Nokia 8.1 review

8.3/10 AVG.
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8.3/10
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The Nokia 8.1 currently has an Informr score of 8.3 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 8 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.2 GHz
Screen Size
6.18"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


BGR

The Nokia 8.1 is a complete package which gets almost everything right, except the price tag which is perhaps a bit on the higher side. The handset definitely looks premium and feels well built, but it is playing in a segment which is rather competitive in terms of value for money.

- Hitesh Arora, BGR
Deccan Chronicle

If you are due for a smartphone upgrade and if you favour Nokia, then the 8.1 is an obvious choice as it sports a stylish design, boasts the speedy SD 710 chipset, features good photography and has a battery that can power through an entire day. Additionally, the Android Pie experience here is optim...

- Aaron Almeida, Deccan Chronicle
Firstpost

The Nokia 8.1 caters to a mid-range buyer and aims to provide a true mid-range smartphone. One that delivers a better camera, better video recording and a brand-new chipset in a package that has been designed to delight. Oh, and did I mention stock Android and faster software updates thanks to the A...

- Sheldon Pinto, Firstpost
TechRadar

The Nokia 8 is no longer a flagship product and if you can digest that, you will be pleasantly surprised by how good this mid-ranged phone is. It has a good screen and camera, performs quite well and lasts you more than a day on a full charge. And it doesn't break the bank doing so.

- Abbas Ali, TechRadar
NDTV

This phone can be seen as an upgrade over the usual low-cost options in terms of its material and construction quality, style, display, and cameras – the latter in the daytime, at least. Some users might also be willing to pay a little more for the Nokia name. There is a lot to like about the Nokia...

- Jamshed Avari, NDTV


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Nokia released the 8.1 on December 21, 2018.


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Nokia backs up the 8.1 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
6.18"

The Nokia 8.1's screen size is 6.18 inches with 1080 x 2280 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm SDM710 Snapdragon 710 (10 nm) Octa-core 2.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 9.0 Pie operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 20+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
64/128 GB

Internal memory is 64/128 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 400 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3500mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3500 mAh battery.

Nokia 8.1 Specs

Overview
Release date December 21, 2018
Regions available UK, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA:
800 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/2100/850 /1800/2600/2300/2500 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 9.0 Pie

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Processor Qualcomm SDM710 Snapdragon 710 (10 nm) Octa-core 2.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 64/128 GB
RAM 4/6 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Unknown
TTY/TDD Unknown
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.514 W/kg
Body: 1.490 W/kg
Languages English, Chinese
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Headset, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3500 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Unknown
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Glass
Colors Blue/Silver, Iron/Steel, Steel/Copper, Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.48 x 7.58 x 0.8 cm (6.1 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 180 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2280 pixels
Pixel density 408 pixels
Size 6.18 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, Scratch-resistant glass (Corning Gorilla Glass), HDR video support
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Unknown
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 400 GB)
PC Synchronization OTA
TV Out No
DLNA Support Unknown
NFC Yes
UMA Support Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Unknown
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.8
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Dual lens
Yes
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, ISO, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, White balance, HDR, Dual camera feature (13MP second camera), Zeiss optics, dual-LED dual-tone flash
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
20+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
f/2.0
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AMR, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, M4A, OGG, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, AVI, H.264 / AVC, MKV, MPEG-4, WMV, XviD
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Unknown
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Unknown
Document Viewer Yes
Weather Unknown
Stocks Unknown
Maps Unknown
NotePad Unknown
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Nokia X7

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BGR

Gimmick-free capabilities

from BGR

The Nokia 8.1 is a complete package which gets almost everything right, except the price tag which is perhaps a bit on the higher side. The handset definitely looks premium and feels well built, but it is playing in a segment which is rather competitive in terms of value for money.

Read full review

The Nokia 8.1 is a complete package which gets almost everything right, except the price tag which is perhaps a bit on the higher side. The handset definitely looks premium and feels well built, but it is playing in a segment which is rather competitive in terms of value for money.

