Rumors: #Nokia 8 with more RAM could hit China and the US

To simplify the manufacturing process and speed up deliveries, HMD Global decided to offer just the 4GB/64GB variant of the Nokia 8 at launch. It’s a sane decision for a company that faced logistical issues before with the 3, 5 and 6, especially when a flagship is in question. Now, NPU reports that sources familiar with HMD revealed that the company is indeed planning to launch a “customized” version of the Nokia 8 once the main variant hits the market.

The customized version, that includes 6GB or more of RAM, and 128GB (or more) of internal memory, should first appear in China, a high priority market for HMD. NPU’s source says that the improved version of Nokia 8 may hit the US too, but US is not high on HMD’s priority list because the market is historically less keen to Nokia compared to Europe and Asia.

It seems unfair to customers in other markets that HMD will be selling a “better” version of the 8 in China and US, but these markets will have to wait a little longer for the “improved” variant, because the main 4GB/64GB variant is expected to go on sale early next month. The variant with 6GB/128GB will probably be more expensive than the main variant that costs €599.

Again, a variant with more RAM is needed in extremely competitive markets like China, but I would put there India, too. In fact, it would be best to offer the 6GB/128GB variant on most markets, once the supply reaches a comfortable level for targeted markets, i.e. China and the US.

  • Deep Shekhar

    To be honest, 4GB of RAM is more than sufficient for a normal as well as for a power user. Optimization of OS holds the key as you take the best example of iPhone 7 having ‘mere’ 2GB of RAM and still getting everyone done gracefully without any hiccups. But the current OEMs have made the consumers to go mad for the specs rather than real life performances. So, for consumer’s satisfaction and to win the spec-sheet race, OEM’s have come up to deliver 8GB & more RAM just for the ARM processors, which isn’t needed at all!!!

  • Muerte

    hmmm… I thought Sarvikas already sort of described this when he explained the single variant approach. Read it from Nokiamob 🙂 And he told that markets without Google store (China) need more RAM as the apps are not so good.

  • SIMO

    I’m wondering what this bodes for a purported Nokia 9. If the Nokia 8 does not come to the US, it lends credence to Nokia 9 rumors being in the works this year. But if some variant of the Nokia 8 comes to the US, I’m thinking the Nokia 9 is either a myth or not coming until next year.

    In other words I don’t see both a Nokia 8 AND 9 coming to the US market this year. Just 1 or the other.

  • SIMO

    One more thought, although I know it’s very unlikely. Could the rumored Nokia 9 actually just be the US/China versions of the Nokia 8? The NPU article mentions “other changes” besides just RAM and storage. Just a thought. Or just wishful thinking as I can’t wait to get my hands on whatever Nokia flagship comes here to the U.S. 🙂

    • Well, it could, but it doesn’t make sense, because competitors are pushing big-screen flagships and people want such phones. Would like the 9 to look more like G6, than S8. G6 seems more durable (talking about the way the screen is implemented)

      • The dream Nokia 9 posted by Nokibar looks so good.

        I would like to add front facing speakers though.

        • SIMO

          It looks way too fake. Just a Lumia 920 with some photoshopped adjustments. I would prefer the polished metal look of the Nokia 8 with the bezelless display. But I’d take polycarbonate if it means wireless charging.

          • Its not real.. just a person at Nokibar’s vision of what he’ll like Nokia 9 to look like..

      • SIMO

        I agree with you. What I mean is maybe one of those “other changes” NPU is referring to is the bezelless display? I know that’s far-fetched as it would basically render it a completely different model of phone. But I just can’t think of what “other changes” besides RAM and storage means.

        • Yeah, I also was confused what other improvements. Maybe a slightly bigger battery (like 100mAh or similar), because more RAM consumes more battery or maybe Android O out of the box. It’s not hardware, I know.

  • If China & USA is getting and upgraded spec’d N8.. wouldn’t it be better for manufacturing lines to have a standard 6/128GB for all the markets & no 4/64.

    • It indeed would, but there are other factors like availability and price of memory. Memory is expected to rise in price, and is constantly rising, so it could affect the price. They need a good margin to be sustainable

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