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Nokia 8 expected to launch at HMD Global’s August 16 event

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CIRCLE those calendars, Nokia fans. The Nokia 8, the brand’s first flagship phone in three years, is expected to debut on August 16 at an event in London. HMD Global, which owns the rights to the Nokia brand for use on its handsets, has already sent out invites to the media.

Rumors paint the Nokia 8 as a first in a couple of respects for the iconic Finnish brand. For one, it is believed to be the first Nokia phone to sport a dual-camera system, which is becoming a staple of new-flagship specifications. Its imminent release could also mark the first time a Nokia running Android uses Carl Zeiss camera lenses.

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The Nokia 8 will rock a similar design to the Nokia 6, if the latest leaks are to be believed. Meaning? Expect a premium build and finish and physical buttons on the front, with the home button pulling double duty as a fingerprint reader.

The Zeiss-branded cameras round the back will likely be of the 13-megapixel variety. The Nokia 8 is also expected to feature a 5.3-inch, 1440p AMOLED display and a best-in-class Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with 4GB or 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.

It is tipped to cost 589 euros, which is equivalent to P34,700 or $685. That sounds fair to us, though its price in the Philippines could be lower, considering HMD Global’s aggressive local pricing strategy. You may recall that the Nokia 3, 5, and 6 were launched recently for P6,990 ($138), P9,990 ($197), and P11,990 ($237), respectively, so it wouldn’t be too surprising if the company decides to sell its upcoming premium phone for under P30,000 ($593).

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Reviews editor: Ramon "Monch" Lopez has 16 years of professional experience creating and editing content for print and digital publications such as Yahoo. He headed the gadgets-merchandising division of one of the Philippines’ largest retail operators somewhere in between.