HMD Global has officially unveiled the Nokia 8.1 smartphone today at an event in Dubai. The premium mid-range smartphone is essentially a global variant of China’s Nokia X7. The handset follows the same glass design with notch display as the Nokia 5.1 Plus and Nokia 6.1 Plus.
The Nokia 8.1 is priced at EUR 399 (approximately Rs 31,900). The device also comes with Google’s Android Enterprise program. In UAE, the phone is priced at 1,499 Dirhams and will be first available in middle-east from December 10, while the UAE will receive the same in retail from December 15. The phone will go on pre-booking tomorrow.
We are expecting the same device to launch in India as well. HMD has sent out official invites for an event to be held on December 10 in New Delhi.
Nokia 8.1: Specifications and Features
As for the specifications, the Nokia 8.1 is an Android One smartphone, and hence runs the latest Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box. It packs a 6.18-inch PureDisplay IPS LED panel with Full-HD+ resolution of 2246×1080 pixels, and an aspect ratio of 18.7:9.
Under the hood is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 710 SoC and Adreno 616 GPU. It comes in 4GB RAM and 6GB RAM options with 64GB storage or 128GB storage. In the camera department, the smartphone features a dual-camera setup at the back including a 12-megapixel primary sensor coupled with a 13-megapixel secondary sensor with telephoto lens for zoom and portrait mode. Upfront, there is a 20-megapixel camera for selfies and video calling.
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Connectivity options on the Nokia 8.1 include dual-SIM card slots, Bluetooth, 4G LTE with VoLTE, and USB Type-C port for charging and data transfer. Making sure everything ticks is a 3,500mAh battery with 18W fast charging feature.