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HMD official confirms Nokia 9 delayed to 2019

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There were high hopes that the Nokia 9 would be coming out by the end of 2018, but it looks like those dreams won’t be coming true. An HMD Global official has confirmed that the smartphone will be a 2019 release and not a 2018 one.

This is sure to disappoint folks who were eagerly looking forward to a true flagship from the house of Nokia. During the launch of the Nokia 8.1, HMD Global’s head of marketing, Britta Gerbracht, told WinFuture and other publications that the Nokia 9 is facing production issues related to its camera.

Why The Nokia 9 Got Delayed

It seems the quality of the camera has not reached the necessary level which HMD Global wants to achieve. There have been a couple of reports claiming that Foxconn was facing challenges manufacturing the Nokia 9’s complicated penta-lens setup. It looks like those stories were fairly accurate after all.

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Interestingly, Gerbracht admitted that the Nokia 8 and Nokia 8 Sirocco didn’t do as well as the brand had hoped they would. The firm wants to get back into the high-end sector in 2019. Major innovations may only come about by 2020 or 2021 in the hopes of becoming the groundbreaking powerhouse the company used to be.

Also See: Nokia 8.1 goes official with dual Zeiss optics, 6.18-inch HDR PureDisplay

This is good news for loyalists who have been waiting for the company to come out with something truly unique. One can’t blame Nokia for being overcautious; the company disastrously had to be shut down and sold off to Microsoft years before HMD Global came along.

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On the subject of HMD Global’s current naming scheme, Gerbracht says it’s here to stay. The Nokia 6 lineup will thus continue to be called Nokia 6, Nokia 6.1, Nokia 6.2, and Nokia 6.3 in the years to come. More phones in the upper mid-range segment are also expected in 2019.

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