Nokia 7.1 is the latest flagship device from the Nokia brand licensee HMD Global. Now, this one might be designated as the successor to last year’s Nokia 7, where this Nokia 7.1 was launched at an event in London on Thursday. Talking of the major specs and features, the smartphone includes a 19:9 PureDisplay with a notch up top, a Snapdragon 636 SoC, fast charging USB Type-C, 6000 series aluminium build, and an Android Pie upgrade, which is again due for next month. The Nokia 7.1 is also part of the Android Enterprise Recommended range, which makes sure that the phone would receive monthly security updates within 90 days of release, for a minimum span of three years.
Nokia 7.1: Price and availability
Nokia 7.1 price ranges from EUR 299 which is roughly ₹24,400 to EUR 349, which is again ₹29,500, depending on the region. The phone would be sold in color variants of Gloss Midnight Blue and Gloss Steel color options, across global markets, starting October this year. However, the India pricing and availability would be announced later.
In addition, the company also announced the launch of its two new audio accessories with the Nokia 7.1,listing the Nokia True Wireless Earbuds and the Nokia Pro Wireless Earphones. The former comes with up to 3.5 hours play time and a charging case with three times the charge.Talking of the latter, it boasts of a neckband with up to 10 hours of playback time.
Nokia 7.1: Specs and features
The dual-SIM (Nano) Nokia 7.1 runs on Android Oreo, based on the Android One program, with an upgrade to Android 9.0 Pie slated for next month. It in fact boasts of a 5.84-inch full-HD+ (1080×2280 pixels) PureDisplay panel with a 19:9 aspect ratio, HDR10 support, and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The handset is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC, paired with 3GB/ 4GB of RAM and 32GB/ 64GB of inbuilt storage.
Coming to the optics part, the Nokia 7.1 bears a vertically aligned pair of dual rear camera setup that consists of a 12-megapixel primary sensor, with autofocus and f/1.8 aperture, and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor with fixed focus and f/2.4 aperture. With this, the company is also touting two-phase detection and Zeiss optics for the rear camera setup, apart from EIS. On the front, the handset also boasts of an 8-megapixel fixed focus sensor with f/2.0 aperture and 84-degree field-of-view. There is a 3,060mAh non-removable battery under the hood with 18W fast charging, thus delivering 50 percent charge in 30 minutes.
Connectivity options on the Nokia 7.1 include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, GLONASS, NFC, USB Type-C, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Sensors onboard of the smartphone include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, electronic compass, gyroscope, proximity sensor, and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. Here the Dimensions are of 149.7×71.19×7.99mm, and weighing total 159 grams.
Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer, HMD Global commented on this launch, which read that, “We believe the best camera is the one you carry with you, so we’ve designed a new imaging experience powered by ZEISS Optics, featuring rapid auto focus thanks to the two-phase detection technology to capture your own incredible HDR photography. We are excited to deliver a unique, premium experience in collaboration with best in class partners to deliver a standout smartphone at great value.”
Sarvikas also touted the Nokia 7.1’s real-time SDR to HDR conversion using a 16-bit engine, letting users experience “HDR quality entertainment, even when the content is not.” The smartphone is built out of 6000 series aluminium CNC machined frame and a die cast metal center.