It looks like this year could be all about cameras, and maybe batteries. The Huawei P20 Pro has just launched with an inane 40MP main camera with an additional 2 supporting and a 4000mAh battery.
Now it looks like Nokia are going to try and beat them with the Nokia 9. It has already been rumoured that they will have a 40MP+ camera on the phone, and in the latest full specification leak, this rumour is looking more likely.
The Nokia 9 is believed to have 4 cameras in total, the three on the rear are 41/20/9.7-megapixel with Zeis optics and a 4x optical zoom. The front camera is a 21-megapixel shooter with Zeiss optics and high-quality low-light photography.
Not quite besting the P20 Pro, the Nokia 9 will have an impressive 3900mAh battery.
The other specifications are a little more familiar for a flagship phone, albeit still impressive, it will include a 6.01-inch AMOLED screen with an 18:9 aspect ratio, and a ceramic back plate with gold accents. Other specs include Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, wireless charging, dual SIM, and USB-C connectivity. It will be interesting to see if the 8GB/256GB is the default specification or if the phone comes with multiple options like we often see.
It appears that the fingerprint scanner will be on the front, so you might not get that huge screen to body ratio as some phones.
Overall, it is very similar to the P20 Pro, which is not a bad thing. One major selling point for many will be Nokia’s commitment to delivering phones with pure Android and maintaining regular updates. Most of the phones at MWC were signed up for Android One, this spec sheet doesn’t confirm it, but I suspect it will be the same. The specification states that the OS will be Android 8.1.
These are all still rumours though so that things might change a lot. I will be bitterly disappointed if they do.