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Nokia 8.1

Specifications

Nokia 8.1
Nokia 8.1 (8 Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
4096 MB 
Display
6.18 inch 18,7:9, 2246 x 1080 pixel 408 PPI, Capacitive touchscreen, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
64 GB eMMC Flash, 64 GB 
, 51 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm headphone jack, Card Reader: up to 400 GB microSD cards, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor,, USB Type-C
Networking
Qualcomm Wi-Fi B/G/N/AC (2x2) (b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 5.0, GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1,900 MHz. UMTS: 850, 900, 1,900, 2,100 MHz. LTE: Bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20., Dual SIM, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8 x 154.8 x 75.8 ( = 0.31 x 6.09 x 2.98 in)
Battery
13.3 Wh, 3500 mAh Lithium-Ion, 18 W quick charger
Operating System
Android 9.0 Pie
Camera
Primary Camera: 12 MPix , f/1.8, Dual-pixel Phase-detection autofocus (PDAF), OIS, dual-LED flash, Videos at up to 2160p/30 FPS (main camera). 13.0 MP, f/2.4, Depth of Field (Secondary Camera)
Secondary Camera: 20 MPix , f/2.0
Additional features
Speakers: Mono speaker on the underside of the device, Keyboard: Virtual, Quick charger, USB Type-C cable, Headphones, SIM tool, Android One, Nokia Mobile Care, 24 Months Warranty, SAR values: Body – 1.490 W/kg, Head - 0.514 W/kg; FM radio; LTE Cat. 6 – up to 300 MBit/s download and 50 MBit/s upload speeds; VoLTE, VoWiFi., fanless
Weight
180 g ( = 6.35 oz / 0.4 pounds), Power Supply: 72 g ( = 2.54 oz / 0.16 pounds)
Price
400 Euro

 

Pricecompare

Average Score: 79.96% - good
Average of 29 scores (from 60 reviews)
price: 71%, performance: 79%, features: 65%, display: 85% mobility: 86%, workmanship: 85%, ergonomy: 81%, emissions: 93%

