Nokia 8: Preview

Just only a few weeks left, the first Nokia flagship, which is marketed as the Nokia 8, will be officially revealed. Although HMD Global has not teased any detail about its upcoming smartphone, the phone has already got numerous rumors, leaks in recent months. Most sources confirm the vast majority of the Nokia 8’s characteristics and its launch. So now, it’s a great time to take an overall look at everything before the handset is officially launched.

Design

According to the previous leaks, the Nokia 8 will come with a traditional bar phone with sized bezels and an aluminum unibody design. The corners seem to be rounded, whereas the dual cameras jut out from the case. And a recently rumor indicates that the Nokia will measure at 151.55 x 73.7 mm in size, which is slightly smaller than the Nokia 6, as the handset will sport a smaller display panel than the mid-range Nokia 6. The Nokia 8 is rumored to go on sale in Black, Copper, Copper-Gold, Silver, and Blue color options, though it’s not sure whether all variants will be globally available.

Specs & Models

The rumors state that the Nokia 8 will run on the Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipset and come with 64GB of expandable flash memory. There will be three variants that have been sighted, including  the TA-1004, TA-1012, and TA-1052 with different RAM amounts. The model with 4GB of RAM has previously been scrapped, though various benchmark listings have been leaked in recent weeks. The other two versions with 6GB and 8GB of RAM may only be available for the selected markets. All of the variants will be powered by a 3,800mAh battery capacity with the fast charging. However, it’s still not clear if the most premium variant will pack with128GB of storage according to its supposed benchmark sightings.

The Nokia 8 is expected to feature a 5.3-inch Quad HD display panel with with the protection of a 2.5D glass. The international variant is rumored to support a hybrid SIM slot and all versions are equipped a fingerprint reader embedded into the Home button. There have been leaks of an iris scanner as well, but there is no reliable information on the matter. The Nokia 8 is expected to be shipped with Android 7.1.1 Nougat with the nearly stock Android version of Google.

Also read: Meizu Introduces Duo Pro 7 And Pro 7 Plus With Secondary AMOLED Display

Camera

The Nokia 8 might feature a dual camera setup, consisting of two vertically arranged 13MP sensors, which is certificated by Carl Zeiss and a dual-LED (dual tone) flash. The two sensors will support 4K video capture and optical image stabilization (OIS). Moreover, phase detection autofocus is also part of the main imaging system of the Nokia 8. However, it’s possible that previous benchmark listings aren’t completely accurate and the Nokia 8 can ship with two 12-megapixel instead of 13-megapixel camera modules.

Pricing

Several sources coming from Europe previously claimed that the Nokia 8 would be available with a price tag of €589 ($696), though Vodafone Romania recently listed the price of the phone at  €517.42 ($611). If the Nokia phones launched earlier this year are the indication, the U.S. price tag of the Nokia 8 will be identical to the European market that only set you back $599, which make it become one of the more affordable premium Android flagship smartphones on the market.

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