Nokia 7.1 hands-on: jumping into the mid-range shark tank

Isaac Cain
October 5, 2018

Finnish smartphone maker HMD Global is expanding its smartphone portfolio with yet another smartphone, the Nokia 7.1.

Notably, the new Nokia phone gets a dual camera setup with Zeiss-branded lenses, something that was missing on the 6.1 Plus.

The Nokia 7.1 is as good as $350 smartphones get in terms of design and could easily be mistaken for something much more expensive.

The Nokia 7.1 is clearly very well designed and put together and reall does have a premium feel about it; it's hard to think that it's £299/$349.

There's an easy to reach fingerprint scanner of the year too, while the power and volume keys on the right are well placed. Both the Gloss Steel and Gloss Midnight Blue variants of the device give a sense of depth and sturdiness that's unlike anything else now available in the mid-range segment, except for possibly HMD's Nokia 6.1 launched earlier this year.

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The improved display should be visible regardless of whether you're watching HDR content, as Nokia claims the handset can boost Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) images to HDR in a process that churns through 500-million pixels each second. At the bottom there's a USB Type-C port for recharging the 3,060 mAh battery, along with a 3.5mm headphone jack. The smartphone will be on pre-order starting on October 5 with actual shipments coming on October 28. It's paired with 3GB/4GB of RAM, and 32GB/64GB of internal storage with support for microSD cards of up to 400GB. In addition to "jewelry-like design" and a premium build quality, you also get PureDisplay HDR screen technology that includes high contrast, greater clarity and enhanced colors across all content, the company says. 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. We'll bring you our full review soon.

Software-wise, the Nokia 7.1 comes with Android One that includes the latest version of Android Pie and gives you all of the features you'd expect on a 2018 Google phone. If you're in the market for an affordable Android device, the Nokia 7.1 is one to keep on your radar.

On the back, you'll find a dual-camera system that pairs a 12-megapixel and a 5-megapixel sensor.

The Nokia 7.1 has a clean Android One take on Oreo, which should be lightening fast with the Snapdragon 636 processor. This is certainly a phone to watch as it could be one of the best mid-range smartphones of the year.

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