Reviews for the Nokia 8.1

86.9% Nokia 8.1 Smartphone Review | Notebookcheck
HMD Global is positioning the Nokia 8.1 as an upper midrange device. However, the company has priced the 8.1 at €400 (~$456), which puts it in the sights of last year's flagships. Read on to see what the Nokia 8.1 offers in the face of strong opposition.
80% Nokia 8.1 review: A marvellous mid-range smartphone
Source: It Pro English
Offering a fantastic screen, a great camera and a lovely design for less than £400 all-in, the Nokia 8.1 is a bit of a bargain. It's only beaten by the Xiaomi Pocofone F1, which offers improved performance at an even cheaper price.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/11/2019
Rating: Total score: 80%
Nokia 8.1 Review – Premium Android One Phone
Source: Team Android English
HMD Global, Nokia’s parent brand, has witnessed impressive growth within the highly competitive Android smartphone market since it was founded couple of years back, which is all thanks to its amazing mid-tier and budget offerings. Expanding, HMD Global recently added Nokia 8.1 to its diverse lineup. We got some hands-on time with the new phone at its global launch event in Dubai last month but after thoroughly testing it and using it as a daily driver, here is our in-depth review.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/31/2019
70% Nokia 8.1 review
Source: Techradar English
You may be disappointed that this isn’t a true follow-up to the original Nokia 8, but the Nokia 8.1 is trying to be something different and it succeeds at exactly that. It’s a top of the mid-range phone that we found to do everyday tasks surprisingly well if not particularly majestically.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/29/2019
Rating: Total score: 70%
Nokia 8.1 review: A delightful package
Source: Android Authority English
At its price, the Nokia 8.1 faces competition from mid-range flagship smartphones like the Asus Zenfone 5Z or the Pocophone F1 with a Snapdragon 845 chipset and better RAM and storage combinations, but the performance delta isn’t much for most users to compromise on the Android One experience that only the former offers – all that packed in a stylish chassis. Most people want a great phone, not just a brilliant specifications sheet.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/23/2019
80% Nokia 8.1 Review: Where does it fit, Nokia?
Source: Tech PP English
And if you are a stock Android enthusiast, well, we daresay there will be those who will be tempted by the Xiaomi Mi A2 (review), which has better cameras although the 8.1 comfortably outguns it in terms of design and battery life. In fact, truth be told, we are not too sure if the Nokia 8.1 itself is a massive step forward from the Nokia 7 Plus (review), which remains perhaps the best phone we have seen from Nokia in its new avatar. In fact, the 8.1 falls somewhere between the 8 and the 7 Plus, with some design refinements brought to the table – and its rivals number everyone from the Moto One Power to the Mi A2 to the Poco F1 to the Honor Play to…you get the idea.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/16/2019
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 70% performance: 80% workmanship: 90%
Nokia 8.1: Unboxing and First Impressions
Source: Team Android English
We will be unboxing the new Nokia 8.1 and sharing our initial impressions on the new high-end Android One smartphone from HMD Global which was initially launched back in December. To understand the Nokia 8.1 it is important to first begin with the smartphone it is succeeding or replacing from HMD’s current lineup. In a bid to standardize the naming convention, HMD has decided that the new Nokia 8.1 is actually a successor to the Nokia 7.1 Plus and not the Nokia 8. From this, we can relate that the new smartphone is not the brand’s premiere flagship but a high-end smartphone that sits below the flagship line — which is to be announced soon. We have the device with us and here is our complete unboxing — you can also view our unboxing video on YouTube as well.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/16/2019
70% Nokia 8.1 review: HMD Global’s new phone offers premium design, impressive performance
Source: The Times of India English
At Rs 26,999, Nokia 8.1 does not have a lot of competition. There’s Poco F1 with superior Snapdragon 845 processor but the Xiaomi phone has cut too many corners to keep the prices low. Nokia 8.1 looks good and delivers near excellent performance. If you don’t have a budget for OnePlus 6T and don’t want to settle with a budget phone, Nokia 8.1 is worth investing.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/25/2018
Rating: Total score: 70%
80% Nokia 8.1 Review: Good Camera, Classy Design In A Package That Is Priced Just Right
Source: Tech2 English
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.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/17/2018
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 80% display: 80% mobility: 85% workmanship: 80%
80% Nokia 8.1 review: Premium looks coupled with great performance
Source: The Indian Express English
Nokia 8.1 is an impressive device by all accounts. The performance is smooth, the camera delivers pleasing photos in most scenarios, while the battery life should keep most users happy. There are very little flaws here, except that HMD Global has only introduced one variant with the base 4GB RAM and 64GB storage.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/14/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
70% Nokia 8.1 review: A purist's delight
Source: Gadget Show English
When we reviewed the Nokia 8.1 Sirocco, we had said that the ..
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/14/2018
Rating: Total score: 70%
Hands on: Nokia 8.1 review
Source: Techradar English
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.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/13/2018
80% Nokia 8.1 Review
Source: NDTV Gadgets English
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.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/11/2018
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 70% performance: 80% display: 90% mobility: 70% workmanship: 80%
90% Nokia 8.1 review: Elegant design meets impressive hardware
Source: Android Central English
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.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/10/2018
Rating: Total score: 90%
85% Nokia 8.1 review: Premium and Pie-powered
Source: India Today English
The Nokia 8.1 may bother consumers who feel that competition like the Poco F1 offers a flagship-level chipset for much lower. But the SD710 chipset handles real-world performance as smooth as a flagship phone, and you get the added benefit of a better design language as well. The Zeiss optics marginally improves low-light camera performance, but the cameras are largely impressive. To top it off, HMD has priced the Nokia 8.1 at an incredibly competitive price of Rs 26,999.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/10/2018
Rating: Total score: 85%
Nokia 8.1 hands-on: The best yet from HMD Global?
Source: Android Authority English
The Nokia 8.1 sits pretty between the mid-range smartphone segment and the ‘flagship killers’. It’s a well-rounded smartphone that tries to punch above the specifications sheet thanks to Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor that aces the performance bit.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/10/2018
Nokia 8.1 First Impressions: This Beauty comes with brains!
Source: The Mobile Indian English
To conclude, the Nokia 8.1 is a pretty interesting device to watch for. The phone features a premium design and display looks sharp. The hardware is up to the mark and the software gives pure stock Android experience. As for the competition is concerned, the phone will face a stiff competition from the likes of Vivo V11 Pro and more.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/10/2018
Nokia 8.1 Review: The All Round Performer
Source: Fone Arena English
The Nokia 8.1 is a no-brainer. It does not rely on gimmicks or fads to try and woo you. 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. Priced at Rs. 26,999, the phone offers tremendous value for money and is highly recommended if you’re looking for a new smartphone in the sub Rs. 30,000 segment.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/10/2018

