At the beginning of 2017, the rumor mill predicted that the Nokia 8 would be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress (MWC). But HMD Global, which has acquired the license to make Nokia-branded phones, unveiled Nokia 5, Nokia 3, and a revamped Nokia 3310. In terms of specs, all these handsets were below the Nokia 6, which had already been available in China.

Nokia 8 concept video
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Nokia 8 to feature dual-camera system

Leaks about Nokia 7 and Nokia 8 have surfaced once again. Two design sketches of the phones were posted by a user named Nokibar on Chinese site Baidu. The sketches show both the front and rear of the handsets. They indicate that both the Nokia 7 and 8 cameras would feature Carl Zeiss lens. And the flagship Nokia 8 would feature a dual-camera setup on the back.

Nokia 8
Image Credit: Nokibar / Baidu.com (screenshot)

The images also reveal several design details of Nokia’s upcoming smartphones. It’s interesting that HMD Global has picked Carl Zeiss lens for Nokia 7 and 8. The Nokia 5 and 6 do not feature Zeiss lens. HMD recently indicated that it had moved away from Carl Zeiss, but its statement was a little vague about the upcoming smartphones. Even though the Nokia 3, 5, and 6 do not feature Zeiss lenses, Nokia’s official Twitter account said in response to a Twitter user that the future could be different.

Nokia 8 Sketch
Image Credit: Nokibar / Baidu.com (screenshot)

On both the sketches, you can see “Zeiss” text in the center where the rear camera is supposed to sit. One of the sketches, believed to be Nokia 8, also features a dual-camera setup on the rear. The second sketch shows the front and back of a smartphone with single-camera system. HMD Global has not confirmed anything about features of its upcoming smartphones.

It will be a high-end device

Nokia 8 to rumored to be a higher-end phone while Nokia 7 is said to be a mid-range device. Nokia 8 is expected to feature 24-megapixel OIS + EIS rear camera and a 12MP front snapper. Other expected features include 6GB RAM, a 5.7-inch Quad HD display, 64GB or 128GB of built-in storage, and a microSD card slot. Both the phones are expected to run Android Nougat right out of the box.

Nokia 7 is said to have a Full HD display. Most leaked images show the Nokia 7 and Nokia 8 with a metal unibody design. You can expect both the upcoming devices to have a slightly different design than Nokia 6, especially on the rear. HMD Global would want to avoid the mess Samsung found itself into a few years ago when it released several smartphones with similar design.

Snapdragon 835 or 660?

Earlier this month, a report claimed that Nokia 7 and 8 were undergoing testing with Snapdragon 660 processor. However, more recent rumors point to Nokia 8 coming with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 chipset. It also helps explain the reason HMD Global might have pushed back the Nokia 8 launch. It is not the only Snapdragon 835-powered device that is being delayed.

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 is being manufactured by Samsung, which is hoarding all the initial Snapdragon 835 yields for its own Galaxy S8. As a result, other smartphone vendors were forced to delay their flagship devices or opt for an older processor.