“Everything we know so far about Nokia’s upcoming flagship”
After a long wait, Nokia is ready to make its mark in the smartphone industry. Following months of speculations and rumours, it recently launched its first phone after the comeback
the Nokia 6. But soon after the launch came a disappointing announcement
the mid-ranger would be an exclusive product for the Chinese market. While reports hint that HMD Global, the company licensing Nokia’s brand name, could be prepping a global variant of the Nokia 6, another upcoming phone allegedly called the Nokia 8 has been leaked.HMD has just sent out invites for a press event at Mobile World Congress (MWC) on February 26th, where it is expected to unveil a slew of devices, including the flagship Nokia 8. We’ve gone through the rumours surrounding the upcoming device, and it certainly looks quite loaded. Don’t believe us? Well, let’s just go through what the rumours suggest.
While the Nokia 8 is yet to released, it was apparently showcased by Qualcomm at the recently-concluded CES this year. While the chipmaker asked attendees not to take photos of the device, someone did manage to shoot a video of the phone, giving us a glimpse at what to expect. The leaked footage shows what appears to be a premium metal build, which is what we expect from a flagship smartphone nowadays.
Moreover, the phone is said to come with on-screen navigation buttons and no physical buttons at the fascia, which means that the fingerprint sensor would probably be placed at the rear. Recent leaks have also pointed towards an IP68 rating of the Nokia 8 for protection against dust and water, as well as front firing stereo speakers.
Not much is known about the display about the rumoured device. However, some leaks suggest that the brand might use a 5.5-inch or 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED panel for the Nokia 8. If this turns out to be true, then Nokia 8 will give quite a few flagships a run for their money. That said, if you’re expecting something innovative like pressure-sensitive technology or a curved display, chances are you are going to be disappointed.
The Nokia 8 is speculated to be launched in two variants. One of these variants is expected to be powered by a Snapdragon 821 SoC, aided by a generous 4GB of RAM. On the other hand, there is rumoured to be an even more powerful variant of the device, equipped with the latest Snapdragon 835 SoC and beefy 6GB of RAM.
Storage and battery
The Nokia 8 is expected to ship with 64GB or 128GB of internal storage. Although, there’s no word on the availability of a microSD card slot on the device. Coming to the battery, the phone is said to be fueled by a 3,000mAh – 4,000mAh battery with support for Qualcomm’s new Quick Charge 4.0, and use a USB Type-C port for charging and data transfer.
The rumour mill suggests that the Snapdragon 835 edition of the Nokia 8 will come with a 24MP primary camera with Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) and Super Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS). The leaked video from CES suggests that the stabilisation on the phone works quite well. For selfie lovers, there’s expected to be a 12MP front camera in store. Although there are no details about the camera specs of the Snapdragon 821 variant of the device, it can be expected that the both variants will sport the same setup.
Heart Rate Monitor or dual cameras?
The Nokia 8 is expected to feature Carl Zeiss optics, and the prototype version at CES appeared to have a small rectangle with HRM written over it. There’s absolutely no information as to what this might be. It could be a Heart Rate Monitor, or it could stand for “High Resolution Monochromatic”, meaning that the Nokia 8 could be sporting a secondary monochromatic sensor just like the Huawei P9 (review). Whatever it is, at this moment your guess is as good as ours.
HMD Global is expected to announce the Nokia 8 at an event at MWC on February 26th. The device is expected to hit shelves soon after. We’re sure that the rumour mill will soon be abuzz with more information about the loaded flagship, so stay tuned to 91mobiles for more updates.