Nokia 8.1 Review: Features | Specifications | Pricing

Nokia 8.1

Nokia 8.1
  • Display

    6.18 inches

    2280 x 1080

  • Storage


  • Battery size

    3,500 mAh

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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.

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.


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


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


  • 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

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
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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