Award-winning Nokia 8.1 now available in 6GB/128GB variant, exclusively in India

Award-winning Nokia 8.1 now available in 6GB/128GB variant, exclusively in India

Delhi, India, February 2019– HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, today announced a new variant of the Nokia 8.1 in a new configuration that will include 6GB RAM along with 128GB ROM. The flagship calibre imaging smartphone with PureDisplay in a more powerful avatar with additional performance and storage, will be available exclusively to consumers in India starting 6th February 2019 on, and top mobile retail stores across the country at a recommended best buy price of INR 29,999. The smartphone will be available to pre-book on and Notify-me on starting 1st February 2019.

Award-winning Nokia 8.1 now available in 6GB/128GB variant, exclusively in India

Ajey Mehta, Vice President and Country Head, HMD Global said, “Nokia 8.1 has been received with a lot of love from our fans in India. A beautifully crafted value-flagship smartphone that embodies engineering excellence at great value, the Nokia 8.1 flaunts flagship calibre imaging with industry-leading sensor, dual cameras, OIS and ZEISS Optics; along with a first-class processor architecture and PureDisplay HDR screen technology. Now with a higher memory configuration of 6GB/128GB, the Nokia 8.1 does more, even faster. We’re excited to bring this new avatar to our power users in India who love to maximize experiences through their phones – playing games, storing pictures and videos, or just switching between all the heavy-duty apps running in the background, even faster.”


A quick look at the Nokia 8.1

  • Imaging excellence with flagship calibre imaging technology: The Nokia 8.1’s great low light imaging performance comes from a perfect blend of software and hardware. Its 12MP main camera with ZEISS Optics has an industry-leading 1/2.55” super sensitive sensor with large 1.4-micron pixels for precise light capture, delivering exceptionally detailed images. With its combination of Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) technology and superfast autofocus, the Nokia 8.1 doesn’t let shaky hands stop you from capturing crisp images and videos. A wide aperture ensures you can capture sharp pictures even in low light conditions, allowing longer exposure times that can be manually controlled with the Pro Camera mode.


The 20MP adaptive front camera lets you capture the ultimate night-time selfie, as it enhances how much light it is able to capture by combining four pixels into one super pixel. You can also shoot movies like a pro with 4K video and relive your memories as if you were still there with high fidelity Nokia spatial audio stereo surround sound recording.


Create studio-style portrait shots with the popular “bokeh” effect, enhanced with the Nokia 8.1’s native shallow depth of field, coupled with its secondary 13MP depth sensor. Unleash your creativity with the Pro Camera UI for the ultimate control over your photos, or take your #Bothie game to the next level with AI-powered 3D personas, masks and fun filters in your photos and videos, all of which you can livestream directly without leaving your camera app.


  • Accelerated performance and PureDisplay: With smartphones rapidly becoming the default device for watching videos, you need a display tailored to the content you’re enjoying in the environment you’re in. Visuals are taken to another level with HDR 10 delivering higher contrast, great clarity, and over a billion individual colours to ensure images remain accurate whether you’re in a dark room or bright sunlight. Playing games or watching videos, your display will deliver the best possible experience.


To watch all that vivid content on the go, you need exceptional battery life. The Nokia 8.1 lets you effortlessly enjoy up to two days with one charge. Long-lasting power combined with the Snapdragon 710 Mobile Platform means the Nokia 8.1 can get through any task without breaking a sweat, with 35% faster graphics and 20% higher performance than the previous generation, the Snapdragon 660. It also has twice the AI power, thanks to a multi-core AI Engine which combines a brand-new architecture for efficient performance. Qualcomm® aptX™ audio support also means music lovers can enjoy high quality sound wirelessly over Bluetooth.


Take the smartphone to a whole new dimension by combining the physical world and digital content with AR core support. Through apps like Human Anatomy, Magic Plan, and Jenga AR, you can visualise and learn about the nervous system in 3D, create a floor plan for your next remodel just by walking around the house, and stack blocks on your dining room table with no need to tidy up after your tower collapses.


  • Design that is made to the highest standards: Heralding a new era of precision craftsmanship and obsession with detail, the Nokia 8.1 has been designed with less than a hair’s width between materials, achieving the build quality and structural integrity expected from a Nokia smartphone, as well as making a true statement of clean, elegant European design.


At its core is the strength of an extruded 6000-series aluminium frame with a diecast centre for efficient use of materials. Exploiting the elegant contrast between the curved glass, polished metal and the sand-blasted finish, the Nokia 8.1’s unique two-tone design is augmented with a dual anodising process, building on the finish that fans loved on the Nokia 7 plus. Diamond cut edges deliver a bold statement with the durability to withstand the knocks of everyday life.


The Nokia 8.1’s stunning 6.18” Full HD+ edge-to-edge display is housed within a beautifully refined and neat footprint, so you can enjoy your favourite movies and apps on a big screen comfortably on the go, giving you even more screen than the award-winning Nokia 7 plus which as a 6” display.


  • Pure, secure and up-to-date Android 9 Pie, reinforced with Android One™: The Nokia 8.1 was the first Nokia smartphone to launch with Android 9 Pie out of the box. It joins the comprehensive line-up of Nokia smartphones in the Android One family, which means it delivers the best version of Android innovations and software experiences. Nokia smartphones with Android One offer great storage and battery life right out of the box and come with three years of monthly security patches and two major OS updates.


Availability and offers

The Nokia 8.1 higher memory variant of 6GB/128 GB is available in two colour combinations in India, Blue/Silver and Iron/Steel and will be available on sale from 6th February 2019 across top mobile retail outlets in India, on and on at a recommended best buy price of INR 29,999. Consumers can pre-book on or opt for ‘Notify me’ on starting 1st February 2019.


Consumers can also enjoy great offers from our partners:

  • Airtel prepaid customers on Nokia 8.1 can enjoy 1TB of 4G data on eligible plans starting Rs. 199 and Airtel post-paid customers can enjoy additional data of 120GB along with three months of Netflix subscription and one year of Amazon Prime subscription on plans starting Rs. 499. This offer is available at all channels.
  • Consumers purchasing Nokia 8.1 using HDFC Bank Credit and Debit cards on EMI transactions done through Pinelabs terminals in offline stores will receive a 10% cashback from 6th to 17th February; and 5% cashback from 18th to 28th This offer is available at retail outlets.
  • Consumers purchasing Nokia 8.1 on will get a gift card worth INR 3,000.
  • Consumers purchasing Nokia 8.1 on between February 6th and 17th can avail an additional exchange offer of INR 2,500; and between February 18th and 28th can avail an additional exchange offer of INR 1,500.