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.

6.18 inches

Display size

1080 x 2280px

64GB

Internal storage

12MP + 13MP

Rear camera

3,500 mAh

Battery size

Finder rated as Average vs similar phones

Details

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 6.18 inches
Resolution 1080 x 2280
Pixels per inch (PPI) 408
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
Dimensions 154.8mm x 75.8mm x 7.97mm
Weight 180g
NFC Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed N/A
Processor Snapdragon 710
RAM 4
Operating system Android 9
Internal storage

64GB

External storage support Up to 400GB
Battery capacity 3,500mAh
Headphone jack Yes
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Water resistance N/A
Wireless charging No
Launch price (RRP)$0
Launch date2019-02-21
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

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

Nokia 8.1 specs

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 6.18 inches
Resolution 1080 x 2280
Pixels per inch (PPI) 408
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
Dimensions 154.8mm x 75.8mm x 7.97mm
Weight 180g
NFC Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed N/A
Processor Snapdragon 710
RAM 4
Operating system Android 9
Internal storage

64GB

External storage support Up to 400GB
Battery capacity 3,500mAh
Headphone jack Yes
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Water resistance N/A
Wireless charging No

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