Tech site 91mobiles.com reports that HMD upcoming device from the Nokia 8 Series of the device will be announced in India on 28th November. The rumored Nokia 8.1 is not expected to be a direct Nokia 8 successor, but rather make the Nokia 8 line more affordable.
It is rumored to use the Snapdragon 710 as the SoC, and entries to the Geekbench database revealed 4GB of RAM and Android 9 Pie out of the box. It is also speculated that Nokia 8.1 will be the global variant of the already announced Nokia X7 in China. In one hand, that will make sense because Nokia 7 plus was announced in February and calling the device Nokia 7.1 Plus will cause additional confusion. On the other hand, it degrades the Nokia 8 Series from flagship SoC to a higher midrange SoC.
In India, the device is rumored to cost 23,999 rupees, or 293 euros, which is an excellent price for the specs of the X7 (if the 8.1 is indeed the X7), and it is less than the price of Nokia 7 plus and Nokia 8 when they were launched in India. Considering that the Nokia 7.1, priced from 250 to 400 euros depending on the market and memory configuration, was recently launched in many markets, Nokia 8.1’s price in these market will probably be around 100 or more euros on the 7.1’s price, but that’s just speculation from my side. Let’s wait and see.