Nokia 8.1 vs OPPO Reno specs comparison

Nokia 8.1 vs OPPO Reno specs comparison

HMD Global will be launching the Nokia 8.1 in the Philippines today. Sporting a Snapdragon 710 chipset, we put it head to head against another smartphone that shares the same chipset, the OPPO Reno. See how they match up and differ!

Nokia 8.1OPPO Reno
6.18" FHD+ 18.7:9 display6.4" FHD+ (2340 x 1080) AMOLED display, 402ppi
NEG DinorexCorning Gorilla Glass 6
Qualcomm Snapdragon 710Qualcomm Snapdragon 710
Adreno 616 GPUAdreno 616 GPU
64GB/128GB storage128GB/256GB storage
Expandable up to 256GB via micro SDNo expandable storage
12MP F1.8 + 13MP dual rear cameras ZEISS optics48MP Sony IMX586 F1.7 main + 5MP F2.4 DoF camera
20MP F2.0 front camera16MP F2.0 front camera
Dual SIM (nano, hybrid)Dual SIM
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/acWiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.0Bluetooth 5.0
3.5mm audio jack3.5mm audio jack
Rear fingerprent scannerIn-display fingerprint scanner, Face recognition
USB Type CUSB Type-C
Android 9 PieColorOS 6 (Android 9 Pie)
3,500mAh battery w/ 18W Fast Charge3,765mAh battery with VOOC Flash Charge 3.0
154.8 x 75.76 x 7.97 mm156.6 x 74.3 x 9.0mm

Nokia 8.1

  • Stock Android
  • Expandable storage via micro SD
  • Higher front camera resolution


  • Larger screen size
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 6
  • Larger storage offering
  • Slightly larger battery capacity

Starting with the display size, the Reno has the larger one out of the two with its 6.4-inch screen. Still, the Nokia 8.1 is also a pretty sizeable one, even with its smaller 6.18-inch screen. Reno’s display comes protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 6 while the 8.1 comes with NEG Dinorex protection. As for notches, the 8.1 has the more obvious, larger bar notch, compared to the Reno notch-less, almost full-screen display.

Both smartphones are powered by Snapdragon 710, one of Qualcomm’s newest chipset for mid-range devices. The 8.1 comes with either 4GB or 6GB RAM, while the Reno starts with 6GB RAM and offers a higher RAM variant at 8GB. From our previous experience with devices that have Snapdragon 710, the chipset is pretty capable of smooth performance, gaming, multitasking, and productivity.

When it comes to storage, the Reno trumps over the 8.1 as it has a base of 128GB with another variant coming in at 256GB. The 8.1 only comes in two variants, 64GB and 128GB but also, it has expandable storage of up to 256GB via micro SD. While the Reno’s space can’t be expanded, it does edge out the 8.1 with its larger initial storage offer.


As for cameras, the 8.1 has a dual rear setup of 12MP + 13MP, while the Reno has a 48MP + 5MP pair. Up front, a 20MP shooter sits in the 8.1’s bar notch, while the Reno sports a 16MP camera inside a pop-up mechanism. As far as front camera placement goes, we’ll give this to Reno for having the more modern, trendy pop-up than the 8.1’s seemingly dated sizeable bar notch.

From our previous review of the Reno, the device delivered impressive shots all over. Rear camera shots have sharpness, detail, and dynamic range to them, while selfie shots managed to capture facial features and accurate skin tones. Meanwhile, for the 8.1, our initial sample shots with the smartphone gave us decent-looking images with detail and accurate color reproduction. Selfie-wise, images also look pretty good. We’ll have to test it out more though, so stay tuned for that in our full review.

A 3,500mAh battery juices up the 8.1, but the Reno wins in this aspect as it has the slightly larger capacity of 3,765mAh. The Reno also supports VOOC Flash Charge 3.0 at 20W, compared to the 8.1’s 18W fast charging.

Both devices have a 3.5mm audio port for all the wired earphone users out there. The devices also have NFC support, making it possible for users of either phone to pay virtually. Biometrics-wise, the 8.1 has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and face recognition capabilities, while the Reno has an in-display fingerprint scanner and face recognition as well.

Here are the prices of each smartphone and their variants:

    • Nokia 8.1 4GB + 64GB – CNY 1,700 (~PHP 13,300)
    • Nokia 8.1 6GB + 64GB – CNY 2,000 (~PHP 15,600)
    • Nokia 8.1 6GB + 128GB – CNY 2,500 (~PHP 19,500)
    • OPPO Reno (6GB + 256GB) – PHP 26,990

Overall, check out the Nokia 8.1 if you’d like to have a Stock Android experience, a higher front camera resolution, and if you don’t mind bar notches. On the other hand, go for the Reno if you’d like a larger, almost full-screen display, a large storage capacity from the get-go, a slightly bigger battery capacity with support for 20W fast charging, and a trendy pop-up mechanism.

Which smartphone would you pick? Share it with us in the comments!

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1 Response

  1. Victor Padua says:

    I have been using Nokia music phones w 5mpx camera and performance is very good (X2-00) and for me both phones are very good.. my first choice is Nokia followed by Reno. Although the latter is more impressive because of its high optical lens but budget wise, Nokia is my final selection. I want to buy NOW the model w high specs.

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