Nokia 9 launch and Nokia 8 new version ready to be unveiled in January

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The much-anticipated Nokia 9 could be announced very soon as reports suggest that HMD Global is planning to unveil the Nokia 9 in January, as well as announce the reboot of the Nokia 8. One source suggests that we might get to see the Nokia 9 as early as January 19th.

A lot of speculation and rumors surrounded the Nokia 9 in 2017. Many believed that the phone would hit the markets in 2017 but that wasn’t the case. However, as reported by Chinese media site MyDrivers, HMD Global is holding a product launch in China on January 19th. It’s said that the Nokia 9 will be unveiled at this event along with the updated Nokia 8.

The site also reports that both the phones will be tailored towards the Chinese market, which means they will focus less on Google services and more on local equivalents of these services.

However, it’s rumored that the Nokia 9 won’t be a Chinese exclusive as the company has already received certificates for many other territories, so it’ll likely be released in other countries as well.

Rumors suggest that the Nokia 9’s will have an 18:9 aspect ratio display, a Snapdragon 835 chipset, the one used in many flagship phones of 2017. The Snapdragon 845 chip is likely to launch with the Galaxy S9. The Nokia 9 will also have dual rear cameras, and water and dust resistance. However, it seems that both phones will lose the 3.5mm jack.

However, Chinese Media claims that the Nokia 9 will come with a 16:9 aspect ratio and a 2K display screen instead of the 18:9 ratio. However, many reliable sources have claimed the phone to having the 18:9 aspect ratio, so nothing can be said with certainty at this point.

The Nokia 8 is set receive an upgrade as the 2018 model will get similar specifications as the Nokia 9. All sources point to it having an 18:9 aspect ratio, while other specifications remain the same as the Nokia 9 except for the water proof functionality. But water proofing is still in question as some sources claim that the Nokia 8 will have it while others report the contrary.

However, it does make sense to give the water proofing only to the Nokia 9 otherwise there isn’t much difference between the two phones that would make one prefer the Nokia 9 over the Nokia 8.

The Nokia 9’s screen is said to be a 5.5-inch QHD but not much has been said for the Nokia 8.  It’ll most likely have a 5.3-inch QHD like its previous version, or a slight upgrade but not a huge difference. Pixel counts haven’t been reported for either phone so far.

As far as pricing goes, MyDrivers reports that the Nokia 9 would cost around $560 ($AU 735) for its 64 GB model and around $635 (AU $835) for its 128 GB model. The price is comparatively much lower than other flagship devices of 2017 such as the iPhone X and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

Not much else is known about both phones for now, even the current information is all speculation and rumors. Nothing can be said with certainty. With the current specifications and pricing discussed, if it turns out to be true then the Nokia 9 might turn out to be a decent phone.

However, all these specifications can be found in any decent phone of 2017, therefore it doesn’t make much sense for releasing a phone in 2018 that would already be outdated.

However, the prices are very low compared to many other alternatives, which may compensate for the phones for being outdated. For now, nothing is concrete, we can only hope that many of our questions are answered this January.

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