Finnish company HMD Global, which sells Nokia-branded phones, has more or less designed products based on the traditional “Nokia build” that has been received warmly by Indian buyers. The latest Nokia 8.1 smartphone retains the design language that we have been seeing in Nokia devices. Available in India for Rs 26,999 in a single configuration of 4GB RAM and 64GB onboard storage, the device supports high-quality HDR10 display, like its predecessor, the Nokia 7.1. .
This device has been priced a little higher and, according to the company, falls under the “value flagship” category. HMD Global has used a single block of series 6000 aluminium to build the device — in a rich glass sandwich design with a sand-blasted finish. The iron/steel-coloured review variant was a refreshing change from the usual blue and red tints that we see in smartphones these days. Considering the design language, Nokia 8.1 looks a lot more premium than its rivals in the same price segment. The maroon-coloured finish with hues of steel look great. A 6.18-inch Full HD+ screen takes up most of the space. There’s a notch as well that houses the earpiece, and the selfie camera. The phone’s display settings can be tweaked between the default Dynamic mode, the Vivid mode and Cinema mode. The FHD+ LCD screen is also protected by a layer of Gorilla Glass from Corning. The Nokia 8.1 features a 12MP auto focus (AF) sensor and a 13MP fixed focus (FF) sensor at the rear that churn out good photographs with the right amount saturation. However, the photos taken in low-light conditions may fall short of detail. The smartphone also sports HMD Global’s famed “Bothie” feature that essentially lets the user shoot photos from the rear and selfie cameras simultaneously. A 3500mAh battery powers the device that lets users churn out over a day’s juice on a single charge. Android “Adaptive Battery” feature, adapted to the usage pattern, helps increase the battery life after using it for 2-3 days. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 system on chip (SoC) paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB onboard storage handles most everyday tasks efficiently. The internal storage can be further expanded up to 400GB via a hybrid MicroSD card slot..