Nokia 8.1 Plus is the company’s most modern-looking phone yet

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Honourable a few days after the leak of the Nokia 9, another Nokia figure has leaked: the Nokia 8.1 Plus. The leak comes courtesy of 91Sensitives and OnLeaks, which have taken a CAD file and turned it into a surrender.

Since this is just a CAD file, the leak doesn’t have any dope on the price or specs, and we’re not even sure if “Nokia 8.1 Plus” is the definitive name. What we can see, though, is a 6.22-inch display with a hole-punch sketch out, a USB-C port, a bottom-firing speaker, a top headphone jack, a dual camera setup on the distant, and a rear fingerprint reader. As usual, Nokia is part of the “Android One” program, which well-founded means the phone has stock Android and a reliable update schedule.

If 2018 was the “Year of the Groove” for Android phone design, 2019 is shaping up to be the year of the hole-punch camera. As phone bezels get smaller and smaller, the position of the front-facing camera becomes an issue. Notch designs would cut out a big chunk of the manifestation for camera placement, but most of those cutouts were bigger than they requisite to be (probably because manufacturers wanted to copy the sensor-packed iPhone X intend). By contrast, a hole-punch design pushes the display out to every edge of the phone main part. The front camera is placed under the display, and just enough pixels are drilled out to remove any camera obstructions. We’re merely 10 days into 2019 and so far we’ve seen announces that Samsung, Huawei, Motorola, and Nokia are all pursuing this lan on their upcoming phones. The hole punch seems like an upswing, but it’s hard to tell since devices haven’t launched yet.

With well-built ironmongery, stock Android, a reliable update program, and solid mid-range assess points, Nokia is one of our favorite Android manufacturers at the moment. Its lineup remains as bemusing and complicated as ever, though, especially when you compare this envision to the upcoming Nokia 9. The Nokia 9 sounds like a higher-end set up than the Nokia 8.1 Plus, with a higher model reckon, an in-screen fingerprint reader, and a crazy five-camera setup on the back. Why then, does the Nokia 8.1 Additional have a better front design? The Nokia 9 has a thick, straight top and substructure bezels that make it seem like something from 2017, while the Nokia 8.1 Plus’ hole-punch pageant gives it a more 2019-era design. If you want a high-end Nokia phone, it have all the hallmarks like you would want the front of the Nokia 8.1 Plus fused with the back from the Nokia 9.

Both of these devices are exactly rumors so far, and as always, the price will be a big determining factor in how well both phones are suffered. We should know more by the end of January.

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