Nokia 8.1 Review: Features | Specifications | Pricing


Quick Verdict

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.


The good

  • Solid build
  • Android One
  • Headphone jack

The bad

  • Slow, inconsistent camera
  • No wireless charging

The Nokia 8.1 provides solid performance, but it lacks a killer feature to make it truly stand out.

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

Nokia 8.1: 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

Nokia being busy in the phone space has allowed for plenty of variety, but that's not always a great thing for the end consumer. There's little that's really wrong with the Nokia 8.1, but equally little that truly stands out at its price point.

Pricing and availability

Nokia 8.1

Nokia's stylish mid-range option

The Nokia 8.1 is affordable and stylish, with plenty of camera power.

Promoted
  • The Nokia 8.1 will go on sale officially in Australia on 21 February 2019
  • Official pricing is $699 for the Nokia 8.1
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OS Android 9
Display size (inches) 6.18
Display resolution (pixels) 2280 x 1080
Pixels per inch (PPI) 408
Processor Snapdragon 710
Height (mm) 154.8
Width (mm) 75.8
Depth (mm) 7.97
Weight (g) 180
Battery size (mAh) 3,500
Wireless charging No
Internal storage 64GB
MicroSD expansion 400GB
Fingerprint scanner Yes
RAM 4
Water resistance N/A
Rear camera (1) resolution 12
Rear camera (1) aperture f/1.8
Rear camera (2) resolution 13
Rear camera (2) aperture
Rear camera (3) resolution
Rear camera (3) aperture
Front camera (1) resolution 20
Front camera (1) aperture f/2.0
Front camera (2) resolution
Front camera (2) aperture
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed N/A
NFC support Yes
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Updated March 26th, 2019
Name Product Display Rear camera Internal storage Battery size More info
Nokia 9 Pureview
Nokia 9 Pureview
5.99
inches

2880 x 1440px

12MP + 12MP + 12MP

128GB

3,320
mAh
5.84
inches

1080 x 2280px

12MP + 5MP

32GB

3,060
mAh
Nokia 4.2
Nokia 4.2
5.71
inches

720 x 1520px

13MP + 2MP

16GB


32GB

3,000
mAh
5.3
inches

2560 x 1440px

13MP + 13MP

64GB

3,090
mAh
Nokia 3.2
Nokia 3.2
6.26
inches

720 x 1520px

13MP

16GB


32GB

4,000
mAh
5.5
inches

720x1280px

8MP

8GB

4,000
mAh
5.5
inches

1920 x 1080px

16MP

64GB

3,000
mAh
5.2
inches

720 x 1440px

13MP

16GB

2,990
mAh
5.5
inches

1920 x 1080px

16MP

32GB

3,000
mAh
5.8
inches

HD+px

16MP + 5MP

64GB

3,060
mAh
5.5
inches

2560 x 1440px

12MP + 13MP

128GB

3,260
mAh
5.8
inches

HD+px

13MP + 5MP

32GB

3,060
mAh
6
inches

2160 x 1080px

12MP + 13MP

64GB

3,800
mAh
Nokia 210
Nokia 210
2.4
inches

320 x 240px

0.3MP
1,020
mAh
5.5
inches

1080 x 2160px

16MP

16GB

2,970
mAh
5.2
inches

1280 × 720px

13MP

16GB

3,000
mAh
4.5
inches

854 x 480px

5MP

8GB

2,150
mAh
5
inches

1280 × 720px

8MP

16GB

2,630
mAh
6.18
inches

2280 x 1080px

12MP + 13MP

64GB

3,500
mAh
2.4
inches

320 x 240px

2MP

128MB

1,200
mAh
2.45
inches

320 x 240px

2MP

4GB

1,500
mAh
Nokia 1 Plus
Nokia 1 Plus
5.45
inches
8MP

8GB

2,500
mAh

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