HMD Global today announced the launch of a new smartphone, the Nokia 8.1. Some of you may recall its Nokia 8 flagship smartphone, this isn’t an iteration of that or the Nokia 8 Sirocco. Even though the name might suggest that, this device is actually the successor of the Nokia 7 Plus so it’s more of a premium mid-range phone.


The Nokia 8.1 has a 6.18 inch Full HD+ display with 18.7:9 aspect ratio in a 6000-series aluminum frame and glass body with diamond cut edges.It has the same clean and premium feeling design that we have come to expect from HMD Global’s devices. The Nokia 8.1 ships with Android Pie out of the box, it’s part of the Android One program.

It’s powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor and comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage that can be expanded using a microSD card. There’s also a 20 megapixel front and 12 megapixel + 13 megapixel dual rear camera with optical image stabilization and Zeiss optics. All of this kit is powered by a 3,500mAh battery. The camera offers some AI features like automatic scene detection and Nokia’s Pro camera features.

HMD Global will be offering this device in three different colors for a price of around $450. The Nokia 8.1 goes on sale in the Middle East next week and will gradually be made available in other markets over the coming weeks.

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