Nokia 8.1

Nokia 8.1

The Nokia 8.1 was first launched in China in October 2018 as the Nokia X7, and the premium mid-range smartphone gained a lot of popularity. Hence, HMD Global decided to launch the phone in markets outside of China. The Nokia 8.1 succeeds the Nokia 8 (Review), and it features a 6.18-inch IPS LCD PureDisplay screen with Full HD+ resolution and HDR10. It has a 12MP+13MP dual-camera at the rear, with the primary sensor featuring OIS, dual-pixel PDAF, and Carl ZEISS lens. The 20MP selfie camera has f/2.0 aperture. The Nokia 8.1 is equipped with the Snapdragon 710 processor, 4GB RAM, and 64GB internal storage. It runs Android One version of Android 9 Pie. There’s a variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. The dual-SIM 4G LTE phone has all the latest connectivity features like gigabit Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 5.0, and USB Type-C port. The Nokia 8.1 also features a 3.5mm headphone jack and a 3500mAh battery with 18W Quick Charge 3.0.

Pros: The Nokia 8.1 smartphone offers a good chipset, the Snapdragon 710. The phone also has an impressive dual-camera setup, even though competitors have better specs on paper. It also comes with stock Android which a lot of people prefer because it is devoid of annoying bloatware. The phone sports a 20MP front camera which is better than many of its rivals in the price segment.

Cons: The smartphone packs a 3500mAh battery, which may be insufficient for the typical user, given how much time we spend on our phones these days. The bathtub notch also seems a bit outdated as most phones these days have much smaller notches. Also, the display is an LCD panel and it is not difficult to find a phone equipped with an AMOLED display in this price range.

Nokia 8.1 Price in India

Nokia 8.1 expert Review

Suman De - Last updated Nov 7th 2019

Summary: The Nokia 8.1 is a good all-rounder package but what makes it difficult to choose over the aggressive competition is the small capacity battery. Luckily it does support 18W fast charging so this might be something a buyer could overlook. All-in-all, the phone is still a good device in the sub-15k bracket.


Nokia 8.1 Key Specifications

  • 3500 mAh capacity
  • Dual, Nano-SIM (Hybrid Slot) sim configuration
  • 6.09 inches (15.4 cm) screen size
  • Qualcomm SDM710 Snapdragon 710 (10 nm) cpu
  • Android v9.0 (Pie) operating system
  • 64GB internal
  • 4GB ram
  • Dual (12MP + 13MP);20MP camera

The latest Nokia 8.1 news

Nokia 8.1 Price Dropped Temporarily in India By Up To INR 6,000

As a part of Nokia Phones Fan Festival Sale, HMD Global has dropped the pricing of the Nokia 8.1 in India. The 4GB RAM variant of the Nokia 8.1 has seen a price drop of INR 6,000, while the pricing of the 6GB RAM variant of the phone was dropped by INR 4,000. Buyers need to use the coupon codes 'FAN6000' and 'FAN4000', respectively. Other phones that have seen temporary price drops are Nokia 6.1 Plus, Nokia 7.1, and Nokia 8 Sirocco....View more

Jan 02, 2019 - The Nokia 8.1 Uses NEG Dinorex Replacing Gorilla Glass

NEG is a company based in Japan. It uses an almost similar manufacturing process as the Corning Gorilla screen protectors. Though Corning has been the first choice for most smartphone manufacturers, there are other options such as Dragontrail glass by Asahi that have been used by companies like Samsung and Sony. ...View more

Dec 21, 2018 -- Nokia 8.1 Now On Sale

The Nokia 8.1, launched in India earlier this month, is now available for sale on Amazon. The device comes in only one memory configuration: 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. You can buy it in Blue or Iron color, for INR 26,999. Amazon Prime members can get free one-day delivery, and Amazon is offering up to INR 18,000 for device exchange. ...View more

Store Details Price Nokia 8.1 (Iron, 4GB RAM, 64GB Storage) 16,845
Nokia Nokia 8.1 26,999

Enjoy HDR10 Content On Nokia 8.1’s 6.18-Inch PureDisplay

Nokia 8.1 PureDisplay HDR10

Featuring a durable metal frame and glass panels at the front and the rear, the Nokia 8.1 has a 6.18-inch IPS LCD screen that HMD Global is marketing as PureDisplay. The edge-to-edge display has a resolution of Full HD+ (2280×1080 pixels), 1500:1 contrast ratio and HDR10 media playback compatibility. You can enjoy movies and TV shows that are mastered in HDR10 for an immersive experience, and you can find a lot of such content on Netflix, Prime Video and YouTube. The screen is covered by 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass panel for protection. The phone even features a 3.5mm headphone jack and a smart audio amplifier for the loudspeaker, so that you can enjoy multimedia content to the fullest.

Capture Life’s Important Moments Using Nokia 8.1’s 12MP+13MP Dual-Camera With Carl ZEISS Lens

Nokia X7 Nokia 8.1

The 12MP+13MP dual-camera setup on Nokia 8.1’s rear can capture brilliant moments in life. Thanks to the ½.55-inch sensor with OIS, dual-pixel PDAF, and f/1.8 aperture, the Nokia 8.1 can click good images even in low-light conditions. The 13MP depth sensor helps the Nokia 8.1 in capturing images with background blur effect (also known as portrait mode). The camera can also be used to record up to 4K 30fps videos. There’s a 20MP camera at the front for capturing selfies and video calling. It also features Google Lens and Motion Photos. Since the Nokia 8.1 is an Android One phone, users get access to free high-quality images and videos backup using the Google Photos service.

