Jan 5, 2018

Nokia 10 to come with Snapdragon 845 later in August 2018

A new leak from China hints at an August release date for Nokia's big device of 2018.

Nokia used to be the biggest name in cellular phones, and even though they've been overshadowed by the likes of Apple and Samsung, a lot of people are still rooting for the Finnish company to make a huge comeback. Although the Nokia 8 wasn't quite the juggernaut HMD Global needed it to be, people are already looking for all the info they can get on the Nokia 10. And the latest rumors point to a Q3 2018 release, along with the vaunted new Snapdragon 845.

The latest leaks from China have given us a more-or-less comprehensive list of what devices will be launching with Qualcomm's new flagship chipset, the Snapdragon 845. The Nokia 10 was the only Nokia phone to make the list, so it looks like the Nokia 9 is off the table for the hottest new smartphone chip of 2018. While it's unusual for HMD Global to usher in the Nokia 9 without the Snapdragon 845, there may have been other constraints that prevented them from using the Snapdragon 845 in the Nokia 9. What's clear is that this is going to hurt the upcoming flagship, which will be going up against a lot of competitors in the first half of 2018 and they will be sporting the new Snapdragon 845.

The list of smartphones confirmed to have the Snapdragon 845 include the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the LG G7 coming out around February, the Xiaomi Mi 7 in April, the HTC U12 in May. In June we'll have the OnePlus 6, the ZTE Nubia Z18, and the Sony Xperia XZ Pro-A. As for the Nokia 10, it's not expected out until August, so HMD Global will be ceding ground it can't afford to these earlier competitors.

The Nokia 10 is worth looking forward to, though. It's expected to have a 6-inch Super AMOLED display with 3840 x 2160 resolution, Corning Gorilla Glass 5, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage along with a 4,000mAh battery and quick charging. The dual-rear-camera setup will have at least one 24-megapixel Carl Zeiss lens, and the front camera is 16 megapixels. Whether Nokia will jump on the Apple bandwagon and use 3D facial recognition technology is still unclear, but Nokia definitely needs a big win with the Nokia 10, and something new and impressive to wow the market. Doing what everyone else is doing, a few months after the fact simply isn't going to cut it.