We have been hearing about the Nokia 9 for several months now, including rumored specs and even some leaked renders. However, we are more confident than ever that the Nokia 9 will sport a 5.5-inch organic light emitting diode (OLED) display built by LG and powered by a Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 system-on-chip (SoC), both of which were among a list of components and features outlined in a new FCC listing.
The Nokia 9 first showed up at the FCC under the codename TA-1047. Now, however, the listing shows that HMD Global has received approval for its Nokia 9 flagship with model number TA-1005. The approval documents also list out a few specifications, including the aforementioned OLED display (a first for a Nokia handset, as the previous Nokia 8 flagship used an LCD screen) and Qualcomm chipset.
According to the listing, the Nokia 9 will also feature a dual-camera setup on the rear of the device, including 12-megapixel and 13-megapixel cameras. This should give the Nokia 9 the ability to offer up depth of field effects captured by hardware, rather than solely manipulated by a software algorithm as some cameras with single rear cameras do. And on the front will be a 5-megapixel camera.
The specs are not overly impressive for a flagship phone. Some of Nokia's competitors are using front camera sensors with much higher pixel counts, such as the 16-megapixel camera that OnePlus is using. We will reserve judgement until we see what the Nokia 9 is capable of, however, as camera quality comes down to more than just the number of megapixels.
That said, it's a little disappointing to see a flagship presumably slated for a 2018 launch using a Snapdragon 835 processor instead of the Snapdragon 845. As such, the Nokia 9 isn't likely to win any performance metrics against phones like the upcoming Galaxy S9.
On the plus side, the Nokia 9 will have 128GB of internal storage and a capacious 3,250 mAh battery with support for fast charging. That gives users ample storage to play with, and should result in decent battery life.