It was just last month that Nokia launched its mid-range handset, the Nokia 8.1 in India. Back then, the handset was available only in a 4GB RAM + 64GB version. Nokia had, however, back then, revealed that they would launch the higher priced 6GB+128GB variant later. True to their promise, the company officially announced that this new version of the Nokia 8.1 would go on sale starting next week.
Nokia 8.1 6GB+128GB variant: How different is it from the standard version?
If you were considering the Nokia 8.1 as your next handset, you might be wondering which of these versions to choose from now that you will have the option to buy both the 64GB and the 128GB variants in India. At the outset let us remind you that externally, it is impossible to distinguish between these versions.
As far as the internals are concerned, here too, there isn’t much difference except for the RAM and the internal storage capacity. Traditionally, companies have this habit of offering a premium variant of a handset in a different color combination to ensure that it is not mistaken for the standard variant. Nokia seems to be in no mood to offer its consumer such an option and has clarified that the 128GB variant of the Nokia 8.1 would come in the same color options as the standard variant. These color options include Blue/ Silver and Iron/ Steel.
Let us now take a quick look at the specifications of this new variant of the Nokia 8.1
Nokia 8.1 6GB+128G: Specifications, features
As mentioned earlier in this article, the Nokia 8.1 6GB+128GB variant is identical in all other aspects to the lower priced 4GB + 64GB version. This means that the handset gets the same 6.18-inch full HD+ IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 1080 x 2244 pixels in the 18.7:9 aspect ratio. This panel is HDR10 certified and boasts of a maximum brightness of 500 nits. This variant also gets the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chipset that houses the Adreno 512 GPU for graphics. The Nokia 8.1 6GB+128GB version also gets dual SIM support and uses nano-SIM cards. The handset also supports Indian 4G VoLTE networks.
The Nokia 8.1 6GB+128GB version uses the same camera setup as the 4GB + 64GB version. This setup consists of a 12-megapixel primary camera with Zeiss optics and support for OIS and EIS mated to a 13-megapixel depth-sensing camera. The rear camera setup also gets dual LED flash for low light situations. For selfies and video calling purposes, the Nokia 8.1 6GB+128GB version uses a 20-megapixel fixed focus lens with 0.9-micron pixels. The phone also can use both the front and rear cameras at the same time for what Nokia refers to as ‘Bothies.’
The Nokia 8.1 6GB +128GB version gets plenty of connectivity options including support for 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, and even an FM radio. The handset retains a 3.5mm audio jack and uses the USB Type-C standard for data transfer and charging. The battery used on the Nokia 8.1 6GB+128GB variant has a capacity of 3,500 mAh with support for 18W fast charging.
Nokia 8.1 6GB+128G: Price in India, sale date, offers
The Nokia 8.1 6GB+128GB version is set to go on sale starting February 6 in India and has been priced at INR 29,999. You will be able to buy this device online from Amazon.in as well as Nokia’s own online store close. You can pre-book the phone starting today, February 1, 2019.
Nokia has tied up with Airtel to offer up to 1TB of 4G data for select prepaid users who use the Nokia 8.1 6GB+128GB variant. For Airtel postpaid users, data benefits of up to 120GB would be provided. Airtel uses also get three months of Netflix and one year of Amazon Prime subscriptions for free.
If you buy the handset between February 6 and February 17 using HDFC credit or debit cards, you can avail up to 10% cashback. If the purchase is made between February 18 and February 28 using the same method, the cashback reduces to 5%.
The Nokia 8.1 6GB+128GB version is also part of an exchange offer where users can get an additional INR 2,500 discount if the transaction is done between February 6 and February 17. Between February 18 and February 28, this additional discount value is INR 1,500.
Additionally, if you purchase the device from the Noks website, you will get a gift card worth INR 3,000.