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Nokia 7.1: $349 gets you this 5.84-inch with Pureview Display, Snapdragon 636, dual 12MP+5MP primary camera and Android One


With all things said and done, will the upcoming Nokia 7.1 live up to expectations? Or will it fail to deliver the value that everyone is looking for?

But before we begin, let’s do a quick throwback to its smaller sibling – the Nokia 6.1:

Let the specs do the talking:

  • 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 1920 pixels, 16:9 ratio or ~403 ppi density
  • Front glass, aluminium body (6000 series)
  • 2.5D curved display
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 chipset, Octa-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Adreno 508 graphics and 4GB RAM
  • 16MP primary camera with f/2.0 aperture, 27mm, 1.0µm, PDAF, Carl Zeiss optics, dual-LED dual-tone flash, panorama and HDR
  • 8MP secondary camera with f/2.0 aperture and 1.12µm
  • 64GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 128GB
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery with Fast charging (50% in just 30 minutes)
  • Android Oreo 8.1 with Android One
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • April 2018 release date
  • USD 235 price tag

Nokia 6.1 scores highly on the look and feel department, comes with a decent mid-range hardware, great 16MP primary camera with Carl Zeiss optics, large 64GB internal storage and the pure Android One experience provides for an excellent value-for-money smartphone.

Now with that in mind, let’s take a closer look at Nokia 7.1:

  • 5.84-inch Full HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 2280 pixels, 19:9 ratio (~432 ppi density)
  • Pureview Display
  • Front/back glass, aluminium frame
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection
  • Qualcomm SDM636 Snapdragon 636 chipset, Octa-core 1.8 GHz Kryo 260 processor, Adreno 509 graphics and 3GB/4GB RAM
  • Dual 12MP primary camera with f/1.8 aperture, 1.28µm and Dual Pixel PDAF + 5MP with f/2.4 aperture, 1.12µm, depth sensor, Zeiss optics, dual-LED dual-tone flash, panorama and HDR
  • 8MP secondary camera with f/2.0 aperture and 24mm
  • 32GB/64GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 400GB
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3060 mAh battery with Fast battery charging
  • Android Oreo 8.1 with Android One (upgradeable to Android Pie 9.0)
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • October 24th 2018 expected release date
  • USD 349 expected price tag

As you can see from above, it seems that Nokia 7.1 does come with a host of updated features and functions – hence comes the heavier price tag.

Starting with the obvious, it will be blessed with a larger 5.84-inch with PureDisplay screen with a 19:9 ratio goes edge-to-edge for a bigger experience without the bigger handset. Glass front and back, shaped at the edges for comfort, and with a 6000 series aluminum frame; Nokia 7.1 stands out with its diamond-cut coloured chamfers.

Under the hood of the Nokia 7.1 will be the mid-range Snapdragon 636 chipset paired with a fast Kryo octa-core processor, good graphics and an option for either 3GB or 4GB RAM. Good enough for your daily dose of social media and some games in between.

The dual 12MP+5MP primary camera is a beauty for sure. The ZEISS optics will be able to deliver stunning shots, while the AI technology lets you add an artistic touch to every photo with 3D personas, masks and filters.

You can capture crisper and sharper images with increased luminosity, a wider range of colours and more detail in both bright and dark areas. And thanks to sophisticated depth-sensing rear cameras with ZEISS Optics, you can capture professional-looking photos with the bokeh blur.

Nokia 7.1 will be powered by the 3060 mAh battery, that is more than enough to supply enough juice to last for a full day of use. When the time comes to plug it in, there’s the fast battery charging feature to get it up to full in no time at all.

Finally, Android One brings a Google-designed software experience to Nokia 7.1. Get everything you want and nothing you don’t with a streamlined, easy-to-use interface and a curated set of pre-installed apps, and free, unlimited high-quality photos storage with Google Photos.

Regular security updates and two years of OS upgrades means that your smartphone equipped with Android One stays secure and features the latest Google innovations like being optimised for the Google Assistant.


Nokia 7.1 ups the ante for those looking for a bit more of everything. But it does come with a price tag to match that is worth it.

Large 5.84-inch screen with Pureview Display, good mid-range hardware, great dual 12MP+5MP primary camera with Zeiss optics and a pure Android One experience that is guaranteed to get an update for the next two years.

Nokia 7.1 is expected to be released on October 28th, and pre-order has already started. It will be available for $349, and you get to choose either Gloss Midnight Blue or Gloss Steel colour.

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