We've waited two years for Nokia to announce its new flagship phone, and on Sunday 24 February the company could finally put us out of our misery with the launch of its five-camera Nokia 9 PureView.
Its MWC press conference kicks off at 4pm CET (3pm here in the UK) and you can follow the live stream above or click here to watch. If you cannot see the video you may need to disable your ad blocker.
Nokia 9 specifications
Aside from the five camera lenses at the rear, which we expect will come with ZEISS branding, the Nokia 9 PureView is also tipped to feature a 12Mp selfie camera. It's not all about the cameras, though, and the 5.99in Quad-HD+ (1440x2960) 18.5:9 display will also house a futuristic in-display fingerprint sensor.
Other highlights include waterproofing (IP68), wireless charging and microSD support, but prepare to be somewhat disappointed with performance. Fast, the Nokia 9 certainly will be, but not as fast as the other new phones launching this month.
Whereas the Nokia 8 Sirocco before it came with a slightly old-hat processor in the Snapdragon 835, the Nokia 9 is expected to do the same with the Snapdragon 845 when others are specifying the 855. The phone has already popped up on Geekbench 4 where, paired with 6GB of RAM and Android 9 Pie, it achieved 2269 points single-core and 8793 multi-core.
- 5.99in Quad-HD+ (1440x2960) 18.5:9 AMOLED display, HDR10, Always-on Display, Gorilla Glass
- Android 9.0 Pie
- 2.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor (10nm)
- Adreno 630 GPU
- 6GB RAM
- 128GB storage plus microSD up to 512GB
- Penta-lens rear camera
- 12Mp selfie camera
- In-display fingerprint sensor
- IP68 waterproofing
- Dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi
- Bluetooth 5.0
- USB-C 3.1 (also for audio - no headphone jack)
- 4,150mAh battery
- Wireless charging
- 18W wired charging
The first penta-lens cameraphone
HMD recently acquired the 'PureView' trademark, so it's almost certainly going to be applied to this Nokia 9. In one of the latest leaks, GSMArena found press images that all but confirm the phone will be coming in the below design:
In the past PureView cameras have had very high megapixel counts; in 2019 it looks like it will have a five-lens camera assembly at the rear - a rumour that first appeared way back in 2018, though we thought then that it was intended for the Nokia 10.
Talk of the five-lens Nokia had gone quiet until ITHome posted the following image, revealing five rear cameras, a flash and a sensor, complete with Zeiss branding:
Nokia's parent company HMD recently purchased the PureView trademark, and has invested in Pelican Imaging, a startup concerned with multiple-lens cameras. So it may not all be as crazy as it sounds.
When is the Nokia 9 release date?
Nokia will almost certainly announce the new flagship during its MWC press conference, which will take place on Sunday 24 February at 4pm CET (3pm GMT).
How much will the Nokia 9 cost?
It's common sense to assume the flagship Nokia 9 will cost more than the Nokia 8 Sirocco, which costs £649. With this in mind we'd expect the Nokia 9 to be priced around £700-£750.
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