Nokia 8/P1 Rumor Roundup—Snapdragon 835 Processor, 22.3 MP Camera, 6 GB RAM & More
Long before Apple and Android became household names, Nokia dominated the mobile industry. The Finland-based company was one of the first to develop smartphones, and their classic N95 with 2G "high-speed" internet connectivity was declared the "best smartphone ever" by some in 2007. Outside of the US, before the iPhone became all the rage, owning a Nokia phone was a status symbol akin to wearing a Rolex or Omega watch.
Nokia's decline was almost immediate, with its Symbian OS being overtaken by its more innovative iOS and Android competitors. Nokia's fate was seemingly sealed when it decided not to fully adapt into Android's ecosystem, choosing instead to partner with Microsoft and its Windows Phone OS in 2011. Microsoft eventually bought Nokia's mobile division in 2014, then sold it to HMD Global a few years later. This year, Nokia has finally decided to embrace Android, but has to start anew after its doomed foray in the world of Windows.
The Nokia 6 was released in January 2017 to test the waters, limiting its availability to the Chinese market. It was an immediate hit, quickly selling off its initial stock of 9,000 units in mere seconds within release.
With Nokia off to a tremendous start, all eyes are now fixated on the company, salivating at the prospect of a premium flagship release. There's no shortage of rumors in this department, with all the buzz revolving around the much anticipated model P1, aka the Nokia 8, and here is what we know so far about Nokia's potentially epic flagship.
Mobile World Congress 2017 came and went, and the conspicuous absence of the Nokia 8's reveal is still fresh in the minds of many who were excited at the prospect of a Nokia flagship. All hope is not lost though, and according to a new rumor, Nokia's Flagship will be here sooner than we think. TechSpot reports via anonymous sources that the Nokia 8 is scheduled to arrive June 2017.
This rumor goes hand in hand with the established news that Samsung has a monopoly on the first production run of Nokia's rumored processor, the Snapdragon 835, for its upcoming Galaxy S8. If Nokia plans on using it as rumors suggest, it makes sense to release the 8 at the end of Q2 at the earliest.
The Nokia P1 (or Nokia 8) won't actually be made by Nokia itself. HMD Global, another Finnish company, acquired the rights to manufacture and sell Nokia branded smartphones in late-2016 and will be responsible for the flagship. While not Nokia in name, HMD is most certainly Nokia in spirit, with a majority of its team comprising of longtime Nokia employees. HMD Global CEO Arto Nummela, for example, joined Nokia all the way back in 1994.
Know Your Mobile suggests that Nokia will want to keep its upcoming models, from lower-tier to flagship handsets, similar design-wise for brand consistency. In this case, we have the Nokia 6's design to build on. Like the 6, the P1 (or Nokia 8) will sport an aluminum unibody frame and feature a bottom front-mounted capacitive home button that doubles as a fingerprint scanner.
From there, there might be more refinement in the P1's design to reflect its flagship status. First, it's believed that the phone's front and rear panel will comprise of Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Second, the display itself will have extremely thin side bezels reminiscent of LG's upcoming G6, to maximize its aspect ratio and overall aesthetics. Finally, rumors abound that the Nokia P1 (or Nokia 8) will follow the lead of major competitors and rate its flagship for water and dust resistance. Rumors vary with this regard, with the P1 having an IP rating of either IP57 or IP68.
Despite the shortage of Qualcomm's upcoming 835 due to Samsung's monopoly on its initial production run, rumors persist that the Nokia P1 (or Nokia 8) will run on the latest Snapdragon.
Besides sporting the latest and greatest processor, Nokia's flagship will include 6 GB of RAM, 128 to 256 GB on board storage, expandability via micro SD highly likely.
The Inquirer reports that the Nokia P1 (or Nokia 8) will come with a 5.3-inch AMOLED display, with 2,560 x 1,440 QHD resolution. They also claim that the phone will come in two different sizes like the iPhone 7, with the larger model sporting a 5.5-inch screen, but we haven't found any other reports to substantiate this claim. We will update accordingly as more details surface regarding this rumor.
Also, as mentioned before, it will be a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 display with thin side bezels to maximize the screen aspect ratio and heighten its aesthetics.
Nokia is famous the world over for furnishing its phones with incredible cameras, and the upcoming P1 (or Nokia 8) will be no different. It can potentially lead the flagship pack camera-wise with its rumored 22.3 MP shooter. It is unclear however if Nokia will still utilize Carl Zeiss optics. We will update when we get something more concrete in this department.
Based off rumors, the Nokia P1 (or Nokia 8) will have a non-removable 3,500 mAh battery. Analog lovers will love Nokia's inclusion of a standard 3.5 mm audio jack for traditional headphones and straightforward device to car connectivity. The phone will also feature a reversible USB Type-C charging port for added durability and overall future-proofing.
The Nokia P1 (or Nokia 8) is widely expected to run on Android Nougat out of the box and will fully take advantage of all its latest features. That said, the pairing of Nokia's flagship and Nougat sounds like a match made in heaven, and opens up enormous possibilities for the device to fully take advantage of, not the least of which are Google's Daydream VR and battery-conserving Doze feature.
Pricing for the Nokia 8 is still pretty hazy. Hindustan Times claimed earlier this year that the 8 will run $800 for the 128 GB and $950 for the 256 GB variant.
But a more recent leak by TechSpot claims the opposite, stating that the Nokia 8 will be incredibly cheaper, with a price tag of $579 for the base model and $652 for its higher storage variant.
Let's hope, and hope hard, that the latter rumor turns out to be true. What's widely expected however, is that the Nokia 8 will be available for sale in the US, though it's too soon to tell whether or not it'll be available on major carriers.
These are all the pertinent rumors we have right now concerning Nokia's giant-slaying flagship. Note that any images available for the P1 (or Nokia 8) so far are concept renders, which will almost certainly be different from the final product, but gives us a rough idea of what the handset might look like. The name P1 may also only be a code-name akin to Blackberry's Mercury and most likely will be named the Nokia 8.