Leaks suggest there is no Nokia 9, but a Nokia 8 that may feature Iris recognition

After it unveiled Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 at MWC this year, HMD Global struggled to make the phones available in most countries. The smartphones were expected to hit the shelves in more regions in the second part of Q2, according to HMD’s tweet at the end of May, but they didn’t, and we know the company is now in the process of fulfilling its word – better later than never, right? However, what also gets us excited about the first couple of months of Q3 is the fact that we may see the official announcement of the much-rumoured Nokia 9 – but we really can’t know when exactly.

However, a tip, which recently originated in China, suggests that we may not see a Nokia 9 at all, as HMD Global could actually be prepping a smartphone that will be called Nokia 8, instead. Nonetheless, there do not seem to be many changes in Nokia 8, in terms of design or hardware, as compared to previous Nokia 9 rumours, and for all we know they could virtually be one and the same device. What this tip suggests, which we haven’t heard before, is that the smartphone will probably feature Iris recognition, among few other smaller changes.

The text in the leaked images of Nokia’s upcoming flagship is in Chinese and refers to a Nokia 8 device, which sports an aluminum body, like we previously suspected, and very thin, narrow bezels, with curved metal edges that tightly meet the display.

However, a change from previously leaked designs for the device is resembled by the fact that the main dual-lens camera is actually located to the left and not in the center of the back panel. We were also able to spot a USB-C port, so that’s another tick on the list.

As far as Iris recognition goes, there isn’t any detail, as to how the tech is going to be incorporated, or whether the feature will be sufficiently stable and safe to implement and use.

The tip confirms what had previously been leaked about the upcoming flagship, namely that a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip will be housed inside the body, together with 4GB or 6GB of RAM, and 64GB storage. The dual-lens cam will benefit from 13MP capabilities, while the front of the phone will be taken up by a 5.3” QHD screen.

Nokia 8 will aim to compete with above mid-range handsets and we are quite excited to see it, given the fact that Nokia 6 proved to be quite an attractive Android smartphone for its price segment. The tip suggests that we should expect to see a $699 price tag on the new phone in western markets, which would make it a lot more affordable than other Android flagships, such as the Sony Xperia XZ ($800) and the Samsung Galaxy S8 ($999).

We don’t have any solid detail about a release date, but the recent tip, as well as previous rumours, all indicate that we should expect to see it at some point in July or August, at the latest.

source: CNMO (in Chinese) via Slashgear

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  • Display 5.3" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 13 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3090 mAh



1. Arashmahmoodi25

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 07, 2017

For the love of God use stock Android , please please.

6. Shubham412302

Posts: 590; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

There will be stock version of android in the international variant just like nokia 6

9. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

That black one is just incredible. This phone is "probably" the best designed and most polished phone on android with no visible design flaws in tow if what i'm seeing is true. Just take a look at that touch on the camera housing, look at the metal frame, the high stb ratio, the edge to edge screen, color options, even the lock screen ui looks dope. This is my opinion.

2. Arashmahmoodi25

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 07, 2017

For the love of God use stock Android , please please.

3. Arashmahmoodi25

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 07, 2017

For the love of God use stock Android , please please.

11. fyah_king unregistered

For the love of Lord Krishna dont use stock android, please!

4. hemedans

Posts: 761; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

HMD confirmed they will anounce many flagships at different price point, so expect more than one flagship from them, and with zeiss deal probably soon we will see cameraphone from them

5. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Long live to the Lumia 920 design.

14. jojon

Posts: 435; Member since: Feb 11, 2014


7. Chuck007

Posts: 1415; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Sorry for being inappropriate, but that phone just gave me an awkward geek boner.

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 22490; Member since: May 28, 2014

Bring on that flagship beast, Nokia! Eagerly awaiting for this to become available.

10. AronWunarso

Posts: 245; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

That lockscreen looks like Android 4.X's lockscreen. Hmm...

12. Rafishant

Posts: 404; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

Finally a unique design, not an iPhone clone.

13. keithlum

Posts: 18; Member since: Jul 23, 2015

PA, wrong information. The Chinese article said there would be a 6" screen size and not 5"3.

15. fonelover

Posts: 255; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

It looks like Xperia XZ premium.

16. Monty007

Posts: 49; Member since: Mar 21, 2017

It looks like canceled window phone 1030

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