A new smartphone from HMD Global Oy made its way to the FCC sporting model number TA-1004, and it could be none other than the rumored Nokia 9 powerhouse.
Nokia was once a great force on the mobile market and it's still famous worldwide for its tough, durable handsets, but it lagged behind in the smartphone race. It spent years making Windows Phone smartphones exclusively for Microsoft and watched its glory days become a distant memory as rivals such as Apple and Samsung soared, but it's making a comeback.
After breaking free from Microsoft's hold, Nokia found itself a new home and it's now dedicated to making Android smartphones. Finnish company HMD Global secured the rights to release Nokia-branded smartphones for a decade and it's already launched a few handsets, with more to come.
The Nokia smartphones released recently generated some buzz, but they were not exactly powerful flagships. The Nokia 9, however, is shaping up as a true powerhouse and it seems that it might make its debut in the United States soon enough.
Nokia 9 At FCC?
The FCC listing for the HMD Global device with model number TA-1004 confirms that the smartphone supports both GSM and CDMA bands, which means that it will play nice with all major U.S. carriers. The FCC further reveals that the handset supports Bluetooth 4.2, albeit the listing offers no spec details or other intriguing information.
Nevertheless, the Nokia 9 has been starring in a number of leaks, rumors, benchmarks and reports, which painted a pretty clear picture of what to expect. If the leaks turn out to be accurate, Nokia's upcoming flagship will be a beastly device ready to take on the most high-end rivals.
Nokia 9 Rumored Specs
The Nokia 9 is expected to pack the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, Adreno 540 graphics, and a whopping 8 GB of RAM, according to a GFXBench listing. If this is true, the Nokia 9 will likely be the first smartphone to boast 8 GB of RAM. Previous rumors, however, hinted at just 4 GB of RAM for the Nokia 9, so it remains to be seen which will turn out to be accurate. HMD could be working on multiple configurations for the Nokia 9, offering different RAM and storage options to accommodate various needs and budgets.
Other Nokia 9 rumored specs include a 5.3-inch QHD display, a dual rear camera setup with 13-megapixel sensors, USB Type-C, and a 3.5mm audio jack. The smartphone is expected to run a near-stock Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box. HMD previously said that it's not interested in coming up with its own mobile UI to put on top of Android.
The Nokia 9 would follow the Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and Nokia 6, all of which run Android. None of these handsets made it to the United States so far, but the flagship Nokia 9 is expected to see a release stateside and the FCC documentation supports this claim.
The FCC is typically among the last stops a device has to make before it's ready to hit the market, so the Nokia 9 could make its debut soon.
No official information is available at this point regarding the Nokia 9 release, but more details should come to light shortly. We'll keep you up to date as soon as we learn more, but take everything with a grain of salt until it's official.