The Nokia 9 we've been waiting over a year for might not be the Nokia 9 at all. NokiaPowerUser seems fairly certain following a tip-off that the Nokia 9 is in fact the Nokia 8 Sirocco, and that it will be announced this Sunday at MWC 2018. (See How to watch Nokia MWC 2018 live stream and you can also scroll to the bottom of this page for our live blog from the event.)

The Nokia 9 is thought to be an upgraded version of the Nokia 8 with a larger 5.7in 18:9 display and an extra 2GB of RAM. leaked images show it in polished blue - and it's gorgeous, looking just like the Galaxy S8 (see above).

When is the Nokia 9 release date?

There was a rumour started by My Drivers that the Nokia 9 would launch on 19 January 2018 along side the Nokia 6 (2018). But of course the new Nokia 6 was introduced - in China at least - back on 5 January.

We now know that Nokia is hosting a press event at MWC 2018 at 4pm (3pm GMT) on Sunday 25 February. MWC is the traditional event for phone manufacturers to announce their new flagships, so that's where we're putting our money. We expect to see the Nokia 9 launch alongside the Nokia 6 2018, Nokia 1 and Nokia 3310 4G.

A 25 February announcement would put its release date super close to the Galaxy S9 and LG G7, and as it will likely compete with those phones in terms of specs and design this does seem very plausible.

The fact it's also recently appeared on the FCC database suggests a launch date is imminent.

Whatever Nokia has planned for MWC, it's going to be awesome tweeted HMD Global Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas:

Also see: What to expect from MWC 2018

How much will the Nokia 9 cost in the UK?

The new Nokia 9 is thought to be priced at around $800 or £634 with 128GB of storage, and $950 or £753 with 256GB.

My Drivers states that the Nokia 9 will cost £415, which is much lower than expected and very cheap for a flagship. If true, it may well give the Nokia 9 the edge over Samsung and LG's flagships. We're not entirely convinced this is a reliable source of information, however.

What are the rumoured new features and specifications in the Nokia 9?

Many of the specifications for the now on sale Nokia 8 and rumoured Nokia 9 are similar, but the Nokia 9 is thought to be larger and to feature a higher screen-to-body ratio. While the 5.3in Nokia 8 has a 16:9 IPS panel, the 5.5in Nokia 9 could see a 18:9 virtually full-screen display, putting it in line with the Galaxy S8 and LG G6.

The FCC listing confirms that this 5.5in display is an OLED panel made by LG. It is expected to be a Quad-HD display with Gorilla Glass 5, though recently leaked images (via Slashleaks) suggest the Nokia 9 will also have glass at the rear.

Nokia 9

The FCC also confirms a Snapdragon 835 processor with Adreno 540 GPU, 128GB of storage, Android 8.0 Oreo and a 3250mAh battery, with dual-rear cameras (12Mp + 13Mp) and a 5Mp selfie camera. 

GSMArena has pointed out that this 5Mp selfie camera - listed as a Chicony CKACE16 module - is in fact a dual-camera. It says the camera has autofocus and f/2.0 and f/2.4 apertures. Suddenly the 5Mp selfie camera sounds a lot more exciting.

The camera is now known to be a key selling point for the upcoming smartphone, with HMD Global confirming that Nokia's collaboration with Zeiss optics is back on. Zeiss is reportedly "rekindling its commitment to set new imaging standards for Nokia customers".

GSMArena has found references to new photography features not found in a current Nokia Android phone in updated code for the Nokia 5. It suggests that the Nokia 9 will indeed have a dual-lens camera, referring specifically to a wide-angle photography option and 2x telephoto zoom.

The Nokia 9 may additionally feature an iris scanner and fingerprint scanner, and is said to have an extra 2GB of RAM over the Nokia 8. It will likely feature IP54 waterproofing.

Also new in the Nokia 8 is 360-degree Ozo audio recording, which we're sure will also make its way to the Nokia 9.

More renders, published by OnLeaks and CompareRaja, are revealed in the video below:

Why all the fuss over Nokia Android phones?

Apart from the fact Nokia used to be one of the biggest brands in the mobile market (Nokia was the Apple of the early 21st century), Nokia Android phones are interesting because they are said to be different to rival Android phones in three main ways:

• Through Nokia's relentless focus on the everyday experience, whether that is seen in the display or the camera

• Through its premium design and build quality that is present no matter where in the line-up a model sits

• Through its use of the purest version of Android you have seen, with monthly security updates, fast Android platform updates and the implementation of the Google Assistant across the range

Nokia 9 (Nokia 8 Sirocco) live blog

There will naturally be some time in between Nokia announcing its new hardware on Sunday and us updating this article, though we'll endeavour to refresh the content as quickly as possible. In the meantime, we recognise that all you want is the facts, so read below for our live blog from the Nokia MWC 2018 press conference.

(If you can't see our live blog it's because you are viewing a version of this page optimised for mobile, so you should click here to see the full version.)

Also see: Best new phones coming in 2018

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