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Nokia 8.1 goes global
« on: December 07, 2018, 05:58:56 AM »

HMD Global’s Nokia smartphone branding strategy and release schedule are starting to get a little erratic and confusing, especially given the different markets targeted by (slightly) different models.

Case in point, the newly unveiled Nokia 8.1 that’s basically a rebadged X7 for “international” markets, bearing little resemblance to either the original Nokia 8 or the 8 Sirocco released in early 2018.

This is also unlikely to follow in the footsteps of the 7.1 stateside, carrying a recommended price point of €399 in Europe, where it’s reportedly slated to go on sale on January 14.

Complicated family roots and convoluted branding aside, the Nokia 8.1 looks like an extremely respectable upper mid-range device on paper, crossing every essential item off the to-do list of an Android phone in the aforementioned price bracket.

A reasonably powerful Snapdragon 710 processor is found under the hood, along with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage, while the “notchy” 5.84-inch “PureDisplay” of the Nokia 7.1 grows to a 6.18-incher on the 8.1. The 2280 x 1080 screen resolution stays the same, but the Nokia 8.1 sports a wider cutout and narrower chin than its slightly lower-end cousin. HDR10 support is also added in the mix.