Nokia 7.1 Debuts With Stock Android, HDR, Zeiss Optics & A Low Price

Helen Aguilar
October 5, 2018

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.

And why shouldn't they? As far as imaging performance is concerned, the Nokia 7.1 seems like one of the best performers in its price bracket and should be more than enough for all but the most demanding of users.

HMD Global has been on phone launching spree this year and the Nokia 7.1 is the latest in its lineup of devices that have started sounding abnormal. This means the display supports HDR for better contrast and quality.

While the device comes with Android GO as standard, it can be upgraded to Pie once November rolls around. If you're excited about this phone, the XDA Forums are open now! It runs stock Android Oreo out-of-the-box, with an update to Android Pie scheduled to arrive soon.

The Nokia 7.1 is clearly very well designed and put together and reall does have a premium feel about it; it's hard to think that it's £299/$349.

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HMD Global says global average prices for the Nokia 7.1 will be €319 ($367, £282) for the 3GB RAM with 32GB model while the 4GB RAM with 64GB model will cost €349 ($402, £308). You can also keep an eye on the official product pages linked above to know when they're available for purchase. Nokia has also future-proofed the device with a USB-C port that will charge up to 50% of the battery in half an hour.

Despite keeping the headphone jack, HMD Global also launched a pair of wireless earphones: the Nokia True Wireless Earbuds and the Nokia Pro Wireless Earphones. Both the options will support storage expandability up to 400GB via microSD card.

With a super screen and premium design, there's little to dislike about the Nokia 7.1. It's comprised of a 12-megapixel (f/1.8) sensor, and a 5-megapixel (f/2.4) sensor, complete with ZEISS optics and dual-LED flash. The latest build of Android 9 Pie brings with it AI-powered Adaptive Battery and Brightness features.

It's worth noting that the Finnish firm is not the only manufacturer betting customers will prioritise faster security patches and new software upgrades, with Motorola also recently a slew of similarly-priced Android One handset, the Motorola One. Unfortunately, we weren't able to vouch for this during our brief time with the device. The front-facing camera is an 8-megapixel affair with an f/2.0 lens and a fixed focus, though it offers a wide field of capture amounting to 84 degrees, which should make it great for group selfies.

On the front, there's a 8 megapixel f 2.0 snapper. HMD is also still pushing the weird "bothie" where you take a selfie and a picture of someone in front of you.

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