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Nokia 8 appears at official site with July 20 launch date

In an indication at the unveil of its flagship Nokia 8 tomorrow, HMD has started updating its web properties for the ultimate launch. An eagle-eyed member of Baidu community in China was able to grab a screenshot of what appears to be the Nokia 8 official page.

The screenshot clearly reveals Nokia 8 in its full glory and also confirms the name leaving very less to imagination. The Nokia 8 in the official image looks better than the leaked renders before, as one can see and compare in the images above and below.

Here is the cropped Nokia 8 image from the official Nokia 8 page screenshot.

The Nokia 8 official render bears 20/7 on itself that may very well indicate release of Nokia 8 tomorrow on July 20. This has been a trend with Nokia to tease release date of smartphones on official renders.

You can check full details about Nokia 8 at our dedicated page.

Via: Baidu

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Nayan has more than 10 years of experience of covering Technology and innovations. He is a big Nokia fan and Tech disruptions aficionado. He loves to review new cool gadgets and writing about Android, iOS, Gadgets and general Technology stuff. He has been associated with other well-known Tech sites WinCentral and GadgetOx since long.

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  • Sankar Pillay Hovelly

    Looks awfully similar to the Nokia 5 shown in official HMD website. Same design and color.

  • DBS

    Of course the page is no longer available (if it ever was to start with).

    That said, tomorrow we’ll see.
    And if all of this turns out real, them I’m glad to see Arto Nummela has been quickly kicked out of the CEO post already. I think I’ll ask for Sarvikas head next, since if this Nokia 8 is real, it has been his terrible decisions that produced, so far, a terrible low end device (Nokia 3), two OK but overpriced low end phones (for what they offer) and a “flagship” that is just a reused Nokia 5 with a different camera and SoC.

    So far the only decent thing HMD has done is the Nokia 3310 (and even there they massively screwed up with the lack of 3G). This can’t continue and I’m glad Nokia is already taking steps to correct HMD’s path.

    • ankitmav87

      Yes indeed some bold decisions needed now…the product team at HMD are a joke …they don’t even research the current market scenario.
      Take example how good the product team for Huawei,Apple ,LG are.Absolutely top class.
      They take feedback from general users and develop there products,where as HMD slapping old and obsolete hardware which is way over priced like the Microsoft way for eg. LUMIA 830.
      The board has to be ruthless if they “want” to survive the highly
      competitive mobile market.

      • Lars

        “Old hardware” – this has current high-end specs with Snapdragon 835, OLED 2k Display, etc.
        “Market research” – there is a great demand for flagships running stock android with timely updates
        “Overpriced” – this thing is cheaper than everything except the OnePlus 5, which is the only phone with these specs (and without a 2k display) that is the same price as Nokia 8.

        So I really don’t see where Nokia has made bad choices here. The only thing I hear people moan about is design, that it is “old” , but if “new” design means having messy glass backs full of fingerprints that break easily, I for one don’t want it.

        • 777sasha3331

          Not have innovation! Nokia Ozo Audio-not have! Iris Scanner-not have!

        • matt

          The one thing that I would perhaps consider old is the touch buttons on the bottom bezel. I was really really hoping to see a rear finger print scanner and no buttons, I’m currenly considering maybe moving down to a mid tear phone from my 2 year old LG G4, I am currently holding out to see what the Nokia 7 comes out as. I really hope they try moving the finger print scanner to the back for that

          • DBS

            The front fingerprint scanner is the one thing I like here. Rear fingerprint scanners are a nightmare. You pretty much can’t unlock the phone without holding it. So no car navigation is possible, no resting the phone on any surface etc.
            And if the idea is a bezel-less display, then the side mounted one – like Sony – is the ideal to me.

            I personally also prefer physical buttons. They don’t take away screen real estate and on OLED displays they’re a better solution than software that tries to prevent burn ins.

