- Android 8.1
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
- 4GB of RAM • 64GB of storage
- 8-inch 2280 x 1080 LCD screen
- 8-MP front camera
- 12-MP rear cam with 5-MP secondary cam
- Rear fingerprint reader
- USB-C (2.0) port
- 5mm port
- microSD card slot
- 11 a/b/g/n/ac wi-fi
- Bluetooth 5.0
- 3,060 mAh battery
- 89 x 2.80 x 0.31 inches
- Weight 160g
- Aavailable in gloss midnight blue and gloss steel
Nokia 7.1 is the latest Android smartphone from Nokia which is a budget phone with solid features. The design is superb with 149.7×71.2x8mm aluminium-ringed enclosure, weighing in at 160g. The glass back gives it a premium feel, although not to enable wireless charging and the front panel is a 5.84-inch, 1,080×2,280 19:9 panel with what Nokia’s calling PureDisplay LCD. Nokia has also adopted the 2018 style note for screens by including a prominent notch on the front of the Nokia 7.1.
Nokia 7.1 Camera
Nokia 7.1’s camera has a front-facing 8MP f/2.0 selfie camera, alongside a primary 12MP f/1.8 rear and secondary 5MP f/2.4 lens. As in so many mid-range cameras, you can’t directly shoot with that secondary lens, which is there to provide bokeh effects for portrait shots. The Nokia 7.1 sits high enough in the Nokia hierarchy to qualify for ZEISS lenses, and while it leaves the rest of its Android One package alone for the most part, the camera app is the one area where Nokia goes beyond a standard Android camera app. Its use of a sideways swipe mechanism to switch between modes isn’t that unique but some of the modes that Nokia bundles with the Nokia 7.1 are.
In the Nokia 7.1 one might stay in straight Photo mode much of the time, but easily accessible Pro controls are only a swipe away. Swipe once more from the Pro mode to the right and you’ll enable “Live Bokeh” mode. Bokeh works in a similar style to the live focus feature found on the Samsung Galaxy S9+ or Galaxy Note9 phones, with a slider to selectively choose your level of background focus.
The Nokia 7.1 also includes Nokia’s “bothie” concept, where both front and rear cameras take a shot, slicing it to your preferred size between front and back cameras.
Nokia 7.1 Snapdragon Performance
The model of Nokia 7.1 comes with a Snapdragon 636 processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage, which you can boost with microSD cards quite easily. It’s worth knowing that Nokia also makes a 64GB storage model that comes with 4GB of onboard RAM. Where the Nokia 7.1 also stands out is the fact that it’s an Android One phone, which means the updates are handled by Google, with the promise of three years of security patches and two years of OS upgrades. Android One phones are also by design quite clutter-free, which means you’re able to customise them to your tastes, rather than being weighed down with vendor bloatware or more obscure launchers. Nokia has been at the forefront of pushing Android One and while the Nokia 7.1 isn’t quite a low-cost Pixel 3, the intent is clearly there for it to provide the same mostly-pure-Google experience.
Nokia 7.1 Average Battery
The Nokia 7.1 comes with average battery. It’s powered by a 3,060mAh battery. It’s fully USB-C compatible, something that’s still a bit of a rarity in the mid-range space and remember there’s no magnetic charging coil behind the glass, so wireless charging is off the menu.
The cost of Nokia 7.1
If your budget sits under $500, the Nokia 7.1 is highly recommended. The Nokia 7.1 sells in Australia with 32GB of RAM and 3GB ROM for $499 outright. Buy it at any Nokia store or online store or at JB Hi-Fi.