Flagship Nokia 8 rumored to arrive in June with Snapdragon 835 and $579 price tag

midian182

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In the years prior to 2016's deal with HMD Global, the Nokia brand had been going through a rough patch. But the name has seen something of a resurgence recently, with two Nokia handsets – the 3310 and Nokia 6 – making our Best of Mobile World Congress awards. They’re great products, but what about a flagship device? According to anonymous sources, it’s arriving this June.

If the rumors are to be believed, HMD Global’s Nokia 8 handset could be an unexpected challenger in what is shaping up to be an ultra-competitive high-end smartphone market. Like the Galaxy S8, Pixel 2, and iPhone 8, it will come in standard and large sizes, possibly measuring 5.2 inches and 5.5 inches.

Confirming its flagship status is the suggestion that the Nokia 8 will feature Qualcomm’s top-tier, 10-nanometer Snapdragon 835 SoC, the same one found in the S8 and Sony’s Xperia XZ Premium. Both Nokia's will feature metal unibodies, QHD 2560x1440 AMOLED displays, either 4GB or 6GB of RAM (depending on the device), IP68 certification, Daydream VR support, and a camera with at least 23MP resolution. They’re unlikely to use Carl Zeiss optics, though; Nokia says it is no longer using the imaging technology in its devices.

One aspect that could push consumers towards the Nokia 8 is that like the Nokia 3,5, and 6, they will come with stock Android - so not only is there a lack of bloatware, but you'll also get fast and regular updates.

The rumored prices of the handsets are pretty impressive, especially given their specs and when compared to other similar phones. The smaller device is said to be priced at $579, and the larger one is $652, but these figures should probably be taken with a grain of salt.

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Kibaruk

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Go on and take my money! Again... it might be my nostalgia picking up but I've been looking to get a new phone for some time now, this might be it. I'll wait for reviews though.
 

Skidmarksdeluxe

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Sounds interesting. Piques my interest with stock Android installed. I can't fathom why some people are happy to pay Google's extortionate price for that Pixel even if they can easily afford it, cash. Why waste money you don't have to?
 

Skidmarksdeluxe

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Go on and take my money! Again... it might be my nostalgia picking up but I've been looking to get a new phone for some time now, this might be it. I'll wait for reviews though.
I'd say you can safely throw your money at it now, it'll be just fine. With the cutthroat smartphone market the way it is now, manufacturers just can't afford to release a lemon.
 
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Theinsanegamer

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Sounds interesting. Piques my interest with stock Android installed. I can't fathom why some people are happy to pay Google's extortionate price for that Pixel even if they can easily afford it, cash. Why waste money you don't have to?
I guess math is hard? This phone is $579, the pixel is $650. That extra $70 gets you three years of guaranteed updates, and the near guarantee of a device with every available third party ROM under the sun after those three years, as well as an easy to unlock bootloader and simple root access. Hardly "extortionate" pricing.

This nokia uses stock android, but I'll wait to see how they act before claiming they are as good as google. Lenovo uses stock android, but their updates are not as frequent nor as well maintained as google's
 

Skidmarksdeluxe

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I guess math is hard? This phone is $579, the pixel is $650. That extra $70 gets you three years of guaranteed updates, and the near guarantee of a device with every available third party ROM under the sun after those three years, as well as an easy to unlock bootloader and simple root access. Hardly "extortionate" pricing.

This nokia uses stock android, but I'll wait to see how they act before claiming they are as good as google. Lenovo uses stock android, but their updates are not as frequent nor as well maintained as google's
And I guess you're assuming I live in the US. Don't make assumptions, market prices are different everywhere in the world. That Pixel gadget is closer to $750 here RRP... and that's for the baby version. The Nokia's will be a lot cheaper here.