Read full review

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Deccan Chronicle

Style meets substance

from Deccan Chronicle

If you are due for a smartphone upgrade and if you favour Nokia, then the 8.1 is an obvious choice as it sports a stylish design, boasts the speedy SD 710 chipset, features good photography and has a battery that can power through an entire day. Additionally, the Android Pie experience here is op...More

If you are due for a smartphone upgrade and if you favour Nokia, then the 8.1 is an obvious choice as it sports a stylish design, boasts the speedy SD 710 chipset, features good photography and has a battery that can power through an entire day. Additionally, the Android Pie experience here is optimised well, allowing you the purity of an OS that has unlimited tweaking capabilities.

Read full review

Less

Firstpost

A value for money offering in the mid-range

from Firstpost

The Nokia 8.1 caters to a mid-range buyer and aims to provide a true mid-range smartphone. One that delivers a better camera, better video recording and a brand-new chipset in a package that has been designed to delight. Oh, and did I mention stock Android and faster software updates thanks to th...More

The Nokia 8.1 caters to a mid-range buyer and aims to provide a true mid-range smartphone. One that delivers a better camera, better video recording and a brand-new chipset in a package that has been designed to delight. Oh, and did I mention stock Android and faster software updates thanks to the Android One program? The Nokia 8.1 seems to have it all.

Read full review

Less

TechRadar

It's not the flagship you're looking for

from TechRadar

The Nokia 8 is no longer a flagship product and if you can digest that, you will be pleasantly surprised by how good this mid-ranged phone is. It has a good screen and camera, performs quite well and lasts you more than a day on a full charge. And it doesn't break the bank doing so.

Read full review

The Nokia 8 is no longer a flagship product and if you can digest that, you will be pleasantly surprised by how good this mid-ranged phone is. It has a good screen and camera, performs quite well and lasts you more than a day on a full charge. And it doesn't break the bank doing so.

Read full review

Less

NDTV

Bright, vibrant HDR display, excellent construction quality

from NDTV

This phone can be seen as an upgrade over the usual low-cost options in terms of its material and construction quality, style, display, and cameras – the latter in the daytime, at least. Some users might also be willing to pay a little more for the Nokia name. There is a lot to like about the N...More

This phone can be seen as an upgrade over the usual low-cost options in terms of its material and construction quality, style, display, and cameras – the latter in the daytime, at least. Some users might also be willing to pay a little more for the Nokia name. There is a lot to like about the Nokia 8.1, but most of the things that give it its appeal can also be found in phones that cost much less.

Read full review

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Fone Arena

The all round performer

from Fone Arena

At its core, this is a phone that focusses on the essentials and delivers a great camera, good performance, excellent battery life and an absolutely clean build of Android with a promise of long-term support.

Read full review

At its core, this is a phone that focusses on the essentials and delivers a great camera, good performance, excellent battery life and an absolutely clean build of Android with a promise of long-term support.

Read full review

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Android Central

Elegant design meets impressive hardware

from Android Central

The Nokia 8.1 takes the elements that made the Nokia 7 Plus great, while offering much-needed upgrades as we head into 2019. The Snapdragon 710 ensures there's no shortage of power, the 3500mAh battery easily delivers over a day's worth of use, and the camera holds its own in this segment.

Read full review

The Nokia 8.1 takes the elements that made the Nokia 7 Plus great, while offering much-needed upgrades as we head into 2019. The Snapdragon 710 ensures there's no shortage of power, the 3500mAh battery easily delivers over a day's worth of use, and the camera holds its own in this segment.

Read full review

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India Today

Premium and Pie-powered

from India Today

The Nokia 8.1 is a great alternative to the Nokia 7 Plus. It looks and feels like a successor thanks to a more premium all-glass design along with a Snapdragon 710 chipset. There is a noticeable boost in performance and everything feels a little more fluid and and smooth. With Android Pie out-of-...More

The Nokia 8.1 is a great alternative to the Nokia 7 Plus. It looks and feels like a successor thanks to a more premium all-glass design along with a Snapdragon 710 chipset. There is a noticeable boost in performance and everything feels a little more fluid and and smooth. With Android Pie out-of-the-box, the Nokia 8.1 also feels more current and up-to-date with a satisfaction that it will receive Android Q and R in the future.

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