Is Nokia back to its prolific and notorious pace of putting out one phone after another? If based on these rumors, that does seem to be the case. Together with HMD, it has already launched the Nokia 3, 5, and 6. What’s next you ask? Why a Nokia 7 and Nokia 8, of course. Unlike the already released smartphones, these two are tipped to stand on the higher edge of the mid-range line, sporting Qualcomm’s still unannounced Snapdragon 660 chip.
If based on the processor and display resolutions, the Nokia 3, 5, and 6 all fall on the lower end of the mid-range. The 6 and 5, specifically, are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 430. Aside from the Nokia 6’s Full HD screen, Nokia/HMD’s smartphones have mostly been an HD affair.
In contrast, the Nokia 7 and Nokia 8, according to sources, will run on a Snapdragon 660. Don’t be surprised if you haven’t heard of it before, as it has so far only existed in leaks as the MSM8976 Plus. It supposedly has 8 cores, four of which run at 2.2 GHz while the rest run at 1.9 GHz. Given the Snapdragon 660 was leaked around the same time as the Snapdragon 835, its announcement might not be too far away.
That processor could be the only similarity between the Nokia 7 and 8, though their differences are still hazy at this point. One of them will have a QHD display while the other will make do with a smaller FHD. It’s still unsure which of the two will top the other, but if the Nokia 8 does get that much-prized Carl-Zeiss optics, it could be the higher-end model.
When those two will be announced is still a guess at this point. HMD said it plans to have 6 to 7 Nokia phones this year, half of which have launched already. If HMD isn’t in too much of a hurry, the Nokia 7 and Nokia 8 might not arrive until IFA 2017 in September.