GSM ARENE IS REPORTING ON A HANDSET REMINISCENT OF THE NEW NOKIA 6

GSM Arena is reporting on a handset reminiscent of the new Nokia 6 with design echoes of previous Nokia handsets. It was being used by Qualcomm to demonstrate the power of the latest SnapDragon 835 system-on-chip to perform image stabilisation compared to the previous generation SnapDragon 821.

Is this the Nokia Flagship from HMD that will be announced at Mobile World Congress next month? Let’s look at the evidence.

First of all, the physical shape of the device matches that of the Nokia 6. When it was launched HMD’s announcement leaned heavily on the design that was fashioned from a single block of metal for a luxury feel. That is present once more. The addition of physical buttons suggest a model higher up the portfolio.

 THERE ARE NO MARKINGS OR BRANDING IMAGES VISIBLE ON THE DEVICE

Although there are no markings or branding images visible on the device, there is one signature element from older Nokia handsets. The camera on the rear of the machine with its distinctive round housing and raised bulge from the back of the machine echoes the Nokia Lumia 1020 PureView.

As for the name, ‘Nokia P1’ has been bandied around for some time, but I suspect that’s more likely to be shorthand for ‘Prototype Design 1’. To make a family of devices you would start with the high-end device and then degrade the specifications and design as you move down the portfolio towards the lower price points.

We already know the Nokia 6 is out there – going with Nokia 8 will evoke memories of previous Nokia smartphones where the high-end devices would generally include the number 8 (such as the Nokia N81, the N8, the N800, and the Lumia 800) with the 6 being used for mid-range devices. The 9 was generally kept for the communicator series of devices – a device that would surely have limited appeal but talismanic powers for those faithful to Finland.
Nokia 6 (image: HMD Global PR)

Nokia 6 (image: HMD Global PR)

The presumptively titled Nokia 8 is expected to ship with two variants – a premium model with a SnapDragon 835, 6 GB of RAM, 64 GB or 128 GB of storage, microSD card support and a 24 megapixel camera with electronic and optical image stabilisation. The lesser model would be the second device in Qualcomm’s shaky rig with a SnapDragon 821, 4 GB of RAM and a smaller camera.