HMD Global have announced the newest addition to its mid-range line of affordable smartphone, the Nokia 7.1. The device is an upgrade to the Nokia 7 which was released late last year and interestingly, it comes with plenty of modifications and improved features when compared to its predecessors.
Launched in London, UK, the Finnish company showcased the Nokia 7.1 with an all-glass body which brings back memories of mid-range smartphones previously released by the company. The Nokia 7.1 has a 5.94-inch in 19.9 aspect ratio and ultra slim bezels. Nokia calls the display a “PureDisplay” screen as it comes with a Full HD+ resolution and also comes with a rectangular display notch that houses the front-facing camera, earpiece, and some sensors
According to HMD Global, SDR content can be converted in real-time, to HDR by the PureDisplay.
About photography, the front-facing camera embedded in the notch is an 8-megapixels f/2.0 shooter for selfies and video calls. On the rear, the lens count has been upgraded to a dual set-up compared to the Nokia 7 that had just a single shooter. The dual Zeiss cameras are aligned vertically and consist of a primary 12MP lens with a wide f/1.8 aperture and a secondary 5MP depth sensor lens.
Bokeh Mode, Pro Camera mode, Livestream, and True Life HDR are some features of the Nokia 7.1 camera. There is also a ‘Bothie mode” that allows users record with the rear and front cameras at the same time.
On the inside, a Snapdragon 636 system on chop will power the Nokia 7.1 which HMD Global claims will bring on 40% improved performance than the SD 630 used on the Nokia 7. In charge of graphics is also Qualcomm’s Adreno 509 GPU. In terms of storage configuration, the Nokia 7.1 will be available in two models — 3GB RAM/32GB ROM or 4GB RAM/64GB ROM respectively. Should you need more storage space, there is a micro SD card slot for expansion up to 400GB.
The phone comes out of the box with an Android Oreo 8.1 OS but will be updatable to Android 9 Pie at the end of the month, HMD Global promises. A non-removable 3,600mAh battery with fast charging support will be the Nokia 7.1 powerhouse. There are two colour options — Gloss Midnight Blue and Gloss Steel.
Pre-order of the Nokia 7.1 will commence October 5 while shipping is fixed for October 26. Price is expected to be as follows: 3GB/32GB will cost $349, while the 4GB/64GB version will retail for $400.