This Official Image of the Nokia 8 Hints at an Imminent Release

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Hold onto your chairs, Nokia 8 is a fully fledged flagship and it looks like it’s going to be here very soon. Because Nokia published it on their Chinese website.

It has already been circulating in online groups for some time, and it seems all the more likely we will see the Nokia 8 released to the public very soon. It has a sleek and curvy design, with capacitive buttons below the display. Renders of the device first showed up on Twitter, through the popular industry Twitter profile Evan Blass (@evleaks). It quickly spread among fans, and everything points towards a release in just a couple of weeks. A user from the Chinese social media network Baidu grabbed this screenshot of the phone on the Chinese website makes it all but certain.

Rumors say that the device is a true flagship model, meaning all of the shiny exterior hides even shinier innards. According to benchmarking apps, the device has a powerful Snapdragon 835 chipset, 4GB to 6GB of RAM, a Quad HD display, and a pair of main cameras with 13-megapixel resolution. They haven’t laid back on expenses with the optics of the cameras either, as it carries the much respected Carl Zeiss brand. As a whole, it’s an impressive package, provided they have a smooth user experience it could give other manufacturers a run for their money. It also comes equipped with Android 7.1.1 Nougat.

Nokia just recently came back to the mobile market after a tumultuous relationship with Microsoft, following the acquisition of their mobile division in September 2013. They have an uphill battle to fight, but the brand carries global recognition. Provided the company doesn’t make do with “good enough” they should be able to have a noticeable impact on the market, especially since they dropped their obsolete Symbian OS and switched over to Android. The Android ecosystem has seen many improvements over recent years, and the differences in the user experience between iOS to Android seem to dwindle every year. Because of this, it stands to argue that with a strong brand and a very solid operating system the phone could do very well. Judging by consumer interest, Nokia could make a grand re-entry into the mobile market this year.

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