The Nokia 9 has been a constant presence in the rumor mills for the past few weeks, leading many to hope that the device is coming out soon. These hopes are set to be dashed though, since a new rumor claims the flagship phone won’t be arriving until 2019.
Russian tipster Nokia Anew claims that the Nokia 9 was supposed to hit the spotlight in 2018, but HMD Global’s Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas has decided to delay it. Sources claim that he’s “categorically against” announcing the handset this year and plans to show it off at the MWC 2019 instead.
Why The Nokia 9 Got Delayed
Sarvikas reportedly doesn’t think the Nokia 9 is “perfect” right now, even though the penta-lens setup was apparently great even in early prototypes. His decision has apparently angered employees at HMD Global, leading someone to leak a photo of the smartphone from one of the firm’s offices.
The leakster goes as far as to claim that Sarvikas is afraid to take risks and lose his position. He also points out that a similar situation played out with the Nokia 8 Sirocco. According to his version of events, the device was set to emerge in 2017 but got delayed to the MWC 2018 because of Sarvikas.
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This didn’t do the Nokia 8 Sirocco any favors since it ran on the 2017-era Snapdragon 835 processor when 2018 phones had jumped ahead to the Snapdragon 845. The Nokia 9 was supposed to address this by running on an SD845 SoC, but that won’t mean much if it goes official in 2019.
It goes without saying that this is all just speculation which may or may not be true. There might be a good reason why Sarvikas would want to delay the Nokia 9. We’ll keep our ears to the ground in case something more definitive pops up.