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The Nokia 8 and 9 make a surprising appearance in an official introduction video

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The Nokia 8 and 9 make a surprising appearance in an official introduction video

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 and 5.

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 Or in other words, the video looks pretty legitimate, if a bit outdated.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:

Nokia 9


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.

The Nokia 8 and 9 make a surprising appearance in an official introduction video

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:

The Nokia 8 and 9 make a surprising appearance in an official introduction video

Nokia 8


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

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

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!

source: Vimeo (taken down, mirror) via @evleaks

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posted on 16 May 2017, 06:59 3

1. ibend (Posts: 6675; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


bezels for all..

posted on 16 May 2017, 07:03 4

3. androiduser (Posts: 244; Member since: 18 Jun 2014)


I don't mind if they're not that big like on the xperia xz premium.

posted on 16 May 2017, 08:28 1

9. nokia12 (Posts: 582; Member since: 19 Nov 2013)


Bezels provide strength and durability ,

you are forgetting this is Nokia

watch this ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYasmMSY3wA

Let's see what they do with Nokia 8 and Nokia 9

posted on 16 May 2017, 09:22 1

10. Basharhd99 (Posts: 95; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


yall got spoiled with the s8

posted on 16 May 2017, 07:01

2. Lumia_Luigi (Posts: 112; Member since: 22 Mar 2017)


Really not a big stinker on bezel size, but capacitive buttons I hate.

posted on 16 May 2017, 07:09 1

4. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 418; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Nokia Phones rear looks much better than front. Nokia should bringing back Lumia design to Android instead of copying Samsung Design.

posted on 16 May 2017, 07:13 1

5. NoAllegiance (Posts: 401; Member since: 21 Mar 2016)


Why does it say November?

posted on 18 May 2017, 06:23

15. god_of_chaos (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Jul 2016)


It's an old video I guess - the lock screen looks like android kitkat's, and you can see design differences in the nokia 3, compared to what the actual phone looks like now. They probably used old renders of the phones in the video. Also note that there is no mention of HMD global at the end of the video.

posted on 16 May 2017, 07:22

6. SIGPRO (Posts: 1882; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)


Make thos bezels smaller and there is a high chance that i am buying!
Don't like Android so much but if Microsoft is not releasing a new phone this year....

posted on 16 May 2017, 07:51

7. whatev (Posts: 394; Member since: 28 Oct 2015)


Once my favorite brand ever and now it's just another android clone, f**k Microsoft

posted on 16 May 2017, 08:24

8. Amir123a (Posts: 84; Member since: 27 Aug 2016)


Disgusting design. We're all spoiled by the industry leading s8 line ultra small bezel design, second by g6.
Nokia, go back to the drawing board. Nokia, i got news for you: We're in the year 2017! Get on board with the time!

posted on 16 May 2017, 10:31

11. Loubielou (Posts: 555; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Why as the company that as over taken Nokia delaying the release of there phones,you get yourself a good name with consumers once there experienced using there phones but not one Nokia phone in Europe yet,so people buying other phones instead

posted on 16 May 2017, 11:09

12. omnitech (Posts: 900; Member since: 28 Sep 2016)


Looks worse than everything else, including the U 11. Sorry Nokia fans, it's just a worst Oneplus 3T with a Nokia logo.

posted on 18 May 2017, 18:45

16. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1236; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


not official android kit kat launcher when the nokia 6 and co are up to date i doubt the nokia

this right now is a concept nothing more

posted on 18 May 2017, 18:45

17. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1236; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


even if so though better built quality and good update support

posted on 16 May 2017, 12:20

13. BuffaloSouce (Posts: 287; Member since: 01 May 2017)


I saw looking forward to the 9 but those top a and bottom bezels killed it for me. Guess I'll have to see what the iPhone and Pixel 2 brings next

posted on 18 May 2017, 18:47

18. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1236; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


make the judgement on official content :) !

posted on 17 May 2017, 03:23

14. S4NDY (Posts: 52; Member since: 14 Mar 2016)


It is nokia 7 and 8, not 9

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