A few days back, Nokia 8.1 was launched in Dubai as a renamed Nokia X7 and today, the phone launched in India. With a price tag of Rs 26,999, the device seems overpriced when you compare it with the likes of Poco F1 that has a starting price of Rs 19,999. Nokia’s smartphones are known for their premium build quality and the stock Android experience & the 8.1 is not going to disappoint you if you are looking for the same.
Like the Nokia 7.1 that launched in India recently, the Nokia 8.1 has a glass back with Dual-tone anodized metal frame. This makes the phone really premium regarding the build quality. This is something we have seen in all the budget and midrange Nokia phones launched this year. On the front, you’ll notice that the notch is quite bigger than the one on Nokia 7.1. Also, there are no extra sensors for the Face recognition so it is weird that Nokia went for such a big notch on the 8.1.
Like every Nokia device with a notch, there is a noticeable bottom chin that has the Nokia branding. On the rear, there are dual cameras with ZEISS optics. The fingerprint scanner is also placed on the rear. As you can notice, the phone has a pretty noticeable camera bump on the back.
The volume rockers and the power button are placed on the right whereas the SIM card tray on the left. The device does retain the 3.5mm headphone jack, and there is a USB Type-C port.
Coming to the specifications, the Nokia 8.1 has a 6.18-inch Full-HD+ PureDisplay with an aspect ratio of 18.7:9. Like the Nokia 7.1, the PureDisplay on the 8.1 offers HDR10 support (Real-time SDR to HDR conversion). The display is protected with the 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass.
The chipset powering the 8.1 is Qualcomm’s best mid-range processor, the Snapdragon 710. It is a 10nm chipset with Kryo 360 CPU and Adreno 616 GPU. The phone comes in only one configuration in India, i.e., 4GB LPDDR4X RAM and 64GB e-MMC ROM.
As for the cameras, there are dual cameras on the rear. This setup includes a primary 12MP lens (Sony IMX363) with 1.4-micron pixel size, f/1.8 aperture, and Optical Image Stabilization. There is a secondary 13MP camera for depth sensing. On the front, there is a 20MP camera with Pixel Binning and 0.9-micron Pixel size. And yes, the cameras have ZEISS optics.
The Nokia 8.1 runs on Android 9 Pie out of the box, and there is a 3,500mAh battery that supports 18W Fast Charging via the USB Type-C port. Other features include Nokia OZO Audio, Bluetooth 5.0 and a Single speaker with smart amplifier.
The Nokia 8.1 comes in two colors – Blue and Iron. As mentioned in the beginning, the phone is priced at Rs 26,999, and it can be pre-ordered from the official Nokia India’s website. The phone will go on sale starting December 21.