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    Nokia 8.1

    Release Date
    Market Status
    • nokia 8.1-001
    • nokia 8.1-002
    • nokia 8.1-003
    • nokia 8.1-004
    nokia 8.1-001
    nokia 8.1-001
    Original Price
    Price with Buyback
    Approx. ₹6,000
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    Specs at a Glance
    Battery Capacity
    3500 mAh
    Battery Capacity
    Operating System
    Android v9.0 (Pie)
    Operating System
    Screen Size
    6.18 inches
    Screen Size
    Variants Available
    Ram & Storage:
    + 1
    Detailed Specs
    Announced On5-Dec-18
    Market StatusAvailable
    Price StatusConfirmed
    PriceRs. 27,999
    Weight180 grams
    ColorsBlue, Silver, Iron
    BuildBack: Mineral Glass
    Dimensions154.8 x 75.7 x 7.9 mm
    SAR ValueHead: 0.223 W/kg
    Screen Size6.18 inches
    Screen TypeIPS LCD
    Screen Resolution1080 x 2246 pixels
    Pixel Density403 ppi
    Screen ProtectionGorilla Glass 3
    Screen to Body Ratio82.03%
    Screen DesignRegular notch
    Screen QualityFHD
    GPUAdreno 616
    Operating SystemAndroid v9.0 (Pie)
    ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 710
    CPUOcta core (2.2 GHz, Dual core, Kryo 360 + 1.7 GHz, Hexa Core, Kryo 360)
    Custom User InterfaceAndroid One
    Clock Speed2.2 GHz
    Architecture64 bit
    Process Technology10 nm
    Memory & Storage
    Phone Variants4GB 64GB, 6GB 128GB
    Expandable StorageYes
    Storage TypeeMMC 5.1
    Expandable Storage CapacityYes, 400 GB
    Front Camera
    Front Video Recording1920x1080 @ 30 fps
    Front Camera FeaturesFixed Focus
    Front Camera SetupSingle, 20MP
    Front Camera 1 Resolution20 MP
    Front Camera 1 Typef/2.0 Primary Camera
    Front Camera 1 Lens0.9 micrometre pixel size
    Front Aperturef/2.0
    Battery Capacity3500 mAh
    Battery RemovableNo
    Battery TypeLi-ion
    Charger TypeFast, 18W
    USB Type-CYes
    Fast ChargingYes
    Miscellaneous Features
    SensorsLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope
    Network & Connectivity
    GPSYes A-GPS, Glonass
    Audio FeaturesActive noise cancellation with dedicated mic
    FM RadioYes
    3.5mm Audio JackYes
    Bluetooth Typev5.0
    Audio Jack3.5 mm
    Rear Camera
    Rear FlashYes, Dual-color LED Flash
    Rear Video Recording3840x2160 @ 30 fps
    Rear Camera FeaturesDigital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus
    Rear Camera SetupDual, 12MP + 13MP
    Rear Camera 1 Resolution12 MP
    Rear Camera 1 Typef/1.8 Primary Camera
    Rear Camera 1 Lens2.55" sensor size, 1.4 micrometre pixel size
    Rear Camera 2 Resolution13 MP
    Rear Camera 2 Typef/2.2 Camera
    Rear SensorExmor-RS CMOS Sensor
    Rear Aperturef/1.8
    Network Support4G
    SIM SizeSIM1: Nano, SIM2: Nano (Hybrid)
    Wi-FiYes, Wi-Fi 802.11, a/ac/b/g/n
    SIM Slot(s)Dual SIM, GSM+GSM, Dual VoLTE
    Wi-Fi FeaturesMobile Hotspot
    SIM 1 Bands4G Bands: TD-LTE 2300(band 40), FD-LTE 1800(band 3), 3G Bands: UMTS 1900 / 2100 / 850 / 900 MHz, 2G Bands: GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz, GPRS: Available, EDGE: Available...
    SIM 2 Bands4G Bands: TD-LTE 2300(band 40), FD-LTE 1800(band 3), 3G Bands: UMTS 1900 / 2100 / 850 / 900 MHz, 2G Bands: GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz, GPRS: Available, EDGE: Available...
    Fingerprint ScannerYes
    Fingerprint Scanner PositionRear

    Price & Availability

    Nokia 8.1 (Blue, 4 GB RAM/64 GB)

    About the Phone


    • The Nokia 8.1 arrives with a solid build that comes with the famous Nokia durability.
    • Nokia 8.1 has the delightful PureDisplay screen which packs a lot of vibrant colours and also offers an immersive experience due to its large size.
    • Being a mid-range phone, the Nokia 8.1 arrives with a near-premium processor of Snapdragon 700-series that is lightning fast and is not prone to lags.
    • Regarding the battery, the Nokia 8.1 does not disappoint, offering an adequate juice pack capable of fueling the phone for more than a day even with heavy use.
    • The colours captured on the camera come out brilliant and natural due to the Zeiss lens that the phone comes equipped with.


