Nokia 8.1 goes global with reasonable price tag, large screen, and stellar battery life

The Nokia 8.1 is essentially a rebadged X7 for "international" markets, priced reasonably in Europe with respectable mid-range features in tow.
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11 Comments

1. Leo_MC

Posts: 7149; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

An android device needs at least 5k mAh to be a 2 day device (for me at least) while an iPhone needs 4K.

8. rouyal

Posts: 1573; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

You don’t need a bigger battery, you need help for your addiction

9. Leo_MC

Posts: 7149; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

You might actually be right :).

2. Whitedot

Posts: 761; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

Another champ from Nokia it seems they establishing themselves as mid-tier money for value favourites. Price, specs, A1, looks and all essentialls are there.

3. STRANG3R

Posts: 234; Member since: Sep 24, 2015

Notch is unnecessarily large. They should have gone for refused sized notch or provide ir scanner for that huge notch. Waterdrop is best notch in existing smartphone market

4. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

Another Samsung threat

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 21742; Member since: May 28, 2014

HMD releases another midranged beauty. They’ve certainly established themselves as one of top 3 value for money OEM’s in the midrange part of the smartphone market, and I’m loving the “affordable premium flagship” moniker that was mentioned at the unveiling. Through their low to midrange market releases, HMD has really established themselves with the Nokia name in places like Europe, the UAE, MENA, and elsewhere. In two years they’ve become a top 10 global smartphone brand. The Nokia 8.1 looks gorgeous, and I can’t wait for U.S. availability. Kudos on releasing another midrange beauty, HMD.

6. Venom

Posts: 3383; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

So it's not coming to the US. Once again HMD drops the ball. I don't mind giving my money to OnePlus for the best phone ever, but I would have preferred the 8.1 over the 7.1.

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 21742; Member since: May 28, 2014

The Nokia 8.1 isn't coming to the U.S. right now, but there is no definitive information out now that says it won't ever be released in the U.S. However, considering how well HMD has been doing with sales and market share growth without too much of a presence in the U.S., one could hardly say that they are dropping the ball. They are doing what they have always done, which is focus on the markets where they are strongest. Can't fault them for that. The 7.1, while lesser powered than the 8.1, is still a very capable smartphone that has been recently released by HMD and available for purchase in the U.S.

10. Venom

Posts: 3383; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Unlike some, I don't sell myself short. Why go for less when a better spec version is out? There's no reason why the 8.1 shouldn't be released in the US. Nokia already has a very limited footprint here and it would have been great to have the 8.1 after missing out on the 7 Plus.

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 21742; Member since: May 28, 2014

Unlike some that actually sell themselves short but deny it, I don't. I choose what's the best options available to me and for my needs. The Nokia branded smartphones by HMD suit those needs. I also understand that about business, and why the 8.1 may not be released in the U.S. HMD has proven that they don't need a large footprint in the U.S. to grow sale and market share. This is done by focusing on markets that they are strongest in. That's business 101.
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