At MWC 2017 Nokia announced its Nokia 3, 5, 6 and 3310, which are fantastic budget- to mid-range smartphones. We're now looking forward to something higher up the range, as Nokia prepares to unveil its flagship Nokia 8. (Also see: Nokia 2 rumours, Nokia 7 rumours and Nokia 9 rumours.)
As with those earlier phone announcements, the Nokia 8 will feature a premium metal design and a pure Android OS with timely updates. To this winning formula the company is likely to add dual-cameras with Zeiss optics at the rear, a Quad-HD display and the meaty Snapdragon 835 processor.
When is the Nokia 8 release date?
The word on the street is that the Nokia 8 could be announced today: 20 July 2017.
We're not entirely convinced, given that this rumour is based purely on the date shown on the screen of a promotional image on the company's own website (now removed). That said, with both official press renders and the specifications having already leaked online, there's not much point in the company holding back.
Previously, everyone seemed fairly settled on the idea of HMD Global announcing the Nokia 8 on 31 July, although there has been no official word from the company.
If we don't see the Nokia 8 announced at the end of July, we'd expect it to be announced at an IFA press conference on or around 31 August.
How much will the Nokia 8 cost in the UK?
The Scandinavian retailer who suggests the Nokia 8 will launch in July also claims it will cost €589. In the UK that translates to around £517, so we'll probably see a price tag of around £519.99.
This makes sense, leaving some scope above it for what is likely to be an even more expensive Nokia 9, while still competing with other UK flagships using the Snapdragon 835. If anything, it seems a little cheap, but we won't be complaining if it's true.
What are the rumoured new features and specifications?
|Rumoured specifications||Nokia 8|
|Display||5.3in Quad-HD (2560x1440), 16:9, Gorilla Glass 5|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (Adreno 540 GPU)|
|RAM||4GB (6GB & 8GB options could follow)|
|Primary camera||Dual 13Mp Carl Zeiss cameras|
|Connectivity||802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4, USB-C, Quick Charge 4.0|
|Fingerprint scanner||Yes, rear-mounted|
The key difference between the Nokia 8 and Nokia 9 is thought to be the screen, with this the smaller model of the two with a 5.3in display. It will most likely feature a 16:9 display, while the upcoming Nokia 9 will house a 18:9 screen.
This is demonstrated by a leak reported by NokiaPowerUser that shows the Nokia 8 with dual cameras and a physical fingerprint reader, alongside drawings of the supposed Nokia 9, which loses the fingerprint sensor to the rear while sporting a near bezel-less design.
It's expected to be a Quad-HD (2560x1440 pixels) panel, with minimal bezels to the left and right but a bit more space top and bottom than recent flagships such as the Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6.
Dual-speakers will be found below the display, which would result in an overall chassis size of 151.55x73.7mm.
Protective Gorilla Glass 5 will also likely feature.
Processor, RAM and storage
The vast majority of leaks surrounding the Nokia 8 have suggested it will feature Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 835 chip, a quad-core chip built on the 10nm manufacturing process, optimised for energy efficiency and performance. However, we've also see the Snapdragon 660 tipped for the Nokia 8 (the Snapdragon 835 reserved for the Nokia 9), which could explain the relatively low price.
As standard the Nokia 8 should be available with 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage, though models with 6GB- and 8GB of RAM could be coming later.
The camera is expected to be a key selling point for the upcoming Nokia 8, with HMD Global confirming that Nokia's collaboration with Zeiss optics is back on. Zeiss is reportedly "rekindling its commitment to set new imaging standards for Nokia customers".
Not only will the Nokia 8 feature premium optics, but it is expected to get a dual 13Mp cameras at the rear - and another 13Mp selfie camera at the front. So photography is going to be a key selling point for the Nokia 8.
@evleaks has offered the following teaser:
Ports and connections
Despite the fact that the Nokia handsets lower down the range use Micro-USB, the Nokia 8 will charge over USB-C. Quick Charge 4.0 should also feature, given the Snapdragon chip, though we've not heard anything as to whether the Nokia 8 will also support wireless charging.
What does the Nokia 8 look like?
It's anticipated that the Nokia 8 will look very much like the smartphones lower down the line - Nokia made a point of saying no matter the price point you'll get a premium design when it announced its earlier handsets.
VentureBeat has published the following image. In line with the rumours, there is a dual-camera on the rear, and what looks to be a 16:9 screen with a physical home button below the screen.
Until now, all the images leaked had been concepts - as seen in the video below.
Four colour options are expected to include Blue, Steel, Gold/Blue and Gold/Copper, all of which should offer IP68 waterproofing protection.
Also see: Best new phones coming in 2017 & 2018