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Nokia 7.1 hands-on: A $350 success story Nokia 7.1 Brings an HDR10 Display, Impressive Specifications and an Android One Experience in an Affordable Package
Oscar Goodwin | 05 October, 2018, 11:37

Nokia just announced a new phone today, but it isn't forgetting its older devices. This is the same internal setup as the Moto Z3 Play and Asus ZenFone 5 so, if either of those devices is any indication as to how well the 7.1 will perform come launch, this should be a rather speedy phone indeed.

The inclusion of a display notch will likely be as polarizing Android consumers as other cutout-equipped devices proved to be, though the mass market already clearly signaled it doesn't consider notches to be a deal-breaker, as evidenced by the excellent commercial performance of recent flagships from Apple and Huawei. The Nokia 7.1 has a 5.84 inch display with 2280 by 1080 pixel resolution which is covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The imaging software of the Nokia 7.1 also supports real-time conversions of SD content into HDR one, delivering better contrast and truer blacks even in videos that haven't been captured with the new display technology in mind. Here are all the details on the new Nokia 7.1. 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.

Unlike most Android device makers, Nokia is all-in with Android One. A microSD card slot is also available (up to 400GB) to expand the internal memory. Speaking of selfies, Bothies, Nokia's photo mode which stitches together pictures from the front and back cameras, has been adjusted to enable resizing the composition of such pics from a 50/50 split to about 70/30, and a few steps in between. Still, it's a little odd to see an inclusion of an old-generation processor inside the Nokia 7.1.

The first thing that stands out with the Nokia 7.1 is its lovely design and materials. In terms of optics, the Nokia 7.1 sports 12MP RGB sensor with f/1.8 aperture and a 5MP Monochrome sensor with f/2.4 aperture. However as usual with such buds, the pocketable charging case is also a battery pack, topping up the earbuds when you don't need them, for around 16 hours more listening time in total. During the event, Nokia confirmed the first wave of Android Pie updates should hit its phones this month.

The Nokia 7.1 comes preloaded with Android One, based on Android Oreo. The smartphone will be on pre-order starting on October 5 with actual shipments coming on October 28. As for the upgraded variant, it will cost €349. The pricing for those models is 319 euros (~$369) and 349 euros (~$404) respectively.

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