HMD Global has launched a new “affordable flagship” smartphone, Nokia 7.1, which as usual, is a part of the Android One program.
The phone features a 5.84-inch 19:9 display with a 2244 x 1080 pixels screen resolution, a 1,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, and Corning Gorilla 3 protection on top. The company uses a new “PureDisplay” technology, enabled by a PixelWorks chip that’s capable of displaying HDR10 content, and even upscale SDR content to HDR.
It is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 636 14nm octa-core processor, clocked at 1.8GHz, coupled with Adreno 509 GPU. It comes in two variants — 3GB RAM with 32GB of internal storage, and 4GB RAM with 64GB of internal storage. Both models have a microSD card slot with support for expandable storage of up to 400GB.
For imaging capabilities, the smartphone features optics developed by Zeiss. There’s a 12-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.8 aperture and a 5-megapixel monochrome secondary sensor for capturing depth information. For selfies, there’s an 8-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture and support for “AI-enhanced” face unlock.
As usual, the camera comes with support for various enhancements and exclusive features, including the “bothie” feature that allows to record videos or take photos using both front and back cameras at the same time. There’s Pro Camera Mode, that enables controlling white balance, ISO, aperture, and shutter speed.
There’s a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and the company has also retained the 3.5mm headphone jack. Connectivity options on the device include Dual 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 5, GPS + GLONASS, USB Type-C 2.0, and NFC.
The Nokia 7.1 ships with Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box but will receive an Android 9 Pie update shortly after launch. As the phone is a part of Android One programme, it’s guaranteed to receive three years of monthly security patches, and two years of OS updates. It drives power from a 3,060mAh battery with fast charging support that can charge up to 50 percent in 30 minutes.
The phone will be available in two color options — Gloss Midnight Blue and Gloss Steel. The Nokia 7.1 hits select markets in October 22. The 3GB RAM and 32GB storage version costs $349/€319, whereas the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage model will be available for €349. We are expecting the pricing to be cheaper in the Indian market.