HMD Global, which now owns the Nokia brand, has unveiled a new smartphone – Nokia 8.1. This is not a continuation of last year’s flagship G8, but a mid-range device. Pre-order for a smartphone opened on December 6, and for the purchase of Nokia 8.1 will be available in January 2019. The price of the only version is $ 318.57. Note that a similar phone is already on sale in China under the name Nokia X7 for only $ 249.
Nokia 8.1 Specifications Review:
6.18 inches, 18.7: 9, 2220 x 1080 pixels, IPS
Qualcomm Snapdragon 710, 8 cores, up to 2.2 GHz, 10 nm, GPU Adreno 616
Operational 4 GB, built-in 64 GB, microSD up to 512 GB
Main camera: dual, 12 MP (Sony IMX363, f / 1.8) + 13 MP, phase detection autofocus, 6 lenses from ZEISS, front: 20 MP, f / 2.0
3500 mAh, fast charging
Communication and interfaces
4G LTE, Wi-Fi (802.11b / g / n / ac), 2.4 / 5 GHz, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, USB Type-C, 3.5 mm audio output
Android 8.1 Oreo
Fingerprint scanner, face scan
154.8 x 75.76 x 7.97mm, 180g
Nokia 8.1 Screen Review:
The display of the device is a 6.18-inch IPS panel with a resolution of 2220 x 1080 pixels. The screen supports HDR10 technology, that is, the picture on it has an extended dynamic range.
In addition, the brightness of the matrix reaches 500 nits, which will appeal to those who use the phone in direct sunlight. What many will not like is the screen cutout. In Nokia 8.1 it is large, but it can be hidden programmatically, although it will not look the same as with OLED panels.
The smartphone received a body made of glass and anodized aluminum. The almost bezel-less screen is covered by a tempered glass panel. The lid is also made of glass, which may not please practical people. But, you will still hide it in a case?
The device turned out to be relatively compact by modern standards – its length is only 154.8 mm. There are three color options to choose from: blue, brown, and gray.
Processor, memory, communications, OS:
Nokia 8.1 was one of the first phones on the market to receive the new Snapdragon 710 processor. This is an average but very powerful solution – in terms of performance it caught up with the flagship chipset from Qualcomm in 2016. In other words, neither in everyday tasks nor in games, the smartphone will not fail.
The RAM in the Nokia 8.1 is fast – it’s 4GB LPDDR4x. Built-in only 64 GB, which may seem small to many. But, it can be expanded with a memory card up to 512 GB.
Interestingly, the Snapdragon 710 processor, according to Qualcomm, will support 5G. But whether Nokia 8.1 will be able to work in these networks is unlikely.
Otherwise, the novelty is downright a benchmark for wireless and wired interfaces – here you can find 5 GHz Wi-Fi, the latest version of Bluetooth, and an NFC chip that will replace a bank card.
USB Type-C here works together with the classic 3.5 mm audio jack, which is good because many manufacturers thoughtlessly abandon this connector for the sake of fashion.
The smartphone received pure Android 8.1 Oreo, which is supported by Google as part of the Android One program. In other words, the phone will receive updates for several years.
Nokia 8.1 really wants to be a camera phone. Judge for yourself – the main module is based on the Sony IMX363 sensor and is equipped with optical stabilization. The second camera is 13 MP and is intended for bokeh only.
Optics from ZEISS. The smartphone records video in 4K and at 60 fps. Front camera – as much as 20 megapixels. The sensor is said to support TetraCell – combining four pixels into one for high-quality images in low light.
The battery in Nokia 8.1 cannot boast of a record capacity – it is only 3500 mAh. HMD promises that thanks to the energy-efficient platform, the smartphone will last two days on a single charge with five hours of active use per day. And when it sits down, the 18W fast charging comes in handy.