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Nokia 8.1 vs Nokia X71 Specs Comparison


Since its comeback in 2017 through HMD Global, Nokia has become a great player of midrange smartphones worldwide.

Last year, Nokia 7 Plus has caught users attention who prefer upper-midrange smartphone yet feels like a flagship for an affordable price.

Read: Nokia 7 Plus vs Huawei Mate 20 Pro: ZEISS and LEICA Camera Battle

Nokia 8.1

In December, Nokia has announced 7 plus’ successor, Nokia 8.1 that has improved its camera performance in lowlight with its optical image stabilisation capability. Earlier this month, Nokia launched its newest midrange offering Nokia X71 in Taiwan with triple-ZEISS camera system at the rear.

Nokia X71

But which is better when it comes to specifications? Let’s find out.

Nokia 8.1Nokia X71
Display6.2-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD6.4-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD
DesignGorilla Glass 3, aluminum sideScratch-resistant glass and polycarbonate
CPUSnapdragon 710 octa-coreSnapdragon 660 octa-core processor
GPUAdreno 616 graphicsAdreno graphics
RAM4GB6GB memory
Memory64GB128GB internal
Rear cameras12MP + 13MP dual Carl Zeiss lens48MP main Sensor + 8MP wide-angle + 5MP depth sensor for bokeh, ZEISS optics
Selfie camera20MP front AI camera16MP front-facing
ConnectivityDual SIM, WiFi ac, Bluetooth 5.0, 4G VoLTE4G LTE A, Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi ac, GPS
SecurityFingerprint sensorFingerprint sensor at the rear
Battery3,500 mAh, Quick Charge3500 mAh, Quick Charging
OSAndroid One on Android 9.0 PieAndroid 9.0 Pie, Android One
ColorsWhite, Blue, Metal GreyBlack with copper accent
Price$400 or P20,000+ Philippine pesos before taxes$380 or P19,000+ est. price in the Philippines (may vary due to taxes)
Release dateDecember 2018April 2019 in Taiwan, est. April to May in the Philippines

Nokia 8.1 and Nokia X71 are not yet available in the Philippines but has caught a lot of attention due to their premium design and notable specifications all over the world.

Build and Design

In terms of the design, Nokia X71 stands out, thanks to its all-screen display with a punch-hole camera. Last year, when Nokia 8.1 was launched, HMD Global followed the notch display trend. On the other hand, when it comes to the over-all build, the latter will surely win against the former as it was built in solid block of 6000 series aluminium body.


When it comes to display technology, Nokia 8.1 has Full HD+ PureDisplay technology capable of HDR. It means more crisp and vivid color reproduction than other ordinary smartphones in the market today.


Both devices have ZEISS optics which is notable for its high quality lenses. Nokia X71 has triple-rear ZEISS cameras that include a 48MP primary camera, 8MP wide-angle, and 5MP depth sensor for bokeh effects. More features make Nokia X71’s cameras win against Nokia 8.1 despite having optical image stabilisation.

But in selfies, Nokia 8.1 has an advantage since it has a larger sensor size of 20MP for capturing more details with AI recognition.


When it comes to performance, Nokia 8.1 has the latest midrange chipset, Snapdragon 710.  This processor is more power-efficient and better performer than Nokia X71’s 660 processor.

Read: Nokia 8.1 full specs revealed – 20MP AI camera, SD 710, $400 price


Both devices have 3,500mAh battery capacity that the company promises its 2-day battery endurance.


it actually depends on the user in which of these devices wins. For a normal user who loves photography, we recommend Nokia X71 since it has a larger sensor and features like wide-angle capability which is good for landscape photography. But if you consider yourself a gamer who spends so much time playing online games, we recommend Nokia 8.1 as it has a better and higher chipset, plus PureDisplay technology capable of HDR display that looks excellent.

We just hope that these two devices will become available in the Philippines. We can’t wait!

Read: Nokia X71 or 8.1 Plus launched: Punch Hole screen, 48MP camera, P19k price

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