At one time Nokia was the force to be reckoned with in the cell phone market. After missing the smartphone juggernaut, Nokia has floated along with different owners and tested the smartphone market with both Windows and Android powered devices. Since being purchased by HMD Global though, it seems the company is going full-on with Android and their latest device in development, the Nokia 9, appears to be on track to compete at the flagship level based on some new renders and other leaks.
Over on the Baidu social network, a user has posted an image of the back of the Nokia 9 smartphone, along with the Nokia 2 which is another device in development by HMD Global. Besides some of the information to be gleaned from the image, this enabled Waqar Khan to put together some renders of the device to give us an idea of what might be in store for the Nokia 9.
According to the information shared in the Baidu post, the Nokia 9 is getting an AMOLED screen with a 3D glass design. Combined with small bezels at the top and bottom of the screen, HMD Global appears to be going down the bezel-less design route that we are seeing in flagship devices. On the back of the device it appears the Nokia 9 will be equipped with a Zeiss dual lens camera and a fingerprint sensor.
Powering the Nokia 9 will be a Snapdragon 835 processor unless release gets pushed out far enough for Nokia to get onboard with the Snapdragon 845. Previous leaks indicate the Nokia 9 should come equipped with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM. If all of these specs are accurate, the Nokia 9 should get some serious consideration from flagship phone shoppers.
Nokia has been moving hard to update their devices to Android 8.0 Oreo. No doubt that is partly driven by the lack of their own skin on top of Android which should help them get updates out faster. At this point, Nokia certainly seems to understand the demands of the Android market, at least at the high end, where consumers are interested in top-tier hardware and expect quick Android updates.
If these renders and rumors turn out to be accurate, could a Nokia smartphone make it to your shortlist?