HMD Global, the new licensee of the Nokia brand, is reportedly planning to launch its premium flagship smartphone dubbed Nokia 9 on January 19. The smartphone is expected to be the Finnish startup’s foray into the bezel-less smartphone segment.
Nokia 9 has been part of major leaks in the past and it was expected to arrive before the end of this year. However, a new report from China suggests the device will become official only next month. HMD Global is holding a product launch event in China on January 19 where it could officially announce Nokia 9, reports MyDrivers. It also adds that the company will also showcase the second generation Nokia 8 at the same event.
Both the devices will arrive with custom software tailored specifically for the Chinese market, indicating Google Play services will be replaced by a local offering. The Nokia 9 is expected to sport a design similar to the China-exclusive Nokia 7 smartphone with unibody metal construction and glass back. The handset’s back cover leaked few days back revealing the dual rear camera setup with LED flash and rear mounted fingerprint sensor.
In terms of specifications, the Nokia 9 is expected to sport a 5.5-inch Quad HD display with 18:9 aspect ratio. Previous rumours suggest it will use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, 6GB RAM and options for either 64GB or 128GB internal storage. It is also rumoured to offer IP67 water and dust resistance and miss out on the 3.5mm audio jack. The Nokia 9 could be priced at 3699 Yuan (approximately Rs 37,000) for the 64GB storage model and 4199 Yuan (approximately Rs 42,000) for the 128GB variant.
This new leak indicates Nokia 9 will be another mid-range flagship and not premium flagship smartphone competing against the likes of Galaxy Note 8 and Apple iPhone X. It mostly seems like a bezel-less version of the existing Nokia 8 which also features a dual-camera setup and the latest Snapdragon 835 chipset.
To recall, HMD Global has completed a year as the new home of the Nokia mobile brand and it made its global debut with the launch of Nokia 6, Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 at MWC early this year. The smartphone, however, went on sale only in July and has a managed a great run so far in several markets.
According to Counterpoint Research, HMD Global is the eighth ranked mobile phone brand globally and is the fifth most popular brand in India. The company has even surprised to claim top spot in Middle East and number three in the UK and Indonesia. With momentum behind it, the company would be hoping to strengthen its position with the launch of new flagship smartphones. It would only need to ensure availability and timely launch of devices to remain competitive.