HMD slash price on flagship Nokia 8 ahead of MWC

Muriel Hammond
February 15, 2018

The test has now ended and the company has started rolling out Android 8.1 officially to all Nokia 8 owners. The once-domineering Nokia juggernaut fell from the heavens years ago, but under the helm of HMD Global, the beloved phone brand has managed to sell a whole lot of 4.4 million units in Q4 2017 alone. It also comes with various core Android features such as Neural Networks API, Autofill framework updates, and a SharedMemory API.

The Android 8.1 Oreo stable update for Nokia was confirmed by HMD Global chief Juho Sarvikas on Twitter. As per screenshots posted by some users who have received the update, the size of the file will be roughly 1.56GB.

Talking about the upcoming phones, the Nokia 1 is likely to be an entry-level smartphone and add to the series with Nokia 2, Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and others already available in the market.

The overall growth momentum in global smartphone market will remain weak this year due to lower demand and fewer replacement purchases, Trendforce said. And in the last week of January, HMD Global rolled out a beta version of the Android 8.1 Oreo to the Nokia 8. The emoji fix was one of the changes introduced in Android 8.1 release.

The most important markets for Nokia in Q4 2017 were the United Kingdom, where it's among the three most popular smartphone sellers. Not only is it receiving a the Android 8.1 Oreo update, but the flagship recently saw a major price cut in India that brings its price tag down to Rs 28,999 from its initial launch price of Rs 39,999. Under the hood, the device is powered by a 2.2 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor along with Adreno 508 GPU.

Launched in September a year ago with Android 7.1.1 Nougat, the Nokia 8 received an update to Android 8.0 in November. We see that the person is clicking some photos from the Nokia 7 Plus which has a dual-camera setup on the back.

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