HMD Global has temporarily dropped prices of a few Nokia phones in India as a part of the company’s Nokia Phones Fan Festival Sale. As a part of this sale, prices of the Nokia 6.1 Plus (Review), Nokia 7.1, Nokia 8.1 and the Nokia 8 Sirocco (Review) have been dropped by as much as INR 6,000. However, you should note that this sale is only available through the company’s website rather than through other online sellers or offline stores. Also, the sale will be running till 24 May 2019 (Friday), so if you want to buy a Nokia phone, you better hurry.
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Nokia 6.1 Plus, Nokia 7.1, Nokia 8.1, Nokia 8 Sirocco Price Drop: New Prices
The Nokia 6.1 Plus, Nokia 7.1, and Nokia 8 Sirocco have each seen their prices getting dropped by INR 1,000. This means that the Nokia 6.1 Plus which was launched in India late last year, is now available for INR 15,499. The Nokia 7.1 is now available for INR 17,999 and the Nokia 8 Sirocco can be purchased by spending INR 36,999. To avail discounts on these three phones, customers will have to enter promotional coupon code ‘FANFESTIVAL’ while making the purchase through Nokia’s website.
The Nokia 8.1 is the phone that has received the largest price drop. Nokia 8.1 4GB RAM and Nokia 8.1 6GB RAM variants of the smartphone are now available for purchase for INR 20,999 (after a discount of INR 6,000, using coupon code FAN6000) and INR 25,999 (after a discount of INR 4,000, using coupon code FAN4000). This is the second time these phones have gone on sale under Nokia Phones Fan Festival. The first time the sale was conducted was earlier this month, and the sale had ended on May 13.
Should You Buy Nokia 6.1 Plus, Nokia 7.1, Nokia 8.1, Nokia 8 Sirocco?
As a part of this sale, we would advise you to buy either the Nokia 6.1 Plus or Nokia 8.1. Other phones won’t satisfy most buyers are they would still be priced too high for their features, specifications, and performance.
The Nokia 6.1 Plus was launched in India last year, and we reviewed it in September 2018. According to us, it had a solid build quality, decent camera, and good overall performance. However, it needed better software optimization and better camera performance in low-light conditions. Since then, the company has released various software updates to fix most of the issues. At INR 15,499, the Nokia 6.1 Plus can be seen as a decent purchase if you are concerned about getting monthly security patches and don’t want any bloatware or ads on your phone. Otherwise, there are much better phones out there, including the Redmi Note 7 Pro (Review), Realme 3 Pro (Review), and the ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M2 (Review).
Then Nokia 7.1 has a better screen (with HDR10 compatibility) and a better camera, and it is priced INR 2,000 higher than the Nokia 6.1 Plus, and it is a worthy upgrade, but at that price, you can find devices like the Samsung Galaxy M30, Galaxy A50, and the POCO F1. All these phones have faster processors and better cameras. However, none of them are Android One devices, and if you’re looking for one such device, the Nokia 7.1 could be considered as a choice. The Nokia 8.1 is the only phone that’s worth buying, according to us, as it has a decently fast Snapdragon 710 chipset, an HDR10 compliant screen, decent cameras, and good battery life.
The Nokia 8 Sirocco features two-year-old processor, the Snapdragon 835, and it costs twice as much as phones that have newer, Snapdragon 845 processor. It is better to buy phones like the ASUS Zenfone 5Z (Review), Honor Play (Review), POCO F1 (Review), and the Samsung Galaxy A70, which offer better cameras, better performance, and better life compared to the Nokia 8 Sirocco.