HMD Global, the Finnish mobile manufacturer who has secured the rights to make use of the Nokia brand name, has recently started sending out invites for an event scheduled to happen on August 16th at London. And just as rumored, the company will be looking to officially unveil its upcoming Android powered Nokia flagship offering.
The release of the invites comes more than a week after leaked renders of the device (nicknamed the Nokia 8) had surfaced in the interwebs. Speculation has it that the Nokia 8 will pack Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chip set, and will sport a dual camera configuration on its rear side. Similar to current new generation Nokia releases, the upcoming handset is expected to feature a lens developed by Carl Zeiss, which fans of the Lumia 1020, and the earlier 808 Pureview, might appreciate. Despite the fact that the leaked renders showed a blue colored device, it is quite possible that the Nokia will also be made available in color options of silver and copper.
Some might say that HMD Global has certainly made the most since acquiring the rights to the Nokia brand name. It has even managed to stoke the nostalgia of hardcore fans by rebooting the 90s classic 3310 cell phone (more on this later). But releasing an Android device in a market that is already getting very competitive is easier said than done. Moreover, we are fast approaching the final quarter of the year, wherein the biggest names in mobile will be preparing to launch their respective flagships, notably Samsung with its Galaxy Note 8, and perhaps Google with a follow up to the Pixel.
With regards to the 3310 reboot, the device might be coming to American shores, after all. The phone has already been released in the United Kingdom, and in African and Middle East countries, but will it be made available in the US as well? Possibly. Apparently, HMD Global has filed an FCC application recently. In that application, a 3G compatible handset with the model number TA-1036 is being described. The current rebooted version of the Nokia 3310 happens to have a TA-1030 model number, which means that the TA-1036 being described in the application is likely a 3G variant of the 3310. Further supporting this idea is the fact that the dimensions of TA-1036 are pretty consistent with that of the 3310. There is no one hundred percent guarantee, of course, but for those looking to get this retro Nokia offering, they better cross their fingers now.
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