Nokia 8.1 launch is definitely near, as confirmed by Google

Nokia 8.1 launch is definitely near, as confirmed by Google
The exclusive Nokia global brand licensee and one of the top candidates for the year’s most improved smartphone vendor title may or may not be looking to unveil a truly high-end device by the end of the year, but a new “international” upper mid-ranger is definitely right around the corner.

The latest piece of evidence supporting the existence of an HMD Global-made Nokia 8.1 comes from none other than Google. The search giant’s official list of ARCore-supported devices has just been updated again to mention the Nokia 8.1 by a previously unconfirmed name.

Of course, there’s no new information revealed about this somewhat mysterious handset, which should follow in the footsteps of last year’s original Nokia 8 and the 8 Sirocco released earlier in 2018.

Oddly enough, a pre-launch benchmark suggested not long ago that the Nokia 8.1 would be packing a Snapdragon 710 processor and 4GB RAM. That means the X7 that recently saw daylight in China could actually be eyeing an expansion under the 8.1, not 7.1 Plus, name, even though the X6 became the Nokia 6.1 Plus and the 5.1 Plus is also known as the X5.

Whatever specifications the Nokia 8.1 will end up bringing to the table, it’s definitely good to know Google-sanctioned augmented reality experiences will be supported, as is already the case of the Nokia 8 and 8 Sirocco, 7.1, 7 Plus, 6.1 Plus, and Nokia 6 (2018).

Apart from the unreleased Nokia 8.1, the newest batch of ARCore-certified Android phones includes the Honor 8X, Honor View 10 Lite, Huawei Mate 20 X, Porsche Design Mate 20 RS, OnePlus 6T, Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017), Galaxy J7 Pro, Sony Xperia XZ3, and Xiaomi Mi Mix 3, all of which are already out and about.

Related phones

  • 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. Vogue1985

Posts: 459; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

i bet 2019 is really going to be a shockdown.Nokia is up to something

3. Venom

Posts: 3542; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Yeah, a very confusing naming thing with their phones. They honestly don't know how to differentiate their products and making it seem like their phones are derivatives of each other.

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 22035; Member since: May 28, 2014

HMD is definitely up yo something good with their Nokia branded smartphones. They make different variants as per market demands, which something that people who just don't understand business erroneously respond negatively to. Their phones are no more a derivative of each other than the Pixel line is.

2. meanestgenius

Posts: 22035; Member since: May 28, 2014

HMD may soon be known as the king of the low to midrange smartphones, as they have been putting out arguably the best smartphone lineup in those two segments. Interested to learn more about the Nokia 8.1.

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