Maker of Nokia branded smartphones, HMD Global has delayed the launch of its next Nokia flagship handset in order to give it a better chance to compete with others in the 2020 market, according to recent reports. This means it will launched sometime during the fall, which gives the company plenty of time to switch to the Snapdragon 865 chipset, which all of its competitors will be using anyway.

This delay may also give the Finnish company enough time to pull a first in the mobile world: an under-display selfie camera. This is certainly in testing on the Nokia 9.2, according to a source that’s been reliable at times in the past.

Other companies have busy talking about and showing off this technology before – Oppo for example showed us some demos – but they thus far have kept stressing that it’s not yet ready for prime time – aka shipping in actual smartphones. Perhaps HMD Global wants to one-up everyone else in this regard. Even so, it remains to be seen whether it can pull off such a feat. After all, “testing” means just that – the feature can be pulled if it’s not working well enough.

Oppo’s prototype under-display camera smartphone
Oppo’s prototype under-display camera smartphone

The Nokia 9.2 will forgo the Nokia 9’s failed rear multi-camera setup and opt for a more traditional arrangement instead. So that will not act as a differentiating feature anymore. Perhaps the ‘hidden’ front camera might carry that mantle then, we’ll see.


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