Every Nokia fan knows that HMD Global is putting huge efforts into the software support for its Android devices. But software is not the only thing the Finnish company owning the Nokia brand is working hard for. HMD Global’s Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas has shared some images of early prototypes of Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 1 and the “banana phone” 8110. The images give us a glimpse of the early design of the handsets and judging from their look the prototypes seem to be 3D-printed. Juho Sarvikas has also published a photo showing the 6000 series aluminum block which was used to make the shell of the Nokia 6.
He declared that the Sirocco flagship was internally codenamed Avenger and that “Modeling and early prototyping is the key for success”. In terms of aesthetics, Nokia 8 Sirocco is definitely the most interesting HMD device. But this is obvious given that it is currently the most powerful HMD flagship. It has a glass back, a frame made of stainless steel and a curved edge-to-edge display with the P-OLED technology. Even though it has very narrow bezels, it retains the classic 16:9 aspect ratio and a size of 5.5 inches.
Note that 8 Sirocco is the only HMD smartphone to feature a glass back, while all the other devices have either a full metal unibody design or a plastic body. And it is also the only HMD device to feature IP67 certification which makes it dust resistant and water resistant (up to 1.5m for 30 minutes). Given that Nokia 1 is the most entry-level HMD handset (it even comes with Android Go out of the box), it is entirely made of polycarbonate with a simple design and thick bezels, but a compact size. Obviously, the 8110 has a polycarbonate design too as it is a feature phone.