HMD looks set to launch a new smartphone in China this week. The company has sent out invites for an event which will be held on October 19, a couple of days from now.
While there’s currently no official information on the star of the event, the official TMALL Nokia store currently features an animated GIF that teases a phone with the Bothie feature.
It’s the company’s Nokia 8 smartphone that brought this feature along, so it’s reasonable to assume that the teaser is the current flagship. If that’s the case, it’s highly likely that China will get the new 6GB RAM variant, which was recently launched in Europe.
However, some reports also say that October 19 will mark the unveiling of a completely new Nokia 7 smartphone – they say ‘qi’ in Chinese refers to 7, and hence the speculation. The wait to know isn’t long though, just a couple of days left.
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As scheduled, the Nokia 8 smartphone is now available for purchase in India. Amazon currently has the Steel variant in stock, with Tempered Blue set to arrive tomorrow. Price tag, which was already confirmed late last month, is INR 36,999 (around $572).
Those interested in other color options can head to the website of retailer Sangeetha Mobiles, which currently has all four colors in stock. Pricing remains the same at INR 36,999. The device comes with 4GB RAM, although a new, 6GB RAM variant has also been launched by the company in Europe.
Via | Amazon • Sangeetha Mobiles
Nokia 8 was announced back in August with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage. Now a new, more premium version of the flagship appeared in Finland. Several retailers in the company’s home market now offer the Nokia 8 with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage for the sweet price of €649.99.
The boosted Nokia 8 version is offered only in Polished Blue both on DNA and Verkkokauppa. Both retailers offer the device with different monthly payment plans, too, if that’s your thing.
For comparison, the regular version with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage costs around €579.
Delivery is in one week, meaning first owners of the Nokia 8 with 6 GB RAM will get their device as early as next Thursday, October 19.
Nokia 8 comes with Snapdragon 835 chipset and dual 13 MP cameras with Carl Zeiss optics. It runs Android Nougat, but HMD already promised that the flagship should get Oreo by the end of 2017.
Source 1 (in Finnish) • Source 2 (in Finnish) | Via (in Dutch)
HMD has started pushing out a new update to the Nokia 8. Weighing in at around 295MB, it’s a security update that brings along Android patches for October. Other changes include system stability improvements and UI enhancements.
This comes shortly after a similar update was pushed out to the Nokia 6. However, unlike that update, the Nokia 8 update doesn’t bring Android OS version 7.1.2.
In case you missed, HMD has already confirmed that all Nokia phones will get the Oreo update before the end of this year.
Nokia 6 has started receiving a new update. Weighing in at around 665MB, the update bumps the OS version to 7.1.2 and also brings along Android security patches for October.
In addition, the update also includes system stability improvements and UI enhancements. As is usually the case with OTA roll outs, it might take time for the update notification to pop up on your device’s screen.
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While there have been strong indications that the Nokia 8 is headed to the United States, sadly, HMD has now confirmed that won’t be the case. The company has made it clear that the device won’t be launched in the US at all.
Rex Fryhover, head of sales of HMD US revealed this in a reply to a user query on email.
The reason, the executive said, is that the phone is not “properly banded” for the country. He did offered some hope to the Nokia fans in the US by saying they are developing a device portfolio with the US market as their main focus.
Early renders of the upcoming Nokia 9 enticed with a bezel-less screen and vertically-arranged dual camera. New renders – a collaboration between CompareRaja and @OnLeaks – are here to give us a closer look.
Nokia 9 speculative renders
The phone will allegedly measure 140.9 x 72.9 x 7.5mm, though the camera hump pushes the thickness to 8.9mm. We don’t know the sensor size yet, we’ve only heard about the IMX258 (a 1/3.06” sensor which is the sensor used in the Nokia 8 and LG G6).
Anyway, there should be a 5.5” AMOLED on the front with curved sides similar to the Galaxy flagships. Rumors indicate an 18:9 panel with QHD+ resolution. This pushes the fingerprint reader on the back (below the camera).
The rumor mill believes HMD will put a €750 price tag on the Nokia 9. When the phone might launch is hard to tell.