The Nokia 7.1 looks to be well worth its $350 asking price

Shawn Knight

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HMD hasn’t been overly eager to bring its Nokia-branded handsets to the US but that changes with the Nokia 7.1, a solid mid-ranger that looks to punch above its weight.

The Nokia 7.1 features a 5.84-inch notched FHD+ LCD screen with HDR 10 support powered by a mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage that’s expandable via microSD card slot.

The handset comes equipped with dual rear-facing cameras – a 12-megapixel shooter with f/1.8 aperture lens and a 5-megapixel unit with f/2.0 lens for depth-based imaging – that both use Zeiss optics. The Nokia 7.1 also utilizes the company’s “bothie” concept that we saw on earlier handsets where both the front and rear cameras capture an image simultaneously.

The mid-ranger additionally affords USB-C connectivity, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a 3,060mAh battery that should deliver a respectable level of runtime between charges. It’ll ship running Android Oreo although we’re told an upgrade to Android Pie will be available by the end of next month.

The Nokia 7.1 will be available to pre-order starting October 5 from Amazon, Best Buy and B&H. The first units are scheduled to ship on October 28.

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Uncle Al

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Didn't Nokia have a serious downfall within the past 18 months? I can't remember what it was, only that it happened. Is this correct or could I be thinking of another company?
 

thews86

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Didn't Nokia have a serious downfall within the past 18 months? I can't remember what it was, only that it happened. Is this correct or could I be thinking of another company?
Their stocks took a big drop at the end of 2017, they definitely haven't been competitive in the smartphone market as of lately.
 
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psycros

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Now stick a portrait slider QWERTY on the back and call it the new E series. Extra points if there's a d-button/trackpad on it.
 

pawel04

TS Booster
Why? Just turn it off and put the clock and stuff up there.
Using software to fix what I personaly see as a design fault (I realise not everyone shares my view considering phones with notches sell) is not really the way I roll.
 

Puiu

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For 350$ I would have expected a better SoC than the Snapdragon 636 (maybe the 660/710) or at least a bigger battery.
 

Axiarus

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Using software to fix what I personaly see as a design fault (I realise not everyone shares my view considering phones with notches sell) is not really the way I roll.
I mean, I think they look dumb when not used as a notification bar, but what else would go there? Phone forehead?
 

yRaz

Nigerian Prince
I mean, I think they look dumb when not used as a notification bar, but what else would go there? Phone forehead?
Not crap that allows the manufacturer to list their phone screen as bigger than it actually be is