Our Opinion

The Nokia 8.1 (4GB RAM, 64GB) is a significantly better phone than the Nokia 6.2, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Nokia 8.1 (4GB RAM, 64GB)!

Nokia 6.2  Nokia 8.1 (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
Nokia 6.2 Nokia 7.1 Plus
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Excellence Score
27.9
51.2
Value for Money Score
63.8
88.1
Price ₹ 14,499 onwards ₹ 14,229 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 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 1080x2280 pixels (~ 400 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 HDR10, Always-on 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 #47 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 710Ranked #30 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 509 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 + 8MP + 5MP 13MP + 12MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 16MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 27mm Focal length; 1.0um Pixel Size; PDAF, 8MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 13mm Focal Length; Ultrawide lens, 5MP: Depth Sensor, Panorama, HDR, Video: 2160p@30fps; 1080p@30fps 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 F/2.0 Aperture, 1/4" Sensor Size, 1.12um Pixel Size, 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 (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 8.3 mm 7.9 mm
Weight 180 gm 180 gm
Width 75.1 mm 75.8 mm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
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
Included Fast Charger Yes
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration NFC; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Excellent design and looks, dual Gorilla Glass 3
  • Nice, bright IPS display
  • Being an Android One phone, you get the simple, clean, stock Android experience + timely future Android updates
  • Can take some great portraits - that's one of its only redeeming qualities
  • 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]
  • Lacklustre performance based on the old Snapdragon 636 chipset - while day-to-day performance is ok, within this price range, Nokia 6.2 is a big laggard
  • Overall though, the triple rear camera setup (16MP primary + 8MP ultra-wide + 5MP depth) is average in terms of image quality - even in daylight, the noise is often higher than usual, the white balance and the color reproduction are all over the place, and the dynamic range is average at best
  • Poor 1080p videos
  • Poor selfie camera too
  • Average battery life, with a 3500mAh battery - you will get a day of use with moderate usage - a lot of competitors are much better in this regard
  • No quick charging support - it goes from 0 to 100% in about 2 hours
  • Overall, the Nokia 6.2 is just an average product in this price bracket, and struggles to stand out due to its lacklustre performance and cameras - even if you are keen on a stock Android experience, you will find better alternatives around
  • 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. We just can't recommend this Android One-powered smartphone
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
  3. gadgets.ndtv.com hands-on Read Review »
  4. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
  5. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  6. expertreviews.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
  7. techadvisor.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
  8. pocket-lint.com hands-on Read Review »
  9. gadgetsnow.com hands-on Read Review »
  10. 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 »
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