        • DBS

          ” there is a great demand for flagships running stock android with timely updates”

          As proven by the success of the Nexus line, the Motorolas (before Lenovo) and the Google iPixels. And the failure of the Galaxy line of phones. Right? Oh wait. That’s the other way around…

          “So I really don’t see where Nokia has made bad choices here.”

          – No wireless charging;
          – No double-tap to wake
          – No glance
          – Stock (aka shitty) Android
          – Reused carcass of a low end phone
          – No dedicated camera button
          – Likely no IP rating
          – Cheap aluminium body with no premium materials at all

          This from the top of my head.
          Pretty sure IF this thing becomes real I can continue this list.

          Oh and: “messy glass backs full of fingerprints that break easily, I for one don’t want it.”

          I’ve used the Z3 Compact since Nokia left the market in 2014 and then the Galaxy S7. Both phones with glass backs. Both WITHOUT a case. Both fell over and over on all types of floors (from marble to wood to concrete). NONE ever broke. EVER.

          And I for one will NEVER pay a premium price from a piece of aluminium which isn’t even a premium metal. I’d accept that on crappy budget phones. Not on 600€+ euro phones.

          • Lars

            The Nexus familiy was very successful considering the audience it was targeting, Motorola had less than ideal hardware and bad marketing, the Pixel line is very highly regarded but not that successful because of the high price and limited availability.
            I am not saying that Samsungs UI is bad, but Samsung is the biggest smartphone maker in the world. Smaller OEM UIs like LG, Meizu and Asus are just crap.

            – No wireless charging (at least in Germany, only the S8 does that, the Huawei P10, LG G6, Google Pixel, iPhone 7, OnePlus 5, HTC U11 and Sony Xperia XZ Premium all do not offer that)
            – No double-tap to wake (how do you know?)
            – No glance (???)
            – Stock (aka shitty) Android (well that is subjective, I prefer Stock over any of these crap OEM ROMs)
            – Reused carcass of a low end phone ( Maybe that is telling for the good quality of the low-end phone? )
            – No dedicated camera button ( admittedly an omission, but only Sony offers that, and hey, at least there is no Bixby button )
            – Likely no IP rating ( Look at P10, OnePlus 5, which are similar in price, but again an omission)
            – Cheap aluminium body with no premium materials at all
            How is aluminum less premium than glass? Glass, that gets smudgy and ugly everytime you touch it.

            And I for one will NEVER pay a premium price from a piece of aluminium which isn’t even a premium metal. I’d accept that on crappy budget phones. Not on 600€+ euro phones

            Oh, but glass you accept? Glass is used on a lot of cheap phones as well. It is even more generic and bland than Aluminium.

            I agree that this phone is not that innovative, but it is supposed to be the affordable flagship, as an opponent to the OnePlus 5, which it can beat quite easily in my opinion with better unique design (not like iPhone) , probably better cameras, a higher resolution display, timely updates and security patches and a more reputable brand name. It could (but we do not know yet) improve other things as well, like sound quality. The fact is, this phone might not be for you. Great, there is a lot of choice on the market. Does that mean it is a bad decision? No.

            • DBS

              “The Nexus familiy was very successful considering the audience it was targeting”

              Actually not really. It was popular amongst Google-fans but as proven, it wasn’t enough to justify keeping it alive. Hence why it was discontinued and replaced by the iPixels.

              The original Moto X and Moto G were NOT bad phones. Actually they were pretty good. But they offered nothing other than the hardware. So, even with MotoMaker (which was itself a great idea) they failed.

              “the Pixel line is very highly regarded”

              Only by the tech bloggers that Google paid for the reviews. The general consumer couldn’t be less interested in them.

              “Smaller OEM UIs like LG, Meizu and Asus are just crap.”

