Nokia 7.1 review
A capable mid-range with a guaranteed update to Android 9 Pie
Our Nokia 7.1 review highlights a mobile phone that offers a lot for its mid-range pricing. With a handset-only cost of £299 in the UK (contract pricing still to be confirmed), you can get your hands on one from October 18th 2018.
PureDisplay with HDR tech
The Nokia 7.1 arrives with a 5.84” Full HD+ (1080×2280 pixels) PureDisplay. The beauty of the display is that it can convert SDR content (Standard Dynamic Range) to HDR quality (High Dynamic Range) in real-time. This means that whatever you watch or see will have more detail and crispness.
You will be able to stream HDR cinema-quality content from YouTube, Amazon Prime, and Netflix, on the display that has a 19:9 screen aspect ratio. This longer but thinner form lets you see more without bulking out the handset and making it too big to hold.
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Aluminium and glass construction
The Nokia 7.1 looks and feels good with a glass back and a (strengthened) Corning Gorilla Glass front. These two pieces of glass are fixed onto a 6000-series dual-anodised aluminium frame with a diamond cut and coloured edges.
There are just two colour choices; Gloss Steel and Midnight Blue. The phone is 7.99mm thick, although the camera lens does protrude out of this. The really good news is that the phone only weighs 160g, which is pretty light when compared to other 2018 mobile phones.
A single speaker with a smart amp projects your audio well. The performance of games, web browsing and other activities are governed by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 octa-core 1.8GHz processor. If you don’t perform heavy tasks then you can opt for the 3GB RAM model. However, if you are a big gamer then we recommend that you choose the 4GB RAM model.
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Phone Set Up
Security and your existing content
Positioned nicely of the back of the Nokia 7.1 is a rear fingerprint reader. This secures the phone in the most convenient way, although you can still use a password, pattern or PIN if you prefer.
This Nokia phone comes with either 32GB or 64GB of memory. If you have a lot of existing content to move onto the phone, then you may want to choose the higher memory option. The decision of which model to choose doesn’t need too much thought because there is a memory card slot (400GB) should you need to boost your memory in the futures.
Android 9 Pie ready
The Nokia 7.1 runs the Android One version of the Android Oreo operating system. Android One focuses on providing a curated portfolio of apps so that you only get the apps that you need/want. The benefit from this is seen in the performance of the phone.
Android One comes with the promise of two years of OS upgrades and three years of monthly security updates. Nokia has also confirmed that the phone is ready for Android 9 Pie, which should be available by the end of October.
Camera & Video
AI dual rear camera
The Nokia 7.1 has a dual rear camera with Zeiss optics. There are a 12MP lens and a 5MP lens that allow you to take bokeh portraits and adjust the background blur post-shot.
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AI facial recognition technology is at play and makes it possible for you to have fun with masks, filters, and 3D personas. This Dual-Sight feature lets you share your split-screen or picture-in-picture bothies in real-time on YouTube or Facebook.
HDR photos are captured and these show off more detail, sharpness, colour range, and luminosity. If you want to go hands-on, then the Pro UI camera mode lets you take manual control over the shutter speed, white balance, ISO and aperture.
Further camera features include Electronic Image Stabilisation for your videos, 360-degrees high fidelity spatial audio, animated emojis and selfies through the 8MP selfie cam.