Rumors: #Nokia 8 in mass production; Nokia 9 to be waterproof & with 8GB RAM *UPDATE: Edge to edge display, too*

Today we have more rumors about the upcoming Nokia flagships from China. This week German site winfuture.de received a tip from a source in Skandinavia who spotted HMD’s upcoming flagship device, the Nokia 8, in a retailer’s database together with the launch date and price. At first, we were all surprised because of 31st July mentioned as the launch (or maybe pre-order) date, but the recent report from China goes along that info.

Model of Nokia 8 or 9 based on leaks

VTechgraphy reports, that new info about two upcoming Nokia smartphones, the Nokia 8 and the Nokia 9, appeared on Chinese social network Baidu. The source on Baidu says that HMD plans to introduce two high end Devices named Nokia 8 and Nokia 9, both with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 platform and ZEISS-branded Dual-lens camera, as well as with “Pure” Android.

The Nokia 8 is rumored to feature a metal uni-body, overall similar to the Nokia 6, which is not a bad thing at all. It will have a fingerprint scanner at the front, four color options, and is already being mass produced. The 8 will use a LG-made 5.3-inch display with 2K resolution, with the basic configuration being 4GB RAM + 64GB internal storage.

Nokibar’s sketch of Nokia 8 (9) with ZEISS lens

The Baidu source claims that Frandroid’s photos of Nokia TA-1004 are indeed photos of Nokia 8 and its Dual-lens camera. As stated before, the ZEISS logo will go between the dual-camera setup and the laser focus sensor. Take a look once again at the leaked real-life photos down below.

About the Nokia 9, the source claims that it will be waterproof and with “curved” display, but we don’t know if curved means “edge to edge” or just protected with 3D Gorilla Glass.  The 9 will also have a version with 8GB RAM, which means Nokia 9 is probably under the model number TA-1012 we saw many times in benchmark databases.

Alleged Nokia 8 front panel

I find the info about mass production quite interesting, and I’m a little disappointed with the screen size, but have hope that the 9 will come with a bigger screen. The mass production information could be correct because we recently saw the alleged front panel of Nokia 8. Knowing that HMD is very secretive about its business, the front panel must have leaked from the factory where the device is probably mass produced for the rumored 31st July launch. Also, photos of protective cases for Nokia 8 or 9 already leaked on the web, which is another sign that the launch is near.

It’s good to point out again that this is all rumors, and there is no way to confirm information above. The good thing is that the 31st is in 2 weeks, and then we will see if the rumors were correct.

Via: VTechgraphy

Source: Baidu


Update: After checking the correct translation with people who know Chinese, “curved” display stands for “edge to edge” display, also called bezel-less.


Update 2: Evleaks confirmed dual-camera, ZEISS lens and laser focus for Nokia 8.

@Evleaks: ZEISS logo on Nokia 8 positioned between camera and Laser/LED flash opening


Update 3: This is Nokia 8 with ZEIS dual-camera

Photo: This is #Nokia 8 with #ZEISS dual-camera

  • Abhimanyu Chauhan

    So my thoughts are:
    Few days arto numella said one thing.
    We will have two kinds of flagship.innovative flagship and regular flagship.So things are going by that way.if thistle come as true I will buy Nokia 9 because of innovation.one thing for sure size of both devices will be same,but something we will see new in tech world.everyday we says lots of leak of samsung apple and others.but hmd is successful in keeping things secret.let’s see what happens on 31st july

  • Muerte

    Graphene sensor on Nokia 9 would be something that would turn all eyes on Nokia-phones again. At least the tech-savvy ones. Not to say that there is not enough attention now, but it would be great to see the next leap in the smartphone camera tech, coming from Nokia’s R&D chambers, and made alive by HMD.

    In the end, graphene will be commercialized at some point… Maybe it is time.

    • Xiaomi MiMix is zechnically most advanced phone of today and nobody cares for it anymore. So, Nokia flagship has to be complete not technically most advanced

      • Muerte

        Yep, I agree. Not only technically most advanced 😉

  • EricLovesSymbian

    EricLovesSymbian says:

    AMOLED screen with Android O and several Nokia user interface tweaks and Nokia optimizations.

    This will generate more interest and if they can launch this (or these devices) and have it in people’s hands worldwide before the holiday season (usually mid November), then we can all breathe a sigh of relief.

    Otherwise if they announce it on July 31st, then make it China only , then release it in select markets around November, then have it get sold out, and have it shipped with Android N not Android O, and hearing that production can’t meet demand, and have us wait til January or February 2018, then…

    I honestly don’t know anymore.

    By then, people will already have the iPhone 8 and Samsung and LG will come out with their flagship phones less than a month later, and with the Snapdragon 845 chipset.
    Nokia needs to light a fire under HMD and tell them to hurry up.
    The world is thirsty for Nokia phones and they need to hurry up!

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  • EricLovesSymbian

    EricLovesSymbian says:

    Answer to why they won’t put a polycarbonate transparent layer on “top” of the gorilla Glass is because it will not survive the fire and scratch test.

    Perhaps they can mimic what Sony did with the xz premium (or was it Motorola) with those new shatter proof screens.

    Perhaps Nokia could put a thin layer or transparent polycarbonate underneath the gorilla Glass for added protection (with will also aid in the structural rigidity and enhance torsional strength).

    Then, when and if the glass cracks, breaks, gets damaged, Nokia could simply replace the glass part for super cheap.

    (Just a thought)

  • MrcheGuev

    I’d love the Nokia 8 to be waterproof as well , 5,3″ and ip68 rated that would be nice !

  • Viccky Maurya

    My assumption regarding production was right. 😀

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