The Nokia 7.1 brings affordability to flagship phone specs

James Marshall
October 5, 2018

Impressively, the smartphone also brings HDR10 supporting canvas in a much lower price tag, something that will only add to the viewing experience. You also get Fast charging tech, about which we will talk about at length in the review. The smartphone features aluminum body that goes through multiple fabrication processes for toughness, durability and good aesthetics.

The headline new feature is that the Nokia 7.1 is the first Nokia phone to get a PureDisplay screen technology.

Android One is clearly the biggest differentiator for the Nokia 7.1 when compared with similarly priced handsets from the likes of Huawei and Samsung. The phone comes with Gorilla Glass 3 on the front and back.

The Nokia 7.1 packs the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset.

The 3GB RAM model packs 32GB of internal storage while the 4GB RAM model comes with 64GB of onboard storage. We've seen from other full-front screen handsets that they just aren't protected enough and we are interested to see how robust this phone really is. A dedicated micro-SD card slot takes up to 400GB card.


The device has a dual camera setup on the back, with 12MP and 5MP sensors that are capable of enabling Bothies.

As for the 7.1's photographic capabilities, you'll find a dual-camera arrangement on the rear of the phone. For selfies, there is an 8MP f/2.0 fixed focus sensor with an 84-degree field-of-view. All the cameras benefit immensely from Artificial Intelligence or AI-powered features. It's worth mentioning that HMD Global hasn't announced anything (yet) about the smartphone's availability in India. It supports HDR 10 and can also convert SDR to HDR in real time. Also, like it or not, there's a notch display.

HMD Global assures the premium Carl Zeiss imaging solution deployed on the Nokia 7.1 mimics the human eye.

Unlike most Android device makers, Nokia is all-in with Android One. Not quite because right in the middle of its presentation, HMD laid out its timetable for rolling out Android 9 Pie. Earlier this year, HMD introduced the Nokia 6.1 with upgraded hardware and it will receive the update too within this month itself. All things considered, anyone on the lookout for an aesthetically pleasing device on a budget will likely want to consider the Nokia 7.1 this fall because the gadget is as stylish as contemporary (non-Samsung) smartphones get. In other words, the smartphone can work well for personal and business use. The price is valid for the 3GB/32GB variant. The smartphone is packed with decent mid-range specifications along with ZEISS optics for photography. The phone will initially be available to pre-order starting tomorrow in the European markets in two colour variants including Gloss Midnight Blue and Gloss Silver. Incidentally, the official launch date is Sunday, October 28. The "dual-anodised diamond-cut coloured edges", which we assume is marketing bumf for "shiny and metallic", help to give the Nokia 7.1 a heft not always associated with phones at this price.

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