While rumours of the penta-camera Nokia 9 may be what occupies most Nokia fans' attention, it seems HMD Global is planning on releasing a 'lite' refresh of its current-generation flagship, the Nokia 8, before it gets around to the Nokia 9.
Benchmark listings of a device pegged as the Nokia 8.1 recently popped on the Geekbench website, and they paint an unusual story. While the phone will run Android 9.0 Pie out of the box and will have 4GB of RAM, more surprisingly, it seems HMD Global may be planning on downgrading the phone's CPU.
Sdm710!? Really!? Nokia 8.1!? Downgrade!? 😒 pic.twitter.com/SHMtnyUVF2— 📱 🖥️ ⚙️ 🔍 🇮🇩 (@bang_gogo_) October 20, 2018
The Nokia 8 features a flagship-grade Snapdragon 835, while the benchmark listings show the Nokia 8.1 will only run a Snapdragon 710. That processor sits right underneath the Snapdragon 845 in Qualcomm's lineup of mobile chips, but is decidedly midrange silicon.
The SoC is still a cut above almost everything else you can find in the midrange segment, and was able to bag an impressive 1,841 in the single-core score and 5,807 in the multi-core score. That's still less than what the Nokia 8 could achieve with its flagship chip from last year, netting 1,911 in the single-core tests and 6,436 on the multi-core results.
The move is certainly perplexing, and we'll likely learn more once the device is officially announced by HMD.