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NOKIA 8.1 Specs
When the Nokia 7 Plus debuted earlier this year, it became one of the best phones in the mid-range segment. That continues to be the case even now, but the Snapdragon 660 is getting a bit long in the tooth, and with devices that cost half as much offering the chipset, it’s time for an update.
And that’s what you’re getting with the Nokia 8.1. The phone isn’t an upgraded variant of the Nokia 8 as its name would suggest; it instead is a direct replacement for the outgoing Nokia 7 Plus, and by extension HMD Global value flagship as we head into 2019.
Some have been commenting on how magnificent this high-end Nokia 8.1 looks. It comes in four different colors and sure means it makes itself attractive in more than way. The Nokia 8.1 has just made its presence in the smartphone market in the month of December 2018.


The Nokia 8.1 sports an elegant dual-tone design with a 6000-series aluminum frame and a sculpted glass body. The chrome trim, which we saw before on the Nokia 7 Plus, ups the aesthetics of the phone and the gently curved edges with ideal weight distribution make for a comfortable grip.

This makes the Nokia 8.1 a lot more premium than other phones in its price range. It will be available in three colors: Blue/Silver, Steel/Copper, and the new Iron/Steel which has a maroon-colored finish to it.
The SIM tray sits on the left with the power button and the volume rocker on the right, both of which offer a good amount of click without any wiggle.

This smartphone comes in an aluminum frame design. Dimensions are 154.8 x 75.76 x 7.97 mm and it weighs 180 grams.

Nokia 8.1 specs



This is a 6.18 inches screen of IPS LCD capacitive touch screen, which comes without a secondary display. Further, it sports 2246 x 1080 pixels of screen resolution with a  pixel density of 403 PPI, and other features include an 18.7:9 aspect ratio resulting in up to 81.5% screen to body ratio, and a 2.5D curved glass at both front and rear side of the device.


One of the cool improvements that HMD Global has made over the Nokia 7.1 is the camera on the Nokia 8.1. Though it’s still 12 MP this time it with an f/1.8 aperture, with a  pixel size of 1.4-micron pixels, which helps let more light in and take better shots in low-lit conditions. 

HMD Global also confirmed that it’s using Sony-made sensors which have the reputation of being amongst the best in the industry.  The second camera on the back is a 13MP depth sensor that helps take good portrait mode shots with a background blur.
On the video side, the phone is capable of taking 4K video at 30fps and uses both the IOS and EIS for jitter-free capture. This technology was first used by the original Google Pixel and created super smooth videos. ‘Bothies’ also make a comeback (why?) allowing you to capture video from the front and back cameras simultaneously.
Speaking of the front camera, it is a 20MP variant. Camera features in this device include geo-tagging, OIS, touch focus, face detection, panorama, autofocus, HDR, AI camera, and others.


The Nokia 8.1 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 platform which is a 10nm chipset and features eight cores, coupled with 4GB RAM and the clean Android One experience, the Nokia 8.1 is quite a zippy device.

Based on early benchmarks, the Snapdragon 710 performs surprisingly well and is on par with the Snapdragon 835 – the chipset that powered the original Nokia 8 as well as the Nokia 8 Sirocco. In that regards, you won’t notice any downgrade in speed if moving to the Nokia 8.1 from the last Nokia 8.
The AI-powered Snapdragon 710 is a solid chipset and the Nokia 8.1 could give you the impression of flagship innards in your daily drill. With 4GB of RAM, the smartphone just blazes through anything that was thrown at it like any flagship smartphone. Of course, you’d observe a slight difference when playing demanding games for an extended duration.

 There’s 64GB of internal storage (with about 52GB storage available out of the box), and it’s could be further expanded up to 400GB using microSD card, many multimedia hoarders would find it a tad underwhelming. 

The company has shared that a 6GB RAM plus 128GB storage variant will be available in some markets like India later.
The Nokia 8.1 packs a 3,500mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging, and thanks to the battery optimizations, stock Android, and the new chipset, you’d easily be able to eke out over a day of battery life with heavy usage. For moderate users, the phone could even last you for two days.


The Nokia 8.1 features a hybrid tray, so you could either use two 4G nano-SIM cards or a SIM card and a microSD card. However, since the phone comes with only 64GB storage, using two SIM cards might leave you without enough space.

The Nokia 8.1 supports 18W charging, and thankfully, comes with a big 18W charger in the box. HMD Global avoids using Qualcomm’s Quick Charge technology certification.
There’s no IP-rating or any kind of water or dust resistance, but that’s at par with other phones in this segment.


Like other phones in HMD Global’s portfolio, the Nokia 8.1 is an Android One smartphone. It offers a clean, stock Android experience with no bloatware — there’s only Google Pay and the Support app preloaded. It is the first Nokia phone to run Android Pie out of the box.

With phones on Android 8.1 Oreo still launching in the market, HMD Global deserves big props for an up-to-date Android experience on Nokia phones with consistent updates on a timely basis.
Android One certification means the smartphone will receive two years of guaranteed Android “letter” upgrades and three years of monthly security updates. Nokia 8.1 is also a part of the Android Enterprise Recommended program.
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