We’ve been hearing rumors and have been eagerly anticipating the Nokia 10 for over a year now. But like a ghost on a stormy night, the new Nokia smartphone seems to disappear as soon as it seems to get closer.
We’ve been waiting for a follow-up to the Nokia 9 PureView since its release in early 2019, and over time we’ve slowly given up hope of seeing this rumored phone.
It was thought that this follow-up would be called the Nokia 9.2 or 9.3, but Nokia 10 was a name we had heard as well, and more recent news makes it seem much more likely that this is the name of the final version of the l ‘apparatus.
While Nokia is generally a champion of mid-range and budget phones, it does release the odd flagship every now and then, and that’s exactly what we’ve come to expect from the Nokia 10: the company’s new best phone.
The company’s foray into 5G devices with the Nokia 8.3 5G has given us a perfect but uninspired device; I hope the Nokia 10 will allow the company to show off some cool new camera technology or other cutting edge features.
If you’re a Nokia fan or just interested in all of the phones we’re talking about, we’ve compiled the information leaked below, along with a wishlist for what we want to see in the device.
Recent news: After a leak suggesting the Nokia 10 could land in the first half of 2021, we have a potential release date and maybe a new name too – the Nokia G10.
Cut to the chase
- What is that? The new high-end Nokia phone
- When did he come out? Probably 2021, maybe April 8
- How much will it cost? Probably at least $ 699 / £ 549 / AU $ 980
Nokia 10 release date and price
We expected the new Nokia flagship to be shown at MWC 2020, as HMD Global (the company behind current Nokia phones) had a press conference there on February 23, but due to coronavirus fears, the opening speech was canceled.
A long time has passed since then, and rumored release dates came and went. The latest release rumor points to a launch in the first half of 2021, while another fairly recent release date rumor suggests the phone has slipped into the second half of 2021.
HMD Global has now announced a launch event for April 8 – could that be the date when we can finally see what Nokia has been working on all this time?
Note that the phone might be launched as the Nokia 10, but as stated we also heard that we might see the Nokia 9.2 or the Nokia 9.3, an upgraded version of the Nokia 9 PureView which launched at MWC 2019. The most recent leaks suggest the G10’s name could also appear on maps.
Maybe we could see the Nokia 9.2 / 9.3 and the Nokia 10 or G10 released separately as two different phones, so keep that in mind.
Price-wise, the Nokia 9 PureView launched for $ 699 / £ 549 / AU $ 980, and we’d expect a new ‘better’ phone to cost at least as much, if not more. That said, unless it’s a huge upgrade over the old phone, we don’t expect it to cost much more.
Nokia 10, Nokia 9.1, Nokia 9.2 or Nokia 9.3?
We call the new smartphone the Nokia 10 because its predecessor was the Nokia 9. However, as noted above, we have heard a few different names that the brand could use for its new smartphone, including the Nokia G10 more recently.
There’s also the Nokia 9.1, which makes sense in a way, because when the company releases updated smartphones it uses a decimal system – the Nokia 7.1 has been replaced by the Nokia 7.2, for example. This name would suggest that the new flagship is just a slightly improved version of the 9 PureView, not an entirely new device.
Then again, we’ve also heard that Nokia may skip 9.1 and go straight to 9.2, a name that was eventually chosen to make up for the fact that it was delayed for so long. We’ve even heard of Nokia 9.3, so take your pick.
Nokia 10 was posed as a name because it is a step up from the Nokia 9, and the 9-something names all imply that the phone will be a small step up from the 9 PureView, rather than a whole new thing.
The name “Nokia 10” seems more and more likely because in October 2020 an official document from Nokia leaked the name – the phone dropped the phone. Still, as stated, it might end up being different from the Nokia 9.-something.
That would be a pretty weird jump, but arguably no more than, say, Samsung jumping from the Galaxy S10 to the S20.
Nokia 10 / Nokia 9.3 Leaks, Rumors & News
We’ve heard that the successor to the Nokia 9 PureView may be a 5G handset. It would make sense, especially now that many phones are 5G, including the company’s Nokia 8.3 5G.
