Even as Samsung is celebrating its success with the pre-order bookings for the Galaxy S8 and iPhone 8 still months away, competition for the South Korean tech giant could come from an unexpected source, Nokia. As per recently leaked rumours, Nokia could be unveiling its next flagship smartphone, the Nokia9, as early as the end of July 2017.
Many Similarities with Galaxy8/8+
The Nokia9 will have the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset and the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ to start with. Similarly, the RAM will be 6GB. The parallels start from here. In fact, according to these reports, the very reason for not seeing the Nokia9 already in stores is said to be the delay in getting these processors in sufficient quantities after Samsung’s orders have been fulfilled.
The phone is expected to have a 5.5inch display that could be a median of the Galaxy S8 and S8+. The display will be the same OLED with full HD. The battery is going to be of 3800mAh size and Nokia will offer Quick Charge 4 technology, the latest from Qualcomm.
With Nokia proposing to offer 6GB RAM and 64 GB storage plus an additional option of 128GB, it could actually score over Samsung, since according to sources, a major portion of Samsung’s Galaxy S8 smartphones is likely to be released with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage only.
The OS will be the latest Android 7.1.2 (Nougat) out of the box and some other features will include the dust and water resistance IP68 certification one saw, being included in the Samsung flagships and fingerprint scanner and so on.
Again, on the camera front too, Nokia could give Samsung a run for its money since the Nokia9 is rumoured to come fitted with a 22MP Carl-Zeiss rear-mounted camera and a 12MP front camera. Remember the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ would be sporting identical 12MP cameras in the front and the rear.
In the audio feature also, it seems the Nokia9 is likely to be released with the proprietary technology Nokia OZO audio. This is expected to be the first for any smartphone and it will revolutionise the way users view videos on their phones with VR integrated sound quality.
The last bit of information being rumoured about Nokia9 is that the company is pricing it in the US at around $700, much below what the lower end of the Samsung Galaxy phones may be sold at in the market. As mentioned, the likely launch is around the end of July or at best beginning of August 2017.