Did HMD Global launch the new Nokia 8.1 with Waterproof IP Rating?

After successfully launching many devices, Nokia is launching yet their another smartphone with the name Nokia 8.1. Nokia 8.1 is the latest smartphone by Nokia and it was released in December 2018. The Nokia smartphone has the most requested feature by customers, i.e. a notch display. However, customers are now more interested in waterproofing security measures. Since Nokia is known for making everlasting smartphone products, customers are wondering whether this new Nokia 8.1 smartphone is waterproof or not.

Did HMD Global launch the new Nokia 8.1 with Waterproof IP Rating?

The latest Nokia 8.1 smartphone doesn’t have any official info on IP68 ratings. This indicates that the device is not splashproof or waterproof. To find out more, we will conduct some tests to check whether the new Nokia 8.1 is waterproof or not. So read this post up to the end to find out the results.

Did HMD Global launch the new Nokia 8.1 with Waterproof IP Rating?

There is no official information about the new Nokia 8.1 IP certifications. From this, we can conclude that the device is not waterproof. However, we can’t be sure. So today, we will conduct a Nokia 8.1 waterproof test to find out the truth. But before doing that, let’s get a quick look at Nokia 8.1 specifications:

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  • Beautiful notch display with 6.18 inches
  • Display resolution of 1080 by 2244 pixels
  • Powered by 2.2 GHz Octa-core processor
  • 4GB RAM & 64GB Storage
  • Dual camera setup (12 MP (f/1.8, 1.4-micron) + 13 MP)
  • 3500mAh battery
  • Supports USB type -C

What is Waterproof test

In the waterproof test, we check about how the device behaves under water. Many modern smartphones come with official IP68 ratings. This means that they can survive underwater for at least 1 hour. This gives the user a sense of security that their device will not get any water damage.

Nokia 8.1 Waterproof test

Today we are going to perform a Nokia 8.1 Waterproof test. In this test, we will test the device against many conditions and will record the response. If Nokia 8.1 passes all the tests, it will be considered as waterproof.

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Nokia 8.1 Splash Proof Test

When Nokia 8.1 is subjected to water droplets, it resists them due to its oleophobic coating over its body. This gives a little bit of protection from water and also helps to stay non-slippery at the same time. The screen does not flicker while in water,

Touchscreen Works perfectly
Camera No fog in the camera lens, camera works perfectly
I/O ports No water damage found
Speaker Little distortion

Nokia 8.1 Rainwater test

In this test, we are going to suspend the device in artificial rain environment. Later one we will see if the device is ideal to use in rainy conditions or showering conditions.

After testing Nokia 8.1 in artificial rain condition, it is found that no severe damage is there in the device. The device works perfectly under rainy or showering conditions. However, the speaker volume goes down. However, the user can make or receive calls in such a situation.

Nokia 8.1 DustProof Test

In this test, we will keep the device in a sandy environment with lots of grain and sand particles with a running fan around it. This situation mimics dust storms and will check how the device holds in such conditions.

After the dustproof test, no dust was found in the internal parts fo the device. This shows that indeed Nokia 8.1 is dustproof.

Nokia 8.1 Washing Test

In this test, we are going to wash the device with running tap water for 1 minute and check whether it survives.

When Nokia 8.1 is subjected to running tap water, the screen fluctuates, and no touch inputs are registered. This triggers ghost inputs. However, no severe damage is observed with the device.

Touchscreen Control Doesn’t respond to touch inputs
Water damage with hardware Not found
Speaker Non-functional (expected)
Camera No fog lens


This test is purely based on individual/team observation. This test will only give an idea whether a device is waterproof or not. So users are advised not to try this at home, as it might damage your device.

After performing all the test, we have come to the conclusion that the new Nokia 8.1 smartphone is not waterproof. However, its dustproof and splashproof to some extent. If you wish to buy this smartphone, then keep these things in mind that this device is not waterproof.

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