Right now, the market is flooded with Nokia-branded phones at almost every price point. HMD Global is selling everything from feature phones to almost-premium Nokia 8 Sirocco. I say “almost-premium” because Sirocco has an older Snapdragon 835 chipset, a modest 4GB RAM, and a selfie camera that is no better than mid-range phones. HMD is working on a true flagship dubbed Nokia 9 to take on the upcoming iPhones, Galaxy Note 9, Google Pixel 3, and other premium smartphones. But the Nokia 9 price is going to be ridiculously high, claims a new report.
Nokia 9 price: The larger version will cost $990
According to Twitter tipster Nokia anew, the “big version” of Nokia 9 will cost $990, which is much higher than Nokia 8’s $700 at the time of launch. By comparison, Apple’s iPhone X starts at $999. The tweet indicates that there will be two models – a regular one and a large one. HMD Global will have to make a lot of improvements over previous models to justify the Nokia 9 price. The tipster didn’t reveal how much the regular version would cost.
— Nokia anew (@nokiamobileru) July 23, 2018
How will HMD Global justify the Nokia 9 price?
The Finnish company will try to justify the Nokia 9 price by adding lots of cameras on the phone. According to the rumor mill, it could feature Light’s camera setup that consists of multiple lenses. There have also been reports of a penta-camera system on the device with two cameras on the front and three on the back. The triple rear camera setup could deliver class-leading photography and videography experience.
Suomimobiili reported in April that the Nokia 9 would sport a triple camera setup on the back similar to Huawei’s P20 Pro, which is the world’s best smartphone camera right now. The rear camera would consist of a 41-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 20-megapixel telephoto lens, and a 9.7-megapixel monochrome sensor. Both the wide-angle and telephoto lenses will support optical image stabilization. The wide-angle sensor is also said to support up to 4x optical zoom.
The Nokia 9 is also expected to feature the Pro Camera mode and the Bothie feature that allows you to use the front and rear cameras simultaneously. HMD Global is said to use Carl Zeiss lenses for both the front and rear cameras. Suomimobiili has also mentioned the use of LED and Xenon flash on the upcoming flagship.
Another reason behind the high Nokia 9 price could be the in-display fingerprint sensor similar to Vivo X21. Folks at WinFuture recently reported that HMD Global began developing Nokia 9 under the code-name “A1 Plus” or “A1P” in February this year. It will have the fingerprint reader integrated under the display, allowing users to unlock the phone by placing their finger on the screen.
FIH Mobile, the company that will assemble Nokia 9, had faced many issues with the in-display fingerprint reader because it was slow to respond. HMD Global and FIH Mobile were able to fix the problem by making the display glass thinner. The Nokia 9 is expected to use Synaptics’ Clear ID FS9500 in-display fingerprint sensor, the same sensor that Vivo uses in its X21.
Rumored Nokia 9 specs
The Nokia 9’s appearance will be similar to that of Nokia 8 Sirocco with a higher screen-to-body ratio. WinFuture claims the device will feature a 6.01-inch P-OLED display supplied by LG Display. It will have an 18:9 or higher aspect ratio. The screen will be protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5 or the latest Gorilla Glass 6. Other expected features include an IP68 rating for water- and dust-resistance, dual-SIM support, and wireless charging.
The design is more like a Sirocco with a camera from Lumia 950 XL. Younger model. But the big version will probably have the same design.
— Nokia anew (@nokiamobileru) July 24, 2018
The device should run the stock version of Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box, and it would be among the first phones to receive the Android P update towards the end of this year. The Nokia 9 will have enough processing power to take on the rivals. It will be powered by the Snapdragon 845 chipset that runs most of the Android flagships released this year. The device would also pack at least 6GB RAM and up to 256GB of internal storage.
According to WinFuture, Nokia 9 would include a giant 3,900mAh battery that should easily last more than a day of normal usage. It will support the QuickCharge 4.0 technology that delivers up to 60% battery charge in just 30 minutes.
HMD Global hasn’t even started teasing the device, which means it could be at least a month away. The device is expected to debut at the IFA trade show in Berlin that will be held between April 31st and September 5th. It will likely go on sale towards the end of September in launch markets.