How to Install Lineage OS 17.1 for Nokia 8.1 / X7 | Android 10 [GSI treble]

Nokia 8.1

Last month, HMD Global unveiled the Nokia 8.1 aka Nokia X7 in China, the company’s new value flagship smartphone. The new Nokia 8.1 is not a successor to the Nokia 8 or Nokia 8 Sirocco in specifications, nor is it in the same market segment as those flagship smartphones. Today we will guide you on how to install the Lineage OS 17.1 on the Nokia 8.1 (codenamed pnx) device by following our guide. This build is based on Lineage OS 17.1 GSI developed by XDA Recognized Contributor AndyYan on this XDA Forum with the Phh’s Source of Android 10 GSI (phhusson). To install this, you need to unlock the bootloader and install the latest TWRP Recovery on your device.

Well, GSI stands for Generic System image which is a “pure Android” implementation with unmodified Android Open Source Project (AOSP) code, runnable on a variety of Android devices that has treble support.  Yes, now you can enjoy the new Lineage OS 17.1 based on Android 10, which is Google’s 10th version of Android OS with plenty of new features and system UI changes.

How to Install Lineage OS 17.1 for Nokia 8.1 / X7 | Android 10 [GSI treble]

Nokia 8.1 Specifications:

Nokia 8.1 was launched in December 2018 and comes with Android 9.0 out of the box. It has a comfortable to hold the display of 6.18 inches with a resolution of 1080 by 2246 pixels. The device is powered by 2.2 GHz  Octa-core Qualcomm SDM710 Snapdragon 710 Processor coupled with 4 GB of RAM. Surprisingly the device is very smooth even with the most graphic or memory-intensive applications. You have an option to choose between 64 GB & 128 GB of storage options.


Nokia 8.1 comes with a mediocre battery of 3500 mAh which can juice the device for one complete day. As far as the cameras are concerned, Nokia 8.1 rocks a dual-camera system with 12 MP camera sensor and 13 MP camera sensor. For the selfie enthusiasts, Nokia 8.1 has 20 MP front-facing camera. Face detection and High Dynamic Range(HDR) are cherries on top.

What’s on the Android 10 version?

Google has officially unveiled the latest version of Android OS called Android 10. The update is already going live for Pixel series devices. It brings plenty of new features to the device system like system UI, new gesture navigation, improved privacy and location control. The update also offers enhanced app permissions, foldable display support, security features, system-wide dark mode, etc.

The Android 10 also offers built-in call screening, multi-camera API, smart replies in the notification panel, 5G support, improved call quality, bubble feature, live caption, and more. While the latest version also improves battery life, Focus mode which is similar to the Do Not Disturb mode, etc. Apart from that Android 10 also features 65 new emojis. It also comes with direct audio streaming support to hearing aid devices.

Lineage OS 17.1: Android 10 Build

Lineage OS is an open-source and free operating system that is based on the Android platform. It is the successor to the custom MOD, the CyanogenMod, which shut down its operation in December 2016. However, Cyanogen. Inc retained the rights to the custom MOD and gave a rebranding to it as Lineage OS.


Well, LineageOS 17 will be based on the latest Android 10 and it comes with all the Android 10 features and Lineage customization options which allows users to be more advanced. Now you can enjoy Lineage OS 17.1 on Nokia 8.1 by flashing this custom ROM.

Steps to Install Lineage OS 17.1 ROM on Nokia 8.1 (pnx)

First, unlock the Nokia 8.1 bootloader and flash the latest TWRP Recovery. Here we have mentioned all the requirements and download links to flash the Lineage OS 17.1 on Nokia 8.1.


LineageOS 17 GSI build is based on PHH’s AOSP Android 10 GSIs which is still marked as a pre-release. Even on a device that runs Pie GSIs nicely, it’s still possible to get broken media, camera, RIL or even flat-out no-boot. You are strongly advised to try PHH’s original and then identify/report issues there, before moving onto other GSIs that are based on his work. Please report bugs here only if it’s specific to this GSI.

We’re at GetDroidTips won’t be responsible for any kind of damage or error that occurs to your handset while or after following this guide. This is a Custom ROM and may contain some of the bugs or stability issues. We can’t recommend you to use this firmware as your daily driver. Proceed at your own risk.



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Download Links:

Instructions to Install:

Guide to install Generic System Image (GSI) on your Android device

We hope that this guide is helpful to you and you have successfully installed the Lineage OS 17.1 on your Nokia 8.1 (pnx) handset easily. If in case anything goes wrong or if you have any queries, feel free to ask in the comments below.

Source: XDA | Credits to AndyYan

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