The Nokia 8 will likely to be the first HMD-made smartphone with dual-rear cameras and Carl ZEISS optics.
Earlier this year, Nokia made its much-awaited comeback with three Android smartphones along with the iconic feature phone, Nokia 3310. While all three smartphones have made it to the Indian shores recently, they are placed under Rs 20,000 segment, and a real powerful smartphone had been missing. However, if rumors are to be believed, the Nokia 8 with dual-rear cameras is likely to be announced on July 31. The press render of the smartphone has also leaked, revealing the Nokia 8 in its full glory.
The Nokia 8 render comes from reliable leaker @evleaks, showing off the smartphone’s front and back. As we can see, the front is dominated with a display with 2.5D curved glass. The display is rumored to be 5.3-inch, and running at QHD resolution. Just above the display, you have the earpiece and front camera module, whereas the physical home button and capacitive Android navigation buttons are below it. The home button is also expected to house a fingerprint scanner for biometric authentication. ALSO READ: Nokia 8 with a Carl Zeiss dual-camera leaked, may launch on July 31: Report
Turn to the back, and you have the cylindrical camera module — housing two cameras, laser auto-focus module and an LED flash. Now, the interesting bit here to focus on is the use of ZEISS optics. Earlier this month, HMD Global announced its partnership with ZEISS to use its camera expertise on Nokia smartphones, just like the old days. While both cameras are expected to have 13-megapixel sensors, other details about the setup are missing. Nokia could either go for a monochrome + RGB sensor or a standard and telephoto lens, or a standard and wide-angle lens. ALSO READ: HMD Global announces partnership with ZEISS optics for future Nokia smartphones
Nokia 8 specifications, features
The Nokia 8 is expected to be powered by Qualcomm’s latest flagship Snapdragon 835 octa-core SoC paired with 4GB or 6GB of RAM. It is also expected to come with 64GB of onboard storage along with a microSD card slot for further expansion. The leaked render shows off the smartphone in blue color, but it is also expected to be available in copper, steel and gold color options. ALSO READ: 5 reasons why Nokia is poised for a comeback in the Indian smartphone market
While there is no word on the battery capacity of the smartphone yet, it is expected to feature Quick Charge 3.0 for fast charging. On the connectivity front, 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. On the software front, the smartphone is likely to run on Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box.
A recent report also hinted at the pricing, which is quoted to be 589 Euros, approximately Rs 44,000. If indeed, Nokia 8 is priced around the same range in India, it will be cheaper than the HTC U11, Sony Xperia XZ Premium, and the Samsung Galaxy S8.