The Nokia brand has seen a resurgence of late. This was aided by some major name phones like the Nokia 7 Plus from 2018 along with also the great Nokia 7.1. Sad to say, the Nokia 8.1 has more similarities to the latter and suffers from the same sluggish performance. It’s also more expensive.
Happily there are a few positives, such as a good-looking, contemporary design, a fresh Android One encounter and its own appealing HDR display, which help to at least partially compensate for these difficulties.
Nokia 8.1 – Layout
The new Nokia 8.1 lacks some of the flamboyance connected with Nokia in its own pre-Android decades. Back then, the company’s phones had an instantly recognisable design aesthetic that helped them to stand out.
That’s not to say there’s anything wrong with the Nokia 8.1’s layout, it just feels a little more cookie-cutter. Such as the Nokia 7.1, the Nokia 8.1 includes a glass back that gives it a feel. Disappointingly, while the substance would ease wireless charging, it is not a characteristic here. Wrapped around the borders you’ll find a anodized framework that contrasts with your color of selection. You will find Blue/Silver, Steel/Copper, and mixtures. The Blue/Silver version I was sent a blue to sports, therefore appears black. It looks really classy.
Flip the phone over and you’ll come across a circular fingerprint detector with a silver accent around its circumference. Is a pair of camera lenses with a camera bulge. Along the edge, there’s power button and a volume rocker in the anodised framework. There’s a SIM tray that may either take a microSD card for storage growth plus a single SIM or two SIMs. Along the bottom is a USB-C charging interface and there is a trusty 3.5mm headphone jack up top.
Though the Nokia 8.1 feels premium, it’s not a horribly robust cellphone.My review sample arrived with a small chip to the frame and I inserted a second into the base chin (sorry, Nokia PR). The glass structure is slippery while seated in the cinema because of this quality that is slick, and also the telephone took a tumble from my pocket. That meant it dropped about 30cm to a relatively soft surface, but that was enough to take a decent chip. Not really what I would expect from a phone of this price.
Nokia 8.1 – Screen
The most eye-catching element of this Nokia 8.1 is its screen. Such as the Nokia 7.1, it’s FHD+ but it has gotten a fraction larger at 6.1 inches (up from 5.85-inch). The top notch helps in part that screen size. It is a fairly wide notch, particularly compared to last year’s Nokia 7.1, which means there’s not a great deal of screen to the left and right where your alarms are displayed. It means you’ve got room for at top. The telling bar seems to be black now, which helps mask the size of the elite.
The FHD+ resolution aids the screen look crisp and sharp, much like the Nokia 7.1. Again, the bonus is something you still do see at this price point, service. It’s still not officially Mobile HDR Premium certified.
Frustratingly, Netflix doesn’t support HDR on this phone but HDR videos on YouTube surely packed plenty of vibrancy and punch. It’s just disappointing that there is suitable content available.
Yet another frustration, especially when viewing movie, is how aggressive the elastic brightness could be. It’s supposed to learn your tastes over time but after almost two weeks of usage, it might still jump around in brightness when the ambient lighting conditions hadn’t changed.
There are some welcome software tweaks to the display, however. If you want to give your eyes a break before bed, the Night Light style may kick into reduce blue light and there is an Wind Down style that turns the content on the display grayscale.
Nokia 8.1 – Software
The Nokia 8.1’s use of Android One software is a key selling point. That a purer Android experience is meant by This , closer based on what you would see from among Google Pixel apparatus. It’s a user experience for anybody put off from the hefty Android skinning and software customisation used from the likes of Samsung and Huawei. There’s also no bloatware that is pre-installed.