HMD Global has been placing its smartphones in some of the most competing price segments in the market. The company has six smartphones complementing its portfolio for now and HMD product chief Juho Sarvikas has already confirmed that all of them, which is Nokia 8, Nokia 7, Nokia 6, Nokia 5, Nokia 3 and Nokia 2 will get Android 8.0 Oreo at some point. Out of these, Nokia 8 has already started receiving the new OS version.
While until yesterday it was a mystery as to which Nokia smartphone will be receiving Android Oreo next, a tweet from Sarvikas himself has cleared the air. Sarvikas has confirmed that Nokia 6 and the Nokia 5 will be getting the Oreo treatment up next. This came as a reply to a Tweet made by a fan.
“Yes, Nokia 6 and Nokia 5 next. Just reviewed today, we will open Beta Labs for those models soon,” replied Sarvikas in a tweet.
Yes, Nokia 6 and Nokia 5 next. Just reviewed today, we will open Beta Labs for those models soon
— Juho Sarvikas (@sarvikas) November 24, 2017
In case you were wondering what Nokia Beta Labs is, it was re-introduced by HMD Global last month as a platform for select new Nokia smartphones to test the upcoming updates. All users need to do is to visit https://www.nokia.com/en_int/phones/betalabs and sign up for the programme.
At the time of introducing Nokia Beta Labs, Sarvikas also tweeted that Nokia 3 will also make it to the testing platform. But that might take some time given that Nokia 6 and Nokia 5 are the priorities for now.
— Juho Sarvikas (@sarvikas) October 25, 2017
The exact dates as to when the Nokia 5 and the Nokia 6 will enter the Nokia Beta Labs for Android 8.0 Oreo testing is still vague at the best. Beta Labs was introduced on October 25 and was open for Nokia 8 on the same day. It took the company a month to roll out the OS to all the customers. If the same time frame is kept for Nokia 6 and the Nokia 5, there are chances that the final Android Oreo version will arrive on both the handsets in the second half of next month or in January 2018. Nothing can be confirmed at the moment though.
Whenever the update may arrive, it is for sure that they too will get the same features that arrived in the Nokia 8. These are some of the native Android 8.0 Oreo features such as picture-in-picture mode, notification dots, autofill passwords, faster boot up, Google Play protect security scans and November security patch.
The update for Nokia 8 just started rolling out on October 24 and weighs 1.5GB. If you are a Nokia 8 user and have not yet downloaded Android Oreo, we would recommend you to download it over Wi-Fi connection.
Although Nokia 8 is the first smartphone under HMD Global to get Android 8.0 Oreo, it is not the first by the OEM this year. OnePlus leads the race as it has rolled it out to OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T smartphones already. The Chinese tech firm has confirmed that its newest smartphones, OnePlus 5 and 5T won’t feature Android Oreo’s Project Treble.
But Android 8.0 Oreo on Nokia 8 comes with Project Treble, in case there were any doubts. Project Treble was launched in May this year during the Google IO conference as a part of Android 8.0 Oreo. The feature makes it easy for OEMs to roll out Android 8.0 Oreo to end users.
This could prove to be one of the biggest advantages of Nokia over OnePlus and other OEMs that have smartphones running stock Android such as Motorola and Lenovo.
As a refresher, Nokia was launched in India in September at Rs 36,999. The device arrived with Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box, much like the Nokia 6, Nokia 5 and Nokia 3.
Nokia 8 boasts a 5.3-inch IPS QHD (2560×1440 pixels) screen and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. It has 4GB LPPDDR4X RAM and 64GB expandable storage.
The camera is the highlight of the Nokia 8. It has two 13MP rear cameras, one taking coloured shots with OIS while the other one takes monochrome shots for better overall clarity in images. There is a third 13MP camera at the front. A 3090mAh non-removable battery keeps the smartphone running for hours.