The Nokia 8.1 now available in Kenya for Ksh 45,000

HMD Global has announced the availability of the Nokia 8.1 in Kenya. The device is the newest addition to Nokia’s value flagship range in Kenya.

Remember the Nokia 8.1 is not the successor of the Nokia 8 or the Nokia 8 Sirocco flagships, its a premium model for those who would want to upgrade from the usual low-cost Nokia devices.

Mark Misumi, HMD Business Manager East Africa said “We’ve seen great success in the value flagship category with each of our smartphones in this class consistently introducing new premium experiences to our fans. With the Nokia 8.1, we are further pushing the boundaries in this segment. We offer accelerated performance with a first-class processor architecture, dual cameras with an industry-leading sensor, OIS and ZEISS Optics for great low light imaging, and our new PureDisplay HDR screen technology.

The phone comes with a 6.18-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080×2244 pixels and an aspect ratio of 18.7:9. Nokia 8.1 is powered by a 2.2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor. It comes with 4GB of RAM. The Nokia 8.1 runs Android 9.0 Pie and is powered by a 3,500mAh non-removable battery. The device is actually the first Nokia smartphone to launch with Android 9 Pie out of the box.

As far as the camera is concerned, the Nokia 8.1 features a 12MP primary sensor that comes with 1.4 micron pixel and f/1.8 aperture. The secondary camera at the back, on the other hand, is a 13MP camera. The front camera is a 20MP sensor.

The Nokia 8.1 is available in Blue/Silver and Iron/Steel colour combinations and retails for an estimated price of Ksh 45,000. It is available in Dual-SIM, from the open retail channels and Single-SIM from Safaricom stores.

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