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

With the Nokia 9, we might finally see the first new flagship phone from Nokia in several years. Boasting top-end specs and some impressive features, the Nokia 9 should be launching in the UK any time now.

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 going to come 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.

Nokia 9 specs

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

Phone Nokia 9
Screen size 5.5-inches
Screen resolution 2560x1440
Water resistant? Yes
Processor Snapdragon 835
Memory 6GB
Storage 64/128GB
MicroSD? TBC
Rear camera 22-megapixel Carl Zeiss
Front camera 12-megapixel Carl Zeiss
Battery 3800mAh

Nokia 9 best features

Like most new flagship phones, the Nokia 9 certainly isn’t a compact handset. Leaked specs from Nokia Power User reveal a 5.5-inch screen, which certainly seems to be the smartphone sweet spot these days. The likes of the Huawei P10 Plus, OnePlus 3T and Sony Xperia XZ Premium are all 5.5-inch blowers too. We reckon it’ll be suitably hardy and word is that it’s IP68 water resistant too.

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.

So far there’s no word on whether the Nokia 9 will support HDR video playback, something found on the LG G6 and Xperia XZ Premium. It’s certainly possible, though.

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). As the Nokia 9 also boasts a generous 6GB of RAM, 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.

As for the optics, you can expect a 22-megapixel Carl Zeiss camera housed on the Nokia 9’s rear end. This should be a powerful snapper, hopefully strong enough to rival the LG G6’s excellent dual-lens shooter. Around the front there’s a mighty 12-megapixel selfie camera.

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

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, we’re not too sure but we can certainly make an educated guess. The Snapdragon 835 chipset means the Nokia 9 won’t hit stores until the second half of 2017, although Nokia might still launch the phone in May or June. After all, Sony’s Xperia XZ Premium has already been unveiled, despite its release being a while off.

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