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Key Specs
  • Display 6.18-inch (1080x2244)
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 710
  • Front Camera 20MP
  • Rear Camera 12MP + 13MP
  • RAM 4GB
  • Storage 64GB
  • Battery Capacity 3500mAh
  • OS Android 9.0 Pie
  • Market StatusReleased
  • Release DateDecember 2018

Nokia 8.1 Review

By Jamshed Avari (Dec 11, 2018)
Jamshed Avari
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Excellent construction quality
  • Bright, vibrant HDR display
  • Android One
  • Bad
  • Specifications aren’t very competitive
  • Poor low-light camera performance

As if HMD Global's number-and-decimal model hierarchy wasn't confusing enough, there has been a course correction with the Nokia 8.1. This phone is not in any way meant to be superior to last year's flagship Nokia 8 or the Nokia 8 Sirocco — from now on, flagship models will almost certainly make up a new 9-series tier. Instead, the new Nokia 8.1 is a premium model for those who don't want to spend flagship-level money. Sure enough, there is a fairly wide gap in the market right now because thanks to relentless price wars, we now have a lot of sub-Rs. 20,000 phones with features that were considered impossible to find at that level just about a year ago.

Nokia 8.1 Summary

The Nokia 8.1 isn't a successor to the Nokia 8 or Nokia 8 Sirocco flagships. Instead, it's a premium model for those who want an upgrade from the usual low-cost fare. It's based on the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor, and boasts of an HDR10 display. The metal-and-glass body feels extremely sturdy and well-constructed, but the styling of this phone might not be everyone's cup of tea. General performance is very smooth and we had no complaints even when playing heavy games. Battery life was a little underwhelming. The cameras are one of this phone's highlights, and there's even a Zeiss lens for the primary rear camera. Photo quality in the daytime was excellent, but it took a sharp dip at night. This is a good phone if you want a step up from budget models, but you can get similar performance at lower prices.

Nokia 8.1 Price in India

Product Name Price in India
Nokia 8.1 (Iron, 4GB RAM, 64GB) 19,900
Nokia 8.1 (Blue, 4GB RAM, 64GB) 19,990
Nokia 8.1 (Blue, 6GB RAM, 128GB) 23,500
Nokia 8.1 (Iron, 6GB RAM, 128GB) 25,050

Nokia 8.1 price in India starts from ₹ 19,900. The lowest price of Nokia 8.1 is ₹ 19,900 at Amazon.

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Nokia 8.1 Full Specifications

General
Brand Nokia
Model 8.1
Release date December 2018
Form factor Touchscreen
Dimensions (mm) 154.80 x 75.76 x 7.97
Weight (g) 178.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 3500
Removable battery No
Colours Blue/ Silver, Steel/ Copper, Iron/ Steel
Display
Screen size (inches) 6.18
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 1080x2244 pixels
Aspect ratio 18.7:9
Hardware
Processor 2.2GHz octa-core
Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon 710
RAM 4GB
Internal storage 64GB
Expandable storage Yes
Expandable storage type microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 400
Camera
Rear camera 12-megapixel (f/1.8, 1.4-micron) + 13-megapixel
Rear autofocus Yes
Rear flash Dual LED
Front camera 20-megapixel (0.9-micron)
Software
Operating system Android 9.0 Pie
Connectivity
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes, v 5.00
USB Type-C Yes
Headphones 3.5mm
FM Yes
Number of SIMs 2
SIM 1
SIM Type Nano-SIM
GSM/CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes
SIM 2
SIM Type Nano-SIM
GSM/CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes
Sensors
Face unlock Yes
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope Yes
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Nokia 8.1 User Review and Ratings

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    Grishma 17 (Dec 12, 2018) on Gadgets 360 Recommends
    Nokia....The Name is enough. Perfect Phone
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  • the review is very biased. the model sports google camera which produces best quality images. Try and see for yourself.
    Kollin Baxter (Feb 25, 2019) on Gadgets 360 Recommends
    This site I dunnowhy always praises the oneplus and iphones. Nokia 8.1 has the best low light images in it's class.
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  • My best friend
    Mami tbc (Jun 11, 2019) on Gadgets 360 Recommends
    Nokia is the best for me
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  • competitor
    Bhayanak Attma (Dec 8, 2018) on Gadgets 360 Recommends
    If it price under 18,000 or 20,000 rs it gonna compete mi,realme,honor and asus in India
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  • nokia 8.1 mobile
    Shaik Alibaba (Jan 1, 2019) on Gadgets 360 Recommends
    good phone
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  • Good product.
    Dodo The beagle (Dec 22, 2018) on Gadgets 360 Recommends
    Nice product for everyone to use.
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  • Reviewer \
    Mammad Mammadli (Dec 6, 2018) on Gadgets 360 Recommends
    Apparently, it's one of the best Nokia ever released after Lumia series.
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  • Battery life
    Arvinth SSM (Jun 16, 2019) on Gadgets 360
    Battery durability isn't that much greater when compared other models of 3500mah. I watched videos in online for 3.15hrs in 3g at 480pixel battery gets drained From 85% to 35% which not completely satisfied at all. I did same comparison with Sony Z1 gets drained to 61% From 92% which is for4.5years old Phones..
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  • Nokia 8.1 camera is awosome
    Lijo Peter (Apr 1, 2019) on Gadgets 360 Recommends
    nice camera and good build quality
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  • Good phone
    Karthik Subramaniam (Jul 16, 2019) on Amazon
    Worth the money
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