HMD Global could most likely unveil the its first flagship Android Nokia smartphone on August 16, rumors claim as the company begins sending invites for its London event. Details about the Nokia 8 have leaked over the last few months, with some claims that the new phone will have dual rear cameras.
Several leaked renders of the smartphone have suggested that it will come with Carl Zeiss branding, according to media reports. According to the invite, HMD Global will “unveil the next milestone for Nokia phones” at the event.
To give a refresher of the rumored specs, the Nokia 8 will mostly run Android 7.1 Nougat out-of-the-box and sport a 5.3-inch QHD display. It is expected to be powered by the Snapdragon 835 processor. It is rumored to come with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, but some also claim that a 6GB RAM and 8GB RAM variants may also hit the market.
In terms of optics, the upcoming Nokia flagship is expected to come with two 13-megapixel rear sensors with Carl Zeiss branding, and a 13-megapixel camera at front for taking selfies.
While there has been no confirmation about the color variants as well, leaked photos showed the phone in Copper Gold, Blue and Silver variants.
The Nokia 8 is expected to be priced around EUR 589 (roughly Rs. 43,400).
HMD Global, the Finnish company which is making Nokia’s first Android-based smartphone, launched announced on Sunday, targeted for Chinese users with a price of 1,699 yuan (Rs.16,739).
The new device, Nokia 6, will be sold exclusively in China through online retailer JD.com, the company said. The release of the phone in India is currently unclear.
“The decision by HMD to launch its first Android smartphone into China is a reflection of the desire to meet the real world needs of consumers in different markets around the world… it is a strategically important market,” HMD said in a statement.
Nokia 6 sports a 5.5-inch full HD display while the screen is wrapped with 2.5D Gorilla Glass. It comes with a standard Micro USB 2.0 port (and no USB C-Type) and also supports USB OTG. The device packs a 16MP phase detection auto focus rear camera for sharp detailed pictures besides an 8MP front camera. The f/2.0 aperture lenses and exclusive camera UI with automatic scene detection. Nokia 6 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 430 octa-core SoC (System-on-Chip) with X6 LTE modem designed for excellent battery life and superior graphics performance. The phone comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage.
“From the outset we have stated that we intend to move with speed to establish a position as a player in the smartphone category and create products that truly meet consumer needs. The Nokia 6 is a result of listening to our consumers who desire a beautifully crafted handset with exceptional durability, entertainment and display features. Our ambition is to deliver a premium product, which meets consumer needs at every price point, in every market. We start today, with our premium, high quality Nokia 6; built to deliver a fantastic core user experience for Chinese consumers. We look forward to unveiling further products in the first half of this year,” Arto Nummela, CEO, HMD Global said.
The first Nokia-branded handsets running Android are all set to arrive early next year. The news comes months after Nokia announced its plans to return to tablets and phones.
Nokia announced on Thursday that it has formalized a licensing agreement with HMD Global (HMD) that will last for at least 10 years.
The new launch comes after Microsoft acquired its phone business. The first Nokia-branded smartphones powered by Android will be available in the first half of 2017, alongside Nokia-branded feature phones.
“HMD has today announced the completion of transactions between HMD, FIH Mobile Limited (a subsidiary of Hon Hai Precision Industries trading as Foxconn Technology Group) and Microsoft, which means that HMD can begin operations as the new home of Nokia phones,” Nokia said in a statement.
“Under the agreement, Nokia will receive royalty payments from HMD for sales of every Nokia branded mobile phone and tablet, covering both brand and intellectual property rights,” the statement added.
HMD said that it is working on a range of consumer devices that will focus on “innovation, quality, and experience” to combine with “iconic Nokia mobile phone attributes of design, robustness, and reliability.”
“Nokia has been one of the most iconic and recognisable phone brands globally for decades,” Arto Nummela, CEO of HMD Global said in the statement. “The excitement of re-introducing this much-loved, well-known and trusted brand to smartphone consumers is a responsibility and an ambition that everyone at HMD shares.”