We had also heard that Nokia’s next flagship would not be showcased at MWC 2020, so it might have the high-end Snapdragon 865 processor, as the Nokia 9 had a slightly outdated chipset and it suffered from it. The cancellation of MWC 2020, however, made this a bit questionable.
The announcement of Nokia 9.2 is expected to be delayed until fall due to the replacement of the Snapdragon 865 processor. # Nokia9 #NokiaMobile #HMD # Nokia2020 pic.twitter.com/DbAFdMFi6vDecember 30, 2019
However, the Snapdragon 865 has been available for ages now, and now we learn that the Nokia 10 has been delayed further so that it can include the Snapdragon 875 (which hasn’t even officially launched at the time of writing. This article) .
More recent leaks suggest that the Snapdragon 775 processor, new for 2021, will be the chipset that powers the Nokia 10 (or G10, or whatever the name is).
Along with that, it will apparently have a sapphire crystal display and a stainless steel frame.
Another thing we’ve heard about the next Nokia phone, possibly the Nokia 10, is that it might have a selfie camera under the screen instead of a camera housed in a notch or bezel, which is a premium feature that could be moved slightly. on a Nokia phone, unless it’s a really high-end device.
Presumably, this device would not be a successor to Nokia 9 PureView as it is a premium phone but not quite high end. For this feature, we would expect a truly cutting edge flagship.
Speaking of cameras, a source speaking to Nokia Power User claims that the Nokia 9.2 PureView (as they call it) will have a very different camera setup than the Nokia 9, although they don’t say how that will differ. There was talk of a 108-megapixel main camera and five rear cameras in total, so it looks like the handset could score high in the photo-taking department.
Finally, we’ve heard that Nokia has a foldable phone in the works, and while it’s highly unlikely that the Nokia 9.1 or 9.2 will be this device, it’s possible that Nokia will market this device as the Nokia 10, marking it as a big step forward. .
What we want to see in the Nokia 10 / Nokia 9.2
Here are some features that we hope to see in Nokia’s next flagship phone, to make it a real competitor to the other premium phones currently available.
1. A versatile camera
Although the Nokia 9 PureView has five rear cameras, we actually found that the photo-taking capabilities weren’t great, and that’s because the cameras all had the same lens and the same resolution, the only difference. being that some were in black and white.
The company did this to make sure their phone took fantastic standard photos, but because of that, it didn’t have any snappers with an ultra-wide or telephoto lens, so there was less versatility in it. terms of photos you could take.
In the Nokia 10, or whatever the name of Nokia’s new flagship is, we’re hoping to have a few different lenses, so we can take enlarged photos, decent macro shots, and more. The high-resolution sensors wouldn’t hurt either.
2. A powerful processor
While the Nokia 9 PureView didn’t have a terrible chipset, its Snapdragon 845 chipset was the top of the line tech from the year before, and so many phones of 2019 beat it in performance.
Since one of the phone’s unique selling points was that it took five photos at a time and exported them as RAW files, a good processor would have come in handy.
We’d love to see the current high-end chipset in the Nokia 10 or Nokia 9.2, which will almost certainly be the Snapdragon 865 if the new phone comes out in 2020.
This processor would provide fast processing to the phone (obviously), which should be great for capturing photos, rendering graphics for games, and even possibly the 5G connection, as this chipset has a built-in 5G modem.
3. 5G compatibility
It looks like 2020 could be the year when 5G phones really start to get affordable, with devices like the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, OnePlus 7 Pro 5G, and the Oppo Reno 5G starting in 2019 all taking you a step back. little time to buy.
We’d love to see Nokia lead the charge for cheap 5G phones, with a device most people can afford (though a 5G plan will likely always be expensive). The Nokia 9.2 could be a prime candidate for this if the prices are kept in line with its predecessor.
4. A more comfortable design
One thing we found about the Nokia 9 PureView is that it wasn’t exactly the most comfortable phone to hold, with steep angles at the edges and a totally flat screen, in a year when many flagships began to use curved screens.
On top of that, the phone didn’t appear to have an oleophobic coating, which meant your fingerprints were showing up on its screen and body very easily.
If HMD Global is serious about its flagship product competing with other high-end, if not mid-range, smartphones of 2020, it’s going to have to create a phone that’s fun to look at, not just to use.