Our Opinion

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

Motorola One Vision  Nokia 8.1 (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
Motorola One Vision Nokia 7.1 Plus
Buy Now Buy Buy
Excellence Score
48.4
50.9
Value for Money Score
82.7
88.1
Price ₹ 15,999 onwards ₹ 14,130 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jun, 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 2.5D Curved Glass, 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 48MP + 5MP 13MP + 12MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 48MP: F/1.7 Aperture; 1/2" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF; OIS, 5MP: F/2.2 Aperture; Depth Sensor, Dual-LED dual-tone flash, HDR, Panorama, Video: 2160p@30fps; 1080p@30/60fps, Timelapse video, Hyperlapse video, Youtube Live Stream 12MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 1/2.55" Sensor Size; 1.4µm Pixel Size; Dual Pixel PDAF; OIS, Zeiss Optics, Panorama, HDR
Secondary Camera 25MP 20MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture; 0.9um Pixel Size, Portrait mode, Spot color, Cinemagraph, Group selfie, Live filter, Slow motion video, Timelapse video, Hyperlapse video, Youtube Live Stream 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 8.7 mm 7.9 mm
Weight 180 gm 180 gm
Width 71.2 mm 75.8 mm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, IP52 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, 15W TurboPower (7 hrs of Charge in 15 mins) Yes
Included Fast Charger Yes, 15W TurboPower 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]
  • Classy, attractive, well-built design, with a glass back - it looks much more premium than its price would suggest
  • The glass back has a light-reflecting finish that can't match the likes of the Honor View 20 or Honor 20 Lite for 'wow' factor, but which is nonetheless eye-catching
  • The front of the phone is a unique 21:9 'tall & narrow' screen, with a punch hole front camera (a feature that's so far been restricted to flagship handsets like the Galaxy S10 series)
  • The narrow dimensions means the phone is fairly easy to use one-handed
  • The handset has been finished with a water repellent coating that gives it an IP52 rating for dust and water resistance - that's enough to survive splashes
  • Well located (and fast) fingerprint sensor on the back
  • Responsive face unlock
  • The FHD+ 6.3in display looks nice and the 21:9 aspect ratio is perfect for those that want to enjoy ultra-wide 'cinematic view' movies on Netflix
  • Being part of the Android One series, you get a clean stock Android experience, alongside regular updates
  • Motorola adds a few useful extras, as always: the usual Gestures are present, including shaking the handset to open the camera, doing a 'karate chop' to toggle the torch on and off, and tapping the screen with three fingers to take a screenshot
  • All-round speedy/snappy performance with a Samsung Exynos 9609 processor (similar to Snapdragon 710)
  • Good rear camera setup (48MP standard + 5MP depth) - it gives good all-round results, day and night, photo and video - the overall quality is similar the Redmi Note 7 Pro
  • Night Vision mode also delivers some good night shots
  • OIS too helps with low-light photos
  • Portrait shots are good too, with good separation
  • Good 25MP selfie camera too (though it's on the slow side when shooting at full 25MP resolution)
  • Decent speaker on the bottom edge - delivers decent volume
  • Decent (though not exceptional) battery life with a 3500mAh battery - you will get the full day with moderate use - there are many competitors who are ahead in this area though
  • Fast charging support
  • Overall, if it's a pure Android experience that you are after, the One Vision is a good all-round mid-range option which ticks almost all boxes, and also stands out from the crowd, with a stylish design, a 'cinematic' display, and the punch hole front camera
  • 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]
  • With the tall dimensions, pocket-ability is not that great, so the phone will tend to protrude out of shallow pockets
  • The punch-hole is on the large side - which makes it both a bit of an eyesore, and on occasion an obstacle to the cinematic immersion
  • There is not a lot of cinema content available right now to take advantage of the 21:9 aspect ratio
  • There is some strong competition though that's worth looking at, including the Galaxy A50 (larger AMOLED with in-display fingerprint scanner, and better battery life, though camera is not as good), the Poco F1 (much more powerful performance, though design is not as modern), and the Redmi Note 7 Pro (cheaper, better battery life, though MIUI is not as clean/simple as stock Android)
  • 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. Has what it takes to be a good mid-ranger and thanks to the cinematic screen and its punch-hole selfie shooter, the Vision can stand out in a crowd...but the battery life is average
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Excellent value for the money
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A worthy budget phone contender with a beautifully pure OS
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Has a unique personality that is hard to find elsewhere in its price bracket...should definitely be on your list if you are looking for a phone in this price segment
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Worthy contender
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. Excellent mid-range smartphone that gets nearly all the basics right
    trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Worthy enough to make it to the list of phones to buy in this price range
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Impressive, unique mid-range phone
    hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Nearly brilliant
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  10. Has a lot going for it, but may lose out to competition
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. An affordable 21:9-screen handset with good cameras
    zdnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. Strictly for Moto fans
    gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. The queen of the mid-range phones
    finder.com.au in-depth Read Review »
  14. Motorola has worked hard on the One Vision, and it shows....a good choice
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. Forget specs, enjoy great user experience...an absolute recommendation
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  16. Certainly appealing...If you’re a media-driven, snap-happy kind of person on a budget, the Motorola One Vision may be the right choice for you
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  17. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. pocket-lint.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  20. thequint.com hands-on Read Review »
  21. firstpost.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 »
User Reviews
  1. Flipkart4.1 1,002+ reviews »
  2. Amazon4.1 5+ reviews »
  1. Flipkart4.3 1,032+ reviews »
  2. Amazon4.1 2,080+ reviews »
Official Website Official Website » Official Website »
Unofficial specs? N/A N/A
Individual Review 2
  • Individual Review 2
Individual Review

Motorola One Vision Review: Pixel 3a Rival?...

PhoneArena

Top Pick

Individual Review

Nokia 8.1 Review with Pros & Cons - Worth the Premium?...

Geekyranjit

Top Pick

Full Review

Motorola One Vision Review: Pixel 3a Rival?

PhoneArena

Full Review

Nokia 8.1 Review with Pros & Cons - Worth the Premium?

Geekyranjit

Did you find phonecurry useful in your phone search? Drop us a testimonial, or Tell us how we can improve