Nokia 8.1 With Snapdragon 710 Chipset Launched in India For a Starting Price of Rs 26,999

After launching the Nokia 8.1 in Dubai last week, HMD Global has launched the smartphone in India today for a starting price tag of Rs 26,999. With the Nokia 8.1, HMD Global is looking to replace the Nokia 7 Plus in the country, which is currently selling for Rs 25,999 in India. Overall, the Nokia 8.1 comes with a glass design like any other Nokia phones. Besides the all-glass design, other highlights of the Nokia industry 8.1 includes PureDisplay screen, dual rear cameras and Snapdragon 710 chipset. The Nokia 8.1 is the first smartphone from HMD to be powered by Snapdragon 710 chipset and also the first to come with Android 9 Pie out of the box.


Nokia 8.1: Specifications and Features

The Nokia 8.1 comes with an all-glass design which offers a premium feel to the phone and makes it much look much costlier than its original price tag. Much like some of the recently launched Nokia phones — Nokia 6.1 Plus for example, the Nokia 8.1 comes with a wide notch on the top that equips the selfie camera, the earpiece and the speaker. Yet again, similar to some of the latest Nokia phones, the Nokia 8.1 comes with a slim bottom chin.

As far as the specs are concerned, the Nokia 8.1 comes packed with a 6.18-inch display with a Full HD+ (2246×1080) resolution and 18.7:9 aspect ratio. On the hardware front, the Nokia 8.1 is powered by a 2.2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 710 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage which is expandable via up to 400GB via microSD card. The Snapdragon 710 SoC is said to deliver almost equal performance to the Snapdragon 845 SoC.

The Nokia 8.1 is backed by a 3500mAh battery with 18W fast charging support. HMD promises that the Nokia 8.1 comes with the ability to offer two-day battery life on a single charge. On the software front, the Nokia 8.1 runs Google’s Android One program and ships with Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box. The camera setup is one the key highlights of the Nokia 8.1. On the rear panel, the phone includes two cameras, a primary sensor of 12MP and a secondary sensor of 13MP. On the front, the Nokia 8.1 includes a 20MP selfie camera.

The Nokia 8.1 measures 154.80 x 75.76 x 7.97 and weighs 178 grams in total. The smartphone comes with Dual-SIM support. In terms of Connectivity, the Nokia 8.1 comes with several options like Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, USB Type-C, FM, 3G and 4G. The smartphone also comes with several sensors like Face unlock, rear mounted Fingerprint sensor, Compass/ Magnetometer, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor and Gyroscope.

Nokia 8.1: Pricing and Availability

The Nokia 8.1 in India will be available in only one variant, with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage for now. The price of this model is Rs 26,999. Meanwhile, HMD Global has announced a 6GB + 128GB variant in India which according to the company will be available at a later date. The Nokia 8.1 will be available in India starting December 21. Interested consumers however will be able to pre book the Nokia 8.1 starting today on Nokia Mobile Store. Pre-bookings for the Nokia 8.1 will open tomorrow on Amazon India.

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*insert Data laughing here* from Star Trek: The Next Generations.
Seriously, what was Nokia thinking!


Overpriced in my opinion. Even Samsung A7 with it’s triple cameras costs only 22k rupees. There’s no definitive feature to go for it over other competitors.

Kiran Fernandes | Goa
Kiran Fernandes | Goa

True. It’s quite expensive. 1k more than the starting price of 7 plus which was launched last year. They even lowered the battery capacity from 3.7Ah to 3.5Ah.

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
Nikhil Mumbai-Pune

There is no replacement for Redmi Notes if you want good battery life. Flash the roms and battery will be even better. I hope there are roms which will give monthly updates to ROM for a year. If you come across any rom, do let me know. Nokia is all about updates. Nothing else. Optimization is poor on software despite being stuck android and using Snapdragon 630/636/660/710.

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
Nikhil Mumbai-Pune

Camera is shitty too on Nokia devices compared to competition.

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
Nikhil Mumbai-Pune

Nokia 7 Plus was launched this year only.

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
Nikhil Mumbai-Pune


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