It hasn’t been that long since the Nokia brand was revitalized after HMD Global acquired the rights to use the branding. Nokia-branded Android smartphones have been wildly successful thanks to low-priced mid-range and budget smartphones with excellent software support. Last month, HMD Global released the Nokia X7 in China—yet another notched mid-ranger with decent specifications. The Nokia X7 features a large 6.18-inch display with an iPhone X-style notch, Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 SoC, 4GB RAM, and 64/128GB internal storage for the equivalent of about $245 in China. The Android One rebranding of this phone is allegedly nearing its launch internationally, as marketing renders of a purported Nokia 8.1 have appeared online.
Nokiapoweruser leaked marketing renders of the Nokia 8.1—a rebranded Nokia X7 for the rest of the world. The phone is code-named Phoenix and as you’d expect, it has nearly identical specifications compared to the Nokia X7. In addition to the specifications that I mentioned above, the smartphone also has a 3,4oo mAh battery, 12 and 13 MP dual cameras, a 3.5 mm headphone jack, and microSD card support. Here are more leaked renders of the device, courtesy of Nokiapoweruser.
Nokiapoweruser states that the Nokia 8.1 will launch on December 5 in Dubai. It may also be accompanied by the long-awaited Nokia 9 penta-camera flagship as well as a lower-end Nokia 2.1, but there’s no confirmation on either device launching at the event. I see the Nokia 8.1 phone as yet another decent mid-range option which will satisfy those of you seeking a stock Android-like experience. Unfortunately, HMD Global still doesn’t let users unlock the bootloaders on all their devices, though they have opened up bootloader unlocking on the Nokia 8.