Nokia will make a comeback in smartphone industry with a brand new Operating System by launching the mid-range Android-based Nokia 6 in China. An unboxing video of Nokia 6 before the official release has been leaked, in which the phone's back and front panels are used for cracking walnuts. However, the Nokia 6 is actually not the flagship of Nokia’s new phone. Nokia’s new flagship phone is Nokia 8, an Android smartphone made by Nokia.
This post would show you some details about Nokia 8 on the release date, appearance, features and specs.
When will Nokia 8 be released?
Right the next Sunday after CES 2017, the company will launch its Nokia 6 initially in China. And by that time, there is no official announcement about the Nokia 8 release date. Therefore, this new Nokia 8 will not come out then. The second chance to get Nokia 8 released is Mobile World Congress, a similar tradeshow that’s focused on mobile technology. The Mobile World Congress will kick off in Barcelona on February 27, and it will be a perfect time for Nokia 8’s release. As said, HMD is working on a number of handsets. Therefore, we may predict that the Nokia 8 will be not restricted in China only. Of course, the company may also have their own schedule on when to release Nokia 8, bypassing the trade show altogether.
Specs and features of Nokia 8
This should be the most concerned part towards the new Nokia smartphone. Currently there are little information about this part. However, there are indeed something that could be verified as certain, like the operation system, CPU cores, etc.
HMD's first phone, the Nokia 6, comes with Android 7.0 Nougat, the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system. It rolled out this autumn, and is likely to appear on many of the handsets launching in the first half of 2017 – the remaining Nokia phone(s) included. It's extremely unlikely the higher-end phone will arrive with anything less than the Nokia 6. As the flagship smartphone of Nokia, we could expect to see Nougat on the Nokia 8 from HMD Global.
The newly-launched Nokia 6 comes with mid-range hardware, including 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage along with a MicroSD card slot, Snapdragon 430 CPU, a 16 megapixel main camera, and a 3,000 mAh battery.
Previously, HMD CEO Arto Nummela dropped some hints in a recent interview with the Economic Times of India, saying: “It will be premium quality [and a] design that people will immediately recognise as Nokia.”
Nummela added the phone would be “extremely competitive in terms of the specifications and price”, and that specs wouldn’t be a focus, saying: “We’re not going to be highlighting the megapixels or gigahertz.” That seems to be the case with the Nokia 6, though, again, there's no way to know what the higher-end phone will come with.
If we had to take a guess though, we’d expect a flagship smartphone launching in the first half of 2017 to be running Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 835 chipset. But that’s all we can guess at, for now.