Nokia 7.1 smartphone with ‘PureDisplay’ tech launched

Gerald Bowen
October 5, 2018

Nokia tells us the design has been inspired by aspects of jewelry design, and this is apparent in the Gloss Steel version.

While the Nokia 7.1's specifications may not give a Galaxy S9 or LG V40 ThinQ sleepless nights, on paper at least, HMD is counting on smarter camera tech to give the phone an edge. This essentially means that the Nokia 7.1 supports HDR content.

There's a better resolution than on the 7 Plus for starters, 2,244×1,080 and a whopping 1,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. The display supports HDR 10 and is also capable of converting SDR to HDR in real time. The Nokia 7.1 is powered by a 1.8GHz Snapdragon 636 chipset, which is similar to the Nokia 6.1 Plus.

While the 3GB RAM variant offers 32GB of internal storage, the 4GB RAM variant comes with 64GB of internal storage. HMD says that will be upgraded to Android 9 Pie shortly after launch, and the Nokia 7.1 will be part of Google's Android One program.

Out of the box, the Nokia 7.1 will be running Android 8.1 Oreo - however, Nokia promises that a bump-up to Android 9.0 is coming very soon.

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At the backside of the smartphone, the Nokia 7.1 is equipped with two cameras, a main 12MP, F/1.8 one and another 5MP monochrome one that would be used for depth-sensing information.

On the back, you'll find a dual-camera system that pairs a 12-megapixel and a 5-megapixel sensor. That includes 3D personas and masks, along with the ability to stream them all directly to YouTube or Facebook Live. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth v5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, USB Type-C (v2.0), GPS/ A-GPS, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. A 3,060mAh battery with fast charging capability keeps the whole package alive.

The Nokia 7.1 will be available for pre-order in Europe from October 5, and will begin shipping to other markets from next week.

Talking about the pricing, the Nokia 7.1 has been priced at €299 (~Rs 25,400) or €349 (~Rs 29,700), depending on the region for the base 3GB model, while the price of the 4GB variant hasn't been revealed yet. Other Nokia Android smartphones will taste Android Pie but HMD failed to announce a release timeline for them. Soon, it will be launched in the United States, followed by a release in other countries. It is claimed to deliver up to 3.5 hours of play time and a pocketable charging case said to hold up to three full charges. For the same, they come with a charging/carrying case that can juice them up for up to 16 hours of playback. The Pro Wireless Earphones is a neckband that is created to deliver up to 10 hours of playback on a single charge.

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