              Don’t put LG amongst the rest. Xiaomi, Meizu etc completely agree. Because they simply copy the iPhone UI. LG doesn’t.
              But that’s the thing, you’re mixing UI and bloatware with stock Android (and I’ll address now the why stock Android is shit).
              Let’s take TouchWiz as an example. Samsung’s TouchWiz virtues are NOT the UI (which is like a material version of MeeGo) and even less the duplicate apps and services. It’s the things they improve over Android.
              – It’s the theme engine that allows you to customise the colour of your notification tray and system UI apps (this theme engine is built into stock Android by the way. OEMs just need to create the app that accesses it. Which is why if you root a stock Android phone and install the Google Play app Substratum you can actually access those theming capabilities).
              – It’s the split-screen view (which Google ripped off from Samsung) that when you use it, presents you with the app list on the second screen, thus not forcing you to stop everything you’re doing to open the second app.
              – It’s the addition of the built-in blue light filter.

              These are the sort of things that you find on OEM roms that you can’t find on stock Android because Google is constantly playing catch up on features. None of this is bloatware and none of this is design. If Samsung wanted, they could leave stock Android’s design untouched.
              The same goes for LG, Sony etc.

              ____________

              – Wireless charging: the LG G6 doesn’t offer it and that’s why it failed clamorously in Europe. The iPhone is always 3 years behind the rest BUT word has it the new one will bring (and I bet then everyone will suddenly realise wireless charging is essential…because the iPhone has it). The Xperia line had magnetic charging and wireless charging cases. When they started to drop that, the phones began to sell less and less. In fact, the current Xperia line is selling around 3 million phones a quarter, down from 10 million a quarter in 2015.
              The others you mentioned are cheap chinese brands, so I’m not bothering with them.

              – No double-tap: I know because stock Android doesn’t support it. Again, that’s one of those things that OEMs add in their ROMs you dislike so much.

              – Glance Screen? That thing Nokia invented years ago and that Samsung and LG (and now other OEMs) now discovered and called “Always On display” etc?

              – “Maybe that is telling for the good quality of the low-end phone?” Or maybe that is telling of the cheap tricks to cut corners.

              – No camera button makes it the first Nokia “flagship” with Zeiss lenses to have EVER come without a dedicated camera button. And hey, as bad as Bixby is (and it’s a joke), at least there are ways to remap it to open the camera instead (even though Samsung keeps douch-ly trying to prevent that).

              – “How is aluminum less premium than glass?”, Aluminium is a cheap metal. It takes no real craftsmanship to produce aluminium bodies for phones. Glass on the other hand is far more complicated to craft in a way that can be used in smartphones.

              “Glass is used on a lot of cheap phones as well. It is even more generic and bland than Aluminium.”

              Present a list of cheap phones with glass housings. Go on. I’ll wait. But I’ll sit down because I don’t want to wait forever while you try to find that which does not exist 😉

              – “an opponent to the OnePlus 5, which it can beat quite easily in my opinion with better unique design (not like iPhone) , probably better cameras, a higher resolution display, timely updates and security patches and a more reputable brand name.”

              With this I agree (except the OnePlus 5 has far better software. Actually, you can take Oxygen OS as an excellent example of stock Android with only minor tweaks to add value to the customer like the system-wide black theme). However, OnePlus isn’t a threat. Trying to lure people away from them is like trying to fight over the left overs in a box of cereal. The customers Nokia has to call back are all those ex-Nokia users who moved on unto Galaxy phones and iPhones. And this “affordable flagship” (or as one might put it, overpriced mid-ranger) will not do it. In fact, this strategy of the “affordable flagship” already failed once. Remember the Nokia 830? Yeah, I do.

              So yeah. This phone will not be for me, that’s for sure. But I don’t see who will it be for either apart from, maybe, Nokia fans who are too poor to afford a real flagship but not stupid enough to go with the cheaper low end phones they already released.
              But this phone will not manage to bring back a single Nokia flagship user from the competition. That much I can assure you.

