When HMD Global announced the flagship Nokia 8 smartphone in August this year, it did not reveal any plans of bringing it to the US. The smartphone’s global rollout begins this month, but no confirmation regarding its US release has surfaced yet. However, two Nokia 8 models have been spotted on the US FCC website, suggesting the flagship might be coming to the US after all. What’s more, the two variants spotted at FCC seem to pack more RAM as well as onboard storage compared to the global Nokia 8 variants.
The TA-1004 and TA-1012 variants of the Nokia 8 feature 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Nokia 8 sold in Europe only features 4GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in storage. Apart from the upgrades in the memory department, the US variants also add ANT+ and WCDMA Band IV support. With ANT+ support, the Nokia 8 will be able to collect fitness and health related data, performing a few of the functions that you find on fitness trackers.
If indeed HMD Global plans to sell the Nokia 8 in the US, it could happen sometime towards the end of next month. As the smartphone is priced competitively in Europe, we expect it to be priced lower than most 2017 flagship smartphones. However, it will not be sold by any carrier, which means you will need to purchase it outright.
The Nokia 8 features a 5.3-inch 1440 x 2560 Quad HD IPS display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection and a pixel density of 554 pixels per inch. It is powered by the mighty Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core 64-bit flagship SoC, with graphics being powered by the Adreno 540 GPU. The smartphone boasts a dual-camera setup at the rear, using optics from Carl Zeiss. Both the primary as well as the secondary camera sensor offer 13MP resolution. However, only the primary sensor is equipped with optical image stabilization. The selfie camera on the front is a 13MP unit with an f/2.0 aperture lens and Full HD video capture support. Some of the other key features of the Nokia 8 include a USB 3.1 Type-C port, fingerprint sensor, 3090mAh capacity battery, Nokia OZO audio capture, and an IP64 certification for splash resistance. On the software front, Nokia 8 runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS currently, but an upgrade to Android 8.0 Oreo is expected to arrive before the end of the year.