HMD has been hard at work putting once well known Nokia back on the smartphone map. Throughout 2018, they’ve released over 15 devices which have mesmerized the world with not only nostalgia, but value for money. Covering the whole spectrum of prices, the devices have aimed to bring some of the best software support and experiences in their respective categories. Some devices from earlier in the year and even last year still offer the best value on the market to date.
That said, the company has taken to Dubai to announce a brand new entry to their international portfolio: the Nokia 8.1. Yes, they are sticking to their naming scheme with .1s. While the name would an iterative update, the phone brings new technology and some of the most compelling value for money to a flagship class device.
The newly announced Nokia 8.1 comes with Qualcomm’s AI enabled 10nm processor: the Snapdragon 710. The processor bring top of the line 4G LTE connectivity with the X15 LTE modem and flagship class performance with the Kryo 360 Gold and Silver processors clocked at 2.2GHz and 1.7GHz respectively. The 710 also comes with an Adreno 616 GPU functioning at 500MHz speed. The capable processors are complimented with 4GB LPDDR4x RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. This can be expanded by a up to a further 400GB with a microSD card
The Nokia 8.1 is also the second Nokia device to come with their PureDisplay technology which supports HDR10. The display technology allows good visibility with its 500nit brightness and 1:15000 contrast ratio. The 6.18-inch Full HD+ display is able to reproduce 96% of the colour gamut which points to good picture quality and accuracy.
On the camera front, the Nokia 8.1 comes with a main camera with a dual sensor setup. The primary sensor is a 12-megapixel sensor with ZEISS Optics with 1/2.55-inch sensor size and a 1.4μm pixel size. The camera also comes with both optical image stabilisation (OIS) and electronics image stabilisation (EIS). It should have good low light performance with dual photodiode technology and its dual Hi-Cri flash. The secondary sensor is a fixed focus 13-megapixel fixed focus depth sensor. The front-facing camera is a 20-megapixel fixed focus sensor with 0.9μm pixel size.
On the connectivity front, the Nokia 8.1 comes with all the regular suspects including Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac as well as GPS sensors compatible with GPS/A-GPS, GLONASS and Beidou. It also has LTE, 3G and 2G connectivity. It has an ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, E-compass and rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. All of this is powered by a 3,500mAh battery with Quick Charge support
Pricing & Availability
The Nokia 8.1 will be available starting 13 January 2018 for RM1,699. It will be available in two colours: Iron Steel and Blue Silver. It will be running Android 9 Pie out of the box.
Also published on Medium.