Our Opinion

The Nokia 8.1 (6GB RAM, 128GB) is a slightly better phone than the Nokia 8 Sirocco, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Nokia 8.1 (6GB RAM, 128GB)!

Nokia 8 Sirocco  Nokia 8.1 (6GB RAM, 128GB) 
Nokia 8 Sirocco Nokia 7.1 Plus
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Excellence Score
52.3
56.6
Value for Money Score
52.3
66.0
Price ₹ 36,999 onwards ₹ 25,957 onwards
Launch Date (India) Apr, 2018 Feb, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to 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 5.5 inches 6.18 inches
Screen Resolution 1440x2560 pixels (~ 534 pixels per inch) 1080x2244 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Type P-OLED IPS LCD
Display Features P-OLED, 3D Curved Glass, Always-on display FullView Display, IPS LCD
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.5 GHz 2.2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 835Ranked #19 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 710Ranked #30 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 540 Adreno 616
RAM 6 GB 6 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 13MP + 12MP 13MP + 12MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 12MP: F/1.75 Aperture; 1.4µm Pixel Size; Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), 13MP: F/2.6 Aperture; 1.0µmPixel Size, Dual Pixel Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), 2x Optical Zoom, Carl Zeiss Optics, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, HDR, Panorama 12MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 1/2.55" Sensor Size; 1.4µm Pixel Size; Dual Pixel PDAF; OIS, Zeiss Optics, Panorama, HDR
Secondary Camera 5.0MP 20MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 1.4µm Pixel Size, Full HD Video Rec. F/2.0 Aperture, 0.9µm Pixel Size
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB 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)
Thickness 7.5 mm 7.9 mm
Weight 177 gm 180 gm
Width 73.0 mm 75.8 mm
Audio Output USB-C 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, IP67 Rated (up to 1m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 3260 mAh 3500 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) 495 hrs N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) 22.00 hrs N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, Quick Charge 4.0 (50% in 30 minutes) Yes
Included Fast Charger Yes Yes
Other Battery Parameters Music Playback Time: Up to 11 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Scratch Resistant Back (Corning Gorilla Glass 5); Wireless Charging (Qi); NFC; ANT+ Support; Noise Filtration; Nokia OZO Audio NFC; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Eye-catching, unique design - it is hard to ignore how good the 8 Sirocco looks - gone is the metal unibody of its predecessor (Nokia 8), instead, you have a mix of stainless steel and strengthened Gorilla Glass 5
  • The 8 Sirocco is just 7.5mm at its thickest point, and tapers down to 2mm around the spines, which makes it look incredibly thin
  • Comfortable to hold and use
  • Waterproof design
  • Nice display - the slightly curved screen has thin bezels, which give the illusion of an edge-to-edge viewing experience - the screen is bright, with rich colours (viewing angles could have been better though)
  • Clean Android experience - this is the first Nokia flagship phone that is part of Google’s Android One initiative - much like the pure Android seen in phones earlier, this too is untouched by bloatware or third-party apps—the only tweak is the camera app, to better utilize the optical hardware - and of course the Android One line means that you will receive Android updates for a minimum of 2 years
  • Packs plenty of brute power with the Snapdragon 835 processor, and 6GB of RAM - it will sail through anything you throw at it, and the performance is comparable to other top-end flagship phones
  • Good set of dual rear cameras - the captured images are genuinely good in colour and detailing - bokeh images are pretty good too, and so is low light performance - on the whole, the camera, although not class-leading, is not that far behind the the top cameras on the Google Pixel 2 or the Samsung Galaxy S9
  • Decent front camera too - captures decently detailed selfies, especially during the day
  • Good battery life - will easily last an entire day with medium to heavy usage
  • Fast charging support - you can get a 50 percent charge in 30 minutes
  • Wireless charging support
  • 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 buttons have been designed to sit nearly flush with the phone so it’s not easy to tell the power and volume buttons apart without looking directly at them
  • No 3.5mm jack - so your existing headphones won't work, and you will have to do with the bundled USB-C headphones
  • Stereo speakers are also missed here, and would have been nice to have, given the price bracket
  • No Dual SIM support
  • On the whole, the Nokia 8 Sirocco is a good phone on its own and ticks all the right boxes, but faces some tough competition from the likes of the Google Pixel 2 and the HTC U11 at this price point, and the excellent value-for-money OnePlus 5T at an even lower price point - if aesthetics is on the top of your checklist when buying a phone, then this makes for a good candidate - but for mostly everything else, Google, HTC, or OnePlus offerings may be a better buy
  • 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. The one thing that the Nokia 8 Sirocco nails though, is the marriage of high-quality materials and a compact form factor, which is hard to beat
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The sheer joy of using it can’t be beaten....we’ve enjoyed using the Nokia 8 Sirocco a whole lot more than many other smartphones over the last few months
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Nokia 8 Sirocco is one of most well-crafted Android phones we have come across
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. Buy it for the build, software and the brand value
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. Eye-catching design, a clean Android, and a camera that is better than expected—the 8 Sirocco ticks the checklist
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
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  17. bgr.com hands-on Read Review »
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  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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