It's been some time since we've last heard about HMD Global's supposedly upcoming high-end phones, the Nokia 8
and 9. But today, the ever-reliable Evan Blass seems to have uncovered an official promotional video showing them both in their full glory, sitting alongside the Nokia 3
The video, which was uploaded just 24 hours ago (and which, unfortunately, can't be embedded into the article, for which reason we've linked to it at the bottom), seems to be a teaser for the company's 2017 smartphone lineup, with the uploader's own website describing it:
A reveal film to tease a new range of Nokia smartphones. The devices were still in development so the shape and form is much more simple than the final products that have now been launched.
As for the uploader himself, according to his LinkedIn profile he has a long history with the Nokia brand, being the company's head of brand photography up until 2014 and later continuing work for HMD Global through an agency. Or in other words, the video looks pretty legitimate, if a bit outdated. Still, we'll take what we can get, so let's get analyzing:
First off, let's start with the most interesting clue: the dual-camera module on (presumably) the Nokia 9. This falls in line with what we've previously heard about the device, which will reportedly sport a 22 MP dual-sensor setup on its back.
Another rumor claimed that the Nokia 8 will also feature an in-glass fingerprint sensor. This isn't the case in this video, which shows that the device with the dual camera module, a.k.a. the 9, has the feature instead. This is shown thanks to the magic of image processing, which reveals that the Nokia 9 lacks the front-facing fingerprint scanner its neighbor has:
Lying right next to the 9, we have yet another unannounced device, which we presume is the Nokia 8. And no, this isn't the Nokia 6
, as one might initially think:
Note the different shape of the camera module
Unfortunately, this video seems to deny previous rumors we've heard about the 8 also having a dual camera, which is nowhere to be seen in this video. It seems, however, that the Nokia 8 will be the tallest of 2017's devices, sporting a slightly larger display than even the Nokia 9. In fact, rough measurements of the phones side-by-side show that the Nokia 8's screen will be 5.6 inches in diagonal, just slightly bigger than the 9's rumored 5.5 inches.
What we know so far
While we've previously seen purported sketches of the Nokia 8 and 9
, they look almost nothing like what is seen in this video. This means one of two things: either the sketches are fake, or this video is too out of date, and the two devices' designs have evolved somewhere down the line between its creation and now. However, the Nokia 3 and 5 look pretty nearly the same as they do in real life, even down to the antenna lines, giving a bit more credence to the first theory. The only major difference we can see is the rear Nokia logo, which in reality is facing the other direction than in the video.
In any case, the Nokia 9 has been previously said to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, coupled with 6 GB of ram and 128 GB of internal storage. Its display is said to be a 5.5-inch, Quad-HD (1440 x 2560 pixels) LCD panel, while the device itself will be the first to sport Nokia's "OZO Audio" technology
A purported sketch of the Nokia 8 which is much closer to what can be seen in the video
The Nokia 8 is much more of an enigma, though – almost all of the things we know about it are directly contradicted in this video, which shows it will sport a single-camera module and a regular fingerprint sensor. However, there is a point to be made that this may not be the Nokia 8 at all – a while back we heard some information that HMD was planning on releasing 6-7 smartphones this year
, with another name thrown around being Nokia 7
In any case, we're expecting to see the new Nokias some time soon: in fact, rumors say the Nokia 8 will be released in June, and we expect the 9 to not be that far off, either. In any case, we'll be keeping you updated as information arrives, so stay tuned!