Our Opinion

The Nokia 8.1 (4GB RAM, 64GB) is a significantly better phone than the Nokia 6.1 Plus (4GB RAM), and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Nokia 8.1 (4GB RAM, 64GB)!

Nokia 6.1 Plus (4GB RAM)  Nokia 8.1 (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
Nokia X6 Nokia 7.1 Plus
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Excellence Score
20.3
29.4
Value for Money Score
47.4
48.0
Price ₹ 15,999 onwards ₹ 26,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2018 Dec, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to Android 10Low likelihood of getting updated to next Android versionAndroid One series Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Low likelihood of getting updated to next Android versionAndroid One series
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.8 inches 6.18 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2280 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 3 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features IPS LCD, FullView Display 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 636Ranked #64 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 710Ranked #44 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 509 Adreno 616
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 16MP + 5MP 13MP + 12MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 16MP: F/2.0 Aperture; 1.0um Pixel Size, 5MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 1.2um Pixel Size, Phase Detection Autofocus, Gyro-EIS, Geo-tagging, Touch focus, Face detection, Panorama, HDR 12MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 1/2.55" Sensor Size; 1.4µm Pixel Size; Dual Pixel PDAF; OIS, Zeiss Optics, Panorama, HDR
Secondary Camera 16.0MP 20MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 1.0um Pixel Size F/2.0 Aperture, 0.9µm Pixel Size
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 400 GB Yes, up to 400 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 8 mmMedium 7.9 mmMedium
Weight 151 gmMedium 180 gmMedium
Width 71.0 mmComfortable for one-handed use 75.8 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3060 mAh 3500 mAh
Battery Standby 348 hrs 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, 18W Quick Charge 3.0 Yes
Included Fast Charger Yes Yes
Other Battery Parameters Talk time: Upto 20.5 hrs, Music Playback time: Upto: 9.5 hrs, Video Playback time: Upto 9 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration NFC; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Premium glass sandwich design housed within a sturdy aluminum frame - the stainless steel accents around the camera and the buttons, further add to the the aesthetics
  • Compact form-factor - one of the rare mid-range devices today that's built for one-handed use
  • Fast fingerprint scanner
  • Nice, tall, 'notch' based display - bright and vibrant - with useful add-ons like 'night light' and 'ambient display'
  • Stock Android UI keeps things nice and simple and being part of the Android One series, you are ensured regular Android updates for a good 2 years
  • A very capable mid-range chipset, the Snapdragon 636, ensures performance that is on par with the other top phone in this price bracket, the Redmi Note 5 Pro - almost anything you throw at the phone is handled well
  • Decent set of dual cameras on the rear, that can produce reasonably good pictures in good light, and also take decent bokeh shots
  • Decent front camera too - it takes decently well-detailed selfies that are sharp and saturated
  • Quick charging support
  • On the whole, the Nokia 6.1 is a good alternative to the Redmi Note 5 Pro in the mid range (the Redmi Note 5 Pro has the better camera, and better battery life, but Nokia 6.1 wins with stock Android, and is more compact) and gives you both some serious style and substance on a budget
  • 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]
  • Although glass designs always tend to be more premium, they also tend to be slippery, fingerprint magnets, and less durable (so you might want to use a case)
  • Both the rear and front cameras are not very good in sub-optimal lighting conditions - and even overall, not up to the high standards of the Redmi Note 5 Pro, or the Mi A2
  • The camera app on the Nokia 6.1 Plus is somewhat cluttered too
  • Battery life is ok, but definitely could have been better given the competition - it will last you the day with moderate use, but with heavy use you will need to recharge it by late evening
  • 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. A very compelling device and one that deserves consideration
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A complete budget device, with a premium design and top-notch performance
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Addresses most of the shortcomings of the Nokia 6.1, which was launched earlier on in the year
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. A damn fine smartphone
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Offers mid-range specs in a premium design...a good alternative to the Redmi Note 5 Pro
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. Is not only well-priced but also competitive against its key competition
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. For those discerning individuals who want an unfussy smartphone experience in an attractive chassis
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Mid-Range Phone That’s Good Value for Money
    thequint.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. It's got almost everything you could ask for in an affordable mid-range smartphone
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. If it's style and substance on a budget that you seek, it's the the Nokia 6.1 Plus that you want
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. news18.com hands-on Read Review »
  20. livemint.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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