Nokia 8.1 becomes the brand's first phone to score official Android 10 update

Nokia 8.1 becomes the brand's first phone to score official Android 10 update
The heavyweight champion of the mobile world in terms of software support strikes again, delivering a swift Android 10 promotion for the upper mid-range Nokia 8.1 handset. Even though this is not the first non-Google device to receive an official update to the newest OS version, following in the footsteps of the Essential Phone, as well as the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro, its achievement is made remarkable by the Snapdragon 710 processor under the hood.

While reasonably fast by any standards, that's not a flagship SoC, and as you can imagine, the Nokia 8.1 becomes today the world's first phone powered by said mid-end chip to run Android 10, bringing a lot of cool stuff like a system-wide dark theme, quicker and more intuitive gesture navigation, and overall performance enhancements to the table.

Today's announcement doesn't come as a surprise after exclusive global Nokia brand licensee HMD Global already confirmed before Android 10 was even released for Google's own Pixels that three of its phones would receive the stable over-the-air update by the end of the year. What might be a little unexpected for some people is that the Nokia 8.1 has managed to beat the high-end Nokia 9 PureView to the punch.

Then again, the brand's first flagship model in ages was kind of a dud, so we're fairly certain you're more excited to see Android 10 goodies rolled out this quarter to the Nokia 7.1 rather than the disappointing aforementioned high-ender. Keep in mind that both the 7.1 and 9 PureView are officially available in the US, at retail prices of $299 and $450 respectively, unlike the 8.1, which was "globally" released back in December 2018 after making its debut in China under the X7 name roughly a whole year ago.

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  • Display 6.2" 1080 x 2280 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 20 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 710, Octa-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh



1. meanestgenius

Posts: 22203; Member since: May 28, 2014

I’ll be happy to see Android 10 come to both my Nokia 9 Pureview (which is far better than my Nokia 7.1 in performance, battery life, camera prowess-just check out social media like Instagram and Twitter to see the amazing photos taken with the it, by far the best cameras on a Nokia branded Android smartphone to date, IP rating, built-in storage capacity, design....all of the metrics that attract the majority of consumers. It’s the best Nokia branded Android smartphone available anywhere today) and my 7.1, which is a pretty good midranger. Happy to see HMD kicking off giving their Nokia branded smartphones Android 10, and with the current second best Nokia branded smartphone available at that, the Nokia 8.1. HMD really is the best when it comes to software support when compared to other Android OEM’s. Kudos, HMD.

3. DBozz

Posts: 58; Member since: Sep 19, 2019

If i remember it correctly, nokia was the one who updated their phones to android 9 first next to pixels in last year too...

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 22203; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yes....they updated their fleet of smartphones to Android 9 faster than any other OEM did. They really are doing great work when it comes to software support, which is why they are considered the best at software support. That’s one of the appeals of Nokia branded smartphones.

5. Venom

Posts: 3687; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Actually it was the Essential phone that got the Pie(Android 9) update out first.

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