Almost all of the major device makers have launched their flagship smartphones for 2018. The month of October was an especially busy one as we saw launches from multiple device makers, including LG, Google, Huawei, OnePlus, Samsung, Razer, Xiaomi, and more. However, one company that has yet to launch a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845-powered flagship is HMD Global. Their most recent flagship remains the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835-powered Nokia 8 Sirocco, which was launched back at MWC in February. The Snapdragon 845-powered Nokia 9 has been in the rumors since a few months, and rumors have pointed to the presence of five rear cameras. The phone’s launch time frame is still unknown, but 91mobiles has now leaked renders and a 360-degree video of the Nokia 9 in collaboration with @OnLeaks.
It was reported earlier that the Nokia 9 would launch as the Nokia 9 PureView, making it the first HMD Global phone to feature the old Nokia’s PureView branding, which was used in phones such as the Nokia 808 PureView. The PureView branding means that the phone will have a special emphasis on camera, and the renders back that up. There are no less than seven rings on the back. Five of the rings are camera lenses, and the sixth is a dual-LED flash. The seventh ring on the right seems to be a dual-sensor which could be used for proximity detection, according to 91mobiles.
The penta-camera’s visual arrangement is unlike anything we have seen so far. Aesthetically, it looks strange. The mere presence of five cameras would make the Nokia 9 a unique phone on the market. 91mobiles was unable to confirm exactly what the penta-camera lenses will consist of, but the publication speculates the presence of a telephoto lens, a wide-angle lens, a depth-sensing camera, among others. ZEISS branding is featured between the cameras, although there is no specific mention of the PureView branding.
The Nokia 9 is said to have a 5.9-inch QHD display with what seems to be an 18:9 aspect ratio. (It does not have a display notch.) The phone has fairly small bezels on all four sides, and its dimensions are expected to be 155 x 75 x 7.9 mm. There is a single front-facing camera along with two sensors. The renders also don’t show a physical fingerprint sensor, which points to the presence of an in-display fingerprint sensor like the ones found in the OnePlus 6T and the Vivo NEX. Face unlock is also likely to be supported.
The Nokia 9 will predictably have a glass sandwich design with a metal frame in between. Disappointingly, the phone lacks a 3.5mm headphone jack just like the Nokia 8 Sirocco. On the bottom there is a USB Type-C port, a loudspeaker grill, and a primary microphone. The power button and the volume rocker are on the right, while the SIM tray is placed on the top. A secondary microphone is integrated into the antenna band on the top-edge, and there’s also a third microphone on the back.
The Nokia 9 will be powered by Android 9 Pie. It will most likely be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, and not the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 8150. This mirrors the competitive situation of the Nokia 8 Sirocco, which was powered by the Snapdragon 835 at a time when Snapdragon 845 flagships were already arriving in the market. The phone is expected to have up to 8GB of RAM, 128GB storage, a 4,150mAh battery, and water resistance.
The Nokia 9 was initially expected to be announced at IFA, but that didn’t pan out. It’s probable that HMD Global has delayed the launch to early 2019, which means that it will be launching at a time when Snapdragon 8150 flagships will start launching in the market. Pricing-wise, it’s fair to expect the Nokia 9 Sirocco to be a very expensive phone considering the upward trends of flagship smartphone pricing.