New Nokia 8 Listed Ahead of Launch, But is it The Real Deal?

HMD Global, which manufactures smartphones under the Nokia brand name, has very big plans to revive the once-iconic brand. The nearest pit-stop is the Mobile World Congress or the MWC which will be held in. HMD Global is expected to unveil at least four new handsets on the first day of the event on Feb 26. They include the Nokia 3, three Nokia 5, the Nokia 6 and the evergreen Nokia 3310. The Nokia 8 may be launched in the same event and has been listed on popular Chinese online shopping sites. Their veracity has not been determined, however.

Nokia 8
Fan render of the new Nokia 8

Till now, the Nokia 6 has been a China-exclusive product only. The new Nokia 8 has been listed on popular online destination JD.com or Jingdong Mall, which was formerly known as 360buy. This outlet is one of the largest B2c forums in that country. Another Hong Kong-based re-seller has also listed the same product on a different website. The problem is that the two listings show two different prices. While the listing on JD.com shows a price tag of CNY 3,188 which translated into a little over Rs 31,000, the Hong Kong-based reseller quotes a price tag of HKD 5999, which is slightly more than Rs 50,000. The two confusing prices indicate that no one knows the real price of the Nokia 8 for sure.

Nokia 8 (Alleged) Specs and Features

The new Nokia 8 has been manufactured by HMD Global under the Nokia brand. Said to ship with a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display, the new Nokia smartphone has QHD resolution with 2560 x 1440 pixels. Expect Gorilla Glass Glass 5 to protect the new smartphone. The latest and the very in-demand Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 will power the phone, failing which the Snapdragon 821 processor is expected. Experts say that 6GB of RAM is expected. This significant memory will be paired with two storage variants, 64GB and 128GB, expandable up to 256GB via microSD card. On the camera front, the smartphone is expected to offer a 24-megapixel camera with Zeiss certification, OIS (optical image

The new Nokia 8 will also have very impressive camera specs. Expect a superb Zeiss-certified 24-megapixel rear camera with OIS or optical image stabilization, Super EIS or Electronic image stabilization and dual-tone LED Flash. The front snapper will be a 12-megapixel one ideal for selfies and video calling. The new Nokia 8 will be powered by a 3,500 mAh battery equipped with fast charging capability. Other features include a fingerprint scanner and dual front-facing speakers. The new smartphone will run on Android 7.0 Nougat OS and will be IP68 certified for water and dust resistance. The price confusion apart, Nokia certainly seems to have a winner on its hands with the new Nokia 8.

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