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Nokia 8.1 launched: Key specs, features, price and everything you need to know

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Nokia 8.1 launched: Key specs, features, price and everything you need to know

The Nokia 8.1 brings a PureDisplay screen, Snapdragon 710 chipset and Android 9 Pie. It is also set to launch in India in a few days

On Wednesday, HMD Global officially announced the Nokia 8.1. The company said at an event in Dubai that the Nokia 8.1 is the direct successor to the Nokia 7 Plus from earlier this year. The Nokia 8.1 name has been rumoured for a long time now as the global variant of the Nokia X7. The Nokia 8.1 brings the same design and a hardware as the China-only Nokia X7, and the company has also confirmed its India launch as well.

The Nokia 8.1 will be coming to India this month, and HMD has already sent out invites for an event on December 10. The Nokia 8.1 will replace the Nokia 7 Plus in the country and will stand as the new premium affordable model before the year ends. The India variant will likely be similar to the global model, so here's all you need to know about the new Nokia 8.1.

Nokia 8.1 specifications

Display: The Nokia 8.1 sports a 6.18-inch FHD+ display with a 18.7:9 aspect ratio, 81 per cent screen-to-body ratio and HDR10 support

Processor: It is powered by a 2.2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 710 chipset with Adreno 616 GPU

RAM: The handset comes with 4GB of RAM

Internal storage: You get 64GB of inbuilt storage, which is expandable via microSD card up to 400GB

Rear camera: The Zeiss-branded dual camera system on the back includes a 13-megapixel primary IMX363 sensor with f/1.8 aperture and 1.4 micron pixels, and a 12-megapixel secondary sensor. The cameras support both OIS + EIS and 2PD.

Front camera: The Nokia 8.1 sports a 20-megapixel sensor on the front with f/2.0 aperture

Battery: It houses a 3,500mAh battery and supports fast charging over USB Type-C. It will ship with an 18W charger in the box

Software: The Nokia 8.1 is an Android One device and runs Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box

Nokia 8.1 key features

-- On the outside, the Nokia 8.1 borrows some design cues from the Nokia 6.1 Plus and some from the Nokia 7 Plus. It brings an edge-to-edge notch display on the front and a 2.5D curved glass on the front and back. The frame is crafted out of Series 6000 aluminium with diamond cut edges and silver/copper accents all around much like the Nokia 7 Plus. The device comes in three colors - Blue/Silver, Steel/Copper, Iron/Steel.

-- The Nokia 8.1 brings a tall 6.18-inch FHD+ screen with what HMD calls PureDisplay technology. This means the display will show sharper pictures and more contrast with HDR 10 support compared to its predecessor. Not only does it support HDR playback, but it also brings DCI-P3 wide colour gamut for a more vivid and saturated display. It supports brightness levels up to 500 nits and a 1:1500 contrast ratio.

-- The Nokia 8.1 is the first Nokia phone to run Snapdragon 710 chipset. This is a premium mid-range chipset that boasts of flagship-level specs. It is based on a 10nm process brings a multi-core AI engine. The Adreno 616 GPU that offers a 35 per cent boost in performance and the chipset promises to offer up to 30 per cent more battery life over its predecessor.

-- The latest smartphone from Nokia is big on AI, especially for the cameras. The 12MP + 13MP setup on the back support AI depth of field, AI scene recognition to identify 18 different scenes and beauty mode among other things.

-- The Nokia 8.1 is the first Nokia phone to ship with Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box. As an Android One phone, the Nokia 8.1 offers a pure, stock version of Pie with the promise of two major updates in the future and regular Android security patches. The Nokia 8.1 is the fifth Nokia phone to get Pie after the Nokia 7 Plus, Nokia 6.1, Nokia 6.1 Plus and Nokia 7.1 got updated.

Nokia 8.1 price and availability

The Nokia 8.1 will be available in December with the Middle East being one of the first markets to get the device. HMD chief Juho Sarvikas also confirmed that the Nokia 8.1 will be coming to India soon. HMD is holding an event in India on December 10 where it will announce the Nokia 8.1.

The Nokia 8.1 has an Average Retail Price of 399 euros (approx Rs 31,900). We expect the India price to be a little more aggressively, so you can expect it to fall under Rs 30,000. This would make it the perfect replacement for the Nokia 7 Plus which was launched in India at around Rs 25,000.