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HMD Global schedules India launch event for December 10, may unveil Nokia 8.1

The smartphone is expected to be a rebranded version of Nokia X7, which has been available in China for quite some time now

  • Published: November 30, 2018 8:10 PM IST
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Nokia X7 (Image Credit: Nokia China)


Recently, HMD Global sent out media invitations regarding an upcoming product launch. It was speculated that at the event, which was to be held on December 6, we would see the long-rumored Nokia 7.1 finally coming to the Indian shores. However, we now know that’s definitely not the case, since Nokia 7.1 launched in India just hours ago.

HMD Global though has now pushed its December 6 event, rescheduling it to December 10. While that’s definitely interesting, what about the star of the show? Well, if we had to hazard a guess, we’d say that HMD Global’s event next month could be about Nokia 8.1.

Why do we say so? Well, the Finnish company is also holding a global product launch on December 5 in Dubai, where as many as three new smartphones are expected to be launched. A recent report had claimed that one of these smartphones could be Nokia 8.1 (with the other two being Nokia 2.1 Plus and the mythical Nokia 9, which has long-been rumored to boast a penta-lens camera system). Nokia 8.1 was expected to be unveiled in India on November 28, but since that clearly didn’t happen, the smartphone could finally launch on December 10.

Talking about the device, Nokia 8.1 is expected to be a rebranded version of Nokia X7, which has already been available in China for quite some time now. It’s powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 710 SoC, paired with 4GB/6GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB of internal storage. The smartphone features a 6.18-inch FullHD+ display, complete with a notch. An Android One-certified device, the Nokia X7 runs Android Pie out-of-the-box.

Watch: Nokia 8 Sirocco First Look

For imaging, the smartphone has a dual-lens camera system at the back, comprised of a 12-megapixel unit and a 13-megapixel unit. There’s also a 20-megapixel lens up front for selfies and video calls. All standard connectivity options are on-board, with a 3,500mAh battery rounding off the spec sheet.

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  • Published Date: November 30, 2018 8:10 PM IST