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Nokia 8.1 global launch highlights: Price, specifications, and features

After weeks of rumors and teasers, HMD Global has finally made the Nokia 8.1 official at an event in Dubai.

  • Updated: December 5, 2018 9:57 PM IST

The year may be drawing to a close, but HMD Global isn’t done with its 2018 launches yet. The Finnish company, which has holds the exclusive license to market and sell Nokia-branded Android smartphones, has just added another smartphone to its ever-expanding portfolio.

At a launch event in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, HMD Global has taken the wraps off of the Nokia 8.1. As expected, it’s the global variant of Nokia X7, which has been available in China for quite some time now. Also called ‘New Nokia 8’, the smartphone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 710 SoC, paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. It features a 6.18-inch FullHD+ notched display with a resolution of 1080×2280 pixels and a 19:9 aspect ratio. The ‘PureDisplay’ panel is HDR10-compliant as well. Like most of HMD Global’s smartphones, Nokia 8.1 is an Android One-certified smartphone and runs Android 9.0 Pie out-of-the-box.

For imaging, Nokia 8.1 features a dual-lens camera system at the back, comprised of a 12-megapixel sensor and a 13-megapixel sensor. There’s also a 20-megapixel lens up front for selfies and video calls. Other features include 4K video recording (at 30fps), professional portrait mode, and AI-based scene detection. The smartphone has all standard connectivity features, with a 3,500mAh battery rounding off the spec sheet.

At the launch event, HMD Global said that Nokia 8.1 will be available in selected regions in mid-December, and will be coming to India shortly after that. The smartphone has been given a retail price of 399 Euros, which translates to almost Rs 32,900.  However, we’ll have to see how HMD Global prices the Nokia 8.1 when it launches in India, something that could happen as early as next week.

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And that’s it everyone! Thanks for joining us for the Nokia 8.1 (or ‘New Nokia 8’) launch event.

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Nokia 8.1 will be available at an average retail price of 399 Euros mid-December. It’ll come to India shortly after that.

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Talking about software, Nokia 8.1 runs Android 9.0 Pie out-of-the-box.

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Powering the Nokia 8.1 is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 710 SoC, which makes it one of the very few smartphones currently available with the chipset.

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Nokia 8.1 features a 6.18-inch FullHD+ panel. This comes with ‘PureDisplay’ technology, first seen on the recently-launched Nokia 7.1. It is HDR10-compliant, thus allowing for vibrant colors and a contrast ratio of 1500:1, as per HMD Global

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Up front, there’s a 20-megapixel lens for selfies and video calls. It comes with the usual AI-based enhancements.

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As you’d expect, Nokia 8.1 can capture 4K resolution videos at 30 fps.

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The Nokia 8.1 can capture ‘Professional Style Portraits’, thanks to a 13-megapixel depth sensor that accompanies its 12-megapixel primary sensor at the back. In simple terms, this thing has a dual-lens rear camera system.

Obviously, there’s AI-based scene detection as well.

Rajat Sharma December 5, 20189:16 pm

Well, Juho may be calling the Nokia 7 Plus successor ‘New Nokia 8’, but it’s still Nokia 8.1. So it seems that the rumors were true all along!

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HMD Global is simplifying its smartphones’ naming conventions. The new smartphone, which will succeed Nokia 7 Plus, will simply be called New Nokia 8.

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To talk about the new launches, HMD Global’s Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas is on the stage now!

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Nokia is now the number one brand in the ‘featurephone’ segment, while also being number one (in both ‘featurephone’ and ‘smartphone’ segments) in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Rajat Sharma December 5, 20189:05 pm

Nokia has just announced the new ‘Nokia Fan Community’. Fans have arrived from all around the world for the event. HMD Global’s CEO Florian Seiche says that Nokia fans will be the first to experience new devices and experiences from HMD Global.

Rajat Sharma December 5, 20189:02 pm

And it’s begun! Nokia’s Dubai launch is now underway. Stay tuned, as we bring you all the announcements from the event!

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It’s almost time! There’s less than 2 minutes to go before HMD Global takes the stage in Dubai to unveil its new Nokia smartphone(s).

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It seems that due to some unavoidable issues, HMD Global has pushed its Dubai event’s live stream ahead by 30 minutes. This was just announced by Nokia Mobile on Twitter.

Rajat Sharma December 5, 20187:50 pm

With less than one hour to go before the commencement of HMD Global’s big event in Dubai, Nokia Mobile’s Twitter account has already begun counting down!

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  • Published Date: December 5, 2018 7:28 PM IST
  • Updated Date: December 5, 2018 9:57 PM IST