Nokia 8 release date, news and rumors

HMD Global, the company behind the rebirth of Nokia phones, might have two flagships coming this year, and while the Nokia 9 is possibly still months away, the Nokia 8 could be landing very, very soon.

It’s been heavily leaked and even accidentally revealed by Nokia itself, so we know a lot about it, all of which you’ll find below.

From the design, to the specs and likely price and release date here’s everything you need to know about the next Nokia flagship, the Nokia 8.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? A flagship Nokia phone
  • When is it out? Possibly today, or within the next couple of weeks
  • What will it cost? Rumored to be $675 (roughly £510, AU$860)

Nokia 8 release date and price

Hottest leaks:

  • Launching by the end of the month and possibly today
  • A likely high price

We’ve heard in one leak that the Nokia 8 could land on July 31, which isn’t very far away at all.

Yet if anything it might launch even sooner, as Nokia’s Chinese website briefly (and presumably accidentally) posted an image of the phone, complete with a July 20 date on the lock screen, so it’s possible that an announcement is actually coming today.

And even if not today, it’s probably going to be announced very soon if Nokia was already posting about the phone on its site – even if it did jump the gun in doing so.

As for the price, one source pegs the Nokia 8 at $675 (roughly £510, AU$860), though we’d previously heard that it might be cheaper, at around $470/£360/AU$595.

TechRadar’s take: It looks like the launch of the Nokia 8 is imminent, while the price will probably be closer to the higher of the two estimates above, given the rumored specs.

Nokia 8 screen

Hottest leaks:

  • A 5.3-inch edge-to-edge screen
  • A QHD resolution

Various leaks have all suggested that the Nokia 8 will have a QHD screen, and more recently we’ve heard that it will have a 5.3-inch one, using 2.5D curved glass.

Credit: Tieba Baidu

We’ve also seen images of the phone (including one accidentally posted by Nokia itself), showing that it’s likely to have an edge-to-edge display, but that the top and bottom bezels may be larger than we’ve come to expect from recent flagships.

TechRadar’s take: There haven’t been many size rumors so we can’t be certain of that yet, but the edge-to-edge look has been all but confirmed by Nokia itself, along with other leaks, while a QHD resolution is looking likely.

Nokia 8 design

Hottest leaks:

  • A slim metal shell

From the leaked images we’ve seen it looks like the Nokia 8 will have a slim metal shell, with curvy edges. There’s a dual-lens camera on the back (more about that below), while below the screen there’s a home button (almost certainly housing a fingerprint scanner), along with back and recent keys.

Credit: VentureBeat

Above the screen you’ll find a small Nokia logo and front-facing camera, while one side looks to house both the power and volume buttons.

In all it looks to be a high-end design, but one that’s perhaps lacking the flair of some flagship phones like the Samsung Galaxy S8 or HTC U11. As Nokia itself has shown off this design in both an image (above) and a video it’s likely accurate.

Credit: CNMO

It’s worth noting though that not all leaks show this design. One shows tiny bezels above and below the display, with no physical home button.

However, it’s likely this is fake, or, if not, that it’s actually showing the Nokia 9, which is thought to have an all-screen front, as you can see in the leaked diagram below, which supposedly shows both handsets.

Credit: NokiaPowerUser

A retailer has also listed the phone, suggesting it will come in blue, steel, gold/blue and gold/copper.

TechRadar’s take: Given that an official Nokia image and video have both seemingly shown off the Nokia 8 we can pretty confident that the design is what we’re seeing in the bulk of the images.

Nokia 8 camera and battery

Hottest leaks:

  • A dual-lens 13MP camera
  • Made in collaboration with Zeiss

Most leaked images we’ve seen of the Nokia 8 show it with a dual-lens camera, and we’ve heard from one source that it will be a 13MP dual-lens one, made in partnership with Zeiss.

That’s the same camera brand as powered Nokia handsets of old, and it’s already been confirmed that HMD Global (the company behind Nokia’s new phones) has partnered with the brand.

While we don’t know what this partnership will mean for the Nokia 8, or what tricks its dual-lens camera will have, it seems clear that photography is a focus for HMD Global, so the snapper could be a high point of the phone.

We don’t know anything about the Nokia 8’s battery just yet, other than talk that it will support fast charging, but with a launch likely just around the corner we probably will soon.

TechRadar’s take: A dual-lens camera is looking very likely and 13MP would make sense, as that’s in line with most flagship smartphone cameras.

Nokia 8 internal specs and OS

Hottest leaks:

  • A Snapdragon 835 chipset
  • 4 or 6GB of RAM

Most sources agree that the Nokia 8 will have a Snapdragon 835 chipset. That’s the same high-end one you’ll find in the likes of the HTC U11 and Sony Xperia XZ Premium.

Alongside that it’s also rumored to come in configurations with 4GB and 6GB of RAM, making it undeniably a flagship.

One source adds that there could be 128GB of storage, and it’s said to run Android 7.1.1 Nougat.

TechRadar’s take: The leaked specs sound believable, though if there are both 4GB and 6GB versions it’s possible that not all regions will get both. Expect the 4GB model to be more widespread.

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