HMD Global‘s latest filing with the US’ FCC (Federal Communications Commission) indicates that the company has, in fact, decided to kill the 4GB RAM variant of its upcoming Nokia 9 smartphone. Last week, we came across reports about the Nokia 9 smartphone getting an FCC certification. Although the filing did not reveal much, other than a 5.3-inch display and dual-SIM support, the latest filing with the agency reveals that HMD Global has requested for a change of model number from TA-1004 to TA-1012.
The request letter further mentions that there is no change in the construction, design or circuitry of the said model and the test results of the original are applicable and representative. This comes after a fresh GeekBench listing of the Nokia 9 surfaced last week. Based on the new listing, the Nokia 9 is expected to pack 6GB or 8GB of RAM. However, an earlier listing of the same smartphone indicated only 4GB of RAM.
While the company’s request for a change in model number does indicate cancellation of at least one of the supposed variant of the Nokia 9, the information is to be taken with a grain of salt. The Nokia 9 is believed to be a premium smartphone coming from HMD Global’s portfolio and house Qualcomm’s top-end Snapdragon 835 SoC. It is also said to be the first smartphone to feature Nokia OZO 3D Audio technology. ALSO READ: Nokia 9 with 5.3-inch display, dual-SIM support spotted on FCC
HMD Global introduced the first set of Nokia-branded Android smartphones in India last week. If one looks at the monikers, Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and Nokia 6, then the next Nokia smartphone should chronologically be named as Nokia 8. However, there has been more evidence in favor of Nokia 9. The company has announced that it will be launching up to 7 new models of Nokia-branded smartphones, however, it is unclear if the next-in-line will be the Nokia 9.
Nokia 9 specifications, features
There have been multiple leaks in the past regarding the display size of the Nokia 9. While some reports hinted at a 5.5-inch display, recent renders suggest a smaller 5.3-inch display with quad HD (1440×2560p) resolution. It is further expected to have 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass on the top for protection.
Other than Qualcomm’s latest SoC with up to 8GB of RAM, the Nokia 9 could pack 64GB of internal storage. It is unclear if there will be variants in terms of internal storage. As for photography, it is expected to pack a dual camera module at the rear, combining 13-megapixel and 2-megapixel sensor. ALSO READ: Nokia 9 with 6GB RAM spotted on latest GeekBench listing
On the software front, the Nokia 9 will run Android Nougat 7.1.1 out-of-the-box with a promised upgrade to Android O – the upcoming version of Google’s popular OS. The smartphone is further speculated to retain the 3.5mm headphone jack for audio, while data transfer and charging will be through a USB Type-C port. Other details on the specifications are scarce at the moment.
As for the launch, it is expected that HMD Global will take the wraps off the Nokia 9 sometime in Q3, 2017 and price the smartphone around $699 (approximately Rs 45,000). However, HMD Global is yet to officially comment on any of these details. RELATED: From Nokia 9, Xiaomi Mi Note 3 to Apple iPhone 8; rumor roundup of the most anticipated smartphones of 2017