HMD Global, the Finnish technology firm that licensed the rights to develops and markets smartphones and feature phones under the “Nokia” brand name, revealed its Carl Zeiss partnership earlier this month. HMD Global is now bringing back the ZEISS branding on Nokia-branded devices, and it looks the first smartphone to equip the optical systems will emerge later this month.
According to the report, HMD Global will be launching a Nokia 8 Android-powered smartphone on July 31st, with dual-camera image sensors with high-performance Carl Zeiss optics. Both camera sensors are said to be 13 megapixels and include Carl Zeiss optics.
The Nokia 8 is also anticipated to ship with a 5.3-inch display (2560 x 1440), a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 central processing unit, 4GB or 6GB worth of RAM (depending on the market), 64GB of on-board storage, and dual-SIM version.
VentureBeat is the first news agency to report theis story and has supplied a leaked photo of the Nokia 8 in a deep blue color variant, but the handset device is also expected to debut in silver and gold models.
With all that being said, it looks like that this Nokia 8 is HMD’s high-end smartphone, and will likely be released with a pure version of Google’s Android 7.1.1 Nougat. It looks like HMD is sticking with physical keys and larger scree display bezels for its Nokia-branded high-end flagship device.
That could make the Nokia 8 a hard sell against the one of the top-selling premium Android smartphone — Samsung Galaxy S8 — and other similar Android-powered handset phones, but the pricing could make up for its design elements.
While the Nokia 8 will include the renowned Carl Zeiss optics, it won’t have the same type of camera system that was made by the experts of Nokia’s PureView. Apple hired the head of Nokia’s Lumia photography, and the majority of the talent behind Nokia’s camera work left the firm when Microsoft has totally acquired Nokia’s phone business.
As for the Zeiss, the company is currently in the process of designing the optical components for the James Webb Space Telescope set to replace the Hubble Space Telescope sometime in 2018.