Rumors: #Nokia 9 to come with AMOLED display and Glass back?! *UPDATED*

From the source that published the “polished-copper” Nokia 8 photos weeks before official announcement, comes a little bit of information about the upcoming Nokia 9. The source posted his sketch of the Nokia 9 on Baidu forums operated by Nokibar, where we can see a fingerprint sensor on the 3D Glass back, and the similar dual-camera setup with ZEISS lens as on the Nokia 8. The put there a 4 x LED (?) flash, but no laser sensor as on the 8.

We cannot confirm if the sketched device above really looks like a Nokia 9, or any of the information like the glass back or AMOLED screen, so take it with a pitch of salt. The source also mentions Snapdragon 835 as the processor, and states that the device doesn’t have a “full screen”, probably referring to edge to edge display, that was rumored on the Nokia 9 before.

 

Glass back makes sense if HMD wants to offer wireless charging in its device, as we discussed here. Moving the fingerprint sensor on the back means that there is no room for it on the front, meaning a bigger screen-to-body ratio. That’s why I think the 9 will have higher screen-to-body ratio than the 8, which has 69.4%. Maybe not bezel-less, but with smaller bezels.

Also, compared to the Nokia 2 (if the sizes are correct), that’s sketched with the 9, the Nokia 9 look smallish. Nokia 2 is rumored to have a 4.5-5 inch screen, but with bigger bezels. Depending on the size of the bezels on the pictured Nokia 9, it could have a 5.7-inch screen, but it’s just my guess.

About the camera, the source says it’s similar or better than the one on the Nokia 8 featuring Sony’s IMX258 sensor or an equivalent sensor. As expected, ZEISS lenses will be used as well.

We didn’t hear anything about the announcement or the price. We recently learned thanks to Evleaks that the Nokia 2 could be announced on 5th October, and maybe we will see a Nokia 9 there. Maybe that’s too soon for HMD to announce a second flagship, considering the Nokia 8 isn’t yet available in China, India nor the U.S. Maybe it would be better to wait for MWC18 and use a next-gen SOC like Snapdragon 845 and a bezel-less display like on the V30 or maybe the original Mi Mix.

What do you think about the 9? Tell us down below. πŸ™‚

Source: Baidu

Update: After checking with someone who knows Chinese, the proper translation for the screen part goes: “rumour said it will feature curved screen instead of bezeless screen”. We are still not sure what does “curved” really mean – is it just 2.5 or 2.25D glass like on Lumia 920, or maybe a curved screen like on Galaxy Edge models.

 

  • If it comes with small screen they can just leave it in the drawer. Nokia 9 should be bezelless phone since it is obvious that small bezel is a way to go.

    • (γ₯q ◕‿‿◕q) γ₯

      Yup. Bezel-less is a must if HMD want to compete against the Galaxy S8 / Google Pixel 2 / iPhone X / LG V30 / Mi Mix 2. The majority of consumers asking for a bezel-less smartphone in 2017.

  • Hemedans

    No graphene rumors this time? Just wish Nokia 9 will have killer camera.

  • Stinger

    I don’t think they’ll release the 9 so soon after the 8. They should let the 8 get some traction first. I also think they should wait for a newer, more powerful SoC. But maybe the SD835 is good enough for what they want to do.

    It is true though, that the people who will be interested in this phone will want a bezel-less design and wireless charging. I wonder what HMD will do to make the Nokia 9 stand out from the crowd.

  • Michael

    Like the direction of the rumors. Camera need to be an obvious improvement and would prefer to see a next gen SOC.

  • Feanor12

    Plz Nokia – blow us away with camera (and sound recording) quality! πŸ™‚
    Something “Pure View-ish”!

    Use graphene, pelican array, OZO, owersampling and other technologies you already have. And it would be awsome to record underwater world with this new flagship also!
    And camera interface – we like manual settings!! πŸ˜‰

  • Feanor12

    Plz HMD/Nokia – blow us away with camera (and sound recording) quality! πŸ™‚
    Something “Pure View-ish”!

