Nokia 8, 8 Plus Could Launch In June, But We Think Not

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We’ve been hearing rumors about a phone called the Nokia 8 since long before the Mobile World Congress, which was where it was expected to be unveiled. The trade show has now come and gone, and we have yet to see a phone called the Nokia 8. But now we’re hearing that it could be launched in June, along with a larger sibling.

Nokia 8 handsets expected with Qualcomm chips

The Chinese-language blog Anzhuo, which focuses on Android devices, reports that the Nokia 8 and 8 Plus will both be flagship phones that will run on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chips. The blog states that the two phones will be the same except for the size of their displays. Both are expected to have an all-metal casing, and both are believed to have a dual-lens camera. However, there’s no indication of where the blog got the information, as it doesn’t appear to cite any sources.

Previous rumors we’ve heard about the Nokia 8 hinted that it actually could be called the Supreme. Someone who recorded a video of a phone at Qualcomm’s booth at the Consumer Electronics Show claimed it would be the next Nokia flagship. That phone was running on the Snapdragon 835 chip, which fits with the new rumor. Supposedly, the Nokia 8 will also feature a 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED display, a 12-megapixel front-facing camera and a 24-megapixel rear-facing camera.

We’ve also heard about another supposed Nokia flagship phone expected this year called the P1, and it was also running on the Snapdragon 835, lending some credence to the existence of a new flagship.

Is the Nokia 8 the flagship we’ve been looking for?

However, the rumor about a June launch for the Nokia 8 and 8 Plus seems pretty questionable, especially since Nokia and its partner HMD Global revealed a handful of other devices at the Mobile World Congress just last month.

The two companies revealed the Nokia 3310 feature phone, which pretty much stole the show because it was a throwback device designed to remind people of their first phones. It offers nothing in the way of features nowadays (although it’s considered a “feature” phone rather than a smartphone). HMD and Nokia also showed off the Nokia 3, 5 and 6 at the MWC, none of which is a flagship device. All of them are designed to target the lower end of the smartphone market, which some would say is just as things should be since the Nokia smartphone brand is struggling.

So if HMD and Nokia are indeed planning a flagship phone for this year, a fall launch seems more likely.

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