Manufacturers are moving on from the notch to a pinhole in the screen, and Nokia could be following the trend and have a smartphone with a punch-hole camera in store.
Presumably called the Nokia 8.1 Plus, it showed up in a 360-degree video and leaked renders that tell a lot of what to expect.
Punch-hole, Hole-punch, Pinhole Camera
Arguably the most interesting detail to take away from the renders and the 360-degree video is the punch-hole camera in the top-left corner of the screen, which is said to measure at 6.22 inches and have an FHD+ resolution.
Of course, that's not all there is that's worth attention. There's also a USB Type-C port, a 3.5mm headphone jack at the top, a Zeiss dual-camera configuration coupled with a dual-LED flash, and a fingerprint reader on the rear.
New Trend, New Design
HMD Global already unveiled the Nokia 8.1, which sports a notch, in December. In other words, the potential Nokia 8.1 Plus could have more differences from its predecessor than a bigger screen and a few spec bumps here and there.
Most smartphone makers such as Lenovo and Huawei are taking a page from Samsung's playbook and its Infinity-O display (as seen on the Galaxy A8s). At that, it shouldn't be much of a stretch to believe that Nokia is taking the same route as the others, but as always, it's advised to take the info culled from the leaked renders with a grain of salt.
In other related news, the Nokia 9 PureView recently got leaked. It's expected to have a penta-lens camera configuration, wireless charging support, and an under-display fingerprint scanner. It's believed to be HMD Global's flagship for 2019.
Here comes your very first look at the first hole-in-display #NOKIA smartphone! Unfortunately I don't know the name of it but I guess it may be called NOKIA 8.1 Plus. 360° video + gorgeous 5K renders + dimensions, on behalf of my Friends over @91mobiles -> https://t.co/JQYW8E8sPP pic.twitter.com/tMwcUJE2pm — Steve H.McFly (@OnLeaks) January 9, 2019