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March 7, 2019

Nokia 8.1 Review Australia – Large Display, Well-Built Design and Super-Powerful

The Nokia 8.1 has recently been launched outside its first market "China", where it was released with a name "Nokia X7" with a punch line "expect more". The Nokia 8.1 in Australia and other countries also have a code-name “Phoenix” – bringing a lot of attention to Nokia smartphone portfolio by marking so many right boxes. Nokia 8.1 is Nokia's first and foremost smartphone - loaded with Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 Chipset and comes with the quality-oriented camera module. The device is backed by a Pure Display which boasts of HDR10 Support as well as Cool AI-Supported auto scene-detection feature.

The Key highlights of Nokia 8.1 are related to 6.18-inches IPS LCD Screen, Android Pie 9.0 operating system, Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 Chipset, exceptional rear cameras, rear-mounted fingerprint scanner as well as 3500mAh non-moveable battery. Let’s discuss briefly in our Nokia 8.1 Review in Australia below!

Nokia 8.1 Release Date

The official Nokia 8.1 Release Date in Australia was somewhere back in 2018 which obviously means it’s available on all major stores across Australia and one can get their hands on one with immediate effects.

As a name suggests, it’s an incremental upgrade over 2017’s Nokia 8 which was a true flagship smartphone whereas it’s more of a luxury mid-range.

Nokia 8.1 Price

As for Nokia 8.1 Price in Australia, all Aussies can have one after spending approx. AU$499-599. The catch is that you can get quite a few other smartphones in that range.

The Xiaomi Pocophone F1 landed on Australia stores – costing a mere AU$419-499 – manages to outdo devices that set users back approx. three times as much. Nokia has a handful of phones itself that slip into an identical price range as well – for instance, Nokia 7 Plus.

Nokia 8.1 Specs

The Nokia 8.1 Specifications include 154.8 x 75.8 x 8 mm dimensions, 180 grams weight, Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS, a bunch of onboard sensors and others.

Nokia 8.1 Design and Features

The Nokia 8.1 looks much like the rest of the smartphone released under brand Nokia. It's not exactly a bold design, created out of one block of aluminum, but the silver-colored highlight at the edge of the phone looks especially swish. It is pleasantly slim at 8 mm and is extremely nice to hold on to the smooth-coated back.

Click on the power button and you will notice how the massive 6.18-in 18:9 screen dominates the Nokia 8.1 front. It is no longer unlike the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3, but its slim chin bezel and slim top-level like Galaxy S9 helps keep the overall size on a 75.8 x 154.8 mm.

The slightly rounded corners always have a nice look and the screen is surrounded by a NEG Dinorex layer to protect against drops and scratches, rather than a Corning Gorilla Glass. For a safe unlocking, on the rear of the phone, there is a circular fingerprint reader which is positioned under the vertically aligned dual camera.

Unfortunately, there is no dust and water resistance in Nokia 8.1 and there is no wireless charging as well. The top of the phone has a 3.5 mm headphone jack, which is a bit uncommon, nowadays.

Nokia 8.1 Display

The handset is offering an impressively bright and attractive screen. The top has a large notch, and the bottom has a chin. A 6.18-inch display is provided with the resolution of FHD+ (1080 x 2280),19:9 aspect ratio and up to 500 brightness units. The Nokia 8.1 is Nokia's second smartphone to provide an enhanced visioning experience using Pure Display screen technology.

The images are taken to a new level thanks to HDR 10 providing high contrast, clarity and over a billion colors, which guarantee the accuracy of images, whether in a dark room or in the bright sunshine. The display Delivers the best outdoor experience outdoor in bright sunlight or in a dimly lit room while playing games or watching videos.


Nokia 8.1 comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 710, Qualcomm's maids SoC in its new 700 Mobile Platform Series. In the middle of the 600 and high-end 800 series, the Snapdragon 710 will make high-quality smartphones more accessible to mid-range devices such as 8.1. The Snapdragon 710 has a core range and almost the same performance as the Snapdragon 845 flagship, but at unmatched prices. The Adreno 616 GPU, on the other hand, offers a 35% increase in performance in comparison with the Adreno 512, which is found in the Snapdragon 660 system.

The AI-powered 710 is a solid chipset and the Nokia 8.1 can give you the impression that your daily practice contains flagship innards. 4GB of RAM allows the smartphone to burn just like a flagship smartphone. Of course, when you play demanding games for an extended time period, you would observe little difference.

Internal storage is 64GB, and although it can be expanded by 400GB using microSD cards, it would be unfortunate for many multimedia hoarders. In certain markets such as India and nearest regions, the company launched Nokia 8.1 with a storage variant of 128GB with 6GB of RAM.


In combination with a 13MP depth sensors with optical imaging stabilization (OIS),the Nokia 8.1 sports a primary 12MP sensor with an f/1.8 aperture and a 1.4-micron pixel size. The changes in camera configuration lead to low light scenarios which mean better photographs.

The Nokia 8.1 takes some great shots outdoors in daylight with nice colors and great details. Most photos are also well displayed with little noise in low light. The portrait shots are excellent, and in most cases the edge detection is perfect. On the front, there is a 20MP adaptive selfie camera that allows you to take better shootings in low-light conditions.

The Zeiss optics are combined with AI smarts such as automatic scene detection and portrait shots and a Pro Camera goodness by Nokia that enables the white balance, shutter speed and focus mode to be adopted. The Dual-Sight mode allows you to shoot and stream from both cameras at the same time. Interestingly enough, Nokia 8.1 enables you to record 4 K video at 30fps. There is also EIS which helps with these videos, apart from hardware stabilization.


The Nokia 8.1 is packaging a 3.500 mAh Battery with an 18W support, which enables you to easily go through all day long with heavy usage thanks to battery optimization, Android stock, and the new chipset. The phone may even last you for two days if you are a kind of moderate user.

Final Words

Exceptional build, dazzling look, and feel, super-smooth performance, clean software on Android 9, Zeiss camera optics and Optical Image Stabilization – all are available. The Nokia 8.1 ticks all the right boxes and offers a premium design, pure Android software, an excellent processor and some very good cameras for its price. Though it’s not equipped with Quick Charge Support – but apart from that, it’s an excellent smartphone one can get their hands on.


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