Nokia 8.1 is equipped with a 3500 mAh battery. According to the manufacturer it is supposed to translate into 24 days in the standby mode, 22 hours of calls, 15 hours of playing MP3 or 11 of playing videos. By checking the lifespan with the display on, the smartphone achieved over 13 hours, which looks good for all other lifespans. 1.5 or 2 days of work are totally achievable with an intensive usage. There is an “Adaptive Battery” function, which is supposed to “learn” the users behaviour and is supposed to provide better lifespans with time.
Charging the battery fully takes around 100 minutes. By starting the charging from 0% after 15 minutes the charge level shows 24%, after 30 minutes – almost 50%. After an hour there is 80%. We need another 30-40 minutes so that the cell can achieve 100%. The smartphone does not support a wireless charging.
- lifespan with the display on (YouTube, 1 SIM card, active Wi-Fi module, 50% screen brightness, muted sound) – 13 hours and 23 minutes,
- an hour of video streaming (Chrome, 1 SIM card, active Wi-Fi module, 50% of screen brightness) - 7% of battery lost,
- an hour of streaming videos from the phone’s memory (airplane mode, 50% screen brightness) - 5%,
- half an hour of using online navigation - 6%,
- half an hour of playing Real Racing 3 - 7%,
- PC Mark battery test results – 11 hours and 58 minutes,
- 8 hours in the standby mode - 3%.
Nokia 8.1 distinguishes itself mainly with aesthetics of the housing and the quality of construction. This is a solidly made smartphone, its glass panels and milled metal frame add to its elegance. Great display and good lifespans on a single charge along with quick charging the battery deserve a commendation. But in this price range it has a strong competition – and there is no problem with finding models that have better efficiency, better cameras and a better capabilities to price ratio, like PocoPhone F1, LG G7 ThinQ, Honor 10, and even the strongest Xiaomi flagship, Mi 9.
Advantages and disadvantages
- dual SIM support
- display’s parameters and HDR10 support
- pure Android in the 9 Pie version
- Android One
- camera with Zeiss optics
- elegant looks and the quality of construction
- fast and accurate fingerprint scanner
- Nokia OZO sound recording technology
- good lifespans
- quick charger in the set
- current updates with a promise of 3-year updates
- NFC and Google Pay
- notch that cannot be shown (though it can be an advantage as well)
- slick housing which gets dirty easily
- lack of notifications LED
- camera module stands above the housing
- housing is neither dust- nor waterproof
- photos in weaker lighting
- lack of wireless charging
- high price