Last week, HMD Global announced the Nokia 8.1, a budget device set to succeed the midrange Nokia 7 Plus. The Nokia 7 Plus was launched earlier this year while the new Nokia 8.1 is set to launch in the UK and Europe on January 14th with a price tag of £379.99 (approximately 174,000 Naira).
The specs of the Nokia 8.1 are generally what you will find in devices in this price range today. It features a notched display with a resolution of 2160 x 1440 pixels and HDR10 support. It comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. This internal storage is expandable up to 400GB via microSD. The phone comes with a headphone jack but you also get Bluetooth AptX support for good measure.
Talking about the camera (which is one important factor many people consider today), the Nokia 8.1 comes with a dual camera setup on the rear with a 12MP f/1.8 shooter and a 13MP shooter for portrait shots. Sitting on the front of the device is a 20MP sensor for selfie lovers. Thanks to Nokia’s “Bothie” feature, you will be able to take photos from both cameras simultaneously. The phone supports 4K capture for filming video, and it has a built-in optical image stabilization to make your shots nice and smooth.
The Nokia 8.1 swaps out the Snapdragon 660 on the Nokia 7 Plus for a Snapdragon 710 chipset. If this is anything to go by, then it is still not as powerful as the Nokia 8 which was launched last year, equipped with the faster Snapdragon 835 SoC.
Powered by a 3,500mAh battery, the Nokia 8.1 runs Android Pie out of the box. Thanks to Android One, it is set to be a refreshingly stock experience. Let’s just hope it gets to Nigeria very soon.