The Nokia 8.1 takes the ‘mid-range’ a step ahead

Yesterday, HMD Global launched their latest device in the ‘affordable premium’ range (or as everyone else called it ‘mid-range), the Nokia 8.1. The device is a very nice looking phone with a camera with serious potential, a great body and a decently large battery. 

Nokia 8.1 – Specifications


  • Colors Blue/Silver, Steel/Copper, Iron/Steel
  • Size (excluding camera) 154.8 x 75.76 x 7.97 mm
  • Weight 180 g


  • Operating system Android 9 Pie
  • CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 710


  • Size and type 6.18’’ Full HD+ PureDisplay
  • Resolution 18.7:9
  • Material Corning® Gorilla® Glass, 2.5D Glass



  • Primary camera Dual Main: 12 MP 1/2.55’’, 1.4um pixels, OIS 2PD, Dual second: 13 MP FF
  • Front-facing camera Adaptive 20 MP FF/0.9um
  • Flash Dual Hi-Cri flash


  • Internal memory 64 GB e-MMC 5.1
  • MicroSD card slot Support for up to 400 GB


Battery life

  • Battery type Integrated 3500 mAh battery
  • Charging 18 W fast charging
  • Cable USB Type C


  • Connector 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • Speakers Single speaker with smart amplifier
  • Recording Nokia OZO surround sound capture

Network and connectivity

  • Network speed LTE Cat. 6, 2CA, L+L, VoLTE, VoWiFi
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac
  • Bluetooth® 5.0


Price and Availability

  • Price Dh1499 (€399) 
  • Pre-order is as of today
  • Available in stores in all major retail outlets in the UAE from December 15th 2018. 

Nokia 8.1 – First Look

With the brief time we had with the device at the event, I can say this much. It really seems like decent bang for your buck. The body feels great in the hand. The camera definitely shows some potential (and we were playing with it in low-light conditions). As always, Android One is an absolute pleasure to see on devices but it looks quite nice on Nokia’s proprietary PureDisplay also. I don’t really care for the notch, but I guess ‘premium’ and a notch go hand in hand now. 

The phone seemed smooth in functionality but a real judgment can only be made during our review. I’m definitely excited to see how the 3500mAh battery combined with Android 9.0 Pie lasts through daily usage

What do you think about the Nokia 8.1? Do let us know.