Thursday, July 27, 2017

Nokia 8 with Zeiss Cameras

HMD Global is apparently working on its first flagship smartphone called Nokia 8 that could give tough competition to its arch rivals with dual rear cameras and will likely sport a Snapdragon 835 processor. Now, well-known tipster Evan Blass has posted a teaser image of the upcoming Nokia 8. The teaser image shows a dual rear setup with Carl Zeiss lens optics, and Blass later followed it with a full blown render of what the Nokia 8 will look like.

Based on the image, the dual cameras are stacked vertically accompanied by a laser auto-focus sensor and a dual-tone LED flash. This purportedly confirms the Nokia 8 will feature a dual camera system with Zeiss branding, a move aimed to position the phone against the iPhone 7 Plus, one of the highest rated smartphones in the market. HMD Global and Zeiss have themselves confirmed future branding on the Nokia phones.

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On the front, the Nokia 8 screen appears to be an edge-less display from the sides, but there is a home button on the front as well, so it won’t be totally bezel-less if you go by this photo. We’ve also seen other leaks around the Nokia 8 smartphone. Another report from German website WinFuture reveals more details about the upcoming smartphone. The report said the launch that could take place at the end of the month on July 31. It also revealed the model number TA-1004 of the device, along with the full specifications of Nokia 8.

Nokia 8 will feature a Snapdragon 835 processor along with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal memory, according to the report. It will offer dual-SIM functionality and the single-SIM variant is also being planned.

The size of the display is still unclear, though a recent report has claimed it could be a 5.3-inch Quad HD resolution one. According to leaks, there will be at least four colours: blue, steel, gold/copper and gold/blue. Rumour has it the phone could be launched at €589 (or approx Rs 43,415) for Scandinavian countries, but the device might cost less in other parts of Europe.

This appears to be HMD’s high-end Nokia-branded device, and will likely ship with a pure version of Android 7.1.1 Nougat. It seems that HMD is sticking with physical keys and larger display bezels for its Nokia-branded flagship device. That could make the Nokia 8 a hard sell against the Samsung Galaxy S8 and other similar Android-powered handsets, but pricing could make up for the design elements.

While this Nokia 8 will include Carl Zeiss optics, it won’t have the same type of camera system that was made by the engineers of Nokia’s PureView. Apple hired Nokia’s Lumia photography expert, and the majority of the talent behind Nokia’s camera work left the company when Microsoft acquired Nokia’s phone business.