Nokia 8 not coming to the US

Nokia 8 HMD

The Nokia 8 passed by the US FCC last month, sparking hopes that the handset would be getting launched in the country soon. However, it seems HMD Global has different plans as a recent email exchange confirms that the handset won’t be making its way to the nation.

In a screenshot sent to Nokiapoweruser, HMD US’ head of sales Rex Fryhover tells a user that the company won’t be unveiling the Nokia 8 in the US. The smartphone apparently isn’t properly banded for the market. He then apologizes for the disappointment and asks him to stay tuned for more information about future US-based devices as it’s developing that portfolio.

The email is littered with a couple of grammatical mistakes, so it can’t be taken at face value just yet. The Nokia 8 is prominently featured on the brand’s US website along with the Nokia 6 right now. It’s possible HMD Global changed its mind at some point and decided against releasing the phone in the country.

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If the email is authentic, it seems there won’t be a 6GB/128GB storage model of the Nokia 8 making its way to the US as was suggested by the US FCC. Perhaps the brand plans to relaunch the phone under a different name or as hinted at above, start from scratch on a US-specific portfolio.

The Nokia 6 is currently the only device from the firm’s stable to have arrived in the US so far. The Nokia 3310, Nokia 3, and Nokia 5 haven’t made the trip yet. Maybe the company is waiting to launch the Nokia 9 and release that instead of the Nokia 8.