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Nokia 8.1 Review: Features | Specifications | Pricing

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It's no longer the king of the Nokia hill, and while it's priced accordingly, it's hard to get particularly excited about the Nokia 8.1.

  • Solid build
  • Android One
  • Headphone jack
  • Slow, inconsistent camera
  • No wireless charging

6.18 inches

Display size

1080 x 2280px

64GB

Internal storage

12MP + 13MP

Rear camera

3,500 mAh

Battery size

Finder rated as Good vs similar phones

Details

Display

Display Size
6.18 inches
Resolution
1080 x 2280px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
408 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
12MP + 13MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/1.8
Video recording
1080p
Front camera megapixels
20MP
Front camera aperture size
f/2.0

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
154.8mm x 75.8mm x 7.97mm
Weight
180g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
N/A

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Snapdragon 710
RAM
4GB
Operating system
Android 9
Internal storage
64GB
External storage support
Up to 400GB
Battery capacity
3,500mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
N/A
Wireless charging
No
Launch price (RRP)$0
Launch date2019-02-21
Nokia 8.1

HMD Global, the firm that produces phones under the Nokia branding certainly doesn't sit still. Most manufacturers tend to put out a given phone for a year and call it a day.

Since taking on the Nokia brand back in 2017, HMD Global has put out numerous revisions and updates to its generally affordable phone lines.

Then there are the flagship phone lines, which up until now were the Nokia 8 phones. We now know that the Nokia 9 Pureview is the branding for HMD Global's premium ambition, and that's meant that the Nokia 8.1 has had to step down the positioning charts somewhat.

The result is a more affordable handset to be sure, but it's also one that sits in a slightly awkward place within the general Nokia hierarchy.


Design

  • Dual-tone metal and glass frame
  • Notable camera bump
  • Non-adjustable notch
  • Headphone jack

Camera

  • Dual 12MP/13MP rear lenses
  • Front-facing 20MP lens
  • Camera specs let down by sluggish performance

Performance

  • Mid-range performance with a few stuttering points
  • Android One for easy upgrades

Battery life

  • 3500mAh battery gives decent but not great battery life
  • No wireless charging

Verdict

  • A fair mid-range phone, but Nokia has plenty of those
  • Camera fans should wait for the Nokia 9 Pureview
  • Worth considering cheaper members of the Nokia family first

Pricing and availability

  • Price: RRP $699
  • Where to buy: eBay

Specifications

Display

Display Size
6.18 inches
Resolution
1080 x 2280px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
408 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
12MP + 13MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/1.8
Video recording
1080p
Front camera megapixels
20MP
Front camera aperture size
f/2.0

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
154.8mm x 75.8mm x 7.97mm
Weight
180g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
N/A

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Snapdragon 710
RAM
4GB
Operating system
Android 9
Internal storage
64GB
External storage support
Up to 400GB
Battery capacity
3,500mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
N/A
Wireless charging
No

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