Our Opinion

The OnePlus 7 (6GB RAM, 128GB) is a significantly better phone than the Nokia 8.1 (6GB RAM, 128GB), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the OnePlus 7 (6GB RAM, 128GB)!

Nokia 8.1 (6GB RAM, 128GB)  OnePlus 7 (6GB RAM, 128GB) 
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Excellence Score
34.8
55.5
Value for Money Score
50.2
59.9
Price ₹ 29,999 onwards ₹ 29,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Feb, 2019 Jun, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android versionAndroid One series Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected 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, Corning Gorilla Glass Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Display Type IPS LCD AMOLED
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features FullView Display, IPS LCD Optic AMOLED, DCI-P3, 2.5D Curved Glass, Adaptive Mode, Reading Mode, Night Mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 2.84 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 710Ranked #44 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 855Ranked #9 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 616 Adreno 640
RAM 6 GB 6 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 13MP + 12MP 48MP + 5MP
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 48MP: F/1.7 Aperture; Sony IMX586 Sensor; 0.8um Pixel Size @ 48MP; 1.6um Pixel Size (4 in 1) @ 12MP; OIS; EIS; PDAF, 5MP: 1.12um Pixel Size; F/2.4 Aperture, Video: 4K @ 30/60fps; 1080P @ 30/60fps; Slow Motion: 1080p @ 240fps; 720p @ 480fps, Time-Lapse, Video Editor, UltraShot, Nightscape, Studio Lighting, Portrait, Pro Mode, Panorama, HDR, AI Scene Detection, RAW Image
Secondary Camera 20MP 16MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 0.9µm Pixel Size F/2.0 Aperture, Sony IMX471 Sensor, 1.0um Pixel Size, EIS, Time-Lapse, Screen Flash, HDR, Face Retouching, Portrait Mode, Studio Lighting, Smile Capture
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot 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
Thickness 7.9 mmMedium 8.2 mmMedium
Weight 180 gmMedium 182 gmMedium
Width 75.8 mmOk for one-handed use 74.8 mmOk for one-handed use
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 Support Yes Yes, 20W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes Yes, 20.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features NFC; Noise Filtration In-display Fingerprint Sensor; UFS 3.0 Storage; Alert Slide; DLNA; NFC; MIMO; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos
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
  • Immaculate fit and finish, and a pleasing, premium design - very similar to the OnePlus 6T
  • Pretty good ergonomics (similar to the OnePlus 6T, and better than the heavier/larger OnePlus 7 Pro)
  • The in-display fingerprint reader is very good - and even a bit faster than the already good one on the OnePlus 6T
  • Big, beautiful 'dewdrop' notch AMOLED display, again quite similar to the OnePlus 6T
  • 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
  • OxygenOS continues to be one of the most thoughtfully-designed, clean (stock-like) UIs for Android
  • 2 new features that make it to the latest version of OxygenOS are screen recording, and Zen Mode (for exercising more control over your screen time)
  • With the super fast flagship Snapdragon 855, some ultra fast storage speed (UFS3), the OnePlus 7 is a speed beast, and matches other top-end flagships
  • Good dual rear camera setup - there a primary 48MP camera and a secondary 5MP depth sensor
  • Overall image quality is good - it takes great outdoor shots, with vibrant colours and good exposure - and is a decent improvement over the OnePlus 6T (though not as good, or as versatile as the camera setup on the OnePlus 7)
  • It also has the new Nightscape mode, which lets you capture reasonably bright and sharp images even in very low light situations
  • Good 16MP front camera too
  • Excellent stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos
  • Good battery life with a 3700mAH battery - the OnePlus 7 will make it through a day of intensive use without a problem - and will give you battery life similar to the OnePlus 6T (and more than the OnePlus 7 Pro, which lasts less long because of the more battery intensive 90Hz screen)
  • OnePlus's Dash Charging continues to be one of the better fast charging technologies around - it goes from 10 to 100 percent in just 1 hour and 15 minutes - though it's a step below the Warp Charge tech on the OnePlus 7 Pro
  • Overall, OnePlus 7 retains the spot of the all-rounder, reliable, no-frills, budget flagship from OnePlus (while the OnePlus 7 Pro takes the more 'premium' flagship approach), giving you a high-end flagship experience for relatively less - and it makes for a decent update to the OnePlus 6T in the performance and camera departments
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)
  • Like all glossy finish phones (which is an increasing majority of phones these days), the glass back of the phone is a fingerprint magnet
  • It's not quite a match for the new budget-flagship camera champion, the Pixel 3a, however, which is ahead by a significant margin
  • No standard headphone jack - you will need to use either USB-C or wireless headphones (none of which is included in the retail package)
  • No wireless charging support
  • That said though, the budget flagship segment is much more competitive now (unlike when the 6T launched), so you will have some pretty good alternatives as well, not the least of which is the Pixel 3a/XL, which while not as beautiful looking, or as fast, will provide with a much better camera experience, a more compact design, and a headphone jack
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. Great phone...but this time, faces some properly tough competition
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. While the Oneplus 7 lacks the excitement of the 7 Pro, it's the sensible choice if you're shopping on a budget
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The OnePlus 7 is pretty great by itself...but this price point has become much more competitive recently
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. A great flagship phone that does the basics right and then some
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. One of very few smartphones using the Snapdragon 855 in India at the moment..If you don't care very much about camera performance, the OnePlus 7 is well worth it for its asking price
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. One of the most balanced devices in the market right now, considering price to performance ratio
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Practical, value for money flagship
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. Excellent value for money proposition
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Practical choice for a flagship in 2019
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. Perfect device for someone who demands the best performance at a sub-Rs 40,000 budget
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. Offers impressive value for money
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  12. A smart purchase...The phone to beat in the affordable flagship space
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. Absolutely brilliant
    t3.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. A great high-end smartphone
    notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  15. The phone to get in this price segment
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. The phone to buy in 2019
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  17. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
  19. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  20. androidpolice.com hands-on Read Review »
  21. pocket-lint.com hands-on Read Review »
  22. techadvisor.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
  23. timesnownews.com hands-on Read Review »
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