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Nokia 9 in a nutshell: Specs and UK release info for Nokia’s new flagship phone

Nokia's first big flagship phone of 2017, the Nokia 9, has already fully leaked ahead of its launch this summer. Featuring premium specs and a dual-lens camera, the Nokia 9 could be a real Galaxy S8 killer.

Nokia has already attracted some serious attention in 2017 with its new family of Android phones, launched out at MWC 2017. But looks like the mobile stalwart has saved the best for last, with the imminent launch of the Nokia 9.

While the Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 could at best be classed as mid-range Android mobiles, the Nokia 9 is a balls-out flagship handset. Sporting premium specs to rival the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6, this blower is no doubt going to hit the UK packing a mighty price tag.

Of course, the Nokia 9 is the mobile giant’s first flagship device since 2014’s Lumia 930. Slightly terrifying, plus a sure-fire sign that all eyes will be on this phone when Nokia launches it later in 2017.

Here’s what we know so far, from leaked specs to probable release dates. Check out our Nokia 9 vs Nokia 6 comparison too, to see how the upcoming flagship compares with the next tier down.

Nokia 9 specs

The following Nokia 9 specs all come from leaks and rumours, so nothing will be confirmed until Nokia’s official launch.

Phone Nokia 9
Screen size 5.2-inches
Screen resolution 2560x1440
Water resistant? Yes
OS Android 7.0
Processor Snapdragon 835
Memory 4-8GB
Storage 64GB
MicroSD? TBC
Rear camera Dual 13-megapixel Carl Zeiss
Front camera 12-megapixel Carl Zeiss
Battery 3800mAh (with wireless charging)

Nokia 9 best features

Unlike most new flagship phones, the Nokia 9 looks to be a surprisingly compact handset. Leaked specs from a French blogging site reveal a 5.2-inch screen, which makes it roughly the same size as the Huawei P10 and significantly smaller than other flagships such as the Sony Xperia XZ Premium.

Of course, phones like the Galaxy S8 and LG G6 have shown that a massive screen doesn't mean a hand-filling device. We're hoping that the Nokia 9 sports a slender design with narrow bezels, to make it easy and comfortable to manage with a single hand. Fingers crossed for full water resistance too, something not mentioned thus far in any leaks. After all, most of the premium handsets launched these days can take a dunking without any damage.

The Nokia 9’s display should be pleasingly crisp thanks to its Quad HD resolution, not to mention supremely vibrant. This OLED panel will likely offer accurate contrast levels and deep blacks, as well as a fast refresh rate. Great news if you want to enjoy some action movies or sports on a small screen. Of course, true media fans will likely look to the XZ Premium, G6 and S8 instead, with their HDR video playback and more spacious screens - unless Nokia can also offer HDR support.

Also impressive is the Snapdragon 835 processor packed inside Nokia’s new flagship phone. This fresh new Qualcomm chipset boasts improved connectivity, performance and power efficiency compared with the Snapdragon 821 (found in the LG G6). So far only the HTC U11 and Xperia XZ Premium also boast this chipset here in the UK.

As the Nokia 9 also boasts a generous 4-8GB of RAM (depending on which leak you believe), you can expect super-smooth everyday running and some solid gaming frame rates.

Another benefit of that 835 chipset is the Quick Charge 4 support. This means you can expect around five hours of restrained use from a five minute charge, while the 3800mAh battery will hopefully fully recharge in under an hour and a half. However, QC 4.0 has been strangely absent on flagship phones sporting the 835 chipset in 2017. Could the Nokia 9 be the first?

So what about the camera tech? Well, the latest leaks reveal a dual-lens camera, which is rumoured to pack two 13-megapixel lenses. You can expect Optical Image Stabilisation to cut the judder and blur from your photos and videos, as well as up to 4K resolution recording. Beyond that, little is known so far.

Rounding off the Nokia 9’s impressive specs is an iris scanner (similar to the Galaxy S8’s) and fingerprint sensor for security. You may also get a choice of 64GB or 128GB of internal storage, hopefully with microSD memory card support to boot.

Nokia 9 UK price and release date

Early leaks revealed that the Nokia 9 will cost from $699 US, which would likely translate to £599 here in the UK. Of course this is yet to be confirmed by Nokia, but sounds about right given the premium specs on offer.

As for the launch and release date, you can expect the Nokia 9 to be launched over summer 2017. We're personally expecting to see it around June or July, given the extent of the leaks so far.

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