HMD has as many as six new Nokia smartphones, but they are not what I have been waiting for.

Nokia launched a horde of smartphones at its event yesterday. That was HMDs biggest event in recent times, not only in terms of the number of phones it had launched but also because it marked a new beginning for Nokia phones. HMD has taken up a new naming convention for Nokia phones, which is why the new ones are called X20, G20, and C20. It is a big departure from the previous scheme, so, if you find names such as Nokia 5.4, Nokia 3.3, Nokia 8.3 perplexing, you are in for relief. But even with this magnitude, HMD failed to achieve one thing — finally launching the long-awaited flagship.
It was 2019 when HMD stepped into the big league to showcase the Nokia 9 PureView, the companys flagship phone. Although the phone drew accolades from reviewers and users because of its excellent cameras and looks, it could not really make a mark against the bigwigs. That is why Nokia loyalists and some mobile photography enthusiasts began to long for the successor of the Nokia 9 PureView. The successor that would have all the issues ironed out and go on big specifications, so much so that customers will finally notice the HMD flagship. And this anticipation did not last long because rumours began pouring in towards the end of 2019 that a Nokia 9.2 PureView is happening.
These rumours kept coming incessantly. And just like that the entire 2020 passed, where the Nokia 9 PureView successor was everything but a reality. The rumours centred around the specifications such as a flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor, an in-display fingerprint sensor on an AMOLED panel, a high refresh rate on the display, stereo speakers, and the Penta-lens cameras on the back with ZEISS Optics. All of these specifications sounded good for the Nokia 9 PureView successor. For a brief time, rumours dubbed this phone the Nokia 9.2 PureView but as time went by, the name got changed to Nokia 9.3 PureView, merely because other phones in HMDs kitty entered the third generation (Nokia 8.3, for example).
Now, some of these specifications changed with time, and because of that people thought HMD is taking time to finesse. It was obvious to think that HMD would want to cherry-pick everything for its next flagship and that process is what is causing the delay. Even though HMD enjoyed the benefit of the doubt, for a long time, it failed to deliver. The Nokia 9.3 PureView (or Nokia 9.2 PureView) never came through.
The last rumour about the phone suggested the Nokia 9.3 PureView would arrive sometime in the first half of 2021, but, frankly, at this point, it seems pointless to even believe these rumours. None of the rumours materialised to date, and even if you consider all the hurdles that pandemic may have caused last year, it has been an unwelcome delay to the launch. On the other hand, HMDs rivals such as OnePlus, Xiaomi, Oppo, Realme, among others are making strides in the smartphone industry with new technologies and features. They do not have the Nokia 9 PureView successor to compete with.
Let us, for once, fathom the rumours that HMD may finally bring the Nokia 9 PureView sequel this year. But when it would be a curious case of too little, too late. Despite all the high-end specifications, the Nokia flagship will have to do more than just being a flagship. And that, HMD, my friend, is what you need to understand.
For HMD, the premium phone that could do that is the Nokia X20, the latest phone that comes with all those bells and whistles that make for a good budget 5G phone. But it does not pack high-end specifications, such as the Snapdragon 888 or the 120Hz AMOLED display. I cannot say if the Nokia X20 will be a hit, but it is not what the Nokia fans have become tired of waiting for. Where is that flagship that everyone wants to see? Where is the Nokia 9.3 PureView?