Qualcomm rubbishes rumours that it leaked the Snapdragon 835-powered Nokia 8 at CES 2017

A YouTube channel had recently published videos claiming to have had a hands-on experience with the Nokia 8 at CES 2017 this year. Qualcomm has now issued a statement insisting that the video was a fake.

The video, uploaded by a YouTube channel called Total Tech, showed off a blue phone with a pretty massive camera bunk on the back. Another video that the channel published shows off two phones on a vibrating rig, demoing the capabilities of the in-built image stabilisation on the cameras.

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Total Tech claims that a Qualcomm staff member at CES told them that the devices were reference hardware manufactured by Nokia and Qualcomm to showcase the EIS 3.0, which will be introduced in the Snapdragon 835 chipset.

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Given that this information was gleaned from a Qualcomm booth, it’s understandable that Qualcomm is the one issuing a statement. In the statement sent to NokiaMob, Qualcomm says, “We do not disclose details of our reference design. We’ve seen a few stories rumouring 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.”

Just because the phone is a reference design doesn’t necessarily mean that we’re looking at the final product.

However, if the device in question was indeed made by Nokia, we’ve at least seen a hint of what is to come at Nokia’s event at MWC event next month.

Unlike the recently released Nokia 6, the Nokia 8 is expected to be a flagship device that will compete neck-and-neck with the likes of Samsung and Apple. The phone is expected to feature a Snapdragon 835 SoC, 6GB of RAM and 24MP rear camera.

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If the popularity of the Nokia 6 is anything to go by, the Nokia 8 is sure to be a winner at MWC.