When you hear that Nokia will announce its 9.2 PureView this year your first thought is probably going to be: what happened to the Nokia 9.1 PureView?
According to sources, that phone, which was supposed to ship with the Snapdragon 855+, is now dead, while the Snapdragon 865-powered 9.2 is now expected to arrive in the first half of 2020.
When will the Nokia 9.2 be released?
The 9.2 was expected to launch at February's MWC, which has now been cancelled. Nokia has already scheduled a replacement event for 19 March, and while it hasn't confirmed that we'll be seeing the Nokia 9.2 (possibly called the Nokia 10 instead), it seems like a pretty safe bet.
It's likely this model will be a 'bond phone' as it will make an appearance in the upcoming (albeit delayed) Jamed Bond movie, No Time To Die.
The 5G handset can be seen in a 90 second teaset in which Agent Nomi uses Google Assistant to bring up photos, navigation directions and send text messages.
What should we expect from the Nokia flagship?
First up, as we wrote above we're expecting it to use the Snapdragon 865. The inclusion of this processor is exciting, not least because it opens up the possibility of 5G on a Nokia handset, but because it would not be at all unlike Nokia to announce a new flagship carrying the previous year's processor. The Nokia 9, which landed at MWC in February 2019, runs 2018's Snapdragon 845, for example.
In the James Bond clip, we're teased with two-day battery life as Agent Nomi "36 hours in pursuit, and we're still going strong" as the screen shows 20% battery still remaining.
We also get a look at a headphone jack, a teardrop notch in the screen to house the front camera and a round camera module on the back showing four cameras and a flash. We're also quite taken with the green colour of the device.
Faster performance and improved efficiency from the Snapdragon 865 chip, combined with at least 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, could help Nokia become relevant against some incredible competition in the flagship smartphone market - its crazy penta-lens camera and in-display fingerprint sensor alone have not so far been enough to cut it.
On the camera front the company is said to be ditching its previous tech that was able to capture up to 10 times more light than a standard smartphone camera, having been unable to live up to the hype. Instead, it might swap out that penta-lens assembly in favour of a triple- or quad-lens setup with a single higher megapixel sensor headlining.
There is also talk that an under-glass selfie camera rated at 32/48Mp could be the headline feature in the next flagship, and potentially partly responsible for delaying the Nokia 9.2 beyond an anticipated February 2020 launch.
But this would mean Nokia could be first to market with the new tech, which we know Samsung, Xiaomi and Oppo have also been working on. For some reason, this doesn't seem ever so likely.
Other rumours point to a bezel-less design with no sign of a headphone jack. Another design change that could also make the grade is the inclusion of a Samsung-style punch-hole cutout for the selfie camera, maximising the available screen area and allowing for a sleeker overall design. We'll also see an update to Android 10, given that this will be an Android One phone.
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