Our Opinion

The Nokia 8.1 (4GB RAM, 64GB) is a significantly better phone, but the Motorola One Action is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend! But if budget is not a constraint, we recommend the Nokia 8.1 (4GB RAM, 64GB).

Motorola One Action  Nokia 8.1 (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
Motorola One Action Nokia 7.1 Plus
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Excellence Score
36.5
50.8
Value for Money Score
86.6
86.2
Price ₹ 10,999 onwards ₹ 14,948 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2019 Dec, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 PieExpected update to Android 10Android One series Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android versionAndroid One series
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.3 inches 6.18 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2520 pixels (~ 435 pixels per inch) 1080x2244 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Display Features Punch Hole Camera FullView Display, IPS LCD
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 2.2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Samsung Exynos 9609Ranked #27 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 710Ranked #30 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G72 MP3 Adreno 616
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 16MP + 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; 26mm Focal Length (Wide); 1.25um Pixel Size; PDAF, 16MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 14mm Focal Length (Ultrawide); Dedicated video camera, 5MP: Depth Sensor, HDR, Panorama, EIS, Portrait lighting, Shot Optimization, Auto smile capture, High-res zoom, Portrait mode, Cinemagraph, Cutout, Spot color, Active photos, Live filter, Slow-motion video, Google Lens integration, Landscape view recording, Slow-motion video (120fps), Timelapse video, Hyperlapse video 12MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 1/2.55" Sensor Size; 1.4µm Pixel Size; Dual Pixel PDAF; OIS, Zeiss Optics, Panorama, HDR
Secondary Camera 12MP 20MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 1.25µm Pixel Size, HDR, Portrait lighting, Shot Optimization, Auto smile capture, Group selfie, Portrait mode, Cinemagraph, Live filter, Slow-motion video, Timelapse F/2.0 Aperture, 0.9µm Pixel Size
Internal Memory 128 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 (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 9.2 mm 7.9 mm
Weight 176 gm 180 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant (IPX2 Rated)
Battery Capacity 3500 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, 10W Charging Yes
Included Fast Charger Yes, 10W Rapid Charger Yes
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features NFC; Noise Filtration; Dolby Audio NFC; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Well put-together, handsome and premium looking (plastic) design
  • The narrow ergonomic profile helps as it fits snugly in the palm of one's hands - quite comfortable to use, even single-handed
  • Fingerprint sensor at the back works quickly and reliably
  • Responsive face unlock
  • Good overall display quality with good contrast, and outdoor visibility
  • The 6.3-inch, 21:9 IPS cinematic screen is also pretty good for enjoying 21:9 movie content available on streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime
  • Being part of the Android One series you get clean, simple stock Android + platform updates for 2 years
  • Of course there are a few useful Moto customizations like a gesture navigation system, Moto Actions (a karate chop action turns on and off the flashlight while the twist motion launches the camera app and both work even when the screen is off), Peek Display (It'll display notifications and let you interact with them right there on the lockscreen plus it'll wake up when you pick up your phone), and Attentive Display (will keep the screen on as long as you are looking at it)
  • The Exynos 9609 inside (similar to Snapdragon 710) delivers dependable performance across the board (day-to-day apps and games), on par with key rivals
  • Good triple camera setup at the rear - 12MP primary + 5MP depth sensor + 16MP ultra-wide, that's rotated 90 degrees, and can be used to capture ultra-wide landscape videos
  • Daylight photos come out pretty good - detail is good and noise is well controlled - dynamic range is good too
  • Portrait shots come out nice too
  • The front camera takes nice selfies with good detail and spot on skin tones - it features a decent, software based portrait mode too
  • Video recording is of course where the One Action gets its name - it's meant to replace your action cam - the phone's ultra wide angle shooter is mounted at a 90-degree angle so that it captures videos in landscape orientation (which is how video is meant to be recorded) when you're holding the phone in portrait (which is how phones are meant to be held)
  • EIS is available on both cams in 1080p resolution at both 30fps and 60fps (though the 4K footage of the main cam can't be stabilized) - and it works well
  • Overall video quality is good (though not exceptional) from both the main and the ultra-wide camera
  • The front camera does 4K video too, which is pretty neat to find on a phone in the One Action's market segment
  • Overall camera performance is good for the price bracket
  • Decent battery life with a 3500mAh battery - you will get the full day with moderate use - there are competitors who are ahead in this area though
  • The One Action is a pretty well priced phone from the Motorola camp, and will get you some good value for money - it's a reasonable alternative to the likes of the Redmi Note 7 Pro (better performance, better camera, better battery, but no Android One advantage), Realme 3 Pro (again, better camera and battery, but no Android One advantage) - it's also especially worth considering, if you’re into producing video content or shooting a lot of action shots
  • 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]
  • The front has a pretty big punch-hole camera - it's hard to miss, and it's also not easy to ignore even after spending some time with the One Action - it's big and it's well inside the display which also forced the software engineers to stretch down the status bar to completely envelop the cutout, actually making it even more visible in a way - it also interferes with content in some apps
  • With the tall dimensions, pocket-ability is not that great, so the phone will tend to protrude out of shallow pockets
  • On the other hand, for videos shot in any other aspect ratio, you'll have to tolerate a huge black bar
  • The ultra-wide camera can unfortunately only be used for video recording, not for clicking pictures
  • Night photography is only ok, and there's no dedicated night mode
  • The included 10W 'fast' charger isn't the fastest - you will get about 30% charge in 30 min, and a full charge in 2 hours 30 minutes
  • 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. Reasonably priced....Don't take this as a straight-up recommendation, but we won't judge you if you get one of these
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. For the price, it definitely brings a lot of bang for one’s buck
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A strong and stylish Android One phone with exemplary poise and performance.... anyone on a budget, and looking to shoot lots of fluid video should take particular note
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Stands out...an interesting and capable choice
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A compelling smartphone, worth considering for its dedicated Action camera
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. Motorola's experimental budget phone doesn’t entirely stick the landing, but if you want a cheap handset with smooth performance, clean software, and a quirky, GoPro-like video camera, the Motorola One Action is well worth a look
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Gets a lot of things right....definitely worth at this price point
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. A value-for-money smartphone under Rs 15,000...aimed at those looking for a budget phone that takes great videos
    hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Motorola’s most well-rounded phone yet, possessing all the credentials to go toe-to-toe with smartphones that cost much more
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  10. If you’re looking to buy a phone under the Rs 15,000 price bracket that offers a good camera and a clean Android experience then the ‘Action’ is right here
    thequint.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. A well-rounded phone for sensible money
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  12. You're definitely getting plenty of bang for your buck with the Motorola One Action – as well as a cool video filming trick as well
    newatlas.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. The near-perfect stock Android phone under Rs 15,000...possibly the best phone Motorola has launched in a while
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  14. There's a lot to like about the One Action, with Motorola once again offering a lot of phone for not much money
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  15. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  17. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. digitaltrends.com hands-on Read Review »
  19. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  20. tomsguide.com hands-on Read Review »
  21. androidcentral.com hands-on Read Review »
  22. themobileindian.com hands-on Read Review »
  23. pocket-lint.com 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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