Update: New Nokia 9 leaked renders give us a close look at the possible design of the flagship.
Prior to the launch of the Nokia 8 it had been a long time since we’d had a Nokia flagship, but we’ve now had the Nokia 8 Sirocco and yet another – currently known as the Nokia 9 or Nokia 9 PureView – is rumored to be on the way.
But the top-end Nokia 9 might launch in early 2019, and it could be positioned to truly compete with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S9 or even the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10, which the Nokia 8 Sirocco arguably doesn’t quite thanks to its older chipset.
You’ll find all the current Nokia 9 rumors below, along with our expert analysis, and as soon as we hear anything new we’ll add it to this article.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? A Nokia Android flagship
- When is it out? Possibly early 2019
- What will it cost? It will have a high-end price
Nokia 9 release date
The Nokia 9 was thought to be landing in 2019, but the year is nearly over with previously rumored launch dates having been and gone, and while there’s still a vague claim that it will land before the end of 2018, the most recent reports put its launch in early 2019.
More specifically, it could land at MWC 2019 in late February 2019, according to Twitter leaker Nokia anew.
Other than that all we have to go on is a claim from another leaker that it’s “coming soon”, and a comment from a representative for HMD Global, who has hinted that the phone is on the way, and that it will have a larger screen “to meet the needs of absolutely all users” – though they may have been talking about the Sirocco.
TechRadar’s take: The Nokia 9 probably won’t arrive until 2019 at this point.
Nokia 9 screen
The latest screen rumor puts the display at 5.9 inches, adding that it will have an 18:9 aspect ratio.
However, a much earlier screen rumor states that the Nokia 9 will have a 5.7-inch screen, while a Nokia 8 Pro will apparently land with a 5.5-inch one.
It’s likely that the Nokia 9 would match or exceed the size and resolution of the Nokia 8 Sirocco, so expect at least that from it. It’s also likely to use OLED, since the Nokia 8 Sirocco does and it’s generally considered superior to LCD. We’ve also heard OLED specifically rumored.
The screen may be curved too, since the display on the Nokia 8 Sirocco is, though leaked images (below under the design heading) show a flat screen.
Other than that, a handful of leaks are saying that the Nokia 9 will have an in-screen scanner, and indeed the latest images of the phone show no visible scanner, suggesting that’s the case.
TechRadar’s take: A 5.9-inch screen would make sense in order to help the Nokia 9 stand out from the 5.5-inch Nokia 8 Sirocco, and an in-screen scanner is a distinct possibility too.
Nokia 9 design
- A metal and glass build
- 155 x 75 x 7.9mm dimensions
The latest design leaks take the form of high-quality renders, pictured below. You can see from them that the Nokia 9 seemingly has a metal frame and a glass back, while the dimensions are apparently 155 x 75 x 7.9mm.
There’s also a penta-lens camera (more on this below), bezels above and below the screen, no notch and no 3.5mm headphone port.
This design isn’t confirmed yet, but it’s the most convincing look we’ve yet had at the phone.
However, one (much older) source claims the Nokia 9 will have an all-metal body, while another says to expect it to be IP68 certified, which would make it dust proof and water resistant to 1.5 meters deep for up to 30 minutes.
Another (again, much older) leaked image of the phone only shows the front, but you can see that the bezels are tiny and it has a dual-lens front-facing camera. There’s no fingerprint scanner, so this is likely on the back or in the screen.
However this doesn’t match up with an even earlier leaked image giving us a close look at the front and back of a phone that was believed to be the Nokia 9, where it looks a lot like the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, with a curved screen, bezels above and below and what appears to be a glass back.
The image also shows a dual-lens camera and a rear-facing fingerprint scanner. However, it looks a lot like the now-announced Nokia 8 Sirocco, so that could actually be what we’re seeing here – or it could be that the Nokia 9 will look very similar to the Sirocco.
In any case, leaked renders match up with the curvy image above, while adding dimensions to the mix, revealing that the Nokia 9 will apparently be 140.9 x 72.9 x 7.5mm. You can also see from these images that there’s no 3.5mm headphone port.
This too sounds a lot like the Nokia 8 Sirocco though, as the dimensions are almost exactly the same, so that’s probably what we’re looking at here.
We’ve also seen an image of what might be Nokia 9 in the flesh, or at least its backplate, and it matches the renders above, complete with a glossy finish, a dual-lens camera and a rear-facing fingerprint scanner. Again though, it now seems very likely that this is actually the Nokia 8 Sirocco.
One other leak we’ve seen supposedly shows an early prototype of the phone, but it’s encased in a plastic case to stop us seeing the full design, and the camera layout doesn’t match the images above.
TechRadar’s take: The latest, penta-lens-packed images of the Nokia 9 are the most likely to be accurate.
