Nokia 8.1 Review - Design, Performance and Camera

Nokia 8.1 is not designed to be better than Nokia 8 which was the flagship phone last year. It is just another version to Nokia 8 series. The rates of smartphones are at best rivalry in market and benefits are going to customers. Let’s see how fair HMD Global goes with Nokia 8.1.

Nokia 8.1 Design
The Nokia 8.1 is thick, big and sturdy in its built. The body is made of strong aluminium with a glass touch on the front and back, it is made to be strong. The body can’t be bend even a bit and the screen is protected by some version of Corning Gorilla Glass.

The notch is a bit wide and the chin draws attention with Nokia logo. The phone is easy to hold and can be used conveniently with one hand.

Nokia 8.1 Software and Features
The Nokia 8.1 does not intend to succeed Nokia 8 or Nokia 8 Sirocco because they equip Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. And Nokia 8.1 runs on the new Snapdragon 710, a premium but not the top-notch processor.

Nokia 8.1 Review

The Snapdragon 710 supports AI subsystem, designed to manage high-resolution cameras, LTE modem, and CPU and GPU cores. The Nokia 8.1 has eight custom Kryo 360 CPU cores. The two Kryo 360 Gold (ARM Cortex-A75) run at up to 2.2GHz, and six Kryo 360 Silver (ARM Cortex-A55) run at 1.7GHz. The Adreno 616 GPU is additionally professed to convey console-like gaming quality.

The display of Nokia 8.1 is HDR10-fit screen. The 6.18 inches with 18.7:9 perspective, gives the 1080x2246 pixels of sharp resolution.

Nokia 8.1 comes with (4GB + 64GB) of storage, dual 4G, USB Type-C port on the base and a 3.5mm sound jack.

Nokia 8.1 is an Android One smartphone like all other Nokia phones with minor customization. It means the user will get all Google security updates up to 2 years.

Nokia 8.1 Performance, battery life, and cameras
Nokia 8.1 performs as expected and runs smoothly through all tests. You can do multitasking, browse heavy applications and open various tabs in chrome the same time. Playing PUBG and Asphalt 9: Legends also bring delight as both games run fresh. Pubg runs at highest settings while Asphalt 9 runs at medium settings.

Nokia 8.1 Battery life
The battery life of Nokia 8.1 is 3500 mAh with quick charging feature which can sustain a whole day till night with medium usage such playing PUBG, watching Youtube videos, browsing and doing some more petty tasks.

Nokia 8.1 Camera Quality
The Nokia 8.1 has a 12-megapixel back camera with a 13-megapixel depth camera. The front equips 20-megapixel for all selfie needs.

The captures come great but not in details. In various snaps, you could find distractions in hues. The Nokia 8.1 is quick to autofocus. In low light or night captures, you may expect grainy and not so sharp images.

The front camera was truly great with perfect capture of light in every shot. You can also take front and back capture at the same time, an inbuilt feature of the camera application. Also, there are modes like beautification and bokeh modes.

Whether to Buy Nokia 8.1 or Not?
The Nokia 8.1 confuses as a better version of Nokia 8 but it isn’t. Considering the price, the Asus ZenFone 5Z and Poco F1 come as strong contenders. The phone fares better with a material, style, display, performance, and cameras and you also get the Nokia name which is quite sufficient for many but if you look a bit deeper into details you would find many other smartphones offering much more specs to shift the interest.