HMD rumored to test two metal-clad Nokia smartphones with Snapdragon 660 CPUs


Many Nokia fans have been disappointed that HMD Global did not announce any flagship smartphones last month at Mobile World Congress. Still, the Finnish company promised that this is just the beginning and that new products will be revealed throughout the year.

Two of these unannounced devices could be under testing, a source familiar with HMD Global's plans claims. The smartphones haven't been named yet, but we'll refer to them as Nokia 7 and 8.

Apparently, they aren't really flagship smartphones, but they could be put on the top mid-range tier since both of them will be equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processors.

They will have different displays size-wise, with full HD (1080p) and Quad HD (2560 x 1440 pixels) resolution, respectively. The rear-facing camera's design will be changed a bit, but we're not offered any details on this aspect.

The Nokia 8's camera might feature Zeiss lens (not yet confirmed), but overall both will feature impressive photo snappers. Also, Nokia 7 and 8 will pack fingerprint readers, possibly on the back side, as well as fast charging technology (thanks to the Qualcomm chipset inside).

Design-wise, the phones will feature metal-clad unibody form factor with thin bezels. Obviously, they'll be running the latest version of Android OS. That's about all we've learned about these two unannounced Nokia smartphones, but if HMD is indeed testing these devices, we can safely assume that more info will emerge in the coming weeks.

source: NPU

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12 Comments

1. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Just keep fighting the good fight Nokia and put out decent handsets, the mid ranger market is always in need of great handsets.

9. KingSam

Posts: 1425; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

With that messy naming pattern, how will they name their successors.

10. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Considering Samsung's recent J-Series lineup for the United States, I don't think you've seen messy yet.

11. Nkukza

Posts: 53; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

there is this new trend of using the year of release at the end of the model number which Samsung uses in their mid range to entry level naming pattern e.g A3,A5,A7 2017 (or prev 2016), and when we thought things could get any worse Huawei followed with an unexpected release of P8 lite 2017 when they already had an existing P8 and P9 lite.. I kind of expected the P10 lite (in works), P11 lite and so on in their naming pattern, I suppose it wont hurt Nokia to follow suite. Nokia 3 2018, Nokia 5 2018 to follow. I kind of agree it is seriously messy, until one of these OEM's comes to sense and changes this mess, and trust me the rest will follow again. its like a naming war or an emphasis on which or what and who's device is being targeted with every release from any of these OEM's. Huawei is targeting Samsung's A series with it's Lite models. and if you think I'm joking just have a look at ZTE's Nubia naming pattern and compare that with Samsung's S series naming pattern and the timing in which ZTE releases these models. and how Xiaomi, LG, Meizu etc. suddenly had Note on names of some of their products.

2. Stranger

Posts: 73; Member since: Jan 19, 2017

I think thats the right strategy. They are targeting the right market imo. Launching a high end device will make it directly comparable to the offerings made by samsung , apple and Google. And the truth is right now Hmd global does not have the resources to compete against these giants.

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

they could go after the lower upper end. hit it with a snapdragon 821 and a fat battery and carl Z optics on top of their stock android. At $600 USD that would be a steal. Id buy it at $700 if they kept the battery & SD removable and had a 2k screen.

7. Stranger

Posts: 73; Member since: Jan 19, 2017

Hmd knows its the NOKIA brand name which will be the main selling point for their phones. Now if they put it against brands like apples​ iphone or samsungs. S series or note series or google pixel phones ,they now it will not work perfectly. But putting against brands like Xiaomi​ , Motorola etc ,Nokia brand looks more premium.

8. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Judging by JerryRigEverything's durability tests, glad they are keeping with mostly consistent build quality methods.

12. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

Dafuq? Xiaomi and Motorola? Nokia, HTC, Samsung, Sony, BB, LG, Motorola and Apple are Tier 1 manufacturers, that's why they price their flagships so high. I got a Nokia N97 for $1000 back when it was launched. The iPhone wasn't nearly even in the same price bracket.

3. Tondern

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 23, 2015

When I click the link above in the article to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 I get to an article from 2011 with the MSM8660 chip. You might want to fix that since I'm interested in the difference between S653 and S660.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 2014

Nice to see Nokia building up to an eventual flagship release. This is certainly the right strategy for them to utilize. I'm interested in learning more about these upper midrange handsets.

6. Khyron

Posts: 397; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

it will be this nokia phone lagfree it will be worth it

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