A high-end Nokia phone is coming, and it could arrive within the next two weeks. Today we’re getting our first look at the Nokia 8. When it does become official, the device should act as the brand’s 2017 flagship.
Three new Nokia phones were introduced at MWC 2017 in February — the Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and Nokia 6. While well-made, none of them are for consumers who want the latest and greatest. But HMD Global, the company now controlling the brand for mobile devices, plans on adding a high-end beast.
Evan Blass, the mobile industry insider at VentureBeat, recently shared two images of Nokia 8. Both show the phone’s front and back for two different color options.
Up front, this phone doesn’t give a look any different from the previous trio. The top and bottom bezels are rather thick. Above the display you see the front-facing camera, earpiece, and Nokia logo. Below it is the Back button, Home button (which doubles as a fingerprint scanner), and Recents button. Around the back is where the exciting stuff is. The Nokia 8 will ship with a two-camera setup, and it’ll be powered by Carl Zeiss technology courtesy of a deal announced earlier this month.
The images that have leaked so far show the blue and silver color options. Blass says the Nokia 8 will also be released in gold/blue and gold/copper.
Specifications tracked by multiple benchmarking apps say the Nokia 8 has a 5.3-inch Quad HD (2560×1440) display, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835, 4GB or 6GB of RAM, two 13MP cameras on the rear, and Android 7.1.1 Nougat.
HMD Global still hasn’t shared a date for when this phone will launch, but currently the rumor mill says July 31 is when the Nokia 8 makes its debut. It recently passed through the FCC; therefore, it’ll be sold in the United States as well as other parts of the world. Now that it’s been certified, the Nokia 8 will probably transition quickly from an announcement to a release.