Nokia 9 camera
- A dual-lens Carl Zeiss camera
- A telephoto or wide-angle lens
- A dual-lens front-facing camera
The latest leaks show the Nokia 9 packing a penta-lens camera. You can see this in some of the images above, with additional holes for a dual-LED flash and what might be a proximity sensor of some kind. The same source suggests just a single-lens camera on the front.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard talk of five lenses, and another rumor claims Nokia is working on a ‘high risk’ camera for the phone, and five lenses would certainly seem risky. But some earlier leaks disagree with these five-lens claims.
The earliest Nokia 9 rumors pointed to a dual-lens camera, and a more recent leak backs that up, with a tipster claiming it will have a 22MP dual-lens Carl Zeiss snapper on the back and a 12MP camera on the front.
Both of those cameras have more megapixels than most phones, though they’re not quite a match for the 41MP Nokia Lumia 1020.
As for what the second lens will be used for, it’s likely to be similar to the Sirocco, which uses them for 2x optical zoom and to create bokeh effects, blurring the background of shots.
Though in the standard Nokia 8’s case there’s a monochrome lens and an RGB one, which are combined for better shots, especially in low light, so that’s another possibility.
TechRadar’s take: The latest rumors point to a penta-lens camera, so unlikely as it might sound this is quite possibly what we’ll get.
Nokia 9 battery
- A huge 3,800mAh battery
- Fast charging
There’s only one battery rumor so far, and it points to a 3,800mAh juice pack with Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.
That would make it far bigger than most smartphone batteries, with even something like the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus having just a 3,500mAh battery.
TechRadar’s take: A 3,800mAh battery seems surprisingly large for a 5.7-inch phone, so we’re not totally convinced by that, but it’s possible. Fast charging is likely, as that’s become a fairly standard flagship feature and is available on the Nokia 8.
Nokia 9 OS and power
- A Snapdragon 845 chipset
- 6GB or 8GB of RAM
- Android P software
The latest rumor claims that the Nokia 9 will have a Snapdragon 845 chipset, which is the current top-end Qualcomm one, found in phones like the US version of the Galaxy S9. Another leak says the same.
We’ve also previously heard that an upcoming Nokia phone might have a Snapdragon 845 chipset. The Nokia 9 isn’t named, but it would be the obvious candidate.
Early sources claim the Nokia 9 will have a Snapdragon 835 chipset and 6GB of RAM – though we’re only talking about two sources here and those are the specs of the Nokia 8 Sirocco, which wasn’t announced at that point, so it’s probably what they’re referring to.
Given that the Nokia 8 Sirocco comes with 6GB though that’s the least we’d expect from the Nokia 9.
We wouldn’t expect to see any kind of overlay, as HMD Global has stuck with stock Android on its current crop of handsets.
TechRadar’s take: The rumored specs would put the Nokia 9 at or near the top-end, but they’re not unbelievable, especially as HMD will want to make a splash with its next numbered flagship.
Nokia 9 other features
- 3D audio recording
- An iris scanner
- An in-screen scanner
Elsewhere, according to one source the Nokia 9 will have both an iris scanner and a fingerprint scanner, much like the Galaxy S9.
The same – anonymous and unproven – source claims that it will have OZO audio enhancements. This is a Nokia tech which creates a surround sound effect when you’re recording audio. It lets smartphones with four microphones record 3D audio, those with three capture spatial 360 audio, and those with two capture spatial audio.
However, the source doesn’t mention how many mics the Nokia 9 has, so even if this is true we don’t know how heavily it will be able to take advantage of the tech. The Nokia 8 Sirocco already has three microphones though, so the Nokia 9 will probably have at least that.
TechRadar’s take: None of these rumors are unbelievable, though as they mostly come from the same unproven source we wouldn’t read too much into them.
Nokia 9 price
- A roughly $560/£415/AU$735 starting price
- May cost more for higher storage capacities
The latest pricing rumor puts the 64GB model of the Nokia 9 at 3,699 yuan (roughly $560/£415/AU$735), while a 128GB version could apparently come in at 4,199 yuan (around $635/£470/AU$835).
That’s a lower price than a previous rumor we’d heard, with a tipster reckoning it’s going to be fairly expensive at $699 in the US (around £565/AU$935) and 749 euros (roughly £640/AU$1,060). Like the rumor above, they added that there will be both 64GB and 128GB models, but didn’t specify which price this is for.
Direct conversions are rarely accurate, so we wouldn’t rely on any of these prices being right, and in fact both of them might be talking about the Nokia 8 Sirocco, which hadn’t been announced at the time.
That phone costs €749 / AU$1,199 (around £660, $900), so we’d expect the Nokia 9 to be at least that much and probably more.
TechRadar’s take: We’re not sold on any of the current pricing rumors but the Nokia 9 is sure to be an expensive phone.
- At the other end of the scale there’s the Nokia 1