Nokia’s comeback has been the talk of the tech community the past few weeks and the Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 have generated a tremendous amount of buzz and interest amongst both ardent Nokia fans and the general public. Now Nokia is about to announce its first Android powered flagship in the form of the Nokia 8 which has ‘accidentally’ appeared on the company’s official website ahead of launch.
Incidentally, the accidental leak of the Nokia 8 came on the same day when HMD Global, the company making Nokia smartphones now, announced that its CEO Arto Nummela was leaving the firm.
Nokia 8 has been the subject of various of various leaks and rumours in the past. Earlier the Nokia 9 was looking set to be the iconic brands flagship smartphone for 2017 but it now seems that the Nokia 8 has taken its place instead. While earlier rumours were painting the Nokia 8 as a upper mid-range smartphone, it now looks set to be a proper flagship device with top of the line specifications.
Yesterday, Nokia’s Chinese website ‘accidentally’ put up an image of the Nokia 8 showcasing the device in all of its glory. The image, which look akin to renders leaked by Evan Blass yesterday showcases the metal build, physical keys and the Lumia like design ethos. The smartphone is set to be launched in 4 color variants – blue, steel, gold/blue and gold/copper.
The Nokia 8 is expected to be powered by the Snapdragon 835 processor paired with either 4 or 6 GB of RAM depending on the variant and the Adreno 540 GPU. Additionally, the smartphone is expected to come with a 5.3-inch QuadHD display, 64GB of internal storage which will be expandable via a microSD card slot and a stock build of Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box.
On the imaging front, the smartphone is expected to come with a Carl Zeiss powered dual camera setup at the rear with two 13MP sensors with 4K video recording support and a dual-LED flash alongside a 12MP sensor at the front for selfies. The smartphone will come with a fingerprint sensor at the front and might also feature an iris scanner like the Samsung Galaxy S8. Rumours claim that the smartphone will be launched on July 31 and will retail for 589 Euros (roughly Rs 43,660).
HMD Global CEO is leaving
Incidentally, the Nokia 8 leak came on the same day when HMD Global, the company making Nokia-branded phones, announced that CEO Arto Nummela was leaving the company with immediate effect. It wasn’t clear why Nummella, a Nokia veteran, was leaving the company and that too at this time when there are a number of challenges that HMD Global is facing. Although in a statement, HMD Global said that the Nummela was leaving after a “”mutual agreement” with him and the HMD board.
Sam Chin, chairman of the board, HMD Global Oy, said: “Arto Nummela has played a key role in the creation of the HMD Global operation, building the team and launching our first products. On behalf of the whole Board, I thank Arto for his contribution and wish him well in his future endeavors.”
Although no specific reason has been revealed for Nummela leaving the company, the beginning of Nokia’s Android chapter has not yet gone entirely smooth. Although the company has made a lot of news with its Nokia5, Nokia6 and the Nokia 3 phones, and has sold almost all the phones it can produce, it also seems to be suffering some supply-side issues. The launch of crucial phones like the Nokia 6 has been delayed in big Nokia markets like India and the company seems to have struggled to supply enough phones to meet the demand. The delay has not only hurt Nokia in terms of possible sales but also probably helped its competitors catch up with its phones by bringing newer devices to the market.