Nokia 8.1 review

Nokia has always offered a good range of phones to suit every budget. Reliable and sturdy devices has kept the Nokia brand going. In my Nokia 8.1 review, I take a look at a dual camera Nokia phone with Android Pie on board.

Nokia 8.1 design

The striking look of the display is what catches the eye first when picking up the Nokia 8.1. With an almost edge-to edge look thanks to the slim bezels, the phone immerses you into video clips or mobile games. PureDisplay technology and a FullHD+ resolution give superb colour and clarity even when viewing in sunlight.

Nokia has added a little stylised edge to the Nokia 8.1 with a anodised metal frame and dual-tone colour options. The phone is available in Steel/Copper, Iron/Steel and Blue/Silver.

Measuring 7.9mm thick and weighing in at 180g, the Nokia 8.1 fits nicely in the hand and is equal to other models in this range.

Nokia 8.1 features

Under the hood, the Nokia 8.1 has an Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor and 4GB RAM. AI technology makes the phone performance outstanding handling everything from camera functions to power management.

Smart Amp beefs up the sound on the single speaker giving the phone a decent audio quality. 64GB of memory is on board and if you need more you can add a card of up to 400GB. This means you will have all ths space you need for your photos, videos and music.

Android Pie is on board and has lots of great features for you including:

Updated UI – improved gesture controls allow you to switch between apps and activate virtual buttons for carrying out tasks.

Adaptive interface – the OS will learn how you use the phone and anticipate what you need.

Adaptive brightness – the phone will learn which screen brightness settings you use in different scenarios and automatically adjust the screen for you.

You will find a number of apps pre-loaded straight out of the box, such as Chrome, Gmail and Maps. Google Play has much more waiting for you and will get regular updates for security and software for two years.

A fingerprint sensor is on the back just under the camera lens. This sits in a position that you would naturally place your finger when picking up the phone making it easy and quick to use.

The Android OS and AI features of the phone make sure you get the most out of the 3,500mAh battery. Two days of normal use should be easily achieved and when you want to recharge an 18W fast charger is included.

Nokia 8.1 camera

Dual lens cameras are becoming the industry standard on smartphones now and you get one of these with the Nokia 8.1. A 12-megapixel and 13-megapixel lens with ZEISS optics is used on the back of the device. These optics deliver high-quality images and are super-senstive. The AI features also come into play here with scene recognition, live bokeh and professional lighting options.

A 20-megapixel camera on the front will please selfie fans. Adaptive Sensor features combine four pixels to enhance low-light photos so you get amazing night photos.

Some features of both the front and rear camera include masks, 3D personas and Animated Emoji. A unique option is the bothie, this captures images from the front and back cameras at the same time so you can see both sides of the picture.

Google Lens allows you to capture the world around you and get information on products, landmarks and points of interest.


The Nokia 8.1 is a solid all-round device with a superb camera. The AI features make the phone performance excellent and with Android Pie you have all the latest features from Google making this a great choice for your next phone.

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