owner, HMD Global, to see if they can replicate and build upon the success of the 8 with the Nokia 9.

With rumours flying left, right and centre, we’ve thrown together this little guide to help you make head from tail when it comes to the 9.

 

The design

Most sources circulating the net include a 5.5-inch, 18:9 screen that boasts Quad-HD, OLED graphics and Gorilla Glass 5. The resolution will likely be 1440 x 2560 – supremely sharp.

In terms of shape and material, there are a few differing rumours flying about. Some say the phone has a curved, all-metal body, while others say all-glass however, it will almost certainly include a near bezel-less screen, be IP68 water and dust resistant, and boast wireless charging too.

Camera-wise, a dual-lens 12/13MP camera with Carl-Zeiss optics is on the cards, letting users snap in supreme definition and colour, and there’s a dual-lens, 5MP front camera for selfies.

Telephoto and wide-angle lenses have been the focus of a couple of leaks, and could be likely, given that a recent Nokia 5 camera app upgrade added the functionality, and no current Nokia phones have the lenses needed to use the app’s new feature.

The Nokia 9 will likely have no headphone jack, but may replace this with USB functionality, letting you listen to audio through the charging port (or with a pair of wireless headphones).

 

The specs

Trusted sources list the phone’s likely features as including a powerful Snapdragon 835 processor with an Adreno 540 GPU, letting users enjoy a number of intensive apps at the same time, and take full advantage of the latest VR applications.

There will be six or eight GB of RAM to multitask with ease, a whopping 64 or 128GB of storage to ensure apps aren’t jostling for space, and a supremely capable 3800 mAH battery to keep the laptop-beating specs supplied with juice. Fast charging is also likely, via Qualcomm Quick Charge 4, although with such a massive battery, you won’t be charging often.

These are all excellent specs, putting the Nokia flagship firmly at odds with the best phones from Samsung and Apple.

Dual-SIM functionality should help business users, and everyone who uses the phone will benefit from the newest iteration of Android, the fast and stable Oreo.

 

Pricing and release

So when is this powerhouse of a phone being released to the public? Well, the frequency of leaks being posted on the net is making industry pundits expect a release in mid to late January, with other sources pointing to January 19th as the big day.

Price-wise, the phone is going to command a relatively high, flagship-grade price, but at around £400 to £450, some sources are saying it’ll cost far less than the competition, even when higher prices for bigger storage and RAM capacities are taken into account. That’s just one source of course – others put it some £200 higher – so we’ll have to wait until late January to see what price point the company decides upon.

 

Check back at the end of the month to see what specs Nokia has packed into its brand-new flagship phone, and the awesome phone insurance deals Insurance 2 Go will be offering to help keep the devices as safe as possible.

 

Sources

https://www.techadvisor.co.uk/new-product/mobile-phone/nokia-9-3661463/

http://www.techradar.com/news/nokia-9-release-date-news-and-rumors

https://nokiapoweruser.com/nokia-9/

https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/nokia/142350-nokia-9-release-date-rumours-and-everything-you-need-to-know

https://www.gsmarena.com/nokia_9-8867.php