Foreign Reviews

75% Nokia 8.1 Die Mittelklasse lässt Fragen offen
Source: Go2 Mobile German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/03/2019
Rating: Total score: 75% price: 83% performance: 72% mobility: 91% workmanship: 86%
80% Nokia 8.1 Die goldene Mitte
Source: Android Pit German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/17/2019
Rating: Total score: 80%
86% Nokia 8.1 Das abgespeckte Flaggschiff
Source: Chip.de German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/04/2019
Rating: Total score: 86% performance: 88% features: 71% display: 94% mobility: 93%
80% Nokia 8.1 Die Tops und Flops der High-End-Mittelklasse
Source: Inside Handy German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/30/2019
Rating: Total score: 80%
88% Die beste ZEISS-Kamera der Mittelklasse
Source: WinFuture German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/21/2019
Rating: Total score: 88%
Nokia 8.1 ein Geheimtipp für Sparsame
Source: Curved German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/05/2018
Nokia 8.1 Nokia entwertet sein Flaggschiff
Source: Inside Handy German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/05/2018
84% Recensione Nokia 8.1, tutto quello che serve e anche di più
Source: HDblog.it Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/28/2019
Rating: Total score: 84% price: 59% features: 83%
85% Nokia 8.1 review: stijlvolle alleskunner scoort punten
Source: Techzine Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/26/2019
Rating: Total score: 85% performance: 90% display: 80% workmanship: 80%
70% Test - Nokia 8.1 : un milieu de gamme élégant mais qui manque un peu de souffle
Source: CNet France French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/28/2019
Rating: Total score: 70%
80% Test du Nokia 8.1 : la classe dans le milieu de gamme
Source: AndroidPit.fr French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/18/2019
Rating: Total score: 80%
90% Test du Nokia 8.1 : le petit prince du milieu de gamme
Source: Phonandroid French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/06/2019
Rating: Total score: 90%
80% Test Du Nokia 8.1 : Toujours Bon, Presque Excellent
Source: Frandroid French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/21/2019
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 80% display: 90% mobility: 90% workmanship: 90%
80% Test Du Nokia 8.1 : Toujours Bon, Presque Excellent
Source: Frandroid French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/05/2019
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 80% display: 90% mobility: 90% workmanship: 90%
Nokia 8.1 - tối ưu hóa chất lượng ảnh, âm thanh sống động, pin lâu
Source: Zing VN→EN
Positive: Good speakers; long battery life; nice display; attractive price.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/30/2019
Đánh giá camera Nokia 8.1: Sẽ là hoàn hảo nếu Nokia khắc phục được nhược điểm phần mềm
Source: Cell Phones VN→EN
Positive: Nice auto HDR mode; good photos in full light and low light condition; great panorama; fast and support for optical anti-shake. Negative: Unsupported RAW files.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/30/2019
Đánh giá hiệu năng Nokia 8.1, liệu có ngon như lời đồn?
Source: The Gioididong VN→EN
Positive: Good price; nice gaming performance.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/27/2019
Đánh Giá Chi Tiết Nokia 8.1: Hiệu Năng "Ngon", Camera Cần Cải Thiện Hơn
Source: VNReview VN→EN
Positive: High performance; good price; great display; nice main camera; elegant design; solid workmanship. Negative: Mediocre speakers; low autonomy; poor selfie camera.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/22/2019
Đánh giá hiệu năng Nokia 8.1: hiệu năng siêu mạnh mẽ từ chip Sanpdragon 710?
Source: Viettelstore VN→EN
Positive: Powerful processor; high gaming performance; good price.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/22/2019
Đánh giá Nokia 8.1 - smartphone tầm trung đầu tiên chạy Android 9.0
Source: Zing VN→EN
Positive: Powerful hardware; nice cameras. Negative: Mediocre design.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/19/2019
Đánh giá hiệu năng Nokia 8.1: hoàn hảo trong phân khúc smartphone dưới 8 triệu đồng
Source: Nghenhin Vietnam VN→EN
Positive: Attractive price; powerful hardware; high gaming performance; long battery life; big screen; excellent display.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/18/2019
Đánh giá hiệu năng Nokia 8.1, liệu có ngon như lời đồn?
Source: The Gioididong VN→EN
Positive: Good price; nice gaming performance; elegant design; solid workmanship.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/11/2019
Đánh giá camera Nokia 8.1: Phong độ là nhất thời, đẳng cấp là mãi mãi
Source: The Gioididong VN→EN
Positive: Impressive cameras; nice display; long battery life.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/07/2019
Nokia 8.1 quá hấp dẫn trong phân khúc gần 8 triệu đồng
Source: FPT shop VN→EN
Positive: Powerful hardware; beautiful design; nice cameras; good price.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/07/2019
