Nokia 7.1 initial review: Pure Android, big screen, modest price

HMD Global launches latest mid-ranger the Nokia 7.1

Nokia 7.1 Brings an HDR10 Display, Impressive Specifications and an Android One Experience in an Affordable Package

The Nokia 7.1 is the first smartphone under HMD's portfolio to offer a PureDisplay with HDR 10 support.

The new device has an affordable price point that doesn't reach the same levels as the Nokia 8, but it still sports some impressive tech inside and out.

The new Nokia 7.1 will be rolled out into the market starting from this month onwards with a global average price tag of European Union 319 (about RM 1522) for the 3GB/32GB variant.

Lovingly referred to as the "Banana Phone" it's going to be available in two colours - a vibrant yellow for those of who love themselves a ripe phone, or black for those who liked prefer the whole "may still be okay for baking" aesthetic. Nokia 7.1 will be made available in the United Kingdom from this month itself.

You'll be able to buy the Nokia 7.1 from October 18 in some markets including countries around Europe, the United Kingdom and the Middle East.

The cost of the device will be $349 in the United States, which gets you the variant with 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage.

There is microSD support on most variants of the phone, but that's only in some markets and it's now unclear what size cards the phone will be able to take. Since its an Android One device, the Nokia 7.1 will get three years of monthly security patches and two years of OS updates. Best Buy in-store availability will begin November 5. As you can see, there are openings for the microphone, USB-C charging port and single speaker on the bottom of the phone.

HMD Global launches latest mid-ranger the Nokia 7.1
Nokia 7.1 Debuts With Stock Android, HDR, Zeiss Optics & A Low Price

The notch has allowed Nokia to squeeze a 5.8-inch Full HD+ display into the physical footprint of a smaller handset.

While HDR10, aptX, Nokia OZO Audio (and a 3.5mm headphone jack to go along with it), and LTE Category 6 support are all nice software features to have, the main selling point of the Nokia 7.1 on the firmware side of the equation is surely the fact that this handset is launching as part of the Android One family, just like every other handset HMD released in the West since early 2018.

In terms of photography, the Nokia 7.1 features a 12MP f/1.8 camera and 5MP f/2.4 depth sensor together with ZEISS optics on its rear.

Out of the box the phone will run the AndroidOne version of Android Oreo, though an upgrade to Android Pie is forthcoming.

The camera, from a brief tests, seems to be solid, and there's enough power inside the Nokia 7.1 to keep Android ticking along nicely.

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