Our Opinion

The Nokia 8.1 (4GB RAM, 64GB) is a significantly better phone than the Motorola Moto G7, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Nokia 8.1 (4GB RAM, 64GB)!

Motorola Moto G7  Nokia 8.1 (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
Motorola Moto G7 Nokia 7.1 Plus
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Excellence Score
26.1
45.8
Value for Money Score
73.0
83.1
Price ₹ 8,964 onwards ₹ 14,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Mar, 2019 Dec, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android versionAndroid One series
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.2 inches 6.18 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2270 pixels (~ 405 pixels per inch) 1080x2244 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Display Features IPS LCD FullView Display, IPS LCD
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.8 GHz 2.2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 632Ranked #55 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 710Ranked #35 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 506 Adreno 616
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 12MP + 5MP 13MP + 12MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 12MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 1.25um Pixel Size; PDAF, 5MP: F/2.2 Aperture; Depth sensor, Panorama, Gyro-EIS, Auto HDR, Face beauty, Auto smile capture, Cinemagraph, Portrait mode, Group selfie, Spot color 12MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 1/2.55" Sensor Size; 1.4µm Pixel Size; Dual Pixel PDAF; OIS, Zeiss Optics, Panorama, HDR
Secondary Camera 8MP 20MP
Secondary Camera Features HDR F/2.0 Aperture, 0.9µm Pixel Size
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 512 GB up to 400 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 8 mmMedium 7.9 mmMedium
Weight 172 gmMedium 180 gmMedium
Width 75.3 mmOk for one-handed use 75.8 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant (P2i water-repellent nano coating)
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh 3500 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, TurboPower Yes
Included Fast Charger Yes, 15W TurboPower Charger Yes
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration; Dolby Audio NFC; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Slick, contemporary, easy-on-the-eyes glass design
  • Great build quality
  • The curved back is less rounded than the G6, which makes it easier to grip
  • The G7's fingerprint sensor has migrated to the back of the phone, nestled in the "Batwing" Motorola dimple - it's pretty well placed
  • There's also fairly fast face unlock
  • Splash resistant body
  • Large, beautiful, 6.2-inch, teardrop notch display - it has nice, vibrant colors and good viewing angles
  • Moto Display (always-on display) is still there, and continues to be one of the defining features of the Moto G series
  • Simple, uncluttered stock Android UI, with some very useful Moto customizations - Moto phones continue to offer one of the best software experiences on Android
  • Decent camera quality for the price bracket
  • The dual rear camera setup does reliably well with outdoor and moderately-lit indoor shots - delivering sharp and detailed photos (although dynamic range is not the best)
  • Decent portrait mode too
  • Decent selfie camera too - you can get some respectable shots especially in well lit scenes
  • Selfie portraits too have good subject separation and convincing out-of-focus area rendition
  • Decent video recording performance too - with support for 4k video recording as well (though it's not the best in terms of quality)
  • You can still do the effortless double-twist-to-open-camera gesture from any app
  • Overall, the cameras are marginally superior to last year's Moto G6 - and in line with other decent camera phones in this price bracket
  • Decently-loud bottom firing speaker
  • Supports fast charging via the USB-C port
  • In recent times, HMD has launched some exquisite smartphones this year that all exude style and class - the Nokia 8.1 is no different - it's an elegantly designed device that comes with a glass and metal design - the front and back of the Nokia 8.1 get 2.5D Gorilla Glass protection - and the glass subtly curves on the edges and seamlessly blends into the aluminium frame
  • The frame itself is a solid Series 6000 aluminium with diamond cut, chiseled edges
  • Overall, the Nokia 8.1 is built like a tank - and the material quality as well as the fit and finish are excellent - every part of it feels completely solid, right down to the thick metal SIM tray and the power and volume buttons - the body doesn't twist or flex even slightly
  • Excellent, vivid, sharp, tall display with HDR10-support - which means you can stream HDR content on supported platforms like Netflix, Prime Video and YouTube - and you will get some pretty amazing colour reproduction
  • Being an Android One device, you get simple, clean stock Android similar to Pixel devices, along with a promise for Android updates for at least 2 years - there is also basically zero bloatware
  • Slick, butter smooth performance with the new Snapdragon 710, that's just a notch below the Snapdragon 800 series flagships - in real-life use, you will only be able to notice any difference from flagships in the most high-end games
