“The spiritual successor to the Nokia 7 Plus goes squarely against the flagship killer POCO F1” 

The Nokia 8.1 (review) has arrived with a bang. It’s an excellent mid-range offering, which delivers lots of value for your money. But you know which other phone ranks high on the VFM factor? Of course, it’s the POCO F1 (review), which gives even the OnePlus 6T (review) a run for its money due to its staggeringly low price tag. There are a number of things common between the Nokia 8.1 and the POCO F1, but it’s the things that distinguish them that matter the most. Which is why we’ve decided to give you a detailed comparison between the Nokia 8.1 and POCO F1.

Design and display 


The Nokia 8.1 is the more premium-looking phone among the two due to the presence of glass on its rear surface. The POCO F1’s back, in comparison, is made from plastic, but it’s Armored Edition that features a Kevlar coating and offers a distinct. Both these devices feature vertically placed dual cameras on their rear surfaces, sitting above traditional fingerprint scanners. The fascia is also very similar for these phones. Large notches adorn their displays, and apart from small chins at the bottom, the remaining surfaces have minimal bezels.

3.5mm headphone sockets (thankfully) are present on both these handsets, and the same can be said about the Type-C connectivity. These devices have hybrid SIM slots, which allow the use of microSD cards if you ever fall short on storage. 

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The similarity continues in the display department as well as both the phones feature same-sized panels. These IPS LCD screens measures 6.18 inches diagonally, and showcase their visuals in full HD+ resolution. A big advantage for the Nokia 8.1 is that its panel is HDR10-certified, which allows better contrast and saturation levels while watching compatible content.

Hardware and software 

There’s a massive difference in the chipsets used by these two phones. The Nokia 8.1 has been equipped with a 2.2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 710 processor, while the POCO F1 has gone for the top-notch 2.8GHz octa-core Snapdragon 845 SoC. The basic day-to-day performance will not vary between the two, but the difference will indeed be visible when heavy apps and high-end games are running. Nokia only provides one model of its phone, bearing 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The POCO F1 on the other hand, offers 6GB RAM with 64- or 128GB of storage and an 8GB RAM with 256GB of storage.

Nokia-8.1-review-91mobiles-20_thumb.jpgStock Android fans will be glad to know that the Nokia 8.1 runs Android One, and that too, based on 9.0 Pie. This means features like Digital Wellbeing, gesture navigation, adaptive battery and more are at their disposal. And owners can also rest assured that the latest updates and security patches will be delivered to them faster than other phones. The POCO F1 runs Android Oreo-based MIUI 10, but its interface looks different due to the incorporation of a new launcher. A gaming mode has also been added to this software, apart from an updated Settings menu. All other features are the same as those on other MIUI-based phones.

Camera and battery 

POCO F1 by Xiaomi review 05With the Nokia 8.1, you get a 12MP f/1.8 primary camera and a 13MP f/2.6 secondary snapper. The dual-camera setup means you can access a portrait mode. As opposed to that, the POCO F1 features 12MP + 5MP shooters, which too offers a portrait mode. Both these phones ship with 20MP front cameras. 


The 8.1 comes with a 3,500mAh battery at its core, whereas the POCO F1 delivers a whopping 4,000mAh power pack. Both these devices come with claims of two-day battery life, though it might be easier for the POCO phone. Both these devices can be juiced up quickly thanks to the fast charging support.

Closing thoughts

One of the main appeals of the Nokia 8.1 is its Android One software. However, a number of its other features also make it well worth considering. That said, the POCO F1 is definitely a better phone between the two, and it’s even cheaper in price. For reference, the base model of the F1 carries a price tag of Rs 19,999, while the Nokia 8.1 will set you back by Rs 26,999 — at a price where you could opt for the 6GB + 256GB variant of POCO’s handset (priced at Rs 27,999). With a top-of-the-line chipset, a massive battery, and powerful cameras, the debut offering from Xiaomi’s sub-brand is clearly the one to beat this season.