Nokia 8.1 was unveiled by HMD Global at a launch event in Dubai on Wednesday. The smartphones anticipated, is indeed the international variant of the Nokia X7 which premiered in China in October, and the spiritual successor to the Nokia 7 Plus. The Nokia 8.1 bears equal specifications to the Nokia X7 but is a part of their Android One program such as other HMD International Nokia smartphones in the recent past. The highlight of the Nokia 8.1 is its own 6.18-inch PureDisplay using HDR10 support, its double rear camera setup using Zeiss optics, the Snapdragon 710 SoC, the simple fact that it runs on Android 9 Pie, and its 3,500mAh battery using 18W rapid charging capabilities.
The Nokia 8.1 comes in three color choices – Blue Tooth, Steel Copper and Iron Steel. In terms of the anticipated Indian pricing, the Nokia 8.1 may be found around Rs 23,999 in the sub-continent. And at the price, it’s an excellent smartphone from HMD Global and it easily beats other mobiles in this segment. Obviously, we’ve got the Poco F1 using Snapdragon 845 SoC in a starting price of Rs 20,999, but the Nokia 8.1 features exceptional camera hardware and far much better design. The global price of this Nokia 8.1 is currently Euro 399 (approx. Rs 31,900). In Dubai, the phone retails for 1499 Dirham that rounds up for Rs 28,800.
Nokia 8.1: Competition
HMD Global in the Dubai launch event confirmed that it would be bringing the handset to India shortly. So we’ll be visiting Nokia 8.1 on December 10 from the sub-continent. The Nokia 8.1 is going to be the next smartphone following Oppo R17 Pro with Snapdragon 710 SoC. The R17 Pro is priced at Rs 44,990 in India, however, the Nokia 8.1 will surely be priced around Rs 25,000 markers to pull an edge over the opponents.
Nokia 8.1 specifications
The dual-SIM (Nano) Nokia 8.1 runs inventory Android 9 Pie, as we mentioned, it’s part of their Android One program that’s certain to deliver timely updates. It sports a 6.18-inch full-HD+ (1080×2244 pixels) display with an 18.7:9 aspect ratio, 81.5 percent screen-to-body ratio, HDR10 support, 500 nits peak brightness, and can be capable of a 96 percent color gamut.
The Nokia 8.1 bears a double back camera setup with Zeiss optics, with the principal 12-megapixel camera with a 1/2.55-inch detector, 1.4-micron pixels, OIS, EIS, 2PD (double photodiode) technician, plus a dual-LED flash. The secondary 13-megapixel fixed-focus lens is intended for thickness sensing. At the very front, the Nokia 8.1 bears a 20-megapixel fixed focus lens with 0.9-micron pixels and 4-in-1 pixel tech for better low-light photography. The company is touting its Bothie feature, allowing the front and rear camera used concurrently, in addition to its Pro Camera UI, with several manual camera options. The double rear camera installation will help make portrait shots with a bokeh effect, the business said.
There’s 64GB of inbuilt storage around the Nokia 8.1, expandable via microSD card (up to 400GB). Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, VoWiFi, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, FM radio, a 3.5millimeter headset jack, and USB Type-C port. It comes with a fingerprint sensor on the back panel. It features a two-tone design, and is constructed from 6000-Series aluminum which has diamond cut edges and has been through two anodizing procedures, the company asserts.
The Nokia 8.1 runs on a 3,500mAh battery that is rated to deliver around 22 hours of talk time, 24 days of standby time, and up to 11 hours of playback. The business is also denying the presence of 18W fast charging. It features one speaker design, and also comes with a wise amp, 2 mics, and Nokia Ozo surrounds capture. HMD Global additionally points out that the Nokia 8.1 has Google ARCore support.