The Nokia 9.2 might be the affordable Android One flagship we've been waiting for

The Nokia 9 Pureview on a wooden table with a cup of iced tea sat next to it
The Nokia 9 Pureview on a wooden table with a cup of iced tea sat next to it (Image credit: Android Central)

What you need to know

  • The next Nokia flagship is reportedly the Nokia 9.2 Pureview.
  • It will launch after June 2020.
  • The smartphone will ditch the Nokia 9 PureView's approach, and position itself as a Nokia 8-esque affordable flagship.

HMD Global's adoption of the Nokia brand started off great with the Nokia 8, 8 Sirocco, and then the 7 Plus. Since then, the firm has been treading water, putting out phones that have been pretty good on paper, but not all that great or competitive in real life. The firm reportedly deferred from launching its next flagship and pushed it later down the line to avoid repeating those mistakes.

As per NokiaMob, HMD Global is making a few changes. First, the headphone jack isn't coming along with Nokia's next phone - not shocking considering the Nokia 8 Sirocco dropped it. The firm will be adding a Snapdragon 865, a potentially bezel-less display like its newer mid-range phones, and a 32/48 MP front-facing camera. To flesh this report out, NokiaPowerUser says that HMD Global is considering pricing this in line with the Nokia 8, a phone which was cheap for what it offered.

Finally, it'll be dropping the fancy camera sensors from the Nokia 9 Pureview for a more conventional Toshiba lens. It'll still be a camera focused phone like most Nokia flagships, it'll just be taking a different approach than the previous one.

As these are rumors, it's important to take them with a grain or two of salt. A flagship phone by HMD Global that plays to its strengths would be fantastic. The firm has had all the right ingredients to make a good stock Android phone that could trade blows with Google's Pixel line. It's only due to the firm's habitual snatching defeat from the jaws of victory that it seems too good to be true.

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