Nokia X7 to be released internationally as the Nokia 8.1 rather than Nokia 7.1 Plus

Nokia X7 to be released internationally as the Nokia 8.1 rather than Nokia 7.1 Plus
China's Nokia X7

As many of you may know, earlier this year HMD Global launched the Nokia X6 as a China exclusive. After significant interest from international fans, though, it was eventually released globally as the Nokia 6.1 Plus. This process was then repeated with the Nokia X5 and, naturally, following last week’s unveiling of the Nokia X7, the expectation was that it would happen once again.

As it was seen as the most logical move, it appears the Nokia X7 was initially set to launch internationally as the Nokia 7.1 Plus. However, after looking at the roadmap for upcoming devices, HMD Global’s Chief Product Officer, Juho Sarvikas, reportedly had a change of heart and has since decided to release the Nokia X7 as the Nokia 8.1 in global markets.

Essentially, this means that the Nokia 8 series will be converted into an upper-midrange lineup, thus allowing HMD Global to position its upcoming Nokia 9 PureView as the flagship model upon announcement in February. Additionally, because the Nokia 8.1 will use the Snapdragon 710 and the Nokia 7.1 includes the Snapdragon 636, this decision paves the way for a true Nokia 7 Plus successor powered by the newer Snapdragon 670 chip.

When it comes to a release, the Nokia 8.1 will likely make its debut during late November or early December, just in time for the holiday season. However, those waiting for the Nokia 7.1 Plus will have to be much more patient as this device isn't expected to go official until MWC 2019 in February.

source: Nokia anew

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8.1
  • Display 6.2" 1080 x 2280 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 20 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 710, Octa-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh

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42 Comments

1. znellu

Posts: 82; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

What?! Now 7 becomes 8. HMD's seems to have a set an objective to confuse people with their device names :D

3. joshuaswingle

Posts: 495; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

It actually makes a lot of sense to me as it gives them a device for each processor available. Flagships will use Snapdragon 800 chips, Nokia 8 devices will use Snapdragon 710, Nokia 7.1 Plus should feature Snapdragon 670, and Nokia 7.1 includes the Snapdragon 636. Plus, most consumers won't know what the smartphones are called in China, so it won't confuse them.

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 21576; Member since: May 28, 2014

Absolutely agree with you on this, Joshua. And as you said, most consumers won’t know what smartphones are called in China for there to be any confusion to begin.

5. Elvis358

Posts: 209; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

This naming system is starting to look really confusing! So next year will they call they phones Nokia 2.2, 3.2, 6.2,7.2 ... ?

12. Venom

Posts: 3246; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I agree. This is getting beyond ridiculous now. Just pick a name that won't throw people off when they undoubtedly search for it on Google.

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 21576; Member since: May 28, 2014

Nothing wrong with the naming strategy at all, imo. And it’s no more confusing or ridiculous than that smartphones I named in my comment #11. I just think that some people look for the slightest thing to complain about concerning OEM’s that they don’t like (not saying you, but others here). Just my thoughts on that matter.

20. Venom

Posts: 3246; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I'm not going to be like some overzealous fanboys and force my opinions onto people just because I disagree with others. I'm not looking for anything to complain about. I just think they should do better with the naming of the Nokia phones.

23. meanestgenius

Posts: 21576; Member since: May 28, 2014

I’m not going to be some overzealous troll that feels he needs to attack everything he doesn’t agree with as if his opinion is the only one that matters about anything. Nor am I going to whine and complain like said overzealous trolls whenever someone’s opinion is commented on in an open forum, as if no ones word counts but theirs. I just think that there isn’t anything wrong with the naming scheme of HMD’s Nokia branded smartphones.

28. Venom

Posts: 3246; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Some people have the need to always throw in their two cents even when it's not needed or warranted. Just because they don't have an issue with the naming doesn't mean others don't. People have something called opinions.

31. meanestgenius

Posts: 21576; Member since: May 28, 2014

Some people feel that only their opinion matters, and give it even when it’s not asked for or needed. Just because they have an issue with the naming scheme they feel that they must troll every HMD related article about, even the ones that have nothing to do with naming schemes. They won’t rest until everyone sees their point of view, and if you don’t see their point of view, then your opinion is wrong according to them. People have something called opinions.

35. Venom

Posts: 3246; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

You do realize you pretty much just described yourself with your own comment because that is exactly what you are doing. You have been called out on it in a recent article, remember?

