HMD to launch flagship Nokia 9 and Nokia 8 (2018) on January 19: Rumor


Soon after HMD Global announced the Nokia 8 earlier this year, a company executive confirmed the existence of the Nokia 9. If a new rumor out of China is to be believed, the highly anticipated flagship Nokia 9 will finally be going official soon. HMD Global, which celebrated its first birthday on December 1st, is apparently gearing up to host a big event in China on the 19th of January. Two new smartphones are expected to be unveiled at the event – Nokia 9 and the second-generation Nokia 8.

Nokia 9 and Nokia 8 (2018): Features and Specifications

The Nokia 9, going by previous leaks, will feature a 5.5-inch display with Quad HD resolution. Nokia 8 (2018), on the other hand, is rumored to come with a bezel-less 18:9 display. Both the smartphones will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset under the hood, which is definitely a little disappointing. Some of the other key features that the duo will share include IP67 certification for dust and water resistance, a dual-camera setup at the rear, and USB Type-C audio. That’s right, both the Nokia 9 and Nokia 8 (2018) will not include a 3.5mm headphone jack. The two smartphones will also be customized for the Chinese market, so there is a good chance that the global variants of the two smartphones will be announced by HMD Global at the Mobile World Congress 2018 in February. Rest of the specifications remain a mystery at this point but if HMD does indeed have plans of announcing the two flagship smartphones next month, we expect more leaks to pour in soon.

Nokia 9 and Nokia 8 (2018): Pricing

In China, the Nokia 9 base variant with 6GB of RAM and 64GB storage is rumored to be priced at 3699 yuan (Rs.35,987), while the 128GB storage variant could be priced at 4199 yuan (Rs.40,852). Previous rumors had suggested the smartphone will be launched at a starting price of 5000 yuan (Rs.48,645). Since HMD launched the Nokia 8 at a very competitive price point in India, we do expect the Nokia 9 as well as the Nokia 8 (2018) to be priced aggressively as well. Even if the two smartphones do launch with the Snapdragon 835 SoC inside, aggressive pricing could help HMD Global lure some customers away from rivals.