Australian availability of the Nokia 8.1 is unclear at the moment, Nokia has brought most but not all of their recent devices onto the Australian Market. It will retail for €399 (~RM1885), and will come in three colour combinations; blue and silver, steel and cooper, and Iron and Steel. We can thus expect the smartphone to make its way to India this month as well.
Being a Nokia device the 8.1 ships with Android One launching on Android 9.0 Pie. It also comes with a 20MP front-facing camera, which is a significant bump over the Nokia 7 Plus.
The device is powered by the latest 10nm based Snapdragon 710 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. That means that the phone also comes with an adaptive battery feature, and a more intuitive user interface.
In the camera department, Nokia 8.1 will sport a primary 12-megapixel sensor, which offers 1.4-micron pixels, dual-pixel autofocus, f/1.8 aperture, and OIS. The storage may be further expanded up to 400GB using a microSD card support. Connectivity options include Dual 4G, VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, GLONASS and a USB Type-C port. It features a fingerprint sensor on the rear panel.
Finally, the smartphone is fueled by a 3500mAh capacity battery and runs Android 9 Pie out of the box, plus it's getting at least two years of OS updates and 3 years of security patches as it's an official Android One phone. The company is also touting the presence of 18W fast charging. It features a single speaker design, and also comes with a smart amp, 2 mics, and Nokia Ozo surround capture. It measures 154.8x75.76x7.97mm, and weighs in at 178 grams.
Commenting on the launch, Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer, HMD Global, said, "We've seen great success in the value flagship category with each of our smartphones in this class consistently introducing new premium experiences to our fans".