Nokia 8.1 is official now. All that you need to know

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Separately, the Nokia 8.1 has been spotted in a promo video leak, and if it is accurate, it appears that the smartphone is indeed the global variant of the Nokia X7 - though it seems to have a slightly larger display notch. Instead, HMD may be looking at MWC 2019 to launch its penta-camera Nokia phone.

Nokia 8.1 design: The Nokia 8.1 flaunts an all-glass design with a metal frame. Earlier last week, HMD Global launched Nokia 7.1 which was an updated version of Nokia 6.1 Plus.

Since the phone is only just venturing out to the West, allow us a quick introduction. It translates to Rs 32,000 in India. Internally, the phone is powered by the Snapdragon 636 processor which is coupled with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. It will be interesting to see which variants comes to India next week. The phone also has a hybrid microSD card slot for storage expansion. For the unaware, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 is the latest upper mid-range chipset and the first one to be built on top of the 10nm manufacturing process. As for the cameras, the Nokia 8.1 will offer a Zeiss-branded dual cameras on the back with a 12MP + 13MP configuration, and a 20MP front-facing camera, which would be a major bump from the Nokia 7 Plus. The camera app also comes with AI scene recognition modes baked into it.

The battery of the device has the capacity of 3500 mAh which should be enough to ensure the 2-day battery life. And yes, it's an Android One smartphone with guaranteed software updates going forward. Connectivity options are said to include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, USB Type-C, FM, 3G and 4G. It also has a 3.5mm headphone jack. It is well-built, similar to other recently launched Nokia smartphones. A 3080mAh battery, with fast charge support, keeps the lights on. And at that price, it's an excellent smartphone from HMD Global and it easily beats other phones in this segment.

On the display front, the Nokia 8.1 will have a Pure Display, which is one of its highlighted features. Nokia is calling this the PureDisplay and it has a 1,000,000: 1 dynamic contrast ratio. Rs 31,900). In Dubai, the phone retails for 1499 Dirham which rounds up for Rs 28,800.

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