A mystery phone that has been touted as being the Android powered Nokia 8 flagship model, is not a Nokia phone at all according to Qualcomm. The latter had put on a demonstration of the Snapdragon 835 chipset at CES using a Qualcomm Snapdragon reference design handset. The unit, which is branded with the Snapdragon logo, was described in a couple of videos as being the Nokia 8 featuring the Snapdragon 835 chipset, 6GB of RAM and a front-facing dual speaker system. The phone was said to have a 24MP rear-facing camera with OIS and EIS, and a 12MP front-facing snapper.
In a letter published today, Qualcomm spokeswoman Catherine Baker said that the company never reveals details of its reference design phones. Still, Qualcomm said that reports of the handset being a Nokia model “are not accurate.” Baker added that the reference design devices used with the Snapdragon 835 chipset are the same ones it uses every year to demonstrate its latest chipset.
“We do not disclose details of our reference design. We’ve seen a few stories rumoring what we demonstrated in our CES booth to be a Nokia device, those reports are not accurate, our 835 demos were on our own reference design devices which we use to demo our Snapdragon SOC’s every year.”-Catherine Baker, spokeswoman, Qualcomm
So it appears to be a mystery solved. While there could very well be a Nokia 8 coming in the near future, the images that you might have seen elsewhere are not it.