Benchmarking site Geekbench has tested a new phone from HMD Global, the Finnish company that currently owns the Nokia brand and departing from its practice, the site has clearly mentioned that the phone is indeed the Nokia 8.1 (the previous 2 in the series are the Nokia 8 and the Nokia 8 Sirocco, running on Android One).
But the interest in this device lies around the changes/improvements brought about over the last smartphone released by HMD; the Nokia 7.1 Plus and one is not disappointed with it since the processor to be fitted on the new phone will be the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 SoC, the same as on the Nokia 7.1 Plus. The clock speed, as indicated by Geekbench is 1.71 GHz with an octa-core processor. One would have thought the speed could have been a little higher.
The RAM is mentioned as 4 GB and there is no indication of the onboard storage. One can hope that when releasing the phone in the market, HMD may have a 4GB RAM/64GB storage variant and a 6GB variant with 64 or 128GB storage as well.
The other major change is in the OS, where HMD has gone for the Android Pie, version 9 while many peers are still releasing with Android Oreo with the promise of an update later. And HMD could continue to work with the stock Android OS and not add any proprietary skin over it as every other competitor seems to be doing. This does have long-term benefits since updates can be reached to the users faster and user experience with their devices could bring in more customers.
Nokia 8.1 vs Nokia 9
One has to hasten to remind everyone that the real excitement will be around the flagship Nokia 9 that HMD is likely to release soon. With the predecessor Nokia 8 already running on Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, there will be no surprise if the Nokia 9 comes with the Snapdragon 845, which only the high-end models of competitors are sporting.
The only aspect to be determined would be when HMD Global plans to announce this new phone, the Nokia 8.1. The reason for this is that it is only a few days since the Nokia 7.1 Plus or the Nokia X7 as it is called in some markets, has been released. It is possible the values indicated on Geekbench are the lower end of the benchmarks and the company may deck up the device to position it at a different level vis-à-vis competition, without affecting the sales of the Nokia 7.1 Plus.