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About Nokia 8.1 - Review, Specs + more

The Nokia 8.1 runs well, has a long-lasting battery and supports Bluetooth 5.0. Don't forget it always has several high-resolution cameras giving you time to perfect those perfect shots. The Nokia 8.1 is really just a fun little phone and wants you to enjoy yourself. Let's see if it's worth considering over a Galaxy S7 or similar iPhone model...

Well-equipped, expandable storage

The 8.1 is a phablet from Finnish giants Nokia - now making phones again. Its display is 6.18 inches tall and almost rimless / borderless, and frankly looks rather stunning. All the hallmarks of previous NOKIA design have been removed however, and this does look like every other phone or phablet on the market at the minute, sadly.

But back to that wonderful screen - it occupies almost the entire front. That is why it is still compact despite the large display. The screen offers Full HD + and delivers a real bite with 2246 × 1080 pixels always a sharp and detailed picture. The processor is a Snapdragon 710 processor with 8 cores and up to 2.2 GHz clock frequency - not exactly underpowered!

Nokia 8.1 - At a glance

  • Swish-looking design
  • Superb dual-camera setup
  • One of the best phone screens around
  • Not waterproof
  • Not the cheapest

Together with 4 GB of RAM and an Adreno 616 graphics unit, even demanding tasks and games are there for the taking. The internal memory is fixed at a generous 64 GB but you can expand it with a microSD memory card up to 400 GB. The battery provides 3500mAh and lasts for up to 2 days according to the manufacturer.

The Nokia handset supports LTE and WLAN.ac, as well as Bluetooth 5.0 for wireless connection to a notebook. A fingerprint sensor on the back protects the device against unauthorised access.

A quick mention that the Nokia 7.1 has a lot of these features and although it's an older model, it retails at a much lower price. Compare pay monthly deals on the Nokia 7.1 here.

Nokia 8.1: Modern dual cameras

The Nokia 8.1 is all about photography, according to the brochure, and therefore has a powerful camera system with ZEISS optics in its repertoire. It is a dual camera: on the back there's a 12-megapixel resolution camera for photos, and on the side is a second 13-megapixel for correction - it works a treat, and this combination is responsible for the depth measurement and stunning bokeh effects.

A fast autofocus and optical image stabilisation prevent you from taking blurry photos, and you can record videos in Ultra HD. ExpertReviews were mightily impressed with this feature, too.

On the front there is the less powerful camera, which promises 20 megapixels for high-resolution selfies and video chats.

 

Nokia 8.1: Android Pie is here

The Nokia 8.1 has a modern operating system and comes preinstalled with the latest version, Android 9 Pie. But in all likelihood it'll not remain that way, with Android One / Android 10  updates being guaranteed by NOKIA for this model in the future.

The Android One upgrade promises a pure, unmodified mobile OS, which Google provides quickly with updates and the problem with delayed or missing updates should be eliminated. The update promises 2 major operating system updates and monthly security updates over a period of several years - wow!

The oneCompare Verdict on the Nokia 8.1

The Nokia 8.1 has a large display and runs smoothly. Its memory is easily expandable and the large battery provides a long battery life. Photo and video fans get their money's worth with the dual camera system for high-resolution photos and videos. The Android One update - now available in the UK - promises regular and timely updates and a host of new features.

If you're looking for something by Nokia that is a little different, then you can't really go wrong with the 8.1.

 

How much does the Nokia 8.1 cost in the UK?

Pricing starts at £279.99 for the handset, or for pay monthly deals on this phone the pricing starts at £20 with £0 upfront.

Popular alternatives at a similar price and with good results in tests are the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the Huawei P20.

Nokia 8.1: Specifications

  • Case
  • Dimensions: 154.8 x 75.8 x 8 mm
  • Weight: 180 g
  • Operating System
  • Platform: Android
  • Operating System: Android 9.0 Pie
  • Display
  • Resolution: 1080 x 2280
  • Performance
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  • Processor: 2.2 Ghz
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Autonomy
  • Battery Capacity: 3500
  • Camera
  • Front Camera: 20 MP
  • Back Camera: 12 MP
  • Connection
  • Connection Type: 4G
  • GPS:
  • SIM Capacity: 2
  • Network
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