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.
The battery capacity is beefed up to a healthy 3500 mAh, which Nokia expects to be enough to deliver 2-day autonomy, aided by the power-saving features of Android 9 Pie. The Nokia 8.1 will unsurprisingly run a close-to-stock version of Google’s latest OS build courtesy of the Android One program, while also using various AI techniques to improve the skills of its dual rear-facing cameras and impressive single 20MP selfie shooter.
The dual imaging sensors on the back are Zeiss-enhanced as well, with the main 12MP lens offering optical image stabilization, while the secondary 13MP cam is understandably humbler.
A “dual-tone anodized metal frame”, microSD support, 3.5 mm headphone jack, and 18 W fast charging wrap up an arguably robust list of features that we’d love to see sold in the US at $400 or so. Maybe someday…