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Nokia 9.Three launch date, value & spec rumours

First, they scrapped the 9.1 PureView, then they ditched the 9.2 numbering, now the Nokia 9.3 PureView’s launch has been pushed back yet again into late 2020.

When will the Nokia 9.3 be released?

The Nokia 9.2 was expected to launch at February’s MWC, which was then cancelled. Nokia scheduled a replacement event for 19 March but instead used that to announce the Nokia 8.3 – it’s first 5G phone.

It was initially thought that the PureView was destined to feature in the next James Bond flick, No Time To Die, however, the Nokia 8.3’s arrival was paired with the news that it was to serve as the silver-screen star instead.

The 5G handset can be seen in a 90-second teaser in which Agent Nomi uses the Google Assistant to bring up photos, navigation directions and send text messages.

With that idea out the window, it then fell to NokiaPowerUser to reveal that whilst HMD Global was on-track with the Nokia 9.3 PureView’s development, the phone wasn’t going to launch in Q3, 2020 as expected and instead had been shifted to Q4, 2020 as a result of the effects of the global pandemic.

What should we expect from the Nokia flagship?

One of the big sticking points with the original Nokia 9 PureView was the generation-old chipset that HMD opted to use inside the device in order to fine-tune the phone’s unique camera setup.

The Snapdragon 865 has served as the go-to processor for flagship phones in 2020 and brings with it 5G connectivity. Pair this with at least 6GB of RAM and Nokia could once again be competitive against the excellent competition currently on the market.

On the camera front, the company is said to be ditching its previous tech designed to capture up to ten times more light than the average smartphone camera, as it was unable to live up to the hype. Instead, the company 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 a headline feature in this next flagship, which would make Nokia the first company to market with the technology; technology that we know Samsung, Xiaomi and Oppo have all also been working on. Other rumours point to a bezel-less design with no sign of a headphone jack. 

If it does indeed support 5G you can expect a price hike well over the £550 retail price (although currently available for around £350) of the Nokia 9 Pureview.

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