HMD Global today introduced its new ‘performance mainstream’ smartphone that will replace the existing Nokia 7.1 on the global market and will be available towards the end of the month. The new Nokia 7.1 features a large 5.84-inch display featuring a 19:9 aspect ratio with a notch and is based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 636 platform.

The Nokia 7.1 comes in a symmetric chassis with rather sharp edges designed to ensure a pleasant and reliable grip during usage of the phone. The enclosure is comprised of a 6000-series unibody CNC-machined aluminum frame, and a die cast metallic center covered with glass for some extra bling, a rather unique construction and combination of materials. As for finishes, the Nokia 7.1 will be available in Gloss Midnight Blue and Gloss Steel colors with the latter featuring copper accents.

The smartphone is outfitted with a 5.84-inch 19:9 display with a 2244×1080 resolution, a 1,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio (not that DCR matters that much, but HMD only mentions this one), and Corning Gorilla 3 cover glass. The LCD uses Nokia’s new PureDisplay hardware and software technology enabled by a PixelWorks chip that is capable of displaying HDR10 content, upscale SDR content to HDR, and adjust brightness and contrast dynamically to provide the best visual experience both indoors and outdoors.

From internal hardware point of view, the Nokia 7.1 is based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 that integrates eight Kryo 260 cores (so, four semi-custom Cortex-A73 and four semi-custom Cortex-A53 cores) along with an Adreno 509 graphics core, and an X12 LTE modem. The SoC will be accompanied by 3 or 4 GB of LPDDR4 memory as well as 32 GB or 64 GB of NAND flash storage. The handset is outfitted with a built-in 3,060 mAh battery that can charge to 50% in 30 minutes.

Moving on to imaging capabilities of the Nokia 7.1. The main camera features optics developed by Zeiss, a 12MP sensor with an f/1.8 aperture and a 5MP B&W sensor to capture depth. The selfie camera uses a 8MP f/2.0 sensor and support “AI-enhanced” face unlock. As usual, Nokia outfits its cams with a host of enhancements and exclusive features, such as the “bothie” that allows to record videos or take photos using both front and back cameras at the same time. One thing to note is that besides new hardware, Nokia 7.1’s camera also received new UI that features a Pro Camera Mode that enables a thorough control of white balance, ISO, aperture, and shutter speed.

When it comes to physical interfaces, the Nokia 7.1 has a USB Type-C for data and power, a 3.5-mm TRRS audio jack, a fingerprint reader on the back, as well as a regular set of physical buttons (power, volume, etc.).

As for software, the Nokia 7.1 will be initially available with Android 8.1 Oreo and will receive an Android 9 Pie update shortly after the launch. Meanwhile, like other recent phones from HMD, the Nokia 7.1 belongs to the AndroidOne programme, which guarantees three years of monthly security patches, and two years of OS updates.

The Nokia 7.1 will hit select markets in October 22. The 3 GB/32 GB version will cost $349/€319, whereas the 4 GB/64 GB flavor will be available for €349.

General Specifications of the Nokia 7.1
  Nokia 7.1
Good
Nokia 7.1
Better
Display Size 5.84"
Resolution 2244×1080 (19:9)
PPI 426 PPI
Cover Gorilla Glass 3
Processor PixelWorks
SoC Snapdragon 636
8 × Kryo 260 @ 1.8 GHz
four semi-custom Cortex-A73 cores
four semi-custom Cortex-A53 cores
GPU Adreno 509
RAM 3 GB LPDDR4 4 GB LPDDR4
Storage 32 GB + microSD 64 GB + microSD
Networks GSM GPRS (2G), UMTS HSPA (3G), LTE (4G)
SIM Size Nano SIM
SIM Options Dual SIM, second SIM slot is used by microSD card
Local Connectivity 802.11ac Wi-Fi, BT 5.0, NFC,
3.5mm jack,
USB 2.0 Type-C
Front Camera 8 MP
Rear Camera Main: 12 MP, f/1.8, 1.28µm, Dual Pixel PDAF
Depth: 5 MP, f/2.4, 1.12µm
Flash: dual-LED
Battery 3,060 mAh
Dimensions Height 149.7 mm | 5.89 inches
Width 71.2 mm | 2.8 inches
Thickness 8 mm | 0.31 inches
Weight 160 grams | 5.63 ounces
Launch OS Android 8.1 at launch
Android 9.0 later on

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Sources: HMD Global, GSMArena,

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  • Teckk - Thursday, October 4, 2018 - link

    Any idea how this might compare to the upcoming Snapdragon 710? Will that be reserved for expensive phones? Reply
  • ZolaIII - Friday, October 5, 2018 - link

    S710 A75's is 25% faster then A73's, A55's are 13% faster then A53's (MHz/MHz), the GPU is almost 2x faster. As the things go & you can buy Paco F1 for less money and Meizu 16 for a little bit more both with S845 that has 2x more GPU power than S710 the S710 will have hard time on anything more expensive than 300$/250€. HMD won't sell much of those that much is certain. Reply
  • Teckk - Friday, October 5, 2018 - link

    Thanks! 710 looks like top of the line or above a mid-ranger. I do own a Xiaomi phone now and I'm not a fan of their updates. I also like the Nokia design and build quality. Got a Nokia 6.1 for my mom and it is pretty impressive. Reply
  • ZolaIII - Friday, October 5, 2018 - link

    I am not a fun of Xiaomis neither software nor updates but that's OK as I do my own. Unfortunately I didn't lived up yet to the part that I don't have to do it my self disregarding of OEM & I had lot of them. Reply
  • WorldWithoutMadness - Friday, October 5, 2018 - link

    It's not moving down because it's 7.1 not 7.1 plus. Nokia 7 is 630. Reply
  • fred666 - Thursday, October 4, 2018 - link

    4 GB or 64 GB storage? typo? Reply
  • BurntMyBacon - Thursday, October 4, 2018 - link

    Yes, it is a typo in the chart. It calls out 64GB for the more expensive model in the body of the article. Reply
  • Nitas - Thursday, October 4, 2018 - link

    What about the speakers, stereo? That's an absolute essential to me. Reply
  • philehidiot - Thursday, October 4, 2018 - link

    Generally, if they're not bragging about it then you can assume not. They're not bragging about the type of display either - I wonder where this leads us. Reply
  • Meteor2 - Friday, October 5, 2018 - link

    I just wish someone at the hands-on had played some audio and told us how the speaker sounds Reply

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