Many consumers are excited about the decision of Nokia to re-enter the smartphone marketplace, and there is much anticipation for the forthcoming Nokia 8. This next generation handset will become the flagship of the legendary smartphone company, and a recent Nokia 8 leak provided a real insight into its makeup and design.

Nokia 8 Leak
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Online leak

A leaked image purported to be of the Nokia smartphone has appeared online, suggesting that the mobile will be absolutely up-to-date with the latest design trends. It seems that the smartphone will feature an almost entirely bezel-free design, with the screen even wrapped around the sides of the unit in a similar fashion to the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.

Another Nokia 8 leak predicted previously that the smartphone will feature a 2K resolution six-inch display, and the image in question certainly confirms this impression. Displaying both the front and back of the device rather clearly, it is notable that there is no fingerprint sensor visible in the photograph.

This strongly suggests that Nokia will embed this within the front panel, leaving the rear of the phone free for an excellent camera. Several other smartphones have also been linked with this design decision recently, including the forthcoming Apple iPhone 8.

Zeiss partnership

In order to deliver an outstanding camera, Nokia has already entered into an agreement with Zeiss. This could result in a dual-camera in the Nokia 8 generation. The partnership with Zeiss is particularly interesting, as it continues a collaboration that first began over 10 years ago. At this time, the understanding with Zeiss enabled Nokia smartphones to earn an excellent reputation for photographic quality.

This is increasingly important in the contemporary smartphones marketplace, as manufacturers often use camera provisions in order to distinguish their releases from competitors. With HMD Global, the company behind the revived Nokia brand, having agreed a long-term relationship with Zeiss aimed at setting “new imaging standards” this obviously bodes well for the photographic capabilities of the Nokia 8.

While nothing has been decided or explicitly stated publicly, this does suggest that the Nokia 8 may benefit from a dual-camera. This is becoming almost ubiquitous in the smartphone marketplace, and the device really requires such a unit if it is to compete successfully.

It is also notable that the image features a slimmer device than previous Nokia designs, although the basic physical appearance of the handset is not too far away from previous releases. Other notable aspects of the exterior of the phone include a USB-C charging port and selfie-capturing front-facing camera.

Headphone jack retained

Nokia has also seemingly decided to include a 3.5mm headphone jack in the Nokia 8, which would seem to be a principled decision after some Apple fans were critical of the removal of this feature from the iPhone 7. It is noticeable that Samsung has continue to provide support for the 3.5mm headphone jack in its Galaxy releases.

Another Nokia 8 leak suggested that the manufacturer will include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor in the unit, potentially providing a rather powerful setup. Samsung already included this speedy unit in the recent Galaxy S8 flagship, and its inclusion in the Nokia range indicates that this will indeed be a premium smartphone.

The Nokia 8 has also been linked with a pretty decent quantity of storage, with 128GB expected for this mobile. This is equal to the amount that has been linked with the forthcoming Galaxy Note 8 from Samsung, as the Korean corporation looks to offer its consumers more storage in the future.

This latest Nokia 8 leak also suggests that the final device will be driven by 6GB of RAM memory, which again should compare favorably with some of its major competitors. Even the 2017 Apple iPhone 8 is only expected to be armed with 3GB of RAM, while the Galaxy S8 featured 4GB earlier this year.

Price tag

Pricing information related to the Nokia 8 suggests that the smartphone will debut at 3188 Chinese Yuan in the world’s most populous nation. This suggests a price tag of approximately $469 in the United States, with a British price tag possibly in the range of £379.

There is no doubt that this Nokia release will face massive challenges in establishing itself in a competitive smartphone marketplace. The picture is increasingly cluttered by affordable units manufactured by the likes of Huawei and OnePlus, although the power of the Nokia 8 unit certainly gives the smartphone a fighting chance, even up against the likes of the Apple iPhone 8.

It is therefore sensible that the Nokia 8 is being priced at a mid-range level, with the smartphone ready to compete against the likes of the OnePlus 5 and Google Pixel 2 series. Considering the specs that have been linked with the smartphone, it looks well-placed to carve out its own furrow in this ever-competitive market.

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