Nokia 9 reappears on Geekbench
Nokia 9 codenamed 'Unknown Heart' reappears on Geekbench with Snapdragon 835 and 8GB RAM

There is no doubt that Apple iPhone 8 is one of the most-awaited devices of this year. Apple fans look forward to it and gadget lovers can't ignore it, as it doesn't fail to fine takers in the market. However, it may face a stiff challenge from an unlikely competitor – the Nokia 9.

All eyes are on HMD Global's flagship Nokia 9 as the brand has come to life again when it announced the Nokia 6 earlier this year and then the Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and Nokia 3310 after a lull. It is expected to be released either in July or August, perhaps along with the Nokia 7 and Nokia 8.

Also read: Most-awaited devices in second half of 2017: Nokia 9, iPhone 8, Galaxy Note 8, OnePlus 5

Going by the reports and leaks that we have seen so far, the Nokia 9 will be feature rich with the best currently available in the market. It is expected to sport a 5.5-inch QHD OLED display with a 1,440x2,560p screen resolution, powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, and run an Android 7.1.2 Nougat operating system.

The device is also expected to feature a 6GB RAM, a 64GB/128GB internal memory (with microSD card slot), a 22MP PDAF with Zeiss optics, a 12MP front-snapper, and a 3,800mAh battery with Quick Charge 4.0 support. It could be priced at $700 / €750.

On the other hand, Apple is expected to release three variants of iPhone 8 – a regular iPhone 8 with 4.7-inch display, iPhone 8 Plus with 5.5-inch screen, and a premium version with 5.8-inch display – by the end of the third quarter of this year. All the variants are expected to have an OLED (organic light-emitting diode) screen, and powered by an A11 chipset. It is also expected to feature a wireless charger, virtual home button, 3D depth-sensing front camera, new fingerprint ID solution, and wireless charging feature. Reports have claimed that it could come with a price tag of $1000 though not confirmed.

Looking at the expected pricing, the Nokia 9 and iPhone 8 belong to different categories but their specifications say a different story. Some of the features in the Nokia 9 are likely to be superior than Apple's upcoming flagship, so it is almost certain that it will give its rival a run for its money.