Những lý do cho thấy Nokia 8.1 là mẫu smartphone hấp dẫn nhất tầm giá dưới 8 triệu
Source: FPT shop VN→EN
Positive: Attractive price; decent hardware; nice performance; excellent cameras; great display; long battery life; quick charging.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/06/2019
Mở hộp Nokia 8.1: thiết kế đẹp, cấu hình rất tốt, quà tặng hữu ích
Source: Nghenhin Vietnam VN→EN
Positive: Beautiful design; powerful hardware; good price.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/05/2019
Nokia 8.1 - bạn đồng hành của tín đồ xê dịch
Source: Zing VN→EN
Positive: Excellent dual cameras; long battery life; stylish design; good hardware.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/03/2019
Nokia 8.1 ra mắt ở VN - Snapdragon 710, giá 7,9 triệu đồng
Source: Zing VN→EN
Positive: Powerful processor; big screen; good price; nice cameras.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/03/2019
Nokia 8.1 ra mắt thị trường Việt: camera kép Zeiss, chip snapdragon 710, giá 7.990.000 VND
Source: Nghenhin Vietnam VN→EN
Positive: Nice dual cameras; powerful processor; good price.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/03/2019
Những điểm cực hấp dẫn mà người dùng cần biết về Nokia 8.1
Source: FPT shop VN→EN
Positive: Impressive design; metal case; nice display; good price.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/02/2019
Trên tay nhanh Nokia 8.1: Phiên bản kế thừa thành công của Nokia 7 Plus
Source: Techtimes.vn VN→EN
Positive: Good price; decnet hardware; nice performance; excellent display.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/31/2018
5 lí do không thể bỏ lỡ Nokia 8.1 trong dịp mua sắm đầu năm
Source: Cell Phones VN→EN
Positive: Premium design; metal case; big screen; nice display; decent hardware; impressive dual cameras.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/29/2018
Đánh giá hiệu năng Nokia 8.1: Thêm 1 lựa chọn cho game thủ trong tầm giá trên 7 triệu
Source: Cell Phones VN→EN
Positive: Good price; powerful hardware; high performance; elegant design; nice cameras.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/28/2018
Trên tay Nokia 8.1: Vỏ bọc mạnh mẽ, cấu hình khủng và tính năng thông minh
Source: Viettelstore VN→EN
Positive: Premium design; solid workmanship; powerful hardware; good price.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/27/2018
Trên tay Nokia 8.1: Siêu phẩm cuối cùng của Nokia trong năm 2018
Source: FPT shop VN→EN
Positive: Premium design; solid workmanship; powerful hardware; high performance; excellent cameras; good price.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/25/2018
Trên tay Nokia 8.1: Thiết kế cứng cáp, Snapdragon 710, Android 9
Source: The Gioididong VN→EN
Positive: Decent hardware; powerful processor; impressive design.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/23/2018
Cảm nhận về Nokia 8.1: Con át chủ bài của HMD Global trong phân khúc tầm trung
Source: Viettelstore VN→EN
Positive: Attractive price; nice design; decent hardware; great cameras.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/19/2018
90% Test Nokia 8.1
Source: Tek.no NO→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/10/2019
Rating: Total score: 90%
67% Test: Nokia 8.1
Source: Lyd og Billede DA→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/21/2019
Rating: Total score: 67%
83% Nokia 8.1 test – den eneste telefon du behøver
Source: Mere Mobil.dk DA→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/14/2019
Rating: Total score: 83%
73% Test af Nokia 8.1 – gør alt godt uden at true de bedste
Source: Mobil.se SV→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/31/2019
Rating: Total score: 73% display: 70% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80%
80% Nokia 8.1 – bantat flaggskepp med många bra kvaliteter
Source: M3 PC för alla SV→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/17/2019
Rating: Total score: 80%
76% Test: Nokia 8.1 - I balans med prislappen
Source: Mobil.se SV→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/15/2019
Rating: Total score: 76%

Comment

Qualcomm Adreno 616: Integrated (in the Snapdragon 710) graphics card based on the Adreno 600 architecture. According to Qualcomm up to 30% faster than the previous generation (Adreno 512 in the Snapdragon 660). Supports DirectX11_1, Vulkan 1.0, OpenCL 2.0, OpenGL ES 3.2. Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
710: Fast mid-range ARM SoC with 8 CPU Kryo 260 cores (four fast 2.2 GHz cores in a cluster and two power saving cores) and a rather slow Adreno 616 GPU. Manufactured in a modern 10 nm process.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
6.18":

Only a few smartphones have larger screens.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
0.18 kg:

Only few smartphones are more lightweight than this.


Nokia: The Finnish enterprise is one of the most important telecommunication companies and well-known for mobile technologies. The company started with netbooks in 2009.
79.96%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

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