Nokia 8.1 though priced as a high mid-tier category device, does challenge other flagship smartphones. Although none of its attempts are successful, it delivers a key message – a smartphone even with a price half of a true flagship smartphone can bring most of the stuff to the table. Both Nokia 8.1 and Galaxy A8 Star are the shining examples of that.

They are not as good as a thousand-dollar(or close to that figure) smartphone but they deserve equal attention. And now that two smartphones are fighting for a single spot, a comparison between the Nokia 8.1 and the Samsung Galaxy A8 Star would be interesting.

Nokia 8.1 vs Samsung Galaxy A8 Star: Price

Pricing is one of the reasons the devices are arch rivals. The Nokia 8.1 will cost you Rs. 26,999 while the Samsung Galaxy A8 Star is priced at Rs. 26,990. However, HMD also launched another version of Nokia 8.1.

The new version is no different than the original device except for the fact that the latest Nokia 8.1 has more RAM. For that, you need to pay a little extra as the price is set at Rs. 29,999.

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Nokia 8.1 vs Samsung Galaxy A8 Star: Display and design

If something on which Samsung can be very proud of would be the Display. The Samsung Galaxy A8 Star features a 6.28-inch Super-AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080×2220 pixels. Although ahead in the pixel count(1080×2246), the Nokia 8.1 sports an IPS LCD panel and while this isn’t at all a bad thing, the Super-AMOLED is something that I prefer over the IPS LCD – better black, better viewing angles and to name a few. Also, there is no notch.

This in no way makes the Nokia 8.1 display inferior to the A8 Star. HMD too has technologies like PureDisplay which does produce great results and I won’t be surprised if you pick Nokia over Samsung. They both have a great display but as they say, beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.

Nokia 8.1 vs Samsung Galaxy A8 Star: Camera

The Nokia 8.1 has a dual set up at the back side. We are talking 12MP+13MP dual set up with LED flash at the back side and at the front, you have a 20MP shooter. The rear camera supports both OIS and EIS. The quality 8.1 produces with this set up is no less than great.

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Although not as good as its rival, the Samsung Galaxy A8 Star produces decent results, it has 16MP+24MP dual set up with LED with LED flash and a 24MP shooter for taking selfies. However, the A8 Star lacks both EIS and OIS.

Nokia 8.1 vs Samsung Galaxy A8 Star: Performance and battery

The Nokia 8.1 packs a powerful Octa-core SD710 coupled with Adreno 616. Its arch-rival, the Samsung Galaxy A8 Star on the hand sports a comparatively less powerful processor and GPU – here, we are talking an Octa-core SD660 coupled with Adreno 512 GPU. And as the spec suggests Nokia 8.1 is a more powerful device and handles everything better.

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With battery backup, the story is a bit different. The Galaxy A8 Star packs a 3700 mAh of battery backup while the 8.1 offers 3500 mAh but this is a minimal gap and does not make much difference. Nokia 8.1 being an Android One device is a lot more power efficient than the A8 Star.

Nokia 8.1 vs Samsung Galaxy A8 Star: Price, specifications, features compared



Nokia 8.1Samsung Galaxy A8 Star
PriceRs.26,999/29,999Rs. 26,990
ConnectivityGPRS: Yes,

Edge: Yes,

WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/ac/g/n, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth: v5.0, A2DP, LE,

USB: USB Type-C,

GPS Facility: with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS,

Browser: HTML5,


2G: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz,

4G: Dual VoLTE


GPRS: Yes,

Edge: Yes,

WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/ac/g/n, dual-band, WiFi Direct, DLNA, hotspot,

Bluetooth: v5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD

USB: USB Type-C,

GPS Facility: with A-GPS, GLONASS

Browser: HTML5,

3G Speed: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz,

2G: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz,



Design154.8 x 75.76 x 7.97 mm162.4 x 77.0 x 7.55 mm
Display6.18 inches, Touch, 1080x 2246-pixel, Capacitive Touchscreen, IPS LCD (Corning Gorilla Glass 3)6.28 inches, Touch, 1080x 2220-pixel, Capacitive Touchscreen, Super AMOLED
Colour VariantsBlue/Silver, Iron/SteelBlack, White
PlatformAndroid OS, v9.0 (Pie) (Android One)Android OS, v8.0 (Oreo)
Selfie Camera20MP24MP
Primary Camera12MP (f/1.8) + 13MP (f/2.2) Dual camera with LED Flash

Geo-Tagging, HDR, Panorama, OIS, EIS, Portrait Mode, Beauty Mode

Video Recording: 2160p@30fps, 1080@30fps

16MP (f/1.7) + 24MP (f/1.7) Dual camera with LED Flash

Geo-tagging, Touch, Focus, Face Detection, Panorama, HDR, AR Sticker, Beauty

Video Recording: 1080p@30fps

ProcessorChipset: Snapdragon 710

CPU: Octa Core ( Dual GHz + Hexa 1.7 GHz) Kyro 360

GPU: Adreno 616

Chipset: Snapdragon 660

CPU: Octa Core(Quad 2.2GHz + Quad 1.8GHz) Kyro 2

GPU: Adreno 512

Inbuilt Storage64GB64GB
SensorsFingerprint Sensors, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, E-compass, Ambient light sensorFingerprint Sensors, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass
BatteryNon-removable Li-Ion 3500 mAh batteryNon-removable Li-Po 3700 mAh battery
If you own a Nokia 8.1., would you recommend it to anyone looking for a value for money flagship smartphone? Don’t forget to sound off in the comments section below.