“Though there is no word regarding what the Nokia waterfall display phone might be called, it might be the successor to the Nokia 9 PureView, going by the design”
Nokia brand licensee HMD Global is reportedly working on a phone with a waterfall display that gives 100 percent screen-to-body ratio, similar to what we have seen on Vivo NEX 3 and Huawei Mate 30 Pro. Renders of this upcoming smartphone have been leaked on Chinese social media sites, with the penta-lens camera setup on the back revealing it might be the successor to the Nokia 9 PureView. While there is no way to assess the credibility of these renders, the presence of the waterfall display does make for an interesting rumour.
HMD Global, the company behind the revived Nokia brand, has so far been largely conservative with its smartphone designs. While the odd Nokia 8110 4G feature phone has stood out for being quirky, the smartphones have been nowhere close to the outrageously quirky phone designs that the Finnish Nokia of the past came up with. Admittedly, there is lesser scope for tweaking around with a smartphone design, but even within that, Nokia’s designs have remained largely stereotypical.
Now, the latest concept render shows a Nokia smartphone with no side bezels, with the display tapering off like a waterfall in curved edges. At the top and the bottom, the bezels are kept to a bare minimum, with a thin strip at the top housing sensors, the earpiece, and the front camera. The bottom bezels are razor thin as well, giving the phone a neat, premium look of being all glass and screen up front. To the rear, there is a circular camera module that looks similar to the round module that we just saw in the new OnePlus 7T. The module appears slightly raised from the phone’s body, and features five cameras on it along with the Zeiss branding. To the side of the module resides what appears to be a 3D Time of Flight (ToF) sensor, and an LED flash with ambiance sensor.
The bottom edge of the smartphone is also devoid of any audio port, and instead features a clean layout with a single speaker grille, and the USB-C port. Given the scope of utilising such a design, it is likely that we are looking at an early, concept render of Nokia’s five-camera flagship, the Nokia 9 PureView. Nevertheless, there have been no reports of such a phone so far, so it is better to consider these renders only as concept images, until we learn more about them.