HMD’s revival of the Nokia brand is now officially in motion. After a stellar performance at MWC 2017, the Nokia brand is officially back in contention for 2017. Though anyone waiting for a true flagship from Nokia will have to wait until Q3.
Nokia has now confirmed that it will release its Android phones before the end of Q2 2017. HMD confirmed the news on Twitter:
“We plan to release our upcoming Smartphones worldwide before the end of Q2 2017.”
Word on the street suggests Nokia is prepping the Nokia 9 – HMD’s first “flagship-grade” phone – for launch inside Q3. The handset will apparently retail for €749/$699, so you can expect some pretty meaty specs and a decent smattering of big, headline-grabbing USPs.
News of the launch comes via Nokia Power User, which claims the handset could launch anytime between July and August – so, right before the arrival of Apple’s iPhone 8. The handset itself should be released well before the iPhone 8 arrives, however, giving HMD a nice run at the market.
The Nokia 9 will be available in two storage versions, apparently: 64GB and 128GB, though it will not run OLED panels, as Apple has apparently snaffled all those up for its iPhone 8.
The Nokia 9 is expected to feature the following, key specs:
- QHD Display
- Snapdragon 835 CPU
- 4GB/8GB of RAM
- 22MP camera (potentially Carl Zeiss)
The Nokia 9 could also be HMD’s first VR-ready phone. HMD has its own VR platform – OZO – and we expect the Nokia 9 to be the first handset to work with it; expect plenty of fancy 3D features and advanced audio.
The current Nokia OZO camera retails for around $45,000 – so, that one’s a little out of most people’s price range. However, given how big VR is getting, we imagine Nokia has something more egalitarian lined up for punters.
The Nokia 9 has leaked in a Geekbench test result sporting a sizeable 8GB of RAM! The handset is listed as “Unknown Heart”. It also contains “ARM implementer 81 architecture 8 variant 10 part 2048 revision 1” which is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor.
Now it’s leaked on Geekbench again, however, this time with 4GB of RAM, suggesting there will be two variants with different RAM allocations. This time there were a total of 27 tests run on the “Unknown Heart”, each showing the 4GB RAM figure. It’s understood from earlier leaks that “Heart” is a working in-house codename for the Nokia 9.
What remains unclear is whether this variation in RAM will be region based or not. Several OEMs, including Samsung, produce models with larger quantities of RAM and storage for the Asian market, but leave the US and Europe with lower-tier options. We’d like to think HMD will do the right thing here and make both options global – a 64GB model with 4GB RAM, and a 128GB model with 8GB RAM, but avoid keeping them segregated by market and instead just make it a pricing thing. We can but dream…