Nokia 8.1 global launch may happen soon, now listed in ARCore supported devices
We still have a few weeks to go before 2018 comes to an end which leaves plenty of time for HMD to slip in a few more devices. There are a total of three Nokia phones that are being rumoured simultaneously - the Nokia 9, Nokia 8.1 and the India launch of the Nokia 7.1. Today, we are looking at the Nokia 8.1 which is expected to be the global variant of the Nokia X7. This phone was recently spotted on Geekbench and now a new NCC filing in Taiwan suggests it could launch very soon. Additionally, the phone has also been listed as one of the devices that support Google's ARCore.
The Nokia 8.1 will bring a similar design and hardware as the China-only Nokia X7, which in turn means a design similar to the Nokia 7.1, Nokia 6.1 and so on. There is still some debate on whether the device will be called the Nokia 8.1 or the Nokia 7.1 Plus considering the Plus moniker usually tags along on phone with big displays. And this is a phone with a big 6.18-inch FHD+ display.
The fact that the Nokia 8.1 is listed in Google's ARCore supported devices is the biggest indication that the phone is going to launch soon. The certification essentially means the device passes Google's quality checks to ensure it is optimised for AR applications. The list of supported Nokia devices also includes the Nokia 6 (2018), Nokia 6.1 Plus, Nokia 7 Plus, Nokia 7.1, Nokia 8, Nokia 8 Sirocco.
What Geekbench told us earlier is that the Nokia 8.1 will be powered by the Snapdragon 710 chipset and will run Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box, which is expected given HMD's dedication towards the Android One program. The Nokia 8.1 will also be offered with 4GB of RAM as the base model going up to 6GB. If HMD does plan to announce a Nokia 7.1 Plus, it may only differ in the size of the display and battery. HMD has been pretty tight lipped about its upcoming phones, so we will have to wait and see what happens.
The Nokia 8.1 or the Nokia 7.1 Plus will most likely come to India as well as there is now a big gap in the Rs 20,000 to Rs 30,000 segment that needs to be filled. HMD quietly discontinued the Nokia 7 Plus in India which offered a Snapdragon 660 SoC. So, the Nokia 8.1 would be the perfect replacement and would sit in between the Nokia 6.1 and the Nokia 8 Sirocco.