Rumor: Two Snapdragon 660-Powered Nokia Phones Being Tested

According to a new report which draws on information provided by an unnamed source, Nokia (via HMD Global) is currently testing two “top mid-ranges” which are at the moment being referred to as the Nokia 7 and Nokia 8. The reason these are being considered as 'top/mid-range devices' is that they apparently are both expected to come powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC. Which interestingly, is an SoC which was very recently spotted being benchmarked on AnTuTu, through the help of an unannounced smartphone. While it could be, at the moment there is no reason to believe that the unannounced smartphone spotted on AnTuTu, is either of these new Nokia devices.

Snapdragon 660 aside, the report picks up on some of the other rumored features that will be on offer with these two new Nokia-branded smartphones. Firstly, both smartphones are expected to come with a metal unibody design, along with thin bezels, and a design which will see an altering to the placement of the rear-facing camera. Secondly, that one of them will come sporting an FHD display, while the other will sport a QHD display. It is also being said that the FHD-equipped smartphone will be the smaller of the two smartphones, albeit only slightly smaller. Additional notable features mentioned, include both smartphones coming equipped with a fingerprint sensor, improvements in the camera department, and fast charging capabilities.

In spite of the Nokia 7 and 8 names being dropped here, there is no guarantee that these are the Nokia 7 and 8, or at least, they will be the names when they are announced. Although, reports have come through before signalling the same names and in particular, for the Nokia 8. In either case, if these smartphones are positioned higher up the market ladder, this will be welcomed news by Nokia enthusiasts and will be in line with other reports that have come through suggesting that Nokia is working on more higher-end options, compared to their already-announced Nokia 3, 5, and 6, smartphones. While there is no confirmation on when these new smartphones will come through, a report from back in January did suggest that Nokia could release as many as seven smartphones in 2017. Which does lend support to these two latest smartphones arriving before the year is out.

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