It has been a while since HMD Global, the home of Nokia-branded smartphones, launched a new flagship device. Recent leaks have suggested that the Nokia 9 was going to be its flagship for the year, complete with the Snapdragon 845 processor and a whopping five cameras at the back. However, a new report claims that the company has decided to delay the handset’s release to next year.

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A reputable source claims that this decision is just history repeating itself. The Nokia 8 Sirocco which the company launched at MWC 2018 was actually supposed to be its 2017 flagship. When the September 2017 release was around the corner, Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas apparently decided that the device wasn’t ready yet and delayed it to MWC 2018.

It’s now being said that the Penta-lens Nokia 9 has been in development since earlier this year and the device was supposed to be launched this year to effectively compete against other Snapdragon 845-based flagships. Sarvikas has reportedly decided again that the device isn’t “perfect” and has chosen to delay the launch to MWC 2019.

This has reportedly led to indignation among HMD Global employees who have been working on the device and felt that even the Penta-lens camera, a unique concept on its own, was working well enough on the prototype models. It’s said that the recently leaked images of the Nokia 9 are a way of protest by some of those employees.

None of this has been officially confirmed or denied by HMD Global at this point in time even though it does make sense.

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