Nokia 9 Won’t Sport a 4GB RAM Variant, Tips US FCC Listing: Report

There have been reports making the rounds of the Internet claiming that HMD Global will be launching its Nokia 9 flagship smartphone later this year. We have stumbled upon Nokia 9 FCC listing as well as GeekBench listing in the past, revealing some tidbits about the device. Now, a new report has claimed that HMD Global may ditch 4GB RAM model that has been previously spotted in favour of a higher RAM model.

NokiaMob.net has come across a US FCC document that suggests HMD Global, the company that owns the right to Nokia brand, has requested to transfer all “test results and permits” from the TA-1004 model, possibly the Nokia 9 variant with 4GB RAM, to TA-1012, which is likely a 6GB RAM model of the phone. The document further reveals that the company plans to market the earlier certified TA-1004 as TA-1012. HMD Global stresses that there has been no change that will affect the test results of FCC tipping that the company just changed the memory on the said device.

Nokia 9 Won't Sport a 4GB RAM Variant, Tips US FCC Listing: ReportThe preliminary leaks have claimed that Nokia 9 may sport 6GB of RAM, or 8GB of RAM based on two separate GeekBench listings – it’s possible two variants may be launched.

As far as other specifications are concerned, the Nokia 9 flagship smartphone is said to feature a 5.5-inch QHD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, dual 13-megapixel cameras at the back, and also have a dual-LED flash support as well. The device is also said to come with a 13-megapixel front camera as well and pack 64GB of inbuilt storage with no clarity on external storage support. There has been no word on the battery capacity on the handset but it is said to support Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0.

Unfortunately, there is no word when HMD Global plans to launch the Nokia 9, and the first markets where the phone will go on sale.

OnePlus 5 Said to Manipulate Benchmarks; OnePlus Responds

OnePlus 5 is now official, and on paper the smartphone looks spectacular. It packs the latest Snapdragon 835 SoC, up to 8GB of RAM, and much more. The smartphone’s initial reviews are also in, and most of them laud the fast performance of the OnePlus 5. However, a fresh investigative report claims that OnePlus has again used unethical methods to fool benchmark apps and has indulged in manipulating benchmark scores for its latest smartphone. However, this time, it’s more “blatant” and “consciously introduced.”

This manipulation of benchmark scores was noticed by XDA Developers, and in its report states that the OnePlus 5 “resorts to the kind of obvious, calculated cheating mechanisms we saw in flagships in the early days of Android, an approach that is clearly intended to maximise scores in the most misleading fashion.” As soon as the smartphone detects a benchmark app, the minimum frequency of the little cluster rockets to the maximum frequency i.e. 1.9GHz. With this technique, OnePlus achieved some of the highest scores on GeekBench 4. The other benchmark apps it affects include AnTuTu, Androbench, GeekBench 4, GFXBench, Quadrant, Nenamark 2, and Vellamo.

Without the cheating mechanism, the report claims that only 24.4 percent of results gave the 1.9GHz maximum frequency in the small cores, whereas when the manipulation was enabled, the number jumped to a whopping 95 percent of results. In February this year, OnePlus and Meizu were reported to be cheating on their benchmark scores by tweaking the CPU to an artificial clock speed, and once OnePlus was intimated, it promised to issue a fix in the next OxygenOS update.

Image result for OnePlus 5 Said to Manipulate Benchmarks; OnePlus RespondsWhen XDA contacted OnePlus this time around, the company’s spokesperson said, “People use benchmark apps in order to ascertain the performance of their device, and we want users to see the true performance of the OnePlus 5. Therefore, we have allowed benchmark apps to run in a state similar to daily usage, including the running of resource intensive apps and games. Additionally, when launching apps the OnePlus 5 runs at a similar state in order to increase the speed in which apps open. We are not overclocking the device, rather we are displaying the performance potential of the OnePlus 5.”

This statement is contradictory to what the report claims, “benchmark cheating puts the device into a state which is explicitly not how the device will run in day to day usage, and it is representing performance that you will not see in other apps that aren’t specifically targetted by such boosts.”

The fact that OnePlus has been caught the second time manipulating benchmark scores is disappointing. Benchmark scores are used by journalists and professionals to ascertain the performance of a smartphone for comparisons. Creating an artificial environment for boosting performance is not expected from any smartphone company, and the fact that OnePlus has indulged in it twice needs to be discussed.

We expect OnePlus to rectify this mistake via a software update soon. Furthermore, this manipulation was found in review units sent to journalists ahead of launch, and it may not be the case in consumer units.

Nokia 9 Tipped to Sport 8GB RAM; New Smartphone With QWERTY Keypad Tipped in Images

Nokia’s return this year has been heavily lauded by its large fan following, and the popularity of the devices can be seen in flash sales and the stock getting over in a jiffy. With four devices already launched, Nokia is yet to unveil a flagship level smartphone to the world. Alleged to be called the Nokia 9, the device has been spotted on GeekBench again revealing key specifications.

The latest GeekBench listing has a Nokia device codenamed ‘Unknown Heart’ and it sports flagship level specs, hinting that it is the much-rumoured Nokia 9. The listing claims that the Nokia 9 runs on the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat, is powered by the latest Snapdragon 835 SoC, and is paired with a mammoth 8GB of RAM.

This refutes previous rumours of 4GB of RAM spotted on GeekBench earlier on a supposed HMD Global TA-1004 device that was also rumoured to be the Nokia 9. Other rumoured specifications include a 5.3-inch QHD display, 64GB of inbuilt storage, and a dual 13-megapixel camera setup. It is said to support Quick Charge 4.0 as well. The Nokia 9 is also expected to be priced at EUR 750 (roughly Rs. 54,100), which is pretty steep and competes directly with the most high-end flagships out there.

Separately, a Nokia device codenamed RX-100 has been leaked on Chinese site Teiba showing a device with a QWERTY keypad, presumably targeted towards business users. The images corroborates with a device leaked back in 2012, where Nokia was reported to be working on a QWERTY keypad phone running on Windows Phone 8 at that time.

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Looks like that project hasn’t been shelved yet, and Nokia still plans to launch a QWERTY keypad smartphone soon. The images show a blocky device with the display on top, and the keypad at bottom. The device seems to be rather thick to hold in the hand, but this could just be a dummy unit, and a more refined variant will be launched in the markets.