Given that 2017’s Nokia 8 smartphone from HMD Global was a flagship series of its time you’d be expecting that the newly released Nokia 8.1 is a follow-up and will feature far more superior flagship specs right? It isn’t so, really.
Typically, however, the new Nokia 8.1 is a mid-range Nokia smartphone instead of coming as a premium model for those who don’t have much to spare for an expensive flagship phone. Thus, if you are interested in getting a midrange Nokia smartphone, Nokia 8.1 might be the one for you. You just need to know what this new HMD Global Nokia smartphone looks like, feels like, and costs for you to decide better. From this point, this article continues with a detailed write-up that covers the features, specs and price information of the Nokia 8.1.
Nokia 8.1 Price, Features and Spec List
- Launch: October 2018
- SIM: Dual-SIM slot
- Network: LTE Cat. 6/2CA/L+L/VoLTE/VoWiFi
- Display: 6.18-inch
- OS: Android 9 Pie
- Security: Rear-mounted fingerprint sensor
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 710
- Storage: 64GB/128GB
- RAM: 4GB/6GB
- Camera: Front (20MP) Rear (12MP+13MP)
- Battery: 3,500 mAh
- Price: NGN 140,000
Nokia 8.1 Camera
Nokia 8.1 houses a set of dual rear cameras made up of a 1/2.55-inch 12MP main camera with 14um pixels and OIS 2PD and a 13MP FF secondary camera. This device also features a rear flash placed closely at the left of the rear camera frame.
While the Nokia 8 features a 13MP front camera, the new Nokia 8.1 sports a huge 20MP FF/0.9um selfie camera which prompts enhanced light capture for selfies, meaning you can take beautiful selfies even in low light (as Nokia promises). This device features Google LensTM and Motion Photos is integrated into its camera apps, hence, it will be able to shoot super smooth videos.
Nokia 8.1 Display
The display (and design) of Nokia 8.1 is quite similar to Nokia 7.1 only that it’s now larger. While Nokia 7.1 features a 5.84-inch Full-HD+ PureDisplay, the new Nokia 8.1 has a 6.18-inch Full-HD+ PureDisplay. More so, this new display has HDR10 support allowing for a maximum brightness of 1,000 nits and a colour depth of 10 bits which means you get a brighter viewing experience. And thanks to 96% colour gamut and 1:1500 contrast ratio, you get crisper details and richer colours in your view. Nokia boasts that the Android 9 Pie running this device introduces Adaptive brightness, a new feature that learns your screen brightness preferences and automatically adjusts the settings.
Nokia 8.1 Design
Like I almost spilled earlier, the design elements of the new Nokia is quite similar to that of the Nokia 7.1. Essentially, the difference is that the new Nokia 8.1 assumes a larger 154.8mm tall, 75.76 wide, and 7.97 mm thick body and weighs a relatively heavier 180g. The front and rear of this device are made of glass and it has curved edges as well, hence, it’s quite easy to hold and looks beautiful. Nokia 8.1 comes in Blue/Silver, Steel/Copper, and Iron/Steel colour options.
Nokia 8.1 Battery
The new Nokia phone comes with a 3500mAh battery capacity. Nokia relayed that thanks to the new Adaptive battery feature on the new Android 9 Pie of this device, it can provide a 2-day battery life. We also noted that Nokia 8.1 supports 18 W fast charging.
Nokia 8.1 Performance
The new Nokia 8.1, like most of the newer HMD Global Nokia mobile phones, is also run by the latest Android 9 Pie based on Android One UI. Nokia boasts that the combination of those two lets Nokia 8.1 like other recent Nokia phones delivers one of the best performances on an Android device. Nokia explains that while the latest Android 9 Pie featured on this device introduces new and helpful Android functionalities such as the new Adaptive battery which helps provide 2-days of battery life (according to Nokia), the Android One UI gives you a streamlined, easy to use user interface and a curated set of preinstalled apps. Additionally, Nokia says that the Android one UI meets the elevated software requirements set by Google, allowing you to access free, unlimited high-quality photo storage with Google Photos.
Moving forward, the new Nokia phone is pretty fast (though not necessarily as fast as the Nokia 8 which features a faster Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 835 processor) powered by an AI-powered Qualcomm™ Snapdragon 710 processor.
Nokia 8.1 Network & Connectivity
Featured on this device is a dual SIM slot both of which can take on LTE Cat. 6, 2CA, L+L, VoLTE, and VoWiFi network speeds. The new Nokia phone also features Wi-FI connectivity rated 802.11 b/g/n/ac. You also get the latest Bluetooth version 5.0 like the Nokia 8 for a smooth and fast file share and transfer via Bluetooth. The location technologies featured on this device are GPS/AGPS, GLONASS, and Beidou. The new Nokia phone comes with a USB Type-C 2.0 cable type and features a 3.5 mm headphone jack.
Nokia 8.1 Memory
Nokia 8.1 comes in two variants. The lower Nokia 8.1 variant offers 64GB of built-in memory and a 4GB RAM. On the other hand, the higher variant packs an internal memory of 128GB and a corresponding RAM of 6GB. Both Nokia 8.1 variants feature a MicroSD card slot which supports up to 400GB of expandable memory. Obviously, when it comes to memory, the new Nokia phone has an upper hand over the Nokia 8 (which allows for only up to 256GB via microSD card).
Nokia 8.1 Security
Under the dual rear camera setup of this device, you’ll find an installed fingerprint sensor at the rear stationed to give you personalized mobile security based on your unique fingerprint information. The rear-mounted fingerprint sensor of the new Nokia phone is indeed placed in a reachable position and works quickly as well.
Nokia 8.1 Connections & Sensors
Apart from a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, Nokia relayed that the new Nokia 8.1 also features the following sensors and connections; an Ambient light sensor, a Proximity sensor, an Accelerometer (G-sensor), an E-compass, a Gyroscope, and NFC. Now you have a preview of what the new HMD Global Nokia smartphone, Nokia 8.1 looks like, feels like, and costs, what is your decision? Would you go with it or you’d rather go for another midrange phone out there? Tell us all about it. Moreover, we’ve also prepared dedicated articles for other latest mid-range phones, uncovering all about their features, specs, and price in a simplified format just like the one you just read. They are just a click away. Moreover, as more tech products are popping up we’ll keep dropping more.