Nokia 8 spotted running Android 9.0 Pie; may receive update soon

“The Nokia 8 smartphone launched with Android Nougat onboard and since been updated to Android Oreo”

A leaked Geekbench screenshot has pointed at the Nokia 8, HMD Global’s first flagship smartphone, to be running on Android 9.0 Pie. This has sparked speculations that the smartphone, launched in 2017, is slated to receive the update to the latest generation of Android OS, soon. HMD Global‘s older generation smartphones such as the Nokia 3, Nokia 5 (review), Nokia 6 (review) and Nokia 8 were already confirmed to receive the latest Android update by product chief, Juho Sarvikas.

Previous speculations had expected the Android Pie update for Nokia 8 to roll out by November. However, with the leaked screenshot, HMD Global is thought to be running Android 9.0 in the final testing phase on the older generation device, and it is probable that a beta version of the update will be rolled out to Nokia 8 (review) and Nokia 8 Sirocco, before a stable build is pushed to all its users by December. Sarvikas had also stated that the delayed update for older generation devices is owing to Google’s chain-like software rollout process involving the chipset supplier.

Nokia 8 - Android Pie - Geekbench

However, HMD Global has actually been one of the most regular when it comes to providing the latest Android editions as well as regular security patches to all its devices. The Nokia 8 was initially launched with Android 7.1.1 Nougat, before being upgraded to Android Oreo. While the Nokia 8 was not launched as an Android One device, it was included in the program by HMD Global earlier this year.

Nokia’s first flagship smartphone was launched last year, powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, along with Adreno 540 GPU, up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage. It gets a dual-camera, 13MP rear imaging unit with a dedicated monochrome sensor and Zeiss optics, and a 5.3-inch IPS LCD display with 1,440 x 2,560-pixel screen resolution, making it one of the very few, and compact flagship smartphones in the market. It also housed a 3,090mAh battery to power the entire package.

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