The Nokia 7.1 looks to be well worth its $350 asking price


HMD Global announced the Nokia 7.1 earlier today. Unfortunately, those looking for wireless charging won't find it here - despite the Nokia 7.1 sporting a glass back. The smartphone has a compact form factor and a slim body.

Nokia Mobile is now in the top five of Android smartphone manufacturers and it's no wonder; the phones are great.

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.

It's also signed up to Google's Android One program, guaranteeing the Nokia 7.1 at least two years of major Android updates, and three years of security updates, effectively ensuring the handset will have a good lifespan. This 19:9 panel features an FHD+ resolution of 2,280 by 1,080 pixels and functions as a more conventional 18:9 (2:1) screen when not accounting for its notch. Nokia has introduced the PureDisplay technology in association with Pixelworks. The screen comes protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. In the USA, the base model, which features 3GB RAM along with 32GB of storage will cost $349, while the European Union version will get it for €319. We are yet to see how the 3060mAh battery performs in real life. A dedicated micro-SD card slot takes up to 400GB card.

Around on the back of the Nokia 7.1 is a dual camera setup with ZEISS Optics.

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The single front 8MP camera comes with a new AI assisted portrait mode - we weren't able to test it, but I wouldn't expect excellent results here. On the front, the handset sports an 8-megapixel fixed focus sensor with f/2.0 aperture and 84-degree field-of-view. All the cameras benefit immensely from Artificial Intelligence or AI-powered features. Backing up the entire package is a 3,060mAh battery with fast-charging support. The smartphone also gets a Smart amp with Qualcomm's aptX support.

HMD Global indicated over 70 percent content is consumed on the smartphone. Nokia 7.1 also features "PureDisplay" which enhances HDR viewing experience for content platforms like YouTube and Netflix. With this technology, HMD is aiming to bring HDR displays to the mid-range segment. The smartphone is also equipped with the Live Bokeh mode for both camera sensors.

The Nokia 7.1 is the latest addition to Nokia's Android One family, which includes the mid-range Nokia 6.1 and Nokia 7 Plus, and the high-end Nokia 8 Sirocco. Moreover, there are several other features like Digital Wellbeing and App Actions that intelligently predict user behavior.

In the hand, the Nokia 7.1 feels surprisingly solid, too. The phone isn't coming to India for now and will be eyeing its buyers in the Europe first up with pricing set at 299 and 349 Euros. The price is valid for the 3GB/32GB variant. Incidentally, the official launch date is Sunday, October 28.

The Nokia 7.1 was unveiled last night and packs a hefty punch considering its price starts at just €319 (£280).

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