Nokia 8.1 Price in India Dropped to Rs 18,572; Now Makes A Good Buy


Nokia has dropped the price of its 8.1 smartphone in India. The 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant of the Nokia 8.1 now costs INR 18,572, opposed to its launch price of INR 26,998. And the 6GB RAM + 128GB storage variant now costs INR 22,349, opposed its launch price of INR 29,999. Compared to the original price, the 4GB + 64GB variant is now cheaper by INR 8,426, and the 6GB + 128GB variant is now cheaper by INR 7,650. The Nokia 8.1 is currently available with the above-mentioned discounted price on Amazon India. Do note that it isn’t confirmed yet if the price drop is permanent or temporary.

To recall, the Nokia 8.1 launched in India on December 11, 2018. However, at that time, the Nokia 8.1 was available in only one variant – 4GB RAM + 64GB storage configuration. A few months later, on February 1, Nokia launched the 6GB RAM + 128GB version of the Nokia 8.1 in India. Back then, the Nokia 8.1 seemed like a good choice for someone who is looking for a smartphone around INR 25,000. However, since then, a lot of smartphones have launched in the Indian market. And Nokia 8.1 with its price tag of INR 26,998 for the 4GB + 64GB version and INR 29,99 for 6GB + 128GB version didn’t a worthy buy. However, with this current price drop, the Nokia 8.1 seems like a decent option for consumers out there in search of a smartphone under INR 20,000.

Nokia 8.1 Specifications

Being a device launched in 2018, the Nokia 8.1 has a large, rectangular-shaped notch at the top of its display, instead of the smaller notches that we see on smartphones nowadays. The display itself is a 6.18-inch IPS LCD with Full HD+ resolution, and NEG protection over it. What’s interesting here is that the display features HDR, in spite of the Nokia 8.1 being a lower mid-range smartphone.

The Nokia 8.1 comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 SoC; it has eight Kryo 360 CPU cores and Adreno 616 GPU. The smartphone features Android 9 Pie operating system and the 8.1 is also an Android One device. As I’ve mentioned earlier, the Nokia 8.1 is available in two memory configurations in India – 4GB RAM + 64GB storage, and 6GB RAM + 128GB storage.

It has been almost six months since the Nokia 8.1 launched in India, but even today, its rear camera hardware is one of the best among the smartphone in its price range. The rear camera setup includes two cameras – a 12MP primary sensor and a 13MP secondary sensor. The 12MP primary sensor comes equipped with dual-pixel phase-detection autofocus, and more importantly, it has OIS. The rear camera can also record 4K videos at 30 frames per second. Taking care of the selfies is a 20MP front-facing camera.

The Nokia 8.1 packs a 3500mAh battery, and it supports 18W fast charging. Connectivity options on the Nokia 8.1 include dual-SIM with dual-VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS, USB Type-C port, and a 3.5mm audio jack. The Nokia 8.1 also comes with a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.