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Nokia 8.1 has been released in India at a starting price of INR 26,999

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HMD Global that makes and sells Nokia branded phones on Monday launched Nokia 8.1 in India for Rs 26,999. The value flagship smartphone with “PureDisplay” screen technology was initially launched at an event in Dubai last week.

It is an Android One smartphone, which means it will have the latest Android version and regular security updates.

The device is essentially the global variant of the Nokia X7 that was launched in China in October and comes with features such as PureDisplay screen technology with HDR 10 support and Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chipset.

The smartphone runs on Android 9.0 Pie operating system (OS) and has 18W fast charging support coupled with a 3,500mAh battery.

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“We’ve seen great success in the value flagship category with each of our smartphones in this class introducing new premium experiences to our fans. With the Nokia 8.1, we are pushing the boundaries in this segment,” Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer, HMD Global, told reporters here.

Nokia 8.1 has been released in India at a starting price of INR 26,999

“We offer accelerated performance with a first-class processor architecture, dual cameras with an industry-leading sensor, OIS and ZEISS Optics for low-light imaging and our new PureDisplay HDR screen technology,”

The device features a 12MP main camera with ZEISS Optics, Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) superfast autofocus.

There’s a 20MP front camera for selfies, too. The device would be available in blue/silver, steel/copper and iron/steel colour variants.

“As an important partner for Google, HMD Global has enabled a diverse portfolio of Android One devices with a software experience that is fresh and secure. We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with HMD Global on the new Nokia 8.1, the brand’s first device with Android 9 Pie out of the box,” said Jon Gold, Director of Android One Partnerships, Google.

The Nokia 8.1 is the first Nokia smartphone to launch with Android 9 Pie out of the box.

The phone comes with 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage and 3500mAh battery with 18W fast charging.

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