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The Nokia 8.1 brings a touch of class to the mid-range

HMD Global, the accepted licensor to the iconic Nokia brand, today appear its latest flagship phone — the Nokia 8.1.

I say “flagship,” but when it comes to its price point, it’s firmly lodged in mid-range territory, as the Nokia 8.1 retails for £379.99 in the UK and €399 in the Eurozone. That puts it within the same price bracket as other worthy contenders, including the Honor 10 and Xiaomi’s Poco F1.

With the Nokia 8.1, HMD is agilely touting the handset’s array life, the affection of the 6.18-inch FHD display, and the adeptness of the rear-shooter to abduction beauteous photographs, decidedly in arduous low-light conditions.

Let’s talk about the display. The Nokia 8.1’s affectation is large, but not oppressively so. It’s annihilation like the Honor 8X Max, which packs a affectation in excess of seven inches. Thanks to the attenuate bezels, it should be easy enough to grasp.

And like pretty much every phone appear now, the Nokia 8.1 comes with a notch. This is a bit chunky, abnormally in allegory to recent accessories like the boilerplate Honor 8X, but it’s still within adequate parameters. Meanwhile, the phone’s “chin” contains the famous Nokia branding.

The Nokia 8.1 also boasts HMD’s PureDisplay screen technology, which first made an actualization on the beforehand Nokia 7.1, and promises richer colors and higher contrast. It supports the HDR10, which is good news for those who spend a lot of time blaze movies during their commute.

Powering this is a array which HMD Global promises can last two days with one charge. I’m about a bit agnostic with claims like this, usually because they’re accidental upon quite bourgeois usage patterns, and don’t accurately reflect how the accustomed person uses their handset. That said, it’s absolutely not exceptional of. The BlackBerry Key2, for example, was acclaimed for its multi-day array performance.

Helping HMD Global hit their array life goals is the admittance of the energy-sipping Snapdragon 710 SoC (or “platform,” as Qualcomm would rather us say). This is the same chipset found on mid-range blowers like the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE, and indeed, the beforehand Nokia 7.1 Plus.

Although this is a mid-range chip, it’s a major step advanced from the predecessor. Punters can expect 35 percent faster cartoon and 20 percent higher all-embracing performance. It’s also better suited to AI tasks, thanks to its congenital multi-core AI engine.

Finally, let’s touch on the camera. Nokia is well known for its love affair with Carl Zeiss’ camera lenses. The affiliation amid the two brands spans well over a decade, and it’s nice to see that it’s continuing to thrive, admitting the fact that it’s HMD Global affairs the strings at Espoo now.

The main camera is rated to 12MP. This doesn’t sound like much, but it’s worth canonizing that sheer megapixels aren’t anything, and a lot of effort has been made into ensuring the rear ballista performs well in low-light conditions. It packs a massive sensor with large 1.4 micron pixels, and a wide breach that supports longer acknowledgment times when paired with the camera’s manual mode.

In addition, there’s optical image stabilization, to ensure that shaky hands don’t aftermath shaky photographs, as well as a 13MP accessory camera for bokeh-infused account photographs.

The Nokia 8.1 will be accessible mid-January, in a range of metallic-hued colors. You’ll be able to pick it up from the usual suspects, including Amazon and your adopted phone retailer.

Published December 5, 2018 — 20:41 UTC

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