Nokia 9 preview: Everything we know so far

UPDATED: Nokia suggests that it's not yet ready to launch

Under new owner HMD, the Nokia brand came back to life in 2017 with a handful of Android-powered smartphones – but only one of them, the mid-range Nokia 6, was really worth considering.

They've had a bit more luck so far in 2018, with the second-gen Nokia 6 and the stylish mid-range Nokia 7 Plus, but Nokia's next big handset might be the true flagship stunner to boost the brand to new heights. It's reportedly called the Nokia 9 or Nokia 9 PureView, and it could pack some high-end surprises.

Rumours suggest that we'll see the Nokia 9 soon, and we have a fair idea of what to expect from the new Nokia's most significant and surely priciest handset to date. Here's everything that we've heard so far.

What will the Nokia 9 look like?

The prevailing trend for Android flagships over the past year has been super-tall, 18:9 (or thereabouts) displays that dominate the front of the handset - many of which have lately sported an iPhone X-like notch at the top.

In fact, the lower-end Nokia X6 (available in China) has exactly that kind of design. And rumours suggest that the Nokia 9 will also go that route, with a screen-dominating front featuring a small notch at the top and a slim chin at the bottom. This render above, from NokiaPowerUser, is based on a source's "information and his own imagination." So take it with a grain of salt for now.

A purported press booklet leaked in April suggested a "combination of ceramic and gold," with a "ceramic back plate and 18-karat gold finish," as well as a design that is "luxuriously weighted to balance perfectly in your hand." It also suggests IP68 water and dust resistance.

The Nokia 8 Sirocco looked a bit behind the times, aping the Galaxy S7 Plus while appearing very awkward and boxy in the process, so hopefully the Nokia 9 goes for something a bit more sleek and modern.

What you're seeing a couple images below (and up top) is a speculative render prepared by leaker Ben Geskin, based on recent leaks and reports. The notched face isn't too far off the render above, but obviously there's a fair bit happening there in the back. More on that a couple of sections down...