  • Very good dual camera setup on the rear - take some very good images, especially in daylight conditions - you will get very good detail and vibrant colours - the camera is also quick to lock focus and fun to use - live Bokeh shots too come out looking great
  • Videos are crisp and sharp too, again especially so in daylight - and optical image stabilisation definitely makes a difference
  • The front camera is pretty good too, in all sort of lighting conditions, and has a good portrait mode as well
  • Overall, the camera experience on the Nokia 8.1 is right up there with the very best in this price bracket
  • Good speaker - sound through the single mono speaker is very loud, and is not too harsh or tinny
  • Good battery life with a 3500mAh battery - you will comfortably get a day of use and more
  • Fast charging support
  • The Nokia 8.1 is undoubtedly a strong new choice in the mid-range - it does not rely on gimmicks or fads to try and woo you - at its core, this is a phone that focuses on the essentials and delivers a great camera, good performance, excellent battery life and an absolutely clean build of Android with a promise of long-term support - for people who are looking for an uncluttered software experience and fast updates, the Nokia 8.1 will be an excellent, reliable choice
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Software updates from Motorola in recent times have been far less frequent compared to before, so if you are look for both a stock Android phone + more updates in the future, 'Android One' devices would be better options
  • While the Snapdragon 632 will give you perfectly decent day-to-day performance, it is still quite underpowered compared to most of the competition - the GPU especially is relatively weak, so this is not a great phone for games (especially heavy duty ones like PUBG)
  • Low light performance could have been better though
  • Battery life though is pretty average, and there are many better competitors around in this area - with slightly heavier use, you will find the need to charge it by the evening
  • While the Moto G7 is another good "user-experience" phone from Motorola's ranks - thanks to the thoughtful design and software - it will find it tough to compete in the heated mid-range space in India, primarily account of it's relatively weak processor and average battery life - if however, you are a more basic phone user (light phone use, no games), it's a decent option
  • The display notch is quite wide
  • Low light performance from the rear cameras, for both stills and videos, is decent, but could have been a little bit better
Expert Reviews
  1. If you want a well-rounded and dependable smartphone, the Motorola Moto G7 delivers
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The best budget phone just got better
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Moto G7 and G7 Power are still the budget phones to beat
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. If you’re on the lookout for an affordable phone that works well and reliably, you’re sure be a fan of what Motorola’s G series flagship can do
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Moto G7 and Moto G7 Power are still the best affordable Android phones money can buy
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Remains a superb low-cost smartphone... but more competition mean the Moto G7 is no longer the king of budget phones
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  7. Another well-rounded budget phone from Motorola
    tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. An impressive phone that shouldn't be this cheap
    zdnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. mashable.com hands-on Read Review »
  11. digitaltrends.com hands-on Read Review »
  12. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  13. pocketnow.com hands-on Read Review »
  14. androidpolice.com hands-on Read Review »
  15. techadvisor.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
  1. Solid mid-range device
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. There is a lot to like about the Nokia 8.1, but most of the things that give it its appeal can also be found in phones that cost much less
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. This is a phone that focusses on the essentials...offers tremendous value-for-money
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Gets almost everything right...In case you prefer brand trust and software over the latest tech and powerful hardware, then the Nokia 8.1 is the kind of device you would like in your pocket
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. A true Android flagship killer... Nokia is ending the year on a bang
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. A marvellous mid-range smartphone
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  7. A great phone that nails the fundamentals
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. As close to a flagship phone as it gets...And to top it off, HMD has priced the Nokia 8.1 at an incredibly competitive price
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  11. themobileindian.com hands-on Read Review »
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