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Nokia 9.3 PureView launch delayed again; HMD Global expected to release the smartphone in H1 2021

The Nokia 9.3 PureView will not be launched in 2020
The Nokia 9.3 PureView will not be launched in 2020 (image via Nokia)
The Nokia 9.3 PureView's release date has been pushed back once again. HMD Global is now expected to launch the smartphone sometime in H1 2021. However, the company could still unveil the Nokia 6.3 and Nokia 7.3 5G in Q4 2020.

Nokia is yet to release a flagship smartphone in 2020. An earlier report told us that the Nokia 9.3 PureView would be launched before the year ends. That doesn't seem to be the case, in light of some new information obtained by Nokia Anew. It appears that Nokia 9.3 PureView's release date has been pushed back once again.

Although Nokia Anew has, on several occasions, prophesized that the Nokia 9.3 PureView will be launched in 2020, they've been relatively spot-on with other Nokia-centric leaks. The Nokia 7.3 5G and Nokia 6.3 were to be released along the Nokia 9.3 PureView, but their fate remains unknown at this point. We could still see a late 2020 launch for the mid-rangers.

The lingering question on everyone's mind is, will HMD Global refresh the Nokia 9.3 PureView's hardware. While the Snapdragon 865 is still a powerful chipset, launching a smartphone powered by it in 2021 will not sit well with a lot of users, especially when Snapdragon 875-powered devices are already on the market.

Unfortunately, the chances of HMD Global launching the Nokia 9.3 PureView with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 are low. In all likelihood, the company already has started manufacturing the smartphone, and changing a core component like the SoC mid-production is not possible.

Will the Nokia 9.3 PureView have what it takes to compete with upcoming Q1 2021 heavyweights like the Galaxy S21 and Xiaomi Mi 11 series? Probably not. But HMD Global can, at the very least, target the affordable flagship segment, that even OnePlus doesn't seem to care about anymore.

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Anil Satyanarayana, 2020-11-27 (Update: 2020-11-27)
Anil Satyanarayana
I've been an avid PC gamer since the age of 8. My passion for gaming eventually pushed me towards general tech, and I've been a stereotypical 'nerd' ever since. I have a degree in mechanical engineering and have worked in the manufacturing industry. When I'm not writing news on Notebookcheck, you can find me playing or watching an intense match of DOTA 2