Snapdragon 710 + Android One = Nokia 8.1’s Winning Combo

Nokia 8.1 Android One Software

The Nokia 8.1 is one powerful mean machine, all thanks to optimized software in the form of Android 9 Pie (Android One) and the Snapdragon 710 chipset. The Snapdragon 710 processor is paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB eMMC 5.1 internal storage. If that’s not enough, you can expand storage space by using a microSD card slot. The phone also uses Android 9 Pie’s Adaptive Battery feature to improve battery life even further. Speaking of battery life, the Nokia 8.1 uses a 3500mAh battery with support for 18W Quick Charge 3.0 mechanism. The company claims that the Nokia 8.1 can last up to two days of usage on a single charge. Nokia is also promising up to two years of software update support and security patches. Connectivity features include dual-SIM card slot, 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, NFC, and a USB Type-C port. There’s a fingerprint reader at the rear for fast and secure user authentication.

Nokia 8.1 vs. Nokia 8: Is It Really An Upgrade?

Nokia 8

The Nokia 8 featured the Snapdragon 835 processor, while the Nokia 8.1 features a slower Snapdragon 710 processor. However, it’s enough for a phone to make it run smoother. RAM and internal storage remain the same, though, so there’s not much of a difference. The design looks similar, but the phone comes with Android 9 Pie pre-installed. The phone has a larger battery (close to 3500mAh battery) compared to the battery inside the Nokia 8. Have a look at the specifications comparison of the Nokia 8.1 and the Nokia 8 below.

Nokia 8.1 Nokia 8
Software Android 9 Pie (Android One) Android 8.1 Oreo (Android One), planned upgrade to Android 9 Pie
Screen 6.18-inch IPS LCD PureDisplay, Full HD+ Resolution, 1500:1 Contrast Ratio, HDR10 5.3-inch IPS LCD, Full HD Resolution, Gorilla Glass 5, Always On Display
Selfie Camera 20MP, f/2.0, 1080p Video Recording 13MP, f/2.0, PDAF, 4K Video Recording
Rear Camera 12MP (OIS, 2PDAF, f/1.8) + 13MP, 4K Video Recording 13MP (OIS, PDAF + Laser AF, f/2.0) + 13MP (B/W, PDAF + Laser, f/2.0), 4K Video Recording
Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 710, 4GB/6GB RAM, 64GB/128GB Internal Storage, MicroSD Card Slot Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 4GB/6GB RAM, 64GB/128GB Internal Storage, MicroSD Card Slot
Connectivity Dual-SIM, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, GPS, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, USB 2.0 Type-C Port, 3.5mm Headphone Jack Dual-SIM, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, GPS, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, USB 3.1 Type-C Port, 3.5mm Headphone Jack
Battery 3500mAh, Quick Charge 3.0 (18W) 3090mAh, Quick Charge 3.0 (18W)
Extras Fingerprint Reader, Nokia OZO Audio Fingerprint Reader, IP54 Dust & Water Splash Resistance, Nokia OZO Audio


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Nokia 8.1 Specifications

PerformanceQualcomm SDM710 Snapdragon 710 (10 nm)
Display6.09 inches (15.4 cm)
CameraDual (12MP + 13MP)
Battery3500 mAh
Resolution1080 x 2244 pixels
Aspect ratio19:9
Display TypeIPS LCD
Screen Size6.09 inches (15.4 cm)
Pixel Density408 pixel per inch (ppi)
Touchscreen typeCapacitive, Multi-touch
Color Reproduction16M colors
ExpandablemicroSD, Upto 400GB
Dimensions6.09 x 2.98 x 0.31 inch (154.8 x 75.8 x 8 mm)
Weight180 grams (6.35 oz)
ColorsBlue, Silver, Steel, Copper, Iron, Steel
Operating SystemAndroid v9.0 (Pie)
RearDual (12MP + 13MP)
Rear Camera FeaturesLED Flash, Digital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus
Physical ApertureRear (f/1.8), Front (f/2.0)
Other FeaturesHigh Dynamic Range mode (HDR, Exposure compensation
Removable BatteryNo
Wireless ChargingNo
Capacity3500 mAh
Fast ChargingYes
Wi-FiYes, with WiFi Direct, hotspot
Bluetoothv5.0 with A2DP, LE
Network4G VoLTE, 4G
USB2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go
Voice Over LTE (VoLTE)Yes
SIM ConfigurationDual, Nano-SIM (Hybrid Slot)
NFC ChipsetYes
ChipsetQualcomm SDM710 Snapdragon 710 (10 nm)
CPU2x2.2 GHz 360 Gold & 6x1.7 GHz Kryo 360 Silver
GraphicsAdreno 616
Architecture64 bit
No of Cores8 (Octa core)
Fingerprint sensorYes, Rear- mounted
Other SensorsLight, Proximity, Compass
Audio JackYes, 3.5mm
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