Rumors: Nokia 9 and Nokia 8 (2018) coming January 19th

With the new week, also come new rumors about HMD’s upcoming flagship, the Nokia 9. Last week HMD Global China had a birthday party, where staff shared interesting information about HMD’s plans for 2018. On 19th January, HMD Global is expected to announce new Nokia devices in China. MyDrivers.com reports that the devices in question are Nokia 9 and a Nokia 8 successor codenamed B2.

Both devices should come with Snapdragon 835, no 3.5mm jack and IP67 Protection. Nokia 9 will have a regular 5.5-inch (16:9) 2K display, while the Nokia 8 (2018) is rumored to come with a 18:9 display. Nokia 9 with 6GB RAM and 64GB of memory will allegedly be priced at €472, while the 128GB variant will come at €535.

This, honestly, doesn’t make much sense. If HMD is planing to release similar devices, with the difference just being the screen size/ratio, then both devices should carry the same name, with the larger one having the XL suffix. Calling the 18:9 device Nokia 8 (less than a half of a year after releasing Nokia 8) and calling the device with the “regular” screen Nokia 9, just confuses everyone out there. The source doesn’t mention the price of Nokia 8 (2018), but it seems logical that this device costs less than Nokia 9. The global debut of Nokia 9 and Nokia 8 (2018) will be, according to rumors, MWC2018 in February in Barcelona.

I personally doubt that HMD will opt for such a confusion in naming scheme, and literally introducing 3 flagship devices that are essentially the same. A bezel-less device with similar specifications to Nokia 8 is coming, but, considering how much different rumors we saw by now, no one knows what will it look like in the end. Also, it seems that HMD won’t introduce any new phones this year, which is a shame considering the high spending Christmas season. At least Nokia 7 globally, HMD.

via: LoveNokia

source: MyDrivers

  • EricLovesSymbian

    EricLovesSymbian says:

    The 8 was recently released.
    The 6 was in China in January and was given to the world in a blitzkrieg fashion.
    If anything, I suspect this supposed Nokia 8 to be the revised version of the Nokia 6 (for 2018).

    As for the Nokia 9, it’s unlikely in my opinion that they’ll do 18:9 and also unlikely they’ll remove the headphone jack.

    Nokia is a conservative manufacturer (in certain aspects) and being on the scene for only a year, they’re not going to cannibalize sales due to stupid errors.

    This leak seems to be unsubstantiated and likely flash.

    And you’re right about the Nokia 7. It should be released globally!

    That said, if these rumors are in any way accurate, it means that the Nokia 9 will be stuck with the Snapdragon 835.

    Having the Snapdragon 835 when Samsung and LG are releasing there flagships with the 845 or 850, will cause people to shun away from Nokia’s flagship (due to bragging rights alone).

    Just my opinion…

    • Muerte

      I read somewhere that Nokia 9 indeed would loose the headphone jack, but it would come with a USB-C adapter to enable traditional headphone use.

    • Rob Beijendorf

      The Nokia 9 will definitely ditch the 3.5 mm port. The market research has already shown that removing the port doesn’t affect sales, and the use is on a downward slope.

      The rest of the rumours in this article seem completely off, though.

      • EricLovesSymbian

        EricLovesSymbian says:

        Unfortunately, I have to agree with you, and all others regarding this matter.
        It’s sad, but in reality, the jack had it’s days numbered once Apple got away with selling phones (in the teens of millions) without one.

        Would it be great to have one? Sure! But with the dawn of Bluetooth headphones, etc, having a leash around your head is a fashion fopah.

        In defense of the jack, Samsung was and still is able to make curced screens, and waterproof, and put in a huge battery, and still retain the jack…

        Perhaps I’m old fashioned and sentimental.

        • I think that 3.5mm jack will still be available in lower class smartphones. Top models will push new trends, and mass sold phones will still stick to some older trends.

          • Stinger

            That would be a good plan. 🙂

        • Rob Beijendorf

          The pioneers of the 3.5 mm port removal was actually manufacturers like LeEco, OPPO, Motorola and HTC. Apple just happened to be the most high-profile manufacturer to do it.

          As for Samsung, their batteries aren’t very big, and their devices are rather thick. They, too, could benefit from the removal. They’re however big enough that they could sell two models, one with the port and one without it.

          I, for one, am rather excited about what the future of USB audio will bring, with their hand-picked and tuned DAC’s and amplifiers for the headphones, built-in ANC and equalizers, etc. It’ll be nice once the dust settles, I’m sure.

      • Agree. Actually, we saw those cases renders and confirmed from one manufacturer that Nokia 9 on’t have 3.5mm jack.

        regarding the rumor, if Nokia 9 will have Snapdragon 835, it is better to launch it in 2017 just to avoid the LG G6 scenario.

        I don’t believe that new Nokia 8 will be out for MWC2018. It is to early to do that. Maybe we will see new versions of the Nokia 6, 5 and 3 together with the global version of the 7. That would be logical, but since we are not Vulcans, everything is possible :).

  • EricLovesSymbian

    EricLovesSymbian says:

    Hey, moderators, the picture attached to this post is that of a future Nokia 9, right?

    Let’s say the phone was 16:9, which I firmly believe it is. If we were to use some software to lengthen and stretch the phone housing in the photo to make it appear longer, like the 18:9 screens, then the finger print sensor would be oval, not round.
    Hence, this gives credence to the fact that this phone will NOT follow Samsung and others this time around. (Good!)

    Meaning that these rumors are mostly incorrect and invalid.

    I presume the Nokia 9 to have the typical normal screen we’re all used to, and the mention of the Nokia 8 is most likely the Nokia 6 part ii

    • Yep, that should be the 9, but with all those rumors, we don’t really know what it will be called in the end. All in all, it will be an interesting start of 2018

  • Stinger

    That rumour sounds confused. A Nokia 9 with 6 Gigs of RAM at EUR472 undercuts the Nokia 8. EricLovesSymbian’s deduction of an updated version of an existing phone sounds much more plausible. This rumour is pretty nuts. I strongly believe that they got the model numbers wrong.