Excitement fades as the Nokia 9 stops by the FCC with unremarkable hardware

HMD Global has achieved some great things in 2017, most notably the revival of the famous Nokia brand that Microsoft unceremoniously killed off a couple of years back. A slew of new, Android-powered Nokia smartphones were announced at MWC 2017 in Barcelona, culminating in the launch of the flagship Nokia 8. In recent weeks we’ve heard rumblings that a new flagship called the Nokia 9 was being developed, and we can confirm that this is indeed the case thanks to the handset passing through the FCC.

According to the FCC certification, the Nokia 9 will feature a 5.5-inch OLED display and a larger battery with 3,250mAh capacity with fast-charging support. Those are the improvements over the Nokia 8. While it was originally mooted that the Nokia 9 would sport the new Snapdragon 845 processor, instead it looks like it is using the Snapdragon 835. While no one would ever say the SD835 is a bad processor, it is disappointing that the Nokia 9 won’t take advantage of the SD845’s improvements such as increased performance and efficiency, camera enhancements, and Bluetooth efficiencies.

The Nokia 9 also takes a step backward in the camera department with 12MP and a 13MP rear camera instead of the twin 13MP sensors seen on the Nokia 8. The front camera has also been downgraded from a 13MP sensor to 5MP. There is still 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage as well as MicroSD card support to expand it further.

As you might hope, especially with Nokia being in the process of rolling out Oreo updates to the Nokia 8, Nokia 6, and Nokia 5 handsets, the Nokia 9 is set to launch running Android 8.0 Oreo.

While the Nokia 9 is shaping up to be another flagship smartphone from HMD Global, it wouldn’t be out of the question to suggest that the manufacturer dipped into the spare parts bin more than once. This isn’t the Nokia 9 we were looking for. We shouldn’t have too long to wait until the Nokia 9 is officially announced, which is likely to happen at MWC 2018 in February.

What do you think of the Nokia 9? Is it the phone you were looking for?

Source: FCC
Via: AndroidCrunch

About the Author: Peter Holden

He's been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being his first phablet. He currently carries a Pixel 2 XL, Huawei P20 Pro, and a Huawei MediaPad M5 (8.4) in his pockets and thinks nothing of lugging a 17-inch laptop around in his backpack. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, he's an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, he loves a good Braai (BBQ).