When first large screen smartphones came, many dreamed of a phone with pretty small bezels. Xiaomi offered a solution which was great but impractical because the front-facing camera was positioned at the chin like in the Nokia N9. Then the notch came and offered the new way of a phone design with small bezels all around the screen. Many liked the notch, but also many didn’t, and with the hole-punch displays that Samsung started, the notches could be just a memory. Soon after Samsung showed the first phone with a hole-punch camera display, Honor followed and HMD did also.
Onleaks shared the HD renders of what could be the Nokia 8.1 Plus, even though the real name is jet to be revealed. This could easily be the first Nokia device from HMD to come with a punch-hole display. The front-facing camera will be positioned to the top left part of the display, and probably the notifications and carrier name will be displayed after it. The top bezel is really small but big enough for the earpiece to be centrally positioned and nicely hidden. The size of the chin seems to be reduced also, but there will be enough place for the Nokia logo.
According to OnLeaks, the device will measure 156.9 x 76.2 x 7.9mm in size with the additional 1.6 mm in the area where the camera module is. The device could be coming with 6.22 inch large display which became standard size for the upper mid-range class of smartphones. This device will be coming with the dual camera setup that will have ZEISS lenses. The fingerprint reader will be placed under the camera module. The overall design does look like Nokia 8.1 so the OnLeaks’s guess about the name could be right.
This device will be coming with the 3.5 mm headset jack, and there will be the USB-C port at the bottom together with one microphone hole on the opposite side.
Check out the 360 video made from the renders of the device.
Since the good quality renders of the device are already out, the announcement could be soon. Somehow I think we will be seeing this one at MWC2019. How do you like this solution for the front facing camera?