39. meanestgenius

Posts: 21576; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, you do realize that you’re projecting, right? You’ve been called out on several recent articles, remember?

6. cncrim

Posts: 1583; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Howcome Apple not sue Chinese phone that flat out copy Apple? Is it because Apple bend over communists china party?

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 21576; Member since: May 28, 2014

Makes sense. Anything below 9 will be upper midrange to low end respectively, while 9 (and above?) will be flagship territory for HMD’s Nokia branded smartphones. And for those that were making an issue of it and assuming the Nokia X7 wouldn’t be released internationally, you now see that it will be released internationally as the Nokia 8.1. And no confusion as mentioned earlier, as most consumers won’t even know what smartphones are called in China to begin with. For those that are saying (and those that will undoubtedly soon say) that this is confusing just for the sake of saying so, I’d say it’s about as “confusing” as the naming scheme for Samsung’s J series, or Apples iPhone naming strategy when they released the 8/8 Plus and X and so on.

13. Venom

Posts: 3246; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I think they really need a more competent marketing person because whoever is coming up with these names needs to be fired. There's no differentiation. On the other hand, I am glad that they are releasing the 7.1 Plus globally, hopefully in the US as well since we missed out on the 7 Plus.

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 21576; Member since: May 28, 2014

Nothing wrong with the marketing team of HMD, and they are releasing smartphones in different regions that meet the markets demands in said regions. I find it amazing that people just choose to be ignorant of this fact.

18. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

I really like this, I think I'm going to pull the trigger on it when it comes out, just in time for my birthday! I'll get my fiance the A8+ (2018).

19. abhicool

Posts: 44; Member since: Sep 25, 2018

Next phone of Nokia will be 6.2.5

21. Venom

Posts: 3246; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Lol I agree. Nokia 8.1.2.7.9

24. meanestgenius

Posts: 21576; Member since: May 28, 2014

Actually, after the Nokia 6.1 will he the Nokia 6.2. I thought that was rather obvious.

27. Venom

Posts: 3246; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

What's "obvious" is that the names are too muddled with no clear direction.

32. meanestgenius

Posts: 21576; Member since: May 28, 2014

What’s “obvious” is that some people like to complain about any and everything, no matter how trivial.

36. Venom

Posts: 3246; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Like your trivial remarks about the Essential phone? Man you are more transparent than a ghost.

40. meanestgenius

Posts: 21576; Member since: May 28, 2014

Like your trivial remarks about BlackBerry, Nokia and Huawei smartphones? Man, you are more transparent than a shimmer of haze on a hot summer day.

22. Venom

Posts: 3246; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I'm not disagreeing that they are releasing phones in different regions that meets the demand of said regions, but they do need to be more clear in the naming department. If several people and other tech sites are saying that, then it's something that needs to be addressed. I don't understand why some people are so threatened by something that minor.

25. meanestgenius

Posts: 21576; Member since: May 28, 2014

It’s pretty clear that the naming scheme of HMD’s Nokia branded smartphones aren’t a problem. For example: Most consumers in the North American region have no idea what Nokia branded smartphones are named in the Chinese region. If the sales are still steadily going along, and the majority of people (if not all) of the people that are buying Nokia branded smartphones aren’t complaining or have a problem purchasing the Nokia branded smartphone that they want due the naming scheme, then it’s a non-factor. I don’t understand why some people are so threatened by something as minor as what a smartphone is named.

30. Venom

Posts: 3246; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I don't understand why you have a problem with us voicing our opinion about the names. You aren't the only one who has the right to voice their opinions. Stop complaining about something that isn't even that important.

33. meanestgenius

Posts: 21576; Member since: May 28, 2014

I don’t understand why you have a problem with me voicing my opinion about the names. Why do you get so triggered every time I voice my opinion? Because it doesn’t coincide with yours? You aren’t the only one that has the right to voice their opinions. Stop complaining about something that’s so trivial.

37. Venom

Posts: 3246; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

If you weren't doing the same thing you accused me of doing, you wouldn't continue to pick fights with me since you started when I first started commenting here a year ago.

41. meanestgenius

Posts: 21576; Member since: May 28, 2014

Not only are you lying and projecting, but you’ve been on this site since 2012. That’s 6 years ago. You’re mxyzptlk.

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