Nokia 8.1 specifications and press render leak confirms it’s the global variant of Nokia X7

“The Nokia 8.1 aka Phoenix will be a Snapdragon 710 SoC-powered stock-Android smartphone”

We have been hearing about Nokia brand licensee HMD Global’s plan to introduce its latest Nokia X7 smartphone as Nokia 8.1 outside China for quite some time. However, there was no confirmation about it until now. An extensive leak has just revealed that the upcoming device from the Finnish firm will be called Nokia 8.1 (codenamed as Phoenix) and flaunt the same specs as the Nokia X7.

Nokia-8.1-Marketing-material-leaked-npuAs can be seen in the renders – spotted by NokiaPowerUser – there will be no changes on the design of Nokia 8.1 compared to the Nokia X7. The handset will flaunt a notch-toting display coupled with a chin and slight amount of bezels on the sides. The rear panel of the phone seems to have a glass atop the metal along with dual camera module, a circular fingerprint sensor, and ‘Nokia’ branding all placed in the middle. Just like its predecessor – Nokia 7 Plus, the Nokia 8.1 also flaunts a dual-tone finish. The edges of the handset seem to sport a silver metal trim, along with the power button and volume rocker placed on the right.

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Coming to the specifications, the Nokia 8.1 will be driven by Qualcomm’s mid-range Snapdragon 710 SoC, paired with 4GB/ 6GB of RAM and 64GB/ 128GB storage. It’ll sport a 6.18-inch Full HD+ ‘PureDisplay’ and a ubiquitous wide cut-out up top for selfie camera, earpiece, and sensors.

Moving on to camera hardware, the device is said to come with Zeiss optics dual setup with a primary sensor of 12-megapixel and a secondary camera of 13-megapixel on the rear. While on the front for selfies, the Nokia 8.1 gets a 20-megapixel shooter. Software-wise, the phone will boot the latest Android 9 Pie with no customised skin out of the box. A 3,500mAh battery is tipped to fuel the Nokia 8.1.

The only missing piece of puzzle here is the Nokia 8.1’s price and availability. Unfortunately, the leak hasn’t shed light on it; however, we wouldn’t have to wait for long as the company has scheduled an event in India on December 6th where it’s expected to launch the device.

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Expert Rating4/5



  • Great design and solid build quality
  • Gorgeous display
  • Powerful innards
  • Good battery life


  • Sizeable notch
  • Tiny speaker
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