It s been only a month since HMD Global launched Nokia 8.1. However, it seems that the Finnish technology company, which holds the license to manufacture and market Nokia-branded smartphones, has already begun work on the 8.1 s successor. And if the freshest details are any indication, it appears that successor is going to be quite something.
A fresh batch of alleged Nokia 8.1 Plus (assuming that s what the name is) have leaked online, courtesy of the ever-reliable tipster OnLeaks and 91Mobiles. The renders show the yet-to-be-launched smartphone having a design largely similar to the existing Nokia 8.1. However, there s one key difference a punch-hole in the display for the front-facing lens. It looks like HMD Global will be the next Android OEM to adopt what s shaping up to be the next big trend in smartphone (display) design, with Nokia 8.1 Plus kicking things off. It s worth mentioning that are already a handful of smartphones having the funky punch-hole display for housing the front-facing lens, including Samsung s Galaxy A8s, Huawei s Nova 4, and Honor s View 20.
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Thanks to the new design, Nokia 8.1 Plus will have an almost bezel-less (on three sides) 6.22-inch display, with only a slightly thicker chin bezel for the Nokia logo. The renders also show the smartphone having an glass sandwich design, with a 3.5mm audio port on the top and a USB Type-C port at the bottom. The dual-lens rear camera system with ZEISS-enhanced optics will also be there, with a fingerprint sensor just below it. It goes without saying that like all of HMD Global s recent smartphones, Nokia 8.1 Plus will be an Android One-certified smartphone.