    Use graphene, pelican array, OZO, owersampling and other technologies you already have. And it would be awsome to record underwater world with this new flagship also!
    And camera interface – we like manual settings!! πŸ˜‰

  • Rocky

    Where is the laser focus module?

  • Muerte

    Is it impossible to implemet a proper xenon flash with Android? All the LED-flashes I’ve used are inferior to Nokia’s xenon-ones. N8, 808 for example were incredibly good at “stopping the motion”.

  • surethom

    Let’s hope it comes out this year or I will be getting the Pixel 2 I need a new phone this year I cannot wait for Feb MWC 2018

    • Deep Shekhar

      Check this speedtest..it will give some more options i guess πŸ™‚

  • EricLovesSymbian

    EricLovesSymbian says:

    If this meets the 15 or so criteria I’ve relentlessly posted, I will order this phone the moment it’s available.
    If it doesn’t implement an AMOLED screen with an overabundance of mAh (like 3600 mAh plus battery) then it’s a no go!
    This thing needs to wow and amaze the consumer, the Android market, YouTube reviewers, and Nokia haters all at the same time.
    I hope Nokia has the intestinal fortitude to optimize and modify Android Oreo a bit to make their version stand out from regular Android.
    (Now that updates can be done under the hood with Android Oreo, skins and launchers will no longer be a contention as to a half baked user experience)

    • Stinger

      That’s really cool about Oreo. I did not know that. I became a Nokia fan because their user interfaces were so intuitive to use. I’d love to see what they can do with Android.

      The iPhone X is getting so much attention with their “swipe/buttonless” interface. It pisses me off that nobody remembers Meego and the N9. Hopefully Nokia/HMD can resurrect that type of interface in the future.

      • EricLovesSymbian

        EricLovesSymbian says:

        The M9 was a jem!
        It was a phone unlike any other. No buttons, and it was revolutionary. But it was perhaps a little too ahead of it’s time.
        Now that apple has implemented some swipe up features, etc, people are going to see it for the first time (not even knowing that a phone like the Nokia N9 (or BlackBerry 10) existed).

        It’s such a shame what the works let happen to Nokia. People were so interested in social media that they snatched up all the phones that would allow them to surf the web as much as possible – iOS and Android.

        Nokia could have just made opera 36 the default app for internet usage.

        My beloved Symbian, furturistic meego, and the lovely maemo.
        What happened to Nokia?
        They are so complacent now. Not even a sprinkle of nostalgia in the user interface – to give their phones some character. I hope they come out strong and wow the public with the Nokia 9.

        • EricLovesSymbian

          EricLovesSymbian says:

          Liked: ” Not even a sprinkle of nostalgia in the user interface – to give their phones some character ”

          πŸ˜‰
          Lol

        • EricLovesSymbian

          EricLovesSymbian says:

          Correction – meant to say Nokia N9 and spelling error, gem, not jem …

  • EricLovesSymbian

    EricLovesSymbian says:

    Take a look at the image.
    Look at it with a critical biased eye.
    Look at the phone within the phone.
    Look at the button arrangement in comparison to the Nokia 2.
    Look at the super imposed figure behind the phone.

    Does anyone here see what I see?

    A poorly executed Photoshop picture of a Samsung Galaxy S7 edge front and a modified Nokia 8 back shrinked to fit inside of it.

    Maybe I’m tired, it is 107 am.

  • Deep Shekhar

    Check the speedtest guys!! Nokia 8 is really a gem <3

    • Stinger

      The Nokia 8 is absolutely fantastic! Great price too.

  • Nokia 9 cum Mate series phone

    Cameras
    Flash Lights
    Zeiss branding
    Fingerprint sensor

    All the above in one single line from top to bottom and framing would look better.

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