Nokia 8.1 with a HDR10 capable display, SD 710 launched in India for Rs 26,999

The Nokia 8.1 will be sold in India in two colours — Steel/Copper and Iron/Steel.

Having launched back in Dubai on 5 December, the Nokia 8.1 has finally made its way to the India market today for a price of Rs 26,999 for the base variant.

While the specifications of the phone are already known, the 8.1 will be available for grabs in India in three colours — Blue/Silver,  and Iron/Steel. There is only a single variant available with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB of storage.

Nokia 8.1

Nokia 8.1

Given the phone was launched at EUR 399 for the middle-eastern and the European market, HMD Global has gone more aggressive with the pricing here, to make it more compelling against the likes of the Xiaomi POCO F1.

(Read our first impressions of the phone here)

Nokia 8.1: Launch offers and availability

The Nokia 8.1 goes on sale in December exclusively on the Nokia online store and Amazon India. Launch offers include a 10 percent cashback offer for HDFC credit card holders and interesting data offers from Airtel. Pre-orders begin today.

Nokia 8.1: Specifications and features

In terms of display, the device features a 6.18-inch Full HD Plus "PureDisplay" with an 18.7:9 ratio. The screen is protected by Corning's 2.5D Gorilla Glass.

The Nokia 8.1. Image: tech2/Sheldon Pinto

The Nokia 8.1. Image: tech2/Sheldon Pinto

Nokia 8.1 is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 710 chipset. The only device on which we have seen the Snapdragon 710 is the Oppo R17 Pro which was launched in India this week. The chipset sits right below the Snapdragon 845.

The phone also comes with a microSD card slot which can be used to expand the memory of the device up to 400 GB.

Camera specifications include the following — the device features a dual camera set up at the back with a 12 MP camera unit a 1/2.55-inch sensor and 1.4 um pixels, OIS, EIS, and interestingly 2PD or dual photodiode. Each pixel of the camera are configured as a photodiode which receives light and, if the number of these photodiodes is increased, then it widens the area to accept the light. This implies good performance in low light.

The secondary sensor in the dual rear set up is 13 MP unit, and the front camera includes a single 20 MP sensor.

Nokia 8.1 runs stock Android 9.0 Pie and is part of the Android One programme. Powering the device is a 3,500 mAh battery and there is a support for 18 W fast charging.

Connectivity options include Network speed VoLTE, VoWiFi, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS/AGPS, GLONASS. There is a 3.5 mm headphone jack, and a single speaker with a smart amplifier. Further, a USB Type-C 2.0 cable is present and finally, the range of sensors on the device include — Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer (G-sensor), E-compass, Gyroscope, Fingerprint sensor (rear) and NFC.

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