31 January 2019, India:
HMD Global has launched the 128 GB storage variant of Nokia 8.1 in India. The company had launched the 4 GB RAM + 64 GB Internal Storage variant initially in India.
The 128 GB Storage variant has 6 GB RAM. It will be available in Blue/Silver and Iron/Steel colour. The 6 GB RAM + 128 GB Internal Storage variant is priced at ₹29,999.
The base variant with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB Internal Storage was priced at ₹26,999.
The 128 GB Internal Storage variant will go on sale from 6 February on Amazon, Nokia online store and offline retail stores. The pre-bookings will start from February 1 on the Nokia online store.
The company has announced some launch offers. The launch offers include 1 TB 4G internet data on Airtel (on eligible prepaid packs starting from ₹199). The another offer will give 120GB Internet data, 3 months of Netflix and 1 year of Amazon Prime (at discounted price) for Airtel postpaid customers.
The customers can avail ₹2,500 addition exchange discount between February 6 and February 17. The additional exchange discount will be reduced to ₹1,500 between February 18 and February 28.
The customers will get 10 percent cashback on EMI transactions (terms and conditions applied). The customers will get gift voucher worth ₹3,000 on the Nokia online store.
Let’s take a look on the Nokia 8.1
The Nokia 8.1 has 6.18 inch Full HD+ Display. The display has a Notch at top. The resolution of display is 2246x1080p. The display supports HDR video playback (Pureview Display). The display is a rich colour display.
The smartphone has screen aspect ratio of 18.7:9. It has 1500:1 contrast ratio. The display has 500 nits of brightness.
The smartphone has dual rear camera combination at back. The primary rear camera is a 12 MP camera. It has a f/1.8 aperture. The pixel size in primary rear camera is of 1.4μm. HMD Global has used Sony IMX 363 sensor.
The secondary rear camera is a 13 MP camera for depth sensing. The camera supports AI scene recognition. It can automatically identify 18 different scenes like food, portrait, night scene etc.
EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization) and OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) are present on the smartphone.
The smartphone has a 20 MP front camera. The front camera has a f/2.0 aperture. The pixel size is 1.8μm (pixel binning technology).
The cameras supports OZO Audio capture (during video capture) using the 3 mics present on smartphone.
The smartphone supports the Dual view mode. You can capture photo or video from both front and back camera simultaneously.
Nokia 8.1 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 710. The Snapdragon 710 is a Octa-Core processor based on 10nm process technology. The eight cores are built with the Kryo 360 architecture.
The Snapdragon 710 is the first chip in Qualcomm’s 700-tier portfolio. It has 2 x A75 cores clocked at 2.2 GHz and 6 x A55 cores clocked at 1.7 GHz.
The smartphone has Adreno 616 GPU.
According to Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 710 chip gives 20 percent better performance than Snapdragon 660 (which is present on Nokia 7 Plus). The chip does graphical rendering 35 percent faster than Snapdragon 660.
The smartphone runs on Pie out of the box. The smartphone have the Android One branding which means it will receive regular Android version updates for 2 years and monthly security patches for 3 years.
HMD Global has a good track record in updates.
The smartphone has 3500 mAh battery. It supports fast charging.
RAM and Internal Storage
With this launch, the Nokia 8.1 is available in storage variants. The base variant has 4 GB RAM and 64 GB Internal Storage. The highest storage variant has 6 GB RAM and 128 GB Internal Storage.
The smartphone has a USB Type – C port for charging and data transfer. It has a 3.5 mm Headphone Jack, which is a good thing.
The smartphone has Bluetooth 5.0. It also has NFC.
(Image – HMD Global)