The Nokia 9, HMD Global’s first true premium flagship phone that will also supposedly carry the iconic PureView branding, is set to launch in January 2019, according to a new Nokia ANew report. The report that cites unnamed sources suggests HMD will launch the Nokia 9 PureView in the last week of January 2019, and that the announcement would be accompanied by many surprises.
One of these surprises would invariably be the phone’s purported one-of-its-kind penta-camera setup on the back. Plus, it would be interesting to see if the phone would be able to live up to Nokia’s PureView legacy, should it carry the moniker as being widely reported. HMD Global has so far been unable to crack the camera code through its new-age Nokia phones, all of which run stock Android and are part of Google’s Android One program. Not to mention, it has been missing out on a true premium flagship that would compete with the likes of the Samsung Galaxys and the Google Pixels and the Apple iPhones of the world. The Nokia 9 PureView is expected to change that.
The Nokia 9 has been part of rumour mills for quite a while now, and even though HMD is yet to confirm its existence, more and more leaks keep coming in day after day. Case renders of the alleged Nokia 9 have surfaced online on multiple occasions seemingly confirming the five rear camera setup: with seven openings in total including two for LED flash and optical sensors. The exact functionality of these cameras is yet to be thoroughly deciphered.
Moving on, the Nokia 9 is said to come with a 5.9-inch QHD+ display with slim bezels, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor under the hood with up to 8GB RAM and up to 128GB storage, a 12MP camera on the front and a massive 4,150mAh battery with fast charging. The phone is also said to incorporate an in-display fingerprint scanner and considering that HMD isn’t letting go of Android One just yet, it is expected that the Nokia 9 would run a stock version of Android Pie out-of-the-box.
Should HMD decide to launch the Nokia 9 in the last week of January 2019, the launch would fall right in the middle of the CES and MWC trade events: meaning a separate launch event. The company, to recall, had taken to MWC 2018 to launch a flurry of phones including its expensive phones to date, the Nokia 8 Sirocco.