Nokia 8.1 Specs and Price

What was thought to be a flagship series with the former releases from HMD Global turns out to be a mid-range smartphone after all. The Nokia 8.1 is one nice smartphone with a decent design too. In addition, this smartphone features a powerful mid-range SoC as well as an impressive camera to capture moments. Moreso, the smartphone finds a way to blend in a nice design with some real mouth-watering features. Take a look at some of the specs you will be working with on the smartphone below.

Nokia 8.1 Key Specs and Features

  • 6.18-inch, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 2280 x 1080 pixels (408 ppi)
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 CPU with 4GB/6GB RAM
  • 64GB/128GB built-in storage space, up to 400GB with a memory card
  • Dual 12MP + 13MP rear camera and a 20MP front camera
  • 4G LTE
  • Fingerprint scanner (rear)
  • 3, 500mAh non-removable Li-Ion battery

Nokia 8.1

Design and Display

From the looks of things you have the premium ‘metal sandwiched by glass’ type of build with a simple die-cast centre. The 6000-series aluminium frame is pretty much the average 8mm in thickness. Dual cameras are centrally arranged along with the fingerprint scanner distinctive enough with a circular depression. On the other hand, the front has a very much wide notch occupied by the camera, speaker and other sensors.

Adopting the big display style, the smartphone does well to bring in the iPhone X-esque type of notch, albeit a bit bigger. You should also know this is an LCD screen with the PureView display technology seen in other Nokia smartphones. As for resolution, the display has a 1080 x 2280/pixels configuration and on a 6.18-inch span screen.

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Battery and Camera

Now, there is no need worrying about battery power with the setup placed here which includes the capacity and hardware. For the relatively high-end midrange processor, the 3, 500mAh battery is sufficient for the average user. Furthermore, the smartphone does come with a USB Type-C port as well as fast charge support.

The camera is similar to that on Nokia 8 but with a more improved sensor and rear end camera pair. In that regard, we have a 12MP f/1.8 aperture camera from Sony and with a 1.4µm pixel size while the other for portrait is a 13MP depth sensor. At the front notch is a 20MP camera with f/2.0 aperture and the ”bothie’ feature where both front and back cameras are used simultaneously.

Hardware and Software

Even if you wouldn’t want to refer the Nokia 8.1 has being a flagship smartphone, it does have a powerful midrange chipset. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 is a top of the line processor joined by an Adreno 616 GPU taking on graphics. Also, you have a 4GB RAM inside and either 64GB or 128GB built-in storage extensible to 400GB with a Micro SD card. You’ve got the most recent Android 9.0 Pie stock OS pre-installed on the smartphone no unnecessary bloatware.

Nokia 8.1 Pricing and Availability

The smartphone will cost you about 174, 000 Naira depending on the deal and your location when it comes out the end of this year or early January next year.

Nokia 8.1 Specs

Here are a few specs of the Nokia 8.1:

General Features

  • Platform: Android 9.0 Oreo (Android One)
  • Processor: Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 710
  • GPU: Adreno 616
  • Memory: 4GB/6GB RAM
  • Colours: Blue, Silver, Steel, Copper, Iron, Steel
  • Dimension: 154.8 x 75.8 x 8 mm
  • Weight: 180g
  • SIM Type: Nano SIM
  • SIM Count: Dual SIM
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  • Display: 6.18-inch, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 2280 x 720 pixels
  • Screen Protection: –


  • Rear Camera: Dual 12MP + 13MP camera, 1080p Video@30fps
  • Rear Camera Features: Autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama
  • Front Camera: 20MP camera, 1080p Video@30fps


  • Built-in Storage: 64GB/128GB
  • Memory Card Support: Yes, up to 400GB
  • Bundled Cloud Storage: –

Network Support

  • 2G GSM: Yes
  • 2G CDMA 1X: –
  • 3G WCDMA: Yes
  • 3G CDMA EVDO: –
  • 4G LTE: Yes

Internet & Connectivity

  • GPRS: Yes
  • EDGE: Yes
  • 3G/WCDMA/HSPA: Yes
  • HSPA+: 42.2/5.76 Mbps
  • CDMA EVDO: –
  • 4G LTE: LTE-A (2CA) Cat 6 300/50 Mbps
  • WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, wi-fi direct
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot: Yes
  • Bluetooth: Yes, v5.0 with A2DP LE
  • NFC: –
  • Infrared Blaster: –
  • USB Port: USB Type-C 2.0


  • SMS/MMS: Yes
  • Instant Messaging: Yes
  • Push Emails: Yes
  • Email Protocol: –


  • Music Player: MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
  • Video Player: MP4/H.264 player
  • FM Radio: Yes
  • Loudspeaker: Yes
  • 3.5mm Jack: Yes


  • Navigation: Yes, with A-GPS, BDS, GLONASS
  • Maps: Yes

Sensors & Control

  • Digital Compass: Yes
  • Accelerometer: Yes
  • Proximity Sensor: Yes
  • Light Sensor: Yes
  • Barometer: –
  • SpO2: –
  • Pedometer: –
  • Heart Rate Monitor: –
  • Gyroscope: Yes
  • Fingerprint Scanner: Yes (rear)
  • Iris Scanner: –
  • Face Unlock: Yes
  • Intelligent Digital Assistant: –
  • Motion Sensing / Gesture Control: –
  • Voice Control: –

Other Features

  • Video Streaming: Yes
  • Active Noise Cancellation: Yes
  • Wireless Charging: –
  • Built-in Mobile Payment: –
  • Water Resistant: –
  • Dust Resistant: –
  • Image Editor: Yes
  • Video Editor: Yes
  • Document Viewer: Yes
  • Document Editor: Yes


  • Battery: 3,500mAh non removable Li-Po battery
  • Talktime: –
  • Standby Time: –
  • Fast Charging: Yes
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