Nokia 8 Rumors: Carl Zeiss Lens, Snapdragon 835, QHD Display

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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 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 / (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 / (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.

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