Nokia 8.1 (6GB RAM, 128GB)  +1 variation

price₹ 30,000 expected

launchComing Soon!

72.8

excellence score

72.9

value for money score

Expected launch: January, 2019

2-Minute Review

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Design

  • 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

Display

  • 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
  • The display notch is quite wide

Software

  • 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

Performance

  • 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

Camera

  • 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
  • Low light performance from the rear cameras, for both stills and videos, is decent, but could have been a little bit better

Audio

  • Good speaker - sound through the single mono speaker is very loud, and is not too harsh or tinny

Battery

  • Good battery life with a 3500mAh battery - you will comfortably get a day of use and more
  • Fast charging support

Verdict

  • 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

Expert Reviews

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  1. 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 »
  2. This is a phone that focusses on the essentials...offers tremendous value-for-money
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. 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 »
  4. A true Android flagship killer... Nokia is ending the year on a bang
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A marvellous mid-range smartphone
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  6. A great phone that nails the fundamentals
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. 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 »
  8. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
  9. themobileindian.com hands-on Read Review »

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Nokia 8.1 (6GB RAM, 128GB) Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android versionAndroid One series
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size6.18 inches
Screen Resolution1080x2244 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal BezelsYes
NotchYes
Display Features
  • FullView Display
  • IPS LCD
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes, Gorilla Glass
Sensors
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Proximity Sensor
  • G-sensor
  • Gyroscope
Fingerprint sensorYes
Processor/RAM
Processor2.2 GHz, Octa Core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 710Ranked #14 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPUAdreno 616
RAM6 GB
Memory
Internal Memory128 GB
Expandable Memory Slotup to 400 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity3500 mAh
Fast ChargingYes
Dimensions
Weight178 gm
Thickness7.9 mm
Camera
Primary Camera12MP +13MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (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
Secondary Camera20MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • F/2.0 Aperture
  • 0.9µm Pixel Size
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
Connecting PortUSB-C
USB On-The-GoYes
WiFiYes
WiFi DirectYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS + BeiDou
CompassYes
NFCYes
More
App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Noise FiltrationYes
FM RadioYes

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