Nokia 8.1 is the latest smartphone of HMD Global in India. Nokia 8.1 is the global variant of the company’s Nokia X7. Nokia is constantly launching Android smartphones in the country and the names of these smartphones of the company are also quite confused. Last year, the company launched Nokia 8 and Nokia 8 Syroco flagship smartphones. But Nokia 8.1 is not a flagship handset and it has been launched in mid-range. Nokia 8.1 can be a good option for those who want a flagship level phone but their budget is low.
HMD Global has launched the Nokia 8.1 smartphone in the country. The Nokia 8.1 handset comes in at Rs 26,999. Read detailed review
In the market to compete with the Nokia 8.1 smartphone, smartphones like Asus Zenfone 5 Z, Poko F1 and Galaxy A7 (2018) are already in the market. All these smartphones come in a category of less than 30,000 rupees. Will Nokia’s new handset Nokia 8.1 be able to make its place among these smartphones? We used Nokia 8.1 for a few days and saw how the phone performs. Let us know about its strengths and shortcomings.
The Nokia 8.1 smartphone comes with the new Snapdragon 710 processor. This processor claims to be premium but it is not a flagship processor. Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processors feature features like multiple high-resolution cameras, LED modems. The phone has a 6.18 inch 1080×2246 (pixel) screen whose resolution is 18.7: 9. Nokia brand license Nokia has made the phone available in 4 GB RAM and 64 GB inbuilt storage. It is possible to extend the phone’s storage via the MicroSD card. The handset comes with Hybrid Dual SIM touch, that is, you can use two sim cards simultaneously or a SIM card and a MicroSD card. There is a 4G VoLTE touch on both SIM cards. In the handset, features such as Wi-Fi 802.11 AC, Bluetooth 5, GPS, FM radio, NFC are provided. The USB Type-C port is downwards and it has 3.5mm audio jacks upwards.
At first glance, look at Nokia 8.1 looks premium. But the handset feels heavy and big in hand. It is made with a strong aluminum body and has been given back and rear glass. The phone has been launched in blue / silver and iron / steel color. We have got iron version color for review which is beautiful to watch. A band of polished steel colored around the body. On the right side, the metal SIM tray and power and volume buttons are given in the phone. The phone also has Corning Gorilla Glass on the front.
On the display in the phone there is a wide notch, inside which front camera, earpiece, front flash and proximity sensor have been replaced. Bottom Chin is not very much and Nokia’s logo has been given here. There is a camera module on the rear which is slightly forward-facing. Overall, the Nokia 8.1 grip is very good. We have been able to use it with one hand. The most special thing is that it does not slip through the hands. The body has been strengthened and the fit and finish are very great.
The company’s most discussed in the launch event of the Nokia 8.1 is the camera given in it. The new Nokia phone also has a 12 megapixel primary rear camera with Xais brand lens and is equipped with optical image stabilization. Apart from this, the phone has a 13-megapixel Fixed Focus Secondary Depth Sensor. The phone has a 20-megapixel front camera with selfie and video calling, which is equipped with adaptive mode.
Talk about the camera app, here are many icons available from which it is possible to use different features. Rear cameras have modes like squire, panorama, live boalkah, pro, auto photo, video, slow motion and time laps.
Talk about quality, then pictures taken from the rear camera come in handy. Take a look at the light of day, the pictures come with great detailing and bright colors. The phone makes fast focus and it is easy to use. But when the lights are dimmed in the evening, the photos remain a bit confused. Focusing on live Bokeh mode takes a little while, but the quality is good. Good camera comes with front camera in the day and night. Here are the beautification modes in the phone for selfies.
The new Snapdragon 710 processor offered in the phone works well. There is no problem with multitasking in the phone. We did not have any problem in running the phone during use. Nokia 8.1 does not have any problems like hanging. We are able to easily switch between apps and the browsing is fine too. Heavy games like PUBG can also be played in the phone.
To give power to Nokia 8.1, a 3500mAh battery has been given. The battery of the phone does 18ft fast charging. An 18-watt charger is available in the box with the phone. Once full charge, the phone lasts for a whole day. The phone charges up to 0 to 25 percent in about 15 minutes of charging.
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