Our Opinion

The OnePlus 6T (6GB RAM, 128GB) is a significantly better phone, but the Nokia 8.1 (4GB RAM, 64GB) is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend! But if budget is not a constraint then we recommend the OnePlus 6T (6GB RAM, 128GB)

Nokia 8.1 (4GB RAM, 64GB)  OnePlus 6T (6GB RAM, 128GB) 
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Excellence Score
61.4
75.0
Value for Money Score
84.3
67.1
Price ₹ 20,990 onwards ₹ 37,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Dec, 2018 Nov, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android versionAndroid One series Android 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.18 inches 6.41 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2244 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 402 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Gorilla Glass Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Display Type IPS LCD AMOLED
Display Features FullView Display, IPS LCD Optic AMOLED, DCI-P3, FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass, Adaptive Mode, Reading Mode, Night Mode, Lift Up Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 2.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 710Ranked #16 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 845Ranked #7 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 616 Adreno 630
RAM 4 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 20MP + 16MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 12MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 1/2.55" Sensor Size; 1.4µm Pixel Size; Dual Pixel PDAF; OIS, Zeiss Optics, Panorama, HDR 16MP: F/1.7 Aperture; Sony IMX519 Sensor; 1/2.6" Sensor Size; 1.22µm Pixel Size; Dual Pixel PDAF; OIS, 20MP: F/1.7 Aperture; Sony IMX376K Sensor; 1/2.8 Sensor Size"; 1.0µm Pixel Size, Slo-mo Video (1080p@30/60/240fps; 720p@480fps), Auto HDR, EIS, AI Scene Detection, Portrait Mode, Pro Mode, Night Mode, Panorama, Time-Lapse, HDR, HQ, Studio Lighting, RAW Image
Secondary Camera 20MP 16MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 0.9µm Pixel Size F/2.0 Aperture, 1/3.0" Sensor Size, 1.0µm Pixel Size, HDR, EIS, Sony IMX371 Sensor, Portrait Mode, HDR, Screen Flash, Studio Lighting, Smile Capture, Face Retouching
Internal Memory 64 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot 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
Thickness 7.9 mm 8.2 mm
Weight 178 gm 185 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack USB-C
Water Resistant Yes, Splash resistant
Battery Capacity 3500 mAh 3700 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 Yes Yes, Dash Charge
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features NFC; Noise Filtration In-display Fingerprint Sensor; Gestures & on-screen navigation; NFC; Noise Filtration; Dirac HD Sound; Dirac Power Sound
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • 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
  • Absolutely immaculate fit and finish - OnePlus’ design refinement has grown alongside the entire mobile industry to the point where it’s hard to now find flagship phones that don’t look like pieces of precision-engineered electronic jewellery
  • Pretty good ergonomics for a large phone (it is a large phone though, mind you, in line with the dimensions of the Google Pixel 3 XL and iPhone XS Max)
  • The in-display fingerprint reader is good - and works well most of the time - though like other in-display readers, it's not quite as quick as separate fingerprint readers can be, and can sometimes be finicky - that's the trade-off you make when you buy into cutting edge of technology
  • Big, beautiful, stunning 'dewdrop' notch display
  • OnePlus’ Reading mode is still there and is as useful as ever - it turns the screen to a reading-optimized monochrome, and it can be assigned to activate when you’re in certain apps
  • Overall it's a bigger, brighter display than the OnePlus 6, and with a smaller notch
  • The implementation of Oxygen OS UI on the OnePlus 6T is a faultlessly smooth and pleasurable experience - OxygenOS adds genuinely good and desirable things without taking anything away from the core Android experience - and it is today arguably the best custom Android approach by any brand - and a lot of people might argue, even better than stock Android
  • OnePlus' gesture-based navigation system is intuitive, borrows from the iPhone, and is arguably better than the default gesture navigation system on Android Pie - of course, OnePlus also gives you the option to revert to the old trio of Android navigation buttons, if you so wish
  • In fact, thanks to things like OnePlus’ gesture navigation, a focus on smoothness, better app management and an built-in dark theme, Oxygen OS genuinely feels like an improved take on stock Android
  • Buttery smooth performance throughout with top-line hardware, as you would expect from a OnePlus - but the company has stepped up even further the level of polish to an impressive degree - it gives a sensation of both speed and comfort - the fluidity of the user experience here isn’t merely on par with the world’s most expensive smartphones, it surpasses many of them, thanks to good design decisions from OnePlus - there’s no unnecessary Bixby button here, none of the daft spam notifications you’d get from Oppo or Huawei, and no irksome theme stores that demand you create an account just to be able to modify your phone’s interface to your liking - using a OnePlus phone, for anyone who’s had to suffer the friction of dealing with other Android manufacturers’ software, is frankly liberating - speed at every turn, easy and flexible customization of both the interface and app icons, and precious little in the way of annoyances
  • The camera performance is improved a bit, with some software tweaks and optimizations, over the OnePlus 6 - and overall, it's still an excellent camera for far less than its competitors
  • Very strong battery life - the biggest OnePlus has yet put in any of its phones - the 6T lasts that extra bit more than the 6, nudging it from good to almost great battery life - the OnePlus 6T will make it through a day of intensive use without a problem
  • OnePlus's Dash Charging continues to be one of the fastest charging speed technologies on any phone - it goes from 10 to 100 percent in just 1 hour and 15 minutes
  • Simply put, the OnePlus 6T is the most affordable, top-notch Android you can get - offering some amazing bang for your buck
  • It improves on its predecessor and pushes mobile innovation further with choices like a smaller notch and an in-display fingerprint sensor
  • Overall, it's 90% of the ultimate flagship phone for 60% of the price - and for most people that will be an excellent deal
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • 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
  • Still not fully waterproof (there is some water resistance but it's not IP certified)
  • That said though, there is still some way to go before OnePlus can have a camera that matches to the level of a Pixel 3 or a Galaxy Note 9 - and it is the camera, more than anything else, where you’ll experience the price delta between the OnePlus 6T and the pricier flagships above it
  • Like most flagships now, OnePlus too has made the transition to audio over the USB-C port - which means that if you want to use your existing 3.5mm jack headphones, you will need to use the (included) dongle, or buy separate USB-C or wireless headphones
  • The loudspeaker is a bit on the quiet side
  • No wireless charging support
Expert Reviews
  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 »
  1. An equally attractive option as its predecessor
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Feels much more reliable and future-proof than many higher-priced phones
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A hero phone without the sky-high price
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The OnePlus 6T is yet another very good phone from OnePlus...but not the unequivocal winner it might have been
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Best value for money flagship
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. The OnePlus 6T still feels like an excellent deal...it just isn't as exciting as we're used to
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. The OnePlus 6T is a sensible choice...but OnePlus is no longer the only one playing the flagship killer game
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. Sticks true to the OnePlus philosophy that has made the brand so successful the world over
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. Don't buy a $1,000 phone - the OnePlus 6T has everything you want at half the price
    digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. Offers incredible value: a flagship-like experience for a fraction of the cost
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. The no bullshit best deal in smartphones
    gizmodo.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. wired.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. alphr.com in-depth Read Review »
  21. ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  22. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  23. expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  24. tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  25. stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  26. slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
  27. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  28. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  29. techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  30. androidpolice.com in-depth Read Review »
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  35. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
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