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Nokia 8.1 (Nokia X7) Review, Specs and Price

by Obodoakor Moses

The Nokia 8.1 is a new Android One flagship smartphone from Nokia. It comes with some premium features despite being a mid-ranger. HMD Global are the people behind Nokia phone section and are doing a good job in bringing the brand back to life. This smartphone is proof of HMD Global success in short span they took over. The smartphone is also known as Nokia X7 in China.

Nokia 8.1 (Nokia X7) Design

The Nokia 8.1 features a front and back glass, which gives it a premium feel. The frame is made up of aluminium just like most flagships. The frame is different from the front and back. The Nokia phone is available in three different colour combinations. We have the Blue with the Silver colour frame, Steel with Copper colour frame and Iron with Steel colour frame.

Moving to the back, we have a circular fingerprint sensor underneath a horizontally arranged dual camera. The LED flash is at the left-hand side of the dual rear camera. The Nokia brand name is below the fingerprint sensor and the Android One logo at the bottom. At the front, is a wide top notch which houses the selfie camera and other sensors. The Nokia 8.1 weighs 180 grams and measures 8 mm thick.

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Nokia 8.1

Dimensions: 154.8 x 75.8 x 8 mm
Weight: 180 grams
Build: Front/back glass, aluminum frame
SIM: Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Colours: Blue, Silver, Steel, Copper, Iron, Steel
Loudspeaker: Yes
3.5 mm jack: Yes
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Nokia 8.1 (Nokia X7) Display

The display of the Nokia 8.1 is a 6.18 inches IPS LCD touchscreen. The FHD+ resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels makes the screen sharp and well detailed. The display features a 19:9 aspect ratio and 408 PPI density. Protecting the display of the Nokia device is NEG (Nippon Electric Glass). NEG Co. Ltd is a leading glass manufacturer from Japan and a strong competitor to Corning Gorilla glass.

Type: IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
Size: 6.18 inches (81.2% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution: 1080 x 2280 pixels, 19:9 ratio (408 PPI density)
Protection: NEG


The device packs a dual rear camera system. The primary camera features a 12 MP sensor with f/1.8 aperture, 1.4µm pixel size, dual pixel PDAF and OIS. While the secondary camera features a 13 MP sensor. The secondary sensor acts as a ‘depth sensor’ used for background blur effects. The camera is AI driven and features live bokeh mode and HDR. The selfie camera features a 20 MP with f/2.0 aperture.

Nokia 8.1

Main Camera
Dual: 12 MP, f/1.8, 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS + 13 MP
Features: Zeiss optics, dual-LED dual-tone flash, panorama, HDR
Video: 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps (gyro-EIS)

Nokia 8.1

Selfie Camera
Single: 20 MP, f/2.0, 0.9µm
Features: –
Video: –

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Powering the Nokia 8.1 is Snapdragon 710 chipset with an eight cores processor and Adreno 616 GPU. It comes with a memory of 4GB RAM and 64GB. It also supports additional storage up to 400 GB by using the SIM 2 slot.

Chipset: Snapdragon 710 (10 nm)
CPU: Octa-core (2×2.2 GHz 360 Gold & 6×1.7 GHz Kryo 360 Silver)
GPU: Adreno 616
Memory: 4GB/64GB, 6GB/64GB, 6GB/128GB
MicroSD: up to 400 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)


The Nokia phone uses Android One operating software. The Android One is a pure stock Android OS and free from unnecessary customization and bloatware. It’s more similar to what you get from Google’s owned Pixel smartphones. The Android One running on the smartphone is based on Android 9.0 with various features such as Digital Wellbeing.

OS: Android 9.0 Pie
User Interface: Android One
Sensors: Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass


The Nokia device uses a non-removable Li-ion 3500 mAh battery with 18W fast battery charging support.

Type: Non-removable Li-Ion 3500 mAh battery
Charging: Fast battery charging 2A/9V (18W)


WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, LE
NFC: Yes
Radio: FM radio
USB: 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go

Nokia 8.1 (Nokia X7) Price

4GB/64GB: $289
6GB/64GB: $311
6GB/128GB: $369

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