“The Nokia 8.1 comes as the global variant of Nokia X7 and comes with a PureDisplay panel with support for HDR10”

HMD Global-backed Nokia has been on a roll lately. The company has ensured that it has a contender in every price segment possible. And to fill a gap in the upper mid-tier price band, the company has announced the successor to the Nokia 7 plus (review), the Nokia 8.1. The latest from Nokia comes with an updated chipset and is expected to be launched in India soon. Let us take a closer look at all the novelties the Nokia 8.1 has to offer.

A great design 

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The Nokia 8.1 is treated to a dual-toned anodised metal frame and is subjected to high-level testing to ensure durability. Furthermore, the metal frame adds a touch of elegance, making the device look quite premium. Adding to its class are two colour options of Iron/Steel and Blue/Silver. On the front, the phone has a bezel-less display that features a notch at the top and a reduced chin on the bottom.

An immersive display


The 8.1 heralds with a 6.18-inch FHD+ PureDisplay that touts superior viewing angles. The PureDisplay technology will ensure that the display is legible even in direct sunlight. That apart the display on the phone offers HDR10 support, 96% colour gamut and an impressive contrast ratio of 1:1500. Additionally, the Adaptive Brightness feature of the Android Pie will learn your brightness preferences over time and automatically adjust the settings. 

Powerful specs under the hood 

nokia_x7_specificationsNokia has swapped the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 on the 7 Plus with the more powerful Snapdragon 710 SoC on the 8.1. On the storage front, the Nokia 8.1 offers 64GB of onboard storage that can be extended up to 400GB with the use of a microSD card.

Stock Android advantage


Like its siblings, the Nokia 8.1 is a part of Google’s Android One program. Not only it comes with a bloatware-free iteration of Android Pie out of the box, you also get a promise of timely security updates and software upgrades for the next two years. Some interesting traits of the OS include the Digital Wellbeing feature, App actions, and Google Lens integrated into the camera app. 

Powerful shooters


Traditionally Nokia devices have been known for their superlative camera performance, and the Nokia 8.1 seems no different. The device comes fitted with a Zeiss-certified dual-camera setup consisting of a 12MP OIS shooter and a 13MP fixed-focus sensor to offer impressive bokehs. The phone features a 20MP adaptive front camera that can also click bokehs. The front camera is backed by AI-powered imaging and uses adaptive sensor technology to combine four pixels into one. It’s also worth mentioning that the 8.1 comes with an improved Dual-Sight live stream with 3D personas, filters, and masks.

Strong battery life

Backing the Nokia 8.1 is a 3,500mAh battery that supports fast charging of up to 18W. Coupled with Android Pie’s Adaptive Battery feature, the company claims that the phone can last up to two days.

The Nokia 8.1 has been priced at €399 (roughly Rs 32,000) and can be expected to launch on December 10th.