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Nokia 9’s impressive specs revealed by early benchmarks

Early benchmarks for the upcoming Nokia 9 handset have revealed its impressive list of specifications ahead of an official unveiling. If accurate, this will be Nokia’s first high-end Android, powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 processor.

Like the most recent Nokia smartphones — which are scheduled to go on sale before the end of June — the Nokia 9 will be manufactured by HMD Global, the Chinese company that has acquired the rights to the Nokia brand. But unlike the others, the Nokia 9 will compete with the likes of the Galaxy S8, rather than focusing on affordability.

According to early benchmarks that have popped up on AnTuTu, the device will offer a 5.27-inch Quad HD display and a super-speedy Snapdragon 835 processor, alongside 4GB of RAM and at least 64GB of internal storage. It appears the device will have two rear-facing cameras — both 13-megapixel sensors — and will launch with Android 7.1.1 Nougat pre-installed.

We always warn that benchmarks are easy to fake, so it’s probably best to take these with a pinch of salt until the Nokia 9 is official. But as things stand, it looks like this could well be the flagship Nokia phone the vast majority of us have been waiting for.

But what about design?

Specifications aren’t everything, however. The latest handsets are placing a much greater emphasis on design, so the Nokia 9 will need to look good on the outside as well as on the inside if it wants any chance of competing with the other devices we’ve seen in 2017. Can HMD deliver? We hope to find out in the coming months.

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Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...