Nokia 8.1 India launch expected on December 6th as HMD Global sends ‘Save the Date’ invites

“The Nokia 8.1 is said to be the global variant of the Nokia X7 that was launched in China earlier this year”

HMD Global recently sent out media invites for an event it will host in Dubai on December 5th. It was being speculated that the event might witness the launch of Nokia 9, though a recent leak said the flagship will not be unveiled at the event. Speculations are also rife that the brand might launch the Nokia 8.1 at the event, along with the Nokia 2.1 Plus. HMD Global has now sent a Save the Date invite to Indian media for December 5th, which suggests the smartphones being unveiled at the Dubai event will land in India the next day.

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According to the save the date invite, HMD Global is hosting an event on December 6th in New Delhi. However, the media invite doesn’t reveal anything else about the upcoming event, including which smartphone to expect. It will be safe to assume that the brand might bring the Nokia 8.1 and Nokia 2.1 Plus to the country, both of which are expected to go official at the Dubai event. Notably, the Nokia 8.1 is the global variant of the Nokia X7, which was recently unveiled in China. The Nokia Mobile India also recently tweeted a new smartphone launch, with support for HDR10 and come in red colour. 


To recap on the spec sheet of the Nokia 8.1, the smartphone ships with a 6.18-inch full-HD+ screen and is powered by the upper mid-range Snapdragon 710 processor. Accompanying the chipset is up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB expandable storage. In the imaging department, you get 13MP + 12MP sensors with LED flash on the rear and a 20-megapixel shooter up front. Out of the box, the smartphone boots stock Android 8.1 Oreo and relies on a 3,500mAh battery with 18W fast charging for power requirements. There is a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner for security. As for the pricing, 91mobiles exclusively reported that the Nokia 8.1 will be launched in India with a price tag of Rs 23,999. 

Nokia 2.1 Plus was also spotted earlier this month, with 1GB of RAM and 32GB internal storage. A leak shows it supports 2.4GHz Wi-Fi band, but there was no mention of 5GHz Wi-Fi which could mean that it will be compatible with only a single wireless internet band.

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