Nokia Phoenix: We have the Nokia 8.1 release date, but the specs disappoint

The Nokia 8.1 is codenamed Nokia Phoenix, but the specs do not match the model name. If you have been looking forward to the release date though, we have the information you need.

However, if you are like us, your initial excitement about the Nokia Phoenix will quickly deflate. The specs just do not match up.

One would expect an 8.1 to be an improvement on last year’s Nokia 8. If you were expecting that, we have bad news for you. This is such a downgrade to the 8 that you wouldn’t want to touch it.

Instead of flagship specs, what we have here are upper mid-range specs. Have a look at the key specs below.

Nokia Phoenix and Nokia 8.1 release date

Nokia Phoenix Specs

  • Software/Operating System: Stock Android 9 Pie (Android One)
  • Dimensions: 154.8 x 75.8 x 8 mm
  • Weight: 179g
  • Display: 6.18-inch, 2246 × 1080 pixels, PureDisplay, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Processor: Octa-core Snapdragon 710 2.2GHz Kryo 360
  • GPU: Adreno 616
  • RAM: 4 GB  / 6 GB
  • Internal Storage: 64 GB / 128 GB
  • External Storage: microSD card, up to 400 GB
  • Main Camera: 12 + 13MP dual camera with dual-tone LED flash, Nokia OZO Stereo Audio recording
  • Front Camera: 20MP camera
  • Battery: 3500mAh battery with 18W fast charging

The Nokia 8 was a flagship-grade phone. Nokia 8.1 is not. What manner of naming is that? What was HMD Global thinking? It looks like the madness that plagued Nokia’s naming schemes in years gone by has also been inherited by HMD.

Hardware-wise, the 8.1 is a twin of the Nokia X7. The difference is that the X7 is limited to China while the Nokia Phoenix will be available internationally. Otherwise, they are one and the same.

Nokia 8.1 Release Date

December 5 is the expected release date of this phone. It is expected to be available globally, as against its China-bound twin, the X7.

The Nokia 8.1 release date is close enough, so you don’t have long to wait. If it is oriced right, perhaps the downgraded specs can be forgiven.

Disclaimer: While we take the pains to ensure accuracy, we can not guarantee that the information on this page is 100% correct. If you think that any information for the current phone is wrong or missing, please contact us.

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