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Nokia 8 To Launch This Month For Below $600: Can It Steal The Thunder Of Samsung's Galaxy Note 8, Apple's iPhone 8?

17 July 2017, 7:09 pm EDT By Aaron Mamiit Tech Times
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HMD Global is planning to launch the flagship Nokia 8 at the end of the month, according to a report. The smartphone, previously thought to be named the Nokia 9, might carry a price tag of less than $600.  ( David Ramos | Getty Images )

HMD Global, the Finland-based company that now owns the rights to the Nokia brand, is planning to launch the flagship Nokia 8 at the end of the month.

The flagship Nokia smartphone was expected to be called the Nokia 9, but a report claims that it will instead be called the Nokia 8. No matter the name, will it be good enough to steal the thunder of Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 and Apple's iPhone 8?

Nokia 8 Specs And Price

The Nokia 8, according to a report by reliable German website WinFuture, carries the model number TA-1004. It was long expected that the TA-1004 would launch as the Nokia 9, but the website claims that the final name for the smartphone is the Nokia 8.

The expected specifications for the Nokia 8 include the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of internal storage, and dual SIM support. The smartphone is also expected to have at least a 5.3-inch WQHD display, with rumors claiming that the Nokia 8 display will measure 5.7 inches.

HMD Global recently announced an exclusive new partnership with Zeiss. Will the Nokia 8 camera already carry Zeiss branding? The timing will be tight, but it is not entirely out of the realm of possibility, especially considering that the smartphone is rumored to have a dual rear camera.

There is also expected to be four Nokia 8 colors, specifically blue, steel, gold and blue, and gold and copper.

As for the price of the Nokia 8, there is no information yet on how much HMD Global will sell the smartphone in the United States. The device will be sold for about €589 in Europe, WinFuture claims, which is equivalent to around $675. However, it is believed that the Nokia 8 will also be sold under $600 in the United States.

The wait for the official announcement on the price and details of the smartphone might not be long though, as the Nokia 8 release date could come as soon as the end of the month.

Is This The Nokia 9?

The reported specifications of the Nokia 8 are similar to the previously reported Nokia 9 prototype, so it appears that what happened was a simple case of a name change.

Versions with 8 GB of RAM, however, were spotted on Nokia 9 Geekbench results and Nokia 9 FCC rounds. Is this another version of the Nokia 8 that has not yet been leaked, or is this actually the real Nokia 9, which will even be better than the upcoming Nokia 8?

Nokia fans will have to wait until HMD Global makes an official announcement to find out the answer.

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