Much like its name implies, this is supposed to be a higher-end alternative to the recently introduced and value-oriented Nokia 6.1 which was created to serve as yet another reliable daily driver capable of delivering consistent performance in virtually every scenario. It measures 147.2x70.98x7.99mm, and weighs 151 grams. You also get Nokia's trademark accents around the edges, camera lens and fingerprint sensor on the back.
We've yet to have the opportunity to test this out fully, but it's an interesting feature we're looking forward to pushing forward at the time of our full Nokia 7.1 review. Under the hood is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Mobile Platform coupled with Adreno 509 GPU and 3GB/4GB of RAM.
For storage, you've got the choice of 32GB with 3GB of RAM or 64GB with the 4GB, and if you're set to download a lot of apps, games, movies and music we'd recommend going for the slightly larger version. Both the variants support storage expandability up to 400GB via microSD card. The front is protected by Gorilla Glass 3 and according to HMD Global, the LCD panel can get noticeably bright. That's not all, you'll be able to enjoy higher contrast (1,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio) even with standard content, as the smartphone is able to convert normal videos to HDR ones real-time.
Around on the back of the Nokia 7.1 is a dual camera setup with ZEISS Optics. The Nokia 7.1 brings a 12-megapixel primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture and 1.28 micron pixels and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor for depth support. On the front, there's an 8-megapixel f/2.0 camera.
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Another area where HMD worked hard is on cameras.
HMD has also touted the camera capabilities of the new phone. Because of this, we have to assume Pie will come shortly after the launch of this phone, and since it is an Android One device, rest assured that it will come in a timely manner.
It is backed by a 3,060mAh non-removable battery that also supports fast charging. On the bright side, quick charging support is part of the package, with HMD claiming you can recharge your battery to 50-percent of its capacity within half an hour. If you're looking for a handsome phone with decent specs, Android One (Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box, with Android 9 Pie coming in November), and a price that won't break the bank, the Nokia 7.1 is a good bet!
The Nokia 7.1 is an incremental upgrade over the Nokia 7, which launched in October 2017.
Yes, it's coming to the U.S. It'll be available at Amazon, Best Buy and B&H starting at $349, with pre-sales launching on October 5, and the phone available on October 28. The Nokia 6.1 Plus, priced in India at Rs. 15,999, will be available at 12pm IST via Flipkart - and though it is also available to buy via the Nokia e-store, the site doesn't give the users the option to login to make the purchase. The pricing for those models is 319 euros (~$369) and 349 euros (~$404) respectively.