HMD Global is back with a new Nokia phone for the masses. Nokia 7.1 promises to bring high-end features to the mid-range market, namely a great display and design, alongside respectable everyday performance.
Design and Display
The design is elevated with a 6000-series unibody aluminum frame with glass on the back. It will be available in Midnight Blue, Copper and Steel variants, while the notch gives it a touch of premium.
The best bit is the display itself. It is a 5.84-inch IPS panel with a 19:9 aspect ratio and Full HD+ resolution.
More importantly, it is a PureDisplay display with PixelWorks chip, which allows it to show HDR10 content, as well as upscale SDR to HDR for a better everyday experience. We have to see it in action to know how well it works.
Internals and Storage
Under the hood, you get an octa-core Snapdragon 636 with eight Kryo cores, which is still not Qualcomm’s best mid-range processor. You get either 3 or 4 GB RAM, with 32 or 64 GB of expandable storage (courtesy of a hybrid slot).
For connectivity, you get USB-C, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi ac, NFC, and LTE. The phone is part of Android One, so the Android 9.0 Pie upgrade is virtually guaranteed.
At the back sits a 12 MP + 5 MP camera setup, with the latter being a depth sensor for bokeh effect photos. The front camera is 8 MP, and both the rear and front shooters can combine to form “Bothies” showing both the front and the back view in a single picture.
The battery capacity is 3060 mAh, with fast-charging also on-board.
Pricing is set at $349, with availability promised in the latter half of October.
Nokia 7.1 Specifications
- CPU: 1.8 GHz octa-core Kryo 260
- GPU: Adreno 509
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
- OS: Android 8.1 Oreo, Android Pie promised
- Networks: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE
- 5.84-inch 19:9 PureDisplay with FHD+ (2244 x 1080) resolution, PixelWorks chip included
- RAM: 3/4 GB LPDDR4
- Internal: 32/64 GB
- Card slot: yes, by 256 GB.
- Primary: 12 MP f/1.8 + 5 MP f/2.4, dual-LED, PDAF
- Secondary: 8 MP
- Connectivity: USB-C, LTLE, audio-jack, Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC
- Fingerprint scanner
- Battery: 3060 mAh
- Price: $349
Images via Nokia and XDA Developers