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HMD Global’s Nokia 8 flagship smartphone could launch on August 16

The first Nokia-branded Android flagship smartphone may finally be announced.

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Finally, there is a possible date for the launch of HMD Global‘s much anticipated Nokia 8 flagship smartphone. The company has reportedly started sending out invites to select members of the press for an ‘exclusive gathering’ to check out ‘the next milestone for Nokia phones.’ The event will be held on August 16 in London at 7.30PM local time (12 AM IST). Earlier, it was expected that the smartphone will debut on July 31. However, latest reports appear to contradict that. Although the invite does not explicitly mention Nokia 8 but considering the series of leaks surrounding the smartphone, including an accidental leak by the company itself, in all likelihood it will be indeed the awaited smartphone.

The Nokia 8 is believed to be HMD Global’s flagship Android smartphone to boast top-tier features. The company resurrected the Nokia brand with the Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 mid-range Android smartphones along with the redesigned Nokia 3310 to instill nostalgia among fans. Now that there is sufficient interest from the industry and customers alike, it is the apt time for the company to introduce its next bet through Nokia 8.

Based on prior leaks and reports, the Nokia 8 will boast Carl Zeiss-powered dual rear camera module as one of its key features. In addition to that, the smartphone is expected to be equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC with up to 6GB of RAM. While the official pricing is yet to be announced, speculations indicate towards a premium price tag of around 589 Euros which translates to approximately Rs 44,000.

Similar to the other Nokia-branded Android smartphones, the Nokia 8 will be restricted to a few markets first. Given the launch is in London, we might see it making to the UK and US markets before trickling down to other markets including India and home country China. ALSO READ: 5 reasons why Nokia is poised for a comeback in the Indian smartphone market

Nokia 8 features, specifications

In terms of design, the Nokia 8 is unlikely to mark a shift from the existing lineup with a boxy, rectangular design and rounded corners. The smartphone is rumored to feature a dual camera rear module – a feature repeatedly teased across leaks and also through a tweet by leakster Evan Blass. The module will be vertically position at the rear panel, whereas on the front, there will be a fingerprint sensor embedded beneath the home button. The smartphone is expected to be available in silver, blue, and the recently leaked copper color choice. ALSO READ: Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 first impressions: Banking on Android to ride the journey

The Nokia 8 is likely to boast a 5.3-inch quad HD display with 1440p resolution density and 2.5D curved glass for protection. Under the hood, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC could come paired with 4GB or 6GB of RAM with 64GB of internal storage which could be further expanded via microSD card. The smartphone is said to run Andriod 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box. ALSO READ: Nokia 8 leaked press render reveals design, dual-rear cameras with Carl ZEISS optics

As for photography, the smartphone is said to come equipped with a set of 12-megapixel sensors positioned vertically. The cameras are expected to support laser auto-focus. Details on the front camera and battery are currently scarce. However, is expected to feature Quick Charge 3.0 given the use of Snapdragon 835 SoC. For connectivity, the Nokia 8 could come with USB Type-C port for charging and data transfer, 4G LTE with VoLTE HD voice calling support, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth and GPS.

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  • Published Date: July 25, 2017 4:13 PM IST