August 17 marks the return of an old warhorse in the flagship smartphone arena. In the recent two months, the Nokia 8 has been all over the place. And with so many models popping up, there has been confusion on the net regarding another flagship, the Nokia 9. As is customary these days, we pretty much know everything there is to know about the phone except for some intricate details. Those will be known by midnight 12:00 AM in India on August 17. In correspondence, the British time of launch is 7:30 PM.
HMD Global, the licensee of the Nokia brand will stream the London event on its official page. Moreover, the Nokia Mobile page also informed followers that Youtuber Jonathan Morrison will be showcasing the phone on YouTube at 7:30 PM British time. Nokia Mobile page on Youtube will also live stream the curtain raiser.
Before the launch, we quickly recap what prospects the phone might hold. The Nokia 8 is set to enter the world with fierce competitors and stunningly designed flagships. And by what we’ve seen of the looks, we are not much impressed. But that might not be the case for everyone. To each his own. The fortunes of the new flagship lie not in the front but in the rear camera setup. There has been much gossip about the Carl Zeiss lens that will be tasked to capture priceless memories of users. Previous renders by Evan Blass showed off a vertical setup. Both the lenses sport 13 MP density accompanied by Dual LED flash. There might be a slight bump to the cameras as the silver lining in the image shows.
Another important feature that the Nokia 8 might bring is the stock Android look and feel. With more and more people preferring the Google’s baked final product, it is a welcome change. This would also assure faster monthly updates and fewer software hiccups. Other than that, the Nokia 8 doesn’t come with many bells and whistles. Instead, it has a Snapdragon 835, 4 GB or 8 GB RAM, a 3,000 mAh Li-ion cell and solid metal unibody design. The leaked pricing of the phone suggests it will require deep pockets. We are talking flagship territory here, something in the range of Rs. 45,000.
But as the Google Pixel 2 launch is around the corner, we wonder did Nokia time this wrong? Only time will tell.