Now that the Nokia 8.1 is available in the Philippines, let’s find out if what it has to offer — the Android One software experience, PureView display, and ZEISS lenses — are enough to take on other phones in the PHP 15K – 20K price range.
Nokia 8.1 specs
6.18-inch FHD+ 18.7:9 IPS PureView Display
Adreno 616 GPU
Expandable via micro SD
12MP F1.8 + 13MP dual rear cameras ZEISS optics
Dual SIM (hybrid)
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.0 A2DP, LE, aptX HD
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou
Fingerprint scanner (rear)
3.5mm audio port
Nokia OZO surround sound
USB Type- C 2.0
Android 9 Pie
3,500mAh battery with 18W Fast Charge
154.8 x 75.76 x 7.97 mm
Looking at the device as a whole, despite being a little late to the race here in the Philippines, the Nokia 8.1 does pack some features needed to take on the rest of the mid-range crowd. The design and display are impressive, we got the Snapdragon 710, modest audio quality, Stock Android, and decent camera quality. But for PHP 19,990, you’re paying for less performance than you can get, and not to mention that outdated bar-type notch.
If you want to read more about the Nokia 8.1, you can check out our full written review here.