Nokia 8.1 launch might be closer than you think

“The Nokia 8.1 is reportedly the global version of the recently launched Nokia X7”

Nokia 8.1 could be very close to its launch date considering its appearance on a certification site as well as Google’s official registry for ARCore-supporting devices. The device was previously rumoured to launch sometime next year, but this new report has rekindled our hopes of a possible 2018 release. It is widely expected that Nokia 8.1 will be global version of the Nokia X7 smartphone that was unveiled in China last month.

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Starting off with the Google listing, the Nokia 8.1 is among the few devices mentioned to support ARCore, the search giant’s platform for augmented reality (AR) experiences. The listing does not reveal any features but does confirm that the device is close to the end of development stages. The listing was first spotted by NokiaPowerUser.

Next up is the NCC certification in Taiwan, which is similar to FCC in the US or TENAA in China. The filing mentions a Nokia device with model number TA-1119, but doesn’t detail any other specifics about the device expect that it is a “4G wireless Bluetooth handheld mobile phone.” Online publication MySmartPrice speculates that this device could be the Nokia 8.1.

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HMD Global’s Nokia 8.1 was also spotted on Geekbench last month running the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM. The listing showed there smartphone running Android 9 Pie software, and considering Nokia-branded phones are usually part of the Android One programme, we can expect stock Android version and assured software upgrades for the next two years. The Geekbench listing gave a single-core score of 1851, as well as a multi-core score of 5807, indicating that Nokia 8.1 could be launched as a mid-range smartphone.

As mentioned above, Nokia 8.1 is believed to be the global version of Nokia X7. Interestingly, Nokia X7 was expected to be rebranded as Nokia 7.1 Plus for global markets, but in a recent tweet, a tipster claimed that HMD Chief Product officer Juho Sarvikas wants to name it Nokia 8.1 instead. None the less HMD Global has been quite tightlipped about its upcoming offering and hasn’t let out much except what is mentioned above.

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