The Nokia 8, the latest smartphone expected to be launched by HMD Global on 16 August, could be the first phone with Android 8.0 onboard. Coincidentally, this is also being cited by some as the reason the device is named as such.
In a new GeekBench listing, the Nokia device, codenamed 'Unknown Heart' by Nokia, shows the operating system as Android 8.0.0. This is a first for the GeekBench benchmark and is the first time any device is showing this version of Android. Other details such as the 4 GB RAM and Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset seem to be in line with rumours we have come across in the past.
According to GSM Arena, the Android version could also be a test version to prepare the handset for a software update, and that the Nokia 8 may come out with Android 7.1.1 first. Or, if one goes by the trend last year, when the LG V20 became the first device to be shipped with Android 7.0 out of the box, the Nokia 8 will indeed be the first smartphone to ship with Android 8.0.
The decision to go with the 8 in the nomenclature is adding more fuel to this speculation.
In another update, the Nokia 2, an entry level Nokia device, has been leaked online by SlashLeaks. The photos show the front and the back of the device. The Nokia 2 is expected to come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 210/212 chipset with 1 GB RAM and will be sporting a 5-inch 720p display. It is expected to sport an 8 MP rear and a 5 MP front camera.
Last month, an image shared by prolific tipster Evan Blass on his Twitter account was captioned with a hashtag 'teaser'. The image reveals a familiar design language seen previously on the Nokia 3, 5 and 6. The main highlight, however, was the primary camera module on the back which confirmed that Carl Zeiss and HMD Global were working together on upcoming Nokia flagship devices.