As the excitement around the return of the Nokia brand to the smartphone continues to build, HMD Global has confirmed a press event for August 16th. The expectation is that its flagship Android-powered handset will be revealed, kicking off the rush of high-end mobile launches that will include the Samsung Galaxy Note 8; Apple’s iPhone 7S, 7S Plus and iPhone 8; and Google’s Pixel 2 family of devices.
The presumptively titled Nokia 8 has seen many features already leaked, including pictures of a gold-colorer version of the device. Inside you should find a SnapDragon 835 system on chip backing up a number of models with 4GB or 6GB of RAM, single- or dual-SIM options, and 64 GB of storage which will be extendable through microSD cards. The rear of the flagship should feature a dual camera system, backed up with the return of the Zeiss name to smartphone optics.
The Nokia 8 will join the Nokia 5, and Nokia 3 handsets that were announced at Mobile World Congress, and the Nokia 6 which debuted to much surprise during CES2017 in January. The Nokia 6 is on sale in a number of BRIC territories, while all three handsets have been given a release date in the UK – traditionally one of the strongholds of the Nokia smartphone brand.
As well as the Nokia and Zeiss brand names, HMD Global’s major selling point is its use of pure Android unadorned by pre-installed third-party applications and services, or overburdened with native applications. HMD Global has also committed to applying the Android security patches in a timely manner.
The Nokia 8 may not have the ultimate top specifications of a flagship in this current generation, but that should offer it a slight price advantage. Coupled with the licensing of the Nokia name, HMD Global is fighting hard to be seen as a Top 5 player in the smartphone market. The Nokia 8 will be the biggest card it has played yet.
We’ll hopefully know all the details on August 16th.(source:Forbes)