Nokia’s next flagship is rumoured to appear in a few months’ time, and there may be some unexpected changes on the cards. Here’s all we know so far about the Nokia 9.2.
Some pedantic Nokia fans might have noticed that the last smartphone in this series was the Nokia 9 PureView, so going by the naming convention you’d expect the next entry in the series to be called the 9.1. But reliable sources such as NotebookCheck have reported that the handset intended as the 9.1 has been canned for good ever since Nokia distanced itself from former collaborators Light (a camera manufacturer) after the disappointment of the preceding model in the series.
This article includes all the information that we know so far regarding the device currently known as the Nokia 9.2, including the expected launch date, specifications, and speculation over the design.
Nokia 9.2 PureView release date
There’s quite a bit of evidence that you’ll have to sit tight for quite a bit longer than expected to get your first look at the Nokia 9.2. We had previously expected it to first see the light of day at MWC 2020 (the event that was scheduled for late February before its cancellation), but that came and went without incident.
NokiaMob expects the handset to be released after June 2020, while Twitter account Nokia Anew has claimed that it’s been shifted back to Autumn to account for an upgrade to the processor.
Nokia 9.2 PureView price
Seeing as the launch date is still uncertain, it won’t come as a surprise that an official price tag hasn’t been leaked yet either.
However, we have received positive news from Android Authority, which claims that the Nokia is targeting a price point of around €600 (~£508), considerably lower than the starting price for most flagships these days. And what’s more, it would also be significantly cheaper than the previous model, which cost £549 at the point of release.
By contrast, Nokia Power User claims that the Nokia 9.2 will likely be sold at a starting price of $799 (~£640), which would make it a lot more expensive than its predecessor.
Nokia 9.2 PureView design
So far we haven’t seen any candid snaps of the Nokia 9.2 out in the wild; all we’ve got to go on at this stage is a realistic render, embedded below, by concept designer Ben Geskin.
This artistic impression shows off a notch-free screen and a circular camera module which houses four camera sensors, while the rear panel is a smooth, dark blue shade.
Another concept video, this time from Concept Creator, also showed what the new Nokia could possibly look like – once again featuring a circular camera module.
Yet there are even more exciting rumours about why the screen in the above render is noticeably notch-free.
According to Nokia Anew, the brand is testing out an under-display camera for its latest flagship; that would mean that the selfie camera is completely obscured during day-to-day usage, with the display uninterrupted by a notch. This would be a massive advance for the market; though we’ve seen prototypes of this tech, it’s never yet been featured on a commercial smartphone.
Nokia 9.2 PureView camera
The most unique feature of the Nokia 9 Pureview was its unique camera arrangement, which consisted of five 12-megapixel lenses plus a Time-of-Flight sensor displayed in a trypophobia-triggering pattern to rival the infamous iPhone 11 Pro.
As the Nokia 9 PureView’s radical camera system met with mixed reviews upon launch, the 9.2 will probably have a more traditional camera system like to other phones on the market. We expect a high-resolution primary sensor accompanied by one or two complementary snappers to provide some added versatility; for instance, an ultrawide lens or a telephoto sensor.
Meanwhile, NokiaMob claims that the selfie camera is due for a substantial upgrade to a resolution of 32- or 48-megapixels.
Nokia 9.2 PureView specs
According to every source we’ve checked so far, the Nokia 9.2 PureView will employ the Snapdragon 865 processor, Qualcomm’s current top-tier chipset.
This news is promising due to its high-performance potential, though it’s not exactly surprising for a flagship phone after all. Where it holds real significance is that this means the 9.2 would boast 5G connectivity, since the Snapdragon 865 runs in conjunction with an X55 modem.
This could make it only the brand’s second 5G-compatible phone, following the launch of the Nokia 8.3 5G.
Further to this, the fansite Nokia Power User also claims to have uncovered more specifications of the phone, including its 4500mAh battery capacity, 120Hz display refresh rate, and wireless charging capability. We’d take these claims with a pinch of salt for now, until they are further corroborated.