The Nokia 6 was announced at the end of CES to the delight of many of us even though its available only in China . The Finnish smartphone maker has been absent for a long time and it still has a strong brand pull.
GSM Arena is reporting on a handset reminiscent of the new Nokia 6 with design echoes of previous Nokia handsets. It was being used by Qualcomm to demonstrate the power of the latest SnapDragon 835 system-on-chip to perform image stabilisation compared to the previous generation SnapDragon 821.
Will this be the Nokia Flagship from HMD that will be announced at Mobile World Congress in Feb. Lets speculate.
Firstly, the shape of the device matches that of the Nokia 6. When it was launched HMD’s announcement leaned heavily on the design that was fashioned from a single block of metal for a luxury feel. That is still there. The addition of physical buttons suggest a model higher up the portfolio.
Although there are no markings or branding images visible on the device, there is one signature element which screams it a Nokia. The camera on the rear of the machine with its distinctive round housing and raised bulge from the back of the machine echoes the Nokia Lumia 1020 PureView.
As for the name, ‘Nokia P1’ has been known for some time, but we suspect that’s wont be the final name. To make a family of devices you would start with the high-end device and then degrade the specifications and design as you move down the portfolio towards the lower price points.
We already know the Nokia 6 is out there – going with Nokia 8 will evoke memories of previous Nokia smartphones where the high-end devices would generally include the number 8 (such as the Nokia N81, the N8, the N800, and the Lumia 800) with the 6 being used for mid-range devices. The 9 was generally kept for the communicator series of devices – a device that would surely have limited appeal but talismanic powers for those faithful to Finland.
The presumptively titled Nokia 8 is expected to ship with two variants – a premium model with a SnapDragon 835, 6 GB of RAM, 64 GB or 128 GB of storage, microSD card support and a 24 megapixel camera with electronic and optical image stabilisation. The lesser model would be the second device with a SnapDragon 821, 4 GB of RAM and a smaller camera.
Details are expected to be announced at the HMD / Nokia Mobile event on Sunday February 26th in Barcelona, the night before Mobile World Congress opens.