Design and Body
- 140.9 (!) x 72.9 x 7.5mm, camera bump 8.9mm rumoured
- Metal core, glass rear
- IP67 proofing rumoured
Thanks to a huge leak shared by Indian site Compareraja working in cahoots with @onleaks, we now have a good idea of what this phone will look like.
These 3D renders appear to show that the Nokia 9 will adopt a design that’s similar to Samsung, with a metal core and what looks like glass front and back, although the source doesn’t explicitly state that. The rumoured dimensions are given, however, at 140.9 x 72.9 x 7.5mm with the camera bump expanding it to 8.9mm.
However, length of the phone – 140.9mm – is almost certainly not correct. That’s way too small for a 5.5-inch display, with the 5.5-inch 16:9 HTC U11 measuring 153.9mm. At the moment it’s not clear if the Nokia 9 will be a 16:9 or 18:9 phone. The 5.8-inch 18:9.5 Galaxy S8 measures 148.9mm so again, we doubt that a 5.5-inch 18:9.5 phone would get as small as 140.9mm – especially not hanging onto that 72.9mm width. So take those measurements with a pinch of salt.
We’ve also now seen what appears to be an assembly line leak through Chinese website Baidu. This shows the rear panel of the Nokia 9 essentially backing up these design leaks.
HMD Global sources talking to Russian website 4Pda claim that the Nokia 9 will be more premium than the Nokia 8 and a shift to glass might be what that means. It might also be that the Nokia 9 adds some degree of waterproofing.
- 5.5-inch display
- 2560 x 1440 pixels, Quad HD
In the early days of Nokia 9 rumours, we’d often see this handset mentioned when there was talk of a 5.5 or 5.7-inch display. The Nokia 8 landed with a 5.3-inch display, so it makes sense to suggest that the Nokia 9 is going to be larger. With the Nokia 9 passing through the FCC, it’s confirmed that it carries a 5.5-inch display.
Rumours suggest a 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution and there was mention of the Nokia 9 having an OLED display. These OLED rumours were early in 2017 and now that we have the FCC filing, we can see that the OLED display rumour is true.
Compareraja say that it’s going to have a 5.5-inch OLED display – perhaps curved to the edges, but the 16:9 aspect raises some doubts: with the fingerprint scanner appearing on the rear of some of these renders – and minimal bezel on the front – it’s much more likely to be 2880 x 1440 pixels or similar for an 18:9 aspect.
At the moment the display aspect isn’t clear, with Chinese media reporting that it will stick at 16:9. No further details are confirmed by the FCC, other than the 5.5-inch size.
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 6GB RAM
- 64 or 128GB storage + microSD
- 3250mAh battery with Quick Charge
About as soon as the Snapdragon 835 was launched, it was associated with the Nokia flagship. It found its way into the Nokia 8 paired with 4GB RAM, although there’s also another version that subsequently launched with 6GB RAM.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 platform has been the default choice for a number of 2017 flagship devices and it’s confirmed for the Nokia 9, thanks to the FCC filing. There’s no mention of the RAM – rumours suggested 6GB – but there is reference to 128GB storage. We’ll assume there’s also microSD.
On the battery front, the FCC says that this phone has a 3250mAh battery and as this is a Snapdragon phone, it will almost certainly feature Quick Charge technology.
Leaks have also revealed a rear fingerprint scanner.
- Dual rear Zeiss cameras confirmed
- 12+13-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front
- Could feature wide-angle and zoom lenses
- Vertically stacked
Nokia confirmed a partnership with Zeiss that came to fruition in the Nokia 8 and we’d expect to see this appearing on the Nokia 9 too. Nokia 8 features a dual camera system pairing an RGB sensor with a monochrome sensor, the aim being to boost picture quality.
Rumours of the Nokia 9 originally pointed to a 22-megapixel rear camera, but appears to be more of a wishlist, because the FCC filing for the Nokia 9 reveals that it actually as a pairing of a 12 and 13-megapixel camera on the rear, and a 5-megapixel camera on the front.
Some interesting details have surfaced in an app update for Nokia’s camera. Buried within the app are some details about telephoto and wide-angle lenses. So far, none of the Nokia phones have offered this. Perhaps the Nokia 9 is going to make an about turn and use its lenses to offer these features, rather than the RGB/mono pairing on the Nokia 8.
Some manufacturers refer to “wide” and “tele” and it might just be that Nokia is going to do the same and either have a wide-angle lens like the LG V30 or a zoom like the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. There’s also the chance that Nokia is going to attempt to do both.
There’s also talk from some corners about dual front cameras. Nokia isn’t alone in following this line – several others have been looking at this idea too. This has appeared in a device render that looks high quality, but we’ve little to corroborate it with.