              • Lars

                The Nexus family was targeting Google and tech fans. It was stopped because Google wanted to pursue a smartphone strategy like the iPhone.
                The Moto G was and is a great series and is selling like hot cakes, at least in Germany.
                About the Pixel
                “Only by the tech bloggers that Google paid for the reviews. The general consumer couldn’t be less interested in them.”
                – Yeah, because the general consumer only cares about the name of the Phone aka Samsung or Apple. So maybe it would make sense to discuss the need for a Nokia smartphone anyway.

                LGs software has gotten miles better, but is still (design-wise) a weird mix between iOS Android and Touchwiz. I think the worst offender when it comes to UI is Huawei.
                I agree that OEM Roms can offer more functionality, but I think this is a very subjective thing. I prefer stock android looks, you prefer more options. Considering so many people buy the iPhone, there seems to be a market for people who prefer lean and fast over overloaded and (after some time) sluggish.
                OxygenOS is amazing, but considering HMD Global is a startup I prefer less functionality but timely updates over more functionality but no Android N for a phone released a year before that update.

                Wireless Charging
                “The others you mentioned are cheap chinese brands, so I’m not bothering with them.”
                Actually I can mention ANY brand outthere that is not Samsung, because they all don’t have it. HTC , LG, Sony, Google, Apple, Xiaomi, Meizu, Huawei, you name it.
                Only Samsungs top of the line smartphones have it. (with an original price of 800€)
                So not having it can hardly be seen as a negative when considering the whole market. Is it unfortunate? Yes. Is it a bad choice considering the market? No.

                “Aluminium is a cheap metal. It takes no real craftsmanship to produce aluminium bodies for phones. ” Thats what they say about plastic as well. Still their can be a night and day difference between different forms of plastic and their crafting. From what I have read about the Nokia 5 and 6 they have incredible craftsmanship and very high-end Aluminium. No other metal phone in the price range feels as premium as a Nokia 6.

                “Glass on the other hand is far more complicated to craft in a way that can be used in smartphones.” How so? They just slap the same Gorilla Glass they put on the front, on the back and call it a day.
                Here are some cheap phones with a glass back:
                Huawei P8 Lite 2017, OnePlus X, Honor 8 Lite, Huawei P10 lite, HTC U Play, Samsung A3 and A5, Moto Z Play, LG Q6, ZUK Z2.

                I think Glass and Aluminium as cheap/ expensive looking depending on how they crafted/used.

                I agree that OnePlus 5 is not a threat, but HMD Global is a startup, so if they could lure a lot of buyers in who would have purchased a OP5 , that is already a great thing to start with.

                And this “affordable flagship” (or as one might put it, overpriced mid-ranger) will not do it. In fact, this strategy of the “affordable flagship” already failed once. Remember the Nokia 830?

                How is it an overpicred midranger? There are no midrangers with this spec sheet (and if it turns out well) with this camera.
                I don’t remember the Nokia 830, because I didn’t care about Nokia when they used Windows. The Nokia 830, like every Nokia phone from that time failed because of Windows.
                There is a market for an affordable flagship: Take the iPhone SE, OnePlus 5, Xiaomi Mi6, Honor 9.
                Will it outsell the iPhones or the Galaxies? No way.
                Will it enable Nokia/ HMD Global to set a foot in the smartphone market again? Probably.

                Now I am not saying this is the holy grail of smartphones. The excecution could be horrible, the camera could be bad, the display lifeless and the battery life short. But on paper, this seems worth the money and a good first step for Nokia in the high end segment.

        • ankitmav87

          Hii Lars, old hardware was quoted for Nokia 3,5,6 .Not for Nokia 8.
          But seriously flagship looking same as Nokia 5 or 6 ..very annoying for the buyers.:(

          • Lars

            I agree that they really messed up with their processor choices for the Nokia 3,5,6.
            On the looks, yes it is annoying for buyers of the Nokia 8, but for the owners of the cheaper handsets it shows that they get the best in Nokia design.

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