Enlarge / Yep, that’s a phone. (credit: VentureBeat)
Evan Blass over at VentureBeat has shared an image of HMD’s upcoming Nokia flagship, the Nokia 8.

The device will be the first Nokia-branded Android flagship, taking a place at the head of the existing lineup of the Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and Nokia 6.

The report says the phone should be announced July 31st.
In the fast-moving smartphone world, HMD is definitely behind when it comes to the design.

The device looks a lot like the other, budget-conscious Nokia HMD phones—and a lot like a phone design from last year.

There’s tall top and bottom bezels, capacitive hardware navigation buttons, and a front fingerprint reader.

That’s disappointing given the more modern slim-bezel designs we’ve seen from Samsung, LG, Xiaomi, and (if it ever launches) Essential.
I think the Nokia 8 will need a competitive price to pair with the old-school design, something that puts it in “budget flagship” territory with the similarly specced, similarly designed OnePlus 5.
The phone is expected to come with a Snapdragon 835, 4 or 6GB of RAM, Android 7.1.1, and a surprisingly small 5.3-inch QHD display.

The back seems to feature HMD’s usual anodized aluminum body (increasingly a rarity in a world of fragile glass and ceramic phones) and a dual camera setup complete with “Zeiss” branding, just like the old days.

Besides the two cameras and LED flash, there’s some other component in the camera module, probably a laser autofocus setup.
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