Nokia 8: Everything we know so far

UPDATED: Launch date confirmed - Finally, a new flagship Nokia to get excited about?

Nokia took the smartphone world by storm at Mobile World Congress in Februarythanks to the unlikely resurrection of the 3310.

Yes, it lasts for ages and yes, you can play Snake on it, but a reimagined dumbphone isn't the flagship we were really after, is it? A selection of mid-range Android handsets didn't exactly set tongues wagging either, but we might not have long to wait until Nokia breaks out the big guns.

That's right: a flagship Nokia is in the works. If you're curious what rumours are whirling around online, or just want to know the facts, here's everything we've seen and heard about the upcoming Nokia 8.

When will the Nokia 8 be out?

The summer months are typically drier than the desert when it comes to smartphone launches, but the rumours suggested that Nokia was on track to break that trend with its upcoming flagship - and now the company itself has confirmed a date for the big reveal.

Invites have started trickling out to UK-based media, asking to saving the 16th of August for a London launch event. 

This is a few weeks later than earlier rumours had suggested, as according to Winfuture.de, the Nokia 8 was originally to be officially revealed on the 31st of July.

Either way, this new date still leaves enough of a gap between the 8’s arrival and the inevitable Samsung Galaxy Not e8 launch in August, iPhone 8 in September and the Google Pixel 2 in October.

HOW MUCH WILL THE NOKIA 8 COST?

Nokia doesn’t currently have a flagship phone for us to compare prices to, but it doesn’t take a genius to see what other brands are selling their high-end phones for, and guess where Nokia will hitch its wagon.

Current speculation has the price pegged at €589 (S$925) in the Nordic regions, so it should arrive at a slightly lower price in the rest of Europe.

WHAT WILL THE NOKIA 8 LOOK LIKE?

If there's one thing we can be fairly certain of, it's what the Nokia 8 will look like. That's because Nokia has an established design which has already shown up in the less expensive Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6.

That means a mix of aluminium and glass, with minimal lines and angles. Expect metal shades, rather than colourful hues, with at least four colour choices mentioned so far: "blue", "steel", "gold/blue" and "gold/copper". 

Around the back, there'll be at least one camera - although a dual camera setup has been rumoured for a while. That would certainly put it on par with the gaggle of dual-cam phones currently doing the rounds.

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