Nokia earlier today launched the much-awaited incremental upgrade of Nokia 8 dubbed as Nokia 8.1 in the Global market. The smartphone was unveiled by HMD Global at the launch event held in Dubai. For those who’re unaware, Nokia 8.1 is more like a global variant of Nokia X7 which made its way to China in October. Notable highlights of the handset include PureView Display, Snapdragon 710 chipset and dual rear camera with Zeiss optics. The device falls under the Android One programme meaning you will get regular updates no matter what.
Nokia 8.1 Specifications, Features
Like any other Nokia’s 2018 lineup, the smartphone comes with a wide notch on the front with minimum bezels on the sides giving it a screen-to-body ratio of 81.5%. Nokia 8.1 shares a lot of its design ideology with its popular mid-range Nokia 7 Plus smartphone. The device has a two-tone finish with chrome inserts around the frame. HMD Global used 6000 aluminium body with diamond cut edges making it just as durable as Nokia 7 Plus.
The smartphone comes with a 6.18-inch IPS LCD display with an aspect ratio of 18.7:9 and a resolution of 1080×2244 pixels. The brand has used its very own PureDisplay tech which we’ve recently seen in the recently launched Nokia 7.1. Apart from that, the display is HDR10 certified, has 500 nits peak brightness and is capable of a 96 percent colour gamut. It is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The onboard memory is expandable up to 400GB via MicroSD card. HMD Global is touting an increase of 35% in graphics performance and a 20% uptick in the overall performance when compared with Snapdragon 660 in the Nokia 7 Plus.
In terms of optics, Nokia 8.1 has a dual camera setup at the back with Zeiss optics. There is a primary 12MP sensor having 1.4-micron pixels and both OIS as well as EIS. For depth sensing, there is a 13MP secondary camera. Unlike rear, the front has a single 20MP selfie shooter with 4-in-1 pixel tech for better low-light photography. It also comes with a Boathie feature which lets you take photos from the rear as well as front simultaneously. All of this runs on a 3,500mAh battery with a support for 18W fast charging. Nokia 8.1 is the company’s first smartphone to come with Android 9.0 Pie out-of-the-box.
For security, there is a fingerprint sensor at the back of the device. The device is also equipped with a smart amp, 2 mics, and Nokia Ozo surrounds capture and a single speaker design. Other specifications include dual-SIM, 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth v5.0, 3.5mm headphone jack, USB Type-C port and a Google ARCore support.
Nokia 8.1 Price, Availability
As mentioned earlier, Nokia 8.1 comes in a single storage variant boasting 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard memory. The device arrives in three different dual-tone colour variants: Blue/ Silver, Steel/ Copper, and Iron/ Steel. The smartphone will set you back EUR 399 (roughly Rs. 31,900). Nokia 8.1 will be up for grabs from “mid-December” in European and the Middle East markets.
As far as the Indian launch is concerned, HMD Global is hosting a launch event in India on December 10. Nokia 8.1 might hit the Indian shores in the coming days. Nokia 7 Plus is one of the popular mid-range smartphone hitting the sweet spot with gorgeous design and powerful internals. Nokia 8.1 seems to continue to the same footsteps giving buyers a great option under this price segment.