HMD Global is soon expected to unveil its second Android flagship smartphone of the year. While most of us are expecting the smartphone to be launched as the Nokia 9, reputed leakster Roland Quandt from WinFuture.de claims the device will actually be marketed as the Nokia 9 PureView. Could this mean that the upcoming flagship from HMD Global Oy will be a spiritual successor to the iconic Nokia 808 PureView?
Nokia 9 PureView Could be the Name of HMD Global’s Next Flagship Smartphone?
Since Quandt has an excellent track record with leaks, we do believe there is a good chance that HMD Global might use the PureView moniker for its next flagship smartphone. As suggested by numerous recent leaks, the smartphone will have a penta-lens camera system at the rear, which certainly makes it worthy of the PureView branding. While Nokia had sold the rights to the PureView brand to Microsoft in 2013, HMD Global acquired the right to the brand in August this year. The last smartphones to feature a PureView-branded camera were the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, which ran on the Windows 10 Mobile operating system.
Nokia 9 Pureview. That's the actual marketing name of what will come soon from HMD Global. (I know the bought the rights to the Pureview moniker, but can now confirm it'll be part of the device name.)
— Roland Quandt (@rquandt) October 1, 2018
Nokia 9 PureView: Specifications, Features
The Nokia 9 PureView is expected to sport a 5.9-inch OLED display with Quad HD+ resolution and an 18:9 or taller aspect ratio. Going by recently leaked images showing the smartphone’s front design, it is likely to feature a dual-curved edge display similar to the Nokia 8 Sirocco. Under the hood, Nokia 9 PureView will be running on Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor under the hood. Since Nokia hasn’t announced a Snapdragon 845-powered smartphone yet this year, the Nokia 9 PureView will be its first smartphone to be powered by the 10nm chipset. In the memory department, the Nokia 9 PureView is rumored to be available in at least two configurations – 6GB RAM + 64GB storage and 6GB RAM + 256GB storage.
The key selling point of the Nokia 9 PureView will be its impressive penta-lens camera system on the back. According to rumors, the smartphone will utilize a 12MP + 12MP + 16MP + 16MP + 8MP setup. For selfies, the Nokia 9 PureView might feature a 12MP camera on the front. Connectivity-wise, you can expect the device to support all the modern standards such as Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band, Bluetooth 5.0 Low Energy, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, NFC, Dual 4G VoLTE, and a USB 3.1 Type-C port. It is rumored to pack a large 4150mAh capacity non-removable battery with fast charging support. In terms of software, we expect the Nokia 9 PureView to be part of the Android One program and run on stock Android 9.0 Pie OS out of the box.
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Nokia 9 PureView: Expect Price in India, Launch Date
Since the Nokia 9 PureView will be a significant upgrade over the Nokia 8 Sirocco in terms of hardware specifications, we expect it to be priced somewhere around Rs.60,000 in India. However, doubts still remain with regards to the smartphone’s launch date. A recent report had claimed HMD Global has decided to delay the launch of the Nokia 9 PureView to February 2019. If the report is indeed accurate, the Nokia 9 PureView will likely be launched in India by the end of the first quarter next year. And since the smartphone is powered by a Snapdragon 845 chipset under the hood, it may not be very competitive against smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S10, which will be powered by Qualcomm’s next-gen Snapdragon 855 chipset in select markets.