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Nokia 9 PureView could be the Nokia Android flagship we’ve been waiting for

Published Oct 2nd, 2018 10:44AM EDT
Nokia 9 PureView
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HMD Global has been selling Android phones for almost two years now, but the company is yet to launch the Android phone that Nokia fans have always wanted — a flagship device that would compete directly against the iPhone and all the other high-end Android phones out there. But a new leak tells us that the name of this mythical Nokia phone might be Nokia 9 PureView, implying that Nokia will focus on camera performance.

We’ve seen Nokia 9 rumors for well over a year now, all of them teasing a flagship handset that HMD never delivered. Yes, HMD launched a variety of high-end Nokia phones, but they fell short of expectations. Soon, HMD will unveil the Nokia 7.1 Plus, but that’s hardly going to be a match for this year’s Galaxy Note 9, OnePlus 6T or Google Pixel 3 when it comes to specs and performance.

Well-known blogger Roland Quandt, who has shared numerous details about unreleased mobile devices in the past few months, took to Twitter to reveal the Nokia 9 PureView name on Monday:

The PureView brand certainly rings a bell, especially when associated with Nokia, and that’s because we’ve had PureView cameras on various Nokia phones in the past. Only those phones ran either Symbian or Windows Phone, and they’re no longer available or worthy of any consumer’s attention in 2018.

Word got out back in late August that HMD bought the PureView brand from Microsoft, igniting speculation that HMD will soon launch its own Nokia PureView phones, with a significant focus on the photo experience. A leak a few days ago said that the Nokia 9 would have five cameras on the back, which would mark a first for the phone industry. If that rumor is accurate, then combining the PureView camera brand with the Nokia 9 series would make a lot of sense.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.

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