Nokia 8.2 announcement next week could have a lukewarm reception

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Nokia, along with Motorola, was once one of the darlings of the mobile industry, when smartphones were still the stuff of science fiction. The Finnish company made some Detroit, including a brief stint at Microsoft, before lending its name to HMD Global. For a time, the new Android Nokia phones seemed ready to reclaim their reputation, but interest around affordable phones has waned considerably. This is against the backdrop that Nokia 8.2 is likely to launch next week, perhaps to pick up the call for HMD Global.

To be clear, Nokia Mobile did not specifically mention Nokia 8.2 in its tweet about an upcoming announcement on 5 December. Given the one-year anniversary of Nokia 8.1 on 5 December, the preferred theory is that HMD Global will announce its successor on Thursday as well. It may also announce Nokia 5.2 and it is certainly possible that it can do both.

Granted, there are a lot more details leaked about Nokia the.2 compared to 5.2 but what we have heard so far is not very exciting. Its highlight feature will be a 32-megapixel popup front-facing camera, a design that is now less revolutionary than it was two years ago. Granted, not everyone has boarded that bandwagon, but considering HMD Global’s slowing down of new trends, it cannot help if it is seen as a latcomer.

The phone is also expected to run on the undeclared Snapdragon 700 series chip and can have 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage. However, this rumored price tag can be a bit worrying as it may be higher than your average mid-range Android phone.

The biggest problem is for this generation of Nokia-branded phones. Their prices fluctuate between cheap and overpriced, but they rarely provide any notable feature or outstanding performance. Despite coming in for quick software updates that match Google’s speed, it has occasionally stumbled upon that aspect. HMD Global will definitely need more than a popup camera gimmick to stop the Nokia 8.2, to prevent it from becoming a more forgetful member of the increasingly stable of similar-sounding phones.

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