Nokia 8.1 to launch in India on December 5, first teaser now out

Nokia 8.1 to launch in India on December 5, first teaser now out

Rounak Jain

With HMD Global's December 5 Dubai launch event nearing, the company has started posting teasers on social media. The first one to be teased is the Nokia 8.1, which was launched as the Nokia X7 in China earlier this year.

Earlier last week, HMD Global's Chief Product Officer, Juho Sarvikas, had posted on image on Twitter, which revealed the date of the launch event. According to reports, we can expect the Finnish company to launch the Nokia 9 PureView with a penta-camera setup, the Nokia 8.1 and the entry level Nokia 2.1 Plus.

Nokia 8.1 specifications

It is expected to come with a 6.18-inch Full HD+ PureDisplay with a notch up top and an aspect ratio of 18.7:9, which seems odd, but it is because of the 2246 x 1080 resolution display. The phone runs on stock Android 9.0 Pie out of the box, which would make it one of the first few phones to launch with Pie.

At launch, the Nokia 8.1 will also be one of the first phones to be powered by the new Snapdragon 710 octa-core chipset, paired with up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.

In terms of imaging, the Nokia 8.1 will come with a 12MP primary camera and a 13MP secondary camera with OIS and dual LED flash, along with a 20MP camera on the front. Other features include a fingerprint sensor, dual SIM, 4G VoLTE, OZO stereo audio, dual band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0 and a USB Type C port. The phone is backed by a 3,500mAh battery and comes with a 18W charger in the box for fast charging.

Nokia 8.1 expected price

The Nokia 8.1, which launched as the Nokia X7 in China, could come in 4GB and 6GB RAM variants. While the 4GB Nokia X7 was launched in China at CNY 1,699 (approx ₹17,300), the 6GB/64GB variant was launched at CNY 1,999 (approx ₹20,300). The 6GB/128GB variant was launched at CNY 2,499 (approx ₹25,400).

However, with the kind of competition in India in the mid-range, it will be interesting to see if HMD Global prices the Nokia 8.1 more aggressively here.