Nokia phones are coming back — and the newest model may have just leaked online – Business Insider

The first high-end smartphone from HMD Global, the Finnish group
making smartphones under the Nokia brand, will be called the
Nokia 8, according to new reports from VentureBeat’s
Evan Blass
and tech blog
WinFuture
.

Blass, who is well-known in tech circles for accurately leaking
products
, tweeted a picture of the
alleged device on Monday. Take a look:

Both VentureBeat and WinFuture tip the Nokia 8 to launch on July
31. It’s not yet clear where exactly the phone will be available.
The reports suggest it’ll cost close to €600, though that may
vary by region.

Here’s a rundown of what to expect from the device, according to
the reports:

  • A 5.3-inch, 2560 x 1400 resolution display.
  • A Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip, which is Qualcomm’s most
    powerful model.
  • 4 GB or 6 GB of RAM.
  • A dual-camera setup on the back, with both cameras set at
    13-megapixels.
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat, which is close to the latest version of
    Google’s operating system.

If the leaked image is correct, then the big borders above and
below the display will make the Nokia 8 look a bit dated next to
the mini-bezel designs of the Samsung Galaxy S8,
LG G6, and,
reportedly, the next iPhone.

But the reported specs are suitably high-end, and HMD Global has
committed to putting a near-stock version of Android on all of
its phones. That means it should be free of extraneous,
performance-draining apps.


Nokia 6
The mid-range Nokia 6
launched globally earlier this year, and arrived in the US
earlier this month.

Reuters

The most interesting thing about the device, though, will be its
name. To be clear, this phone would not come
from Nokia, the storied smartphone maker that floundered with
Microsoft
as Android and the iPhone came to power, then got
out of making handsets entirely. Instead, it’d be from HMD
Global, which acquired the rights to
the Nokia brand
for use on its phones last year and is headed
by former Nokia execs.

The company has already launched a trio of low- to mid-tier
phones under the Nokia name, and just recently
launched
one of those devices through Amazon in
the US, but hasn’t launched a true competitor for the best phones
on the market to date.

If the Nokia 8 is that high-end device, it’s unlikely to see
major sales success unless it gains extensive carrier support,
which it has yet to do in the US. But for Android enthusiasts or
those easily struck by nostalgia, this may be a rumor to keep an
eye on.

HMD Global declined to comment.

Nokia phones are coming back — and the newest model may have just leaked online – Business Insider