    • Although it’s a modern phone, Nokia 8.1 does not come with waterproofing.
    • It does not have wireless charging present.
    • The display does not score high on sunlight legibility.
    • The speakers on the phone can get covered easily with hands.
    • The camera performance plummets when it comes to shooting low-light images.
    • The exposure of videos is sometimes off resulting in poor footage.

    If you are a Nokia fan and wants a taste of premium hardware at a mid-range price, then Nokia 8.1 is all about meeting these demands. However, it does not have any element that will blow you away.

    Nokia 8.1 comes with both an attractive mid-range price and the Nokia reliability attached to it. Priced at Rs 25,960, the phone is loaded with features that will make it stand out in the mid-range market as a delightful option.

    Equipped with an impressive design, stunning display and the Nokia-special Zeiss lens camera – Nokia 8.1 does not hold back in any department. Even in terms of performance and battery, Nokia 8.1 modifies from a mid-range processor and includes a near-premium processor. Though it does have some small shortcomings like the lack of waterproofing and the poor low-light image capturing quality, the phone turns out to be a mid-range delight.

    Nokia continues to modify their phones so that they don’t fall back in the looks department. The Nokia 8.1 is no exception. It is a well-crafted phone. The metal curves, glass, and aluminium blend together without any sharp edges jutting out. It can comfortably sit on your palm. The aluminium frame is Series 6000 aluminium which stands out among the new gradient handsets. Plus, it adds to the sturdy quality of the phone. The steel accents that surround the phone gives it a premium touch too. The front and the rear panel of the phone are covered with 2.5D Gorilla Glass protection. The glass rear does reflect light, but it does not attract fingerprint smudges.

    The fingerprint sensor lies at the back, with the rear camera module present on the rear panel, which does not sit quite in flux with the body. The phone is a bit hefty, but it is still capable of being handled with one hand. The design remains an excellent point for Nokia 8.1. The speaker is located at the bottom and can get covered by your hands easily, resulting in muffled sounds.

    Nokia 8.1 follows up with the Nokia 7.1 brings in the PureDisplay screen, which has HDR10 support and provides a beautiful contrast. The phone comes with a 6.18-inch screen with an FHD+ resolution, and the PureDisplay technology does add a bit of sheen to the display. The remarkable colour reproduction beats Poco F1 and that of Vivo V11 and provides a beautiful Netflix experience. Outdoors, the phone is very reflective making the sunlight legibility is poor.

    Otherwise, indoors, the white balance looks accurate and the viewing angles are decent. The notch is a bit chunky and keeps the phone from delivering an immersive experience, but otherwise, the phone display remains one of the best among its competitors.

    Nokia 8.1 is powered by the capable Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 710 which is also fitted into the Oppo R17 Pro. The processor is blazing fast, coming with an octa-core chipset clocked at 2.2 GHz. This processor could act as a bridge between the budget Snapdragon 600 series and the high-end Snapdragon 800 series. Regarding apps, the phone functioned beautifully. Even with multiple apps running on the phone, it did not end into a slow-down mode. App loading was also quite fast.

    It seems that the bloatware-free Android One OS has also come to the rescue to add some speed to the phone. The Nokia 8.1 comes with the Adreno 616 GPU. It has the capability of running high-end games like PUBG on the phone without lag, even on high settings. Performance is a plus for the Nokia 8.1!

    Nokia 8.1 comes with a 12MP primary camera with an f/1.8 aperture. It also has a secondary 13MP camera. The Zeiss lenses that Nokia phone use captures the right amount of detail, especially in daylight. The colours come out natural and vibrant, and the images are quite sharp. Live Bokeh mode click great Portrait modes which turn out well enough.

    In low-light however, the camera performance drops. There is a bit of visual noise that we get, but even then, the subjects are discernible.

    The phone comes with a 20MP selfie camera as well. It clicks detailed selfies, but there is a bit of artificial touch in the selfies. The Portrait Mode of the front camera performs well to preserve an adequate amount of details.

    The rear camera can record videos up to 4K at 30fps. The videos are decent, but the exposure does not adjust smoothly enough.

    Nokia 8.1 offers a reliable 3500 mAh battery which, according to the company, can last the phone up to two days. A 90-minute video with maxed out bright saw the phone drop about 20% of its charge which is not bad, but higher than Honor 10’s 16% drop.

    With heavy use, the phone runs for more than a day, and moderate use can chug it to two days. The phone comes with fast charging tech, but it does not charge as fast as OnePlus and Oppo R17 and can take nearly two hours to reach full charge.

    The Nokia 8.1 has everything present that will please the crowd. Firstly, the phone comes with a fantastic design that makes it worthy to look at. Then, there is a potent processor paired with a decent design that makes the phone performance-friendly. Even the cameras work a lot better than many competitors, especially when it comes to daylight shots. As an Android purist going for an Android One phone, this can be a great set to look out for. However, a worthy alternative is the Honor 10 for slightly better battery performance.