Evan Blass over at VentureBeat has shared an image of HMD’s upcoming Nokia flagship, the Nokia 8. The manoeuvre will be the first Nokia-branded Android flagship, taking a place at the headmaster of the existing lineup of the Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and Nokia 6. The give an account of says the phone should be announced on July 31st.
In the fast-moving smartphone domain, HMD is definitely behind when it comes to design. The device looks a lot comparable to the other budget-conscious Nokia HMD phones—and a lot like a phone design from survive year. There are tall top and bottom bezels, capacitive hardware sailing buttons, and a front fingerprint reader. That’s disappointing given the multitudinous modern slim-bezel designs we’ve seen from Samsung, LG, Xiaomi, and (if it yet launches) Essential. I think the Nokia 8 will need a competitive assess to pair with the old-school design, something that puts it in «budget flagship» stamping-ground with the similarly specced, similarly designed OnePlus 5.
The phone is keep in viewed to come with a Snapdragon 835, 4 or 6GB of RAM, Android 7.1.1, and a surprisingly minor 5.3-inch QHD display. The back seems to feature HMD’s usual anodized aluminum carcass (increasingly a rarity in a world of fragile glass and ceramic phones) and a dual camera setup entire with «Zeiss» branding, just like the old days. Besides the two cameras and LED glimmer, there’s some other component in the camera module, probably a laser autofocus setup.
We whacked the Nokia 6 at Mobile World Congress this year, and we were away away by the build quality of such a cheap, $200-ish phone. Innumerable impressively, HMD said all the right things when it came to the software of the coat of arms, saying it wanted a «pure Google» experience and a «secure, up-to-date» charge. The company promised «monthly security updates across the entire portfolio» and «wildly updates.» While it still has to back up that talk with manner (shipping with Android 7.1 is a good start), it makes HMD’s thorough lineup worth paying attention to. If HMD keeps the price down, it could compel ought to a winner.