Nokia 8 vs Nokia 9: What's the deal with HMD's flagship

When it comes to the Nokia 2017 flagship, there were so many leaks and rumors the past few months that we're not sure what to expect. First of all, the name has been tipped to be both Nokia 9, and Nokia 8. Second, specs have been all over the place and the only thing we know for certain is that the flagship will come with Snapdragon 835 and a dual Zeiss-branded camera.

However, everything else is a complete mystery. This, of course, allowed for so much speculation that we're not sure what to believe anymore. So, let's take a look at the different options we see as possible and give our two cents on each one.

Theory 1: Dual cameras for everyone

Some time ago, our colleagues over at Nokia Power User revealed a couple of design sketches, allegedly of the Nokia 8 and Nokia 9. If they turn out to be the real deal, both of the phones will come with dual-camera setup on their backs.

The difference in design between the two handsets will be most prominent on their front – the Nokia 8 will feature slightly bigger bezels, with the bottom one holding the home button with embedded fingerprint scanner. The Nokia 9, however, will be similar to the LG G6 and Galaxy S8 – it will come with very thin top and bottom bezels, and the fingerprint scanner will be relocated under the rear camera.

That being said, if there are two phones, they won't boast the same hardware specs. The Nokia 8 will be the higher mid-range contender by HMD Global, probably featuring the new mid-range Qualcomm silicon – Snapdragon 660. On the other hand, we'll have the flagship Nokia 9 with the latest and greatest SoC – Snapdragon 835.

In terms of RAM, the Nokia 8 will most likely arrive with 4 GB, and the Nokia 9 will have two versions – one with 6 GB and one with 8 GB. The second is most likely to be Asia-exclusive, akin to the Nokia 6 that arrived in Europe with 3 GB of RAM, while having 4 GB in China.

Theory 2: Nokia 8 and Nokia 9 are the same device

Recent rumors suggest that there might not be a Nokia 9 at all, and the flagship will be named Nokia 8 instead. This seems to be backed by HMD's letter to the FCC in June, which requested the change of name of the then TA-1004 model to TA-1012. So, maybe the Nokia 9 name was scrapped back then in favor of Nokia 8.

If this turns out to be true, then maybe the design sketches we mentioned before were two prototype ideas for the same device, instead of two separate handsets.

This seems to be the case according to the prolific leaker Evan Blass, as yesterday he unveiled his take on the subject in the form of an allegedly official render. The leak shows a rather beautiful dual-camera handset with its clock at 8:00 AM.

A user on Twitter also pointed out that the name Nokia 8 might not be random, as the number eight looks similar in shape to a vertical dual-camera setup.

If this is the case, the Nokia 8 will come with Snapdragon 835 and two versions in terms of RAM – a 4 GB and a 6 GB one. The handset will also boast a 5.3-inch 1440 x 2560 pixels (Quad HD) display.

Other rumors suggest that the Nokia 8 phone might be unveiled on July 31, so if this theory is actually correct, we'll know soon enough.

Theory 3: We're all wrong

Of course, there is the possibility that we're reading the signs wrong, and HMD has decided to throw us a curve ball. If this holds to be true, the Nokia 9 will be the dual-camera flagship, and the Nokia 8 will be a regular mid-ranger with Snapdragon 660 that just hasn't appeared in leaks.

This would suggest that the only information we have regarding HMD's future mid-rangers would be about their chipsets. After all, when they were allegedly leaked, we caught our first and so far only glimpse of the entry-level Nokia 2, so it isn't impossible for the alleged Nokia 7 and 8 to also remain a secret.


Now, that was awful lot confusing. We have to admit that even we, who do this for a living, had a hard time going through the huge backlog of rumors, speculations, and leaks and piecing something that makes sense together.

Make sure to tell us in the comments, which theory you support. And if you have one of your own, we'd love to hear it.

Related phones

  • 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. surethom

Posts: 1719; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Please give us 6gb ram for the UK Nokia 8, helps future proof & help reduce stutters although being mainly stock android will help aswell.

4. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

This is the flagship, no need to overthink things. Maybe they'll give us the flagship we dream of next year.

2. maartenjanssen

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 18, 2017

I wonder why the date says Thursday june 20. Previous and next time june 20 was and will be on a thursday are 2013 and 2019. Oh well, maybe it means nothing at all.

3. mahima

Posts: 739; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

i want nokia 8 with snap 660 with $80-100 less... with dual or not but with zeiss optics...anyone with me

5. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Nice ! Nokia will be definitely the first smartphone I will really be happy to buy, especially having that "fake premium" cheap Galaxy S6 I have. The last good phone I had was the Nokia 808, but its Symbian software is far to outdated.

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 22272; Member since: May 28, 2014

The fact is that these are just all rumors until confirmed. NO ONE knows what the actual Nokia 8 and Nokia 9 will look like, except those closest to the matter, and especially not some self-appointed profit of smartphones that I see parading around a few articles. Just release the beast already, Nokia. My money is ready.

7. domfonusr

Posts: 1087; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

I remember that Nokia was plagued by leaks in the past, so perhaps they are fighting fire with fire - releasing more information than necessary, but also seeding additional rumors and speculation. Oversaturate the market with conflicting information, and no one (except HMD execs) will truly know what is about to happen.

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 22272; Member since: May 28, 2014

That can absolutely be what they are doing. I remember those leaks in the past as well. I hated them. Leaks leave little to be excited about when the device is released.

9. Skizzo

Posts: 403; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

I've said it before, and I'll say it again... Give me a phone that looks like the Nokia 9 renders from back in April, and Nokia will have my money!

10. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Looks meh so far especially with those planet sized bezels.

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 22272; Member since: May 28, 2014

You keep talking about its bezels like it's an actual con for you, when you've praised the iPhone for GOD knows how long when it has "planet sized" bezels as well.

12. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Lol, will you please get over it. I haven't praised the iphone. Stop crying because I said something you don't like.

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 22272; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, cut the BS, because no one is falling for it. You've praised the iPhone on bended knee for so long that you've become a statue. You're just denying the truth because I called you out on it.

14. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

I think you need to fill out a butthurt report form because you are clearly butthurt.

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 22272; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, I think you need to fill it out yourself becaue you're clearly anally wounded because I called you out on your hypocrisy.

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