HMD Global launches Nokia 8.1 in Malaysia; SD710, ZEISS dual camera for RM1699!

HMD Global has launched the Nokia 8.1 in international market which used to have previous name under Nokia X6 when released in China. After a month, this mid-range model finally kicks into Malaysian market with official release date on 18th January next week.

Nokia 8.1 specifications:


  • Running on Android One based on Android 9.0
  • 6.18 inch FHD (1080p) display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon  710 processor
  • 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM (up to 400GB MicroSD)
  • 12 MP + 13 MP dual lens, support OIS optical image stabilization with pixel size at 1.4um
  • Front 20 MP lens
  • 3500mAh battery
  • Support 18W fast charge
  • USB Type C 2.0 interface
  • 3.5mm interface
  • Rear fingerprint recognition
  • Support Bluetooth 5.0
  • 154.8 x 75.76 x 7.97 mm
  • 180 g
  • Blue, silver

Retails at RM1699


The Nokia 8.1 still has the notch remained while body is added with metal frame and front and rear panel are covered in 2.5D glass. The dual rear camera does appear slightly intrusive. It has a 6.18 inches FHD display with HDR 10 support, 96% colour gamut and 1:1500 contrast ratio.

Nokia 8.1 is also infused with Android One which means guaranteed 2 years Android firmware upgrade and 3 years security patch. There is also a 3500mAh battery which supports 18W quickcharge technology. Given that Nokia with Android One is fairly minimalistic, the battery should last a day or two.


The 12MP + 13MP ZEISS certified dual rear camera is the biggest highlight of this smartphone and further supported with OIS and AI recognition for a better depth calculation and enhances portrait mode. The front 20MP also supports portrait mode too.

Nokia 8.1 will retails in Malaysia for RM1699 on 18th Jan 2019 and available in blue and silver.