The Nokia 8 was unveiled in mid-August and started selling a few weeks later. The phone is already available in some European and Asian markets and it appears it won’t be making it to the U.S., after all.
At the time of launching the phone, HMD Global was reportedly in no hurry to release the Nokia 8 in the U.S. Back then, it was thought this statement was meant to mean the launch will take longer, probably same as the Nokia 6 or much longer. However, it seems the Finnish company has no plans whatsoever of launching the phone in the U.S.
According to a screenshot of an email sent by Rex Fryhover, HMD Global’s U.S. head of sales, and first obtained by NokiaPowerUser, the company is disappointed that it won’t be launching the Nokia 8 on American soil. Apparently, the phone doesn’t have the necessary bands needed to work on U.S. carriers, but future phones will for sure make it stateside.
This report has surfaced at a time when rumors of the Nokia 9 are heating up, with claims that the phone will keep much of the specs used on the Nokia 8, among them the Snapdragon 835 SoC, 4GB RAM, 64GB/128GB storage and a dual camera, but there won’t be a 3.5mm audio jack. The phone is also expected to come with a 5.5-inch bezel-less display screen with a QHD resolution and a height of just 140.99mm.
Although the leaked screenshot cannot be verified, Trusted Reviews has contacted HMD Global and the company has indeed verified that the Nokia 8 won’t be coming to the U.S. Too bad it won’t be coming this way. It looked such a promising phone, but of course, you can always get it through third-party retailers from markets where the phone is sold.