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Nokia 8.1 performance review: Heavy Gaming, Browsing, & Multitasking hands-on

Nokia 8.1 is the value flagship smartphone in the 2018/2019 Nokia smartphones portfolio. It is powered by Snapdragon 710 processor, and packs 4GB RAM. Time now to evaluate performance of Nokia 8.1 in real-life conditions.

We have conducted this test in heavy to very heavy usage scenario. So, there are some of the heaviest Android games open in the background along with browser with 13 tabs, camera and other apps open in the background. So, how does Nokia 8.1 actually perform in this very heavy usage scenario. You can decide for yourself by checking the video, but here are our observations.


Even with 13 browser tabs open it always seems that Nokia 8.1 can take even more load. Pages load very quickly. Scrolling, zooming, panning, tab changing all are very snappy.


Gaming is much enjoyable on Nokia 8.1 and it is a gaming powerhouse in itself. We have tried to demo the game-play with heavy and critically acclaimed games like GTA San Andreas, PUBG Mobile and Asphalt 9. The device certainly holds the promise of hours of enjoyable game play without a pause. You would love the volume output and the performance of the phone remains blazing fast.


With 3 super-heavy games (GTA San Andreas, PUBG Mobile and Asphalt 9) and 13 browser tabs, Camera, and many other apps open in the background Nokia 8.1 remains totally responsive and lag-free.

As you will notice in the video, apps/games resume fast from background during multitasking and there are no crashes/lags/freezes even with so much load. Though games which are not yet optimized for Android Pie may resume or reload from background.

Nayan has more than 10 years of experience of covering Technology and innovations. He is a big Nokia fan and Tech disruptions aficionado. He loves to review new cool gadgets and writing about Android, iOS, Gadgets and general Technology stuff. He has been associated with other well-known Tech sites WinCentral and GadgetOx since long. He currently sports a Lumia 950 XL and Nexus 5X. Other interests include listening to Nu-Metal Hits and Kick-Boxing. Write to him at Email: [email protected]