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The Nokia flagship is going to be super fast. Read the latest rumours on the Nokia 8 and Nokia 9 UK release date, UK price, features and specifications.

The flagship Nokia Android phones are getting ever closer – here’s what we know about the Nokia 8 and Nokia 9


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A long-term Nokia employee recently uploaded a video[2] to the web that may have just outed the upcoming Nokia 8 and Nokia 9. The video pictures four Nokia Android phones, despite the company having officially unveiled only three, one of which has a dual-camera.

Double confusion. The company previously made its return to the mainstream mobile market in January with the then China-only Nokia 6, but it was at MWC 2017 at the end of February we got the news we were all waiting for: Nokia as a global brand was back, with four new phones that included three Androids and a throwback to the retro Nokia 3310 feature phone. Those four phones each go on sale in 120 markets in Q2 2017, which we originally believed would be May but three of them have yet to emerge.

The Nokia 3310[3] was officially on sale on 24 May, but we’re still waiting for the Nokia 3[4], Nokia 5[5] and Nokia 6[6] to become available to buy. These are budget- to mid-range smartphones, and while we’re very impressed, we’re more eager to hear about the upcoming flagships known as the Nokia 8 and Nokia 9 (jump straight to Nokia 8 and Nokia 9 rumours[7]). Will they be as fast as early reports suggest?

But isn’t Nokia dead?

Once the biggest and best-known mobile phone manufacturer, following some tough competition from iPhone and Android Nokia in 2011 made the fatal mistake of agreeing to produce only Windows phones.

In 2014 it packed up its mobile phone game and sold its business to Microsoft. Fast-forward to 2017, and with Android onboard, this could be the Nokia comeback we’ve been waiting for. It’s still not quite Nokia as we know it, since Finnish brand HMD Global currently owns the rights to develop, build and sell Nokia-branded phones – although it does so with Nokia’s input.

We’re still waiting to hear about official plans for any new Nokia Android tablets[8] though.

When is the Nokia 8 and Nokia 9 release date?

It’s only a concept video, but the date shown on a phone’s screen has long been an indication of when it might launch. The date here: 2 June 2017. However, 2 June has been and gone with no sign of the phone yet.

The idea of a June launch date does tie in with what we’ve heard elsewhere[9], though, so it’s still possible that we’ll see the phone this month.
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Nokia 8 & 9 rumoured features and specifications

The Nokia 8 and Nokia 9 are what’s expected to be the upcoming Nokia flagships, which will run the Snapdragon 835 processor and launch after the Galaxy S8[10] and Galaxy S8 Plus[11]. A tip-off[12] suggests rather than it being a case of either/or, we could see both a Nokia 8 and a Nokia 9 with two flagship Nokia Android phone launches.

According to the source one of the two handsets will be a full metal unibody phone with dual cameras. The key difference between the two will be the size of the screen. This is demonstrated by another leak reported by NokiaPowerUser[13] that shows the Nokia 8 with dual cameras and a physical fingerprint reader, alongside drawings of the supposed Nokia 9, which loses the fingerprint sensor to the rear while sporting a near bezel-less design.

The Nokia 9 flagship is said to run Android Nougat and come with a 5.3in or 5.7in display with Gorilla Glass 5 and IP57 protection. As well as the aforementioned Snapdragon 835, it’s expected to get 6GB of RAM.

Performance is likely to be very fast, and Geekbench 3 results (we don’t know why they used the older version of the benchmark either) published by GSMArena[14] show some competitive scores from the Nokia 9. The Nokia 9 reportedly scored higher than the Xiaomi Mi 6, Sony Xperia XZ Premium, Huawei Mate 9, Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus and iPhone 7 Plus with a score of 7,770 points in the multi-core component. A Carl Zeiss 22.6Mp camera could be found at the rear, and a 3,500mAh battery with Quick Charge 4.0 inside.

Although the partnership between Zeiss and Nokia was thought to be no more, Nokia has confirmed it was talking only about its current range (the Nokia 3, 5 and 6) when it said Nokia phones will not use Carl Zeiss optics. And that’s great news for the upcoming Nokia 8. The new Nokia is thought to be priced at around £800 or ?634 with 128GB of storage, and £950 or ?753 with 256GB.

The newly tipped Nokia 9, which is alleged by Nokia Power User[15], might come with an iris scanner and fingerprint scanner, a 5.5in QHD OLED display, the Snapdragon 835 CPU and Adreno 540 GPU, 6GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a 3,800mAh battery with Quick Charge 4.0, Nokia OZO audio enhancements, IP68 waterproofing, and 22Mp (Dual-Lens) rear- and 12Mp front cameras. The site further claims[16] that the Nokia 9 has turned up on Geekbench, sporting a huge 8GB RAM – a distinctly high end spec.

What Android phones has Nokia already announced?

Nokia kicked off its MWC 2017 press conference talking about its Ozo camera and its acquisition of Withings, particularly with regards to what this means for the company’s portfolio, with smartwatches, fitness trackers and smart scales to begin carrying the Nokia name this summer. Which is great, but, we really just care about the phones.

So on to the good stuff… Check out our reviews of the Nokia 6, Nokia 5, Nokia 3 and Nokia 3310[17][18][19][20] Earlier this year Nokia announced its Nokia 150 feature phone and China-only Nokia 6 smartphone, with the latter selling out in just 23 seconds.

But Nokia wants to become the biggest smartphone player in the market worldwide. It is looking to the next chapter, and during its 26 February MWC 2017 event Nokia and partner HMD Global announced three new Android phones. Interestingly, it was the non-Android Nokia 3310 that has been getting all the attention and, according to Carphone Warehouse[21], is breaking pre-registration records.

And that’s despite the fact it can’t do either WhatsApp or Facebook. Nokia Android phones are said to be different to rival Android phones in three main ways: o Through Nokia’s relentless focus on the everyday experience, whether that is seen in the display or the camera

o Through its premium design and build quality that is present no matter where in the line-up a model sits o Through its use of the purest version of Android you have seen, with monthly security updates, fast Android platform updates and the implementation of the Google Assistant across the range Also see: Best new phones coming in 2017[22]

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References

  1. ^ (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
  2. ^ video (vimeo.com)
  3. ^ Nokia 3310 review (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
  4. ^ Nokia 3 review (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
  5. ^ Nokia 5 review (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
  6. ^ Nokia 6 (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
  7. ^ Nokia 8 and Nokia 9 rumours (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
  8. ^ Nokia Android tablet (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
  9. ^ heard elsewhere (news.mydrivers.com)
  10. ^ Galaxy S8 review (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
  11. ^ Galaxy S8 Plus review (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
  12. ^ tip-off (news.mydrivers.com)
  13. ^ NokiaPowerUser (nokiapoweruser.com)
  14. ^ GSMArena (www.gsmarena.com)
  15. ^ Nokia Power User (nokiapoweruser.com)
  16. ^ The site further claims (nokiapoweruser.com)
  17. ^ Nokia 6 review (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
  18. ^ Nokia 5 review (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
  19. ^ Nokia 3 review (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
  20. ^ Nokia 3310 review (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
  21. ^ Carphone Warehouse (www.awin1.com)
  22. ^ Best new phones coming in 2017 (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
  23. ^ Follow Marie Brewis on Twitter (www.twitter.com)

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