Looking at the design, the Nokia 7.1 front display panel looks a lot similar to the recently launched 6.1 Plus and 8.1 Plus. While the Nokia 6.1 Plus has a slimmer bezel in the bottom, the Nokia 7.1 has a thick bezel which was the biggest letdown. The Nokia 7.1 has a glossy glass back, which attracts a lot of fingerprints, that made us wipe the back to make it look clean. The dual rear camera setup placed vertically in a silver rim and an LED flash. The rear side also houses the fingerprint sensor as well as Nokia branding.
The Nokia 7.1 has an excellent IPS LCD notched display with support to HDR10. This means the display will offer vibrant colours and excellent contrast levels. The viewing angles are great as well. Powering the phone is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor paired with 4GB of RAM. In my testing, the device was able to handle most of the task and games with a breeze. Daily tasks never show any hiccups, including multitasking. The overall performance felt close to a premium device and the processor, which is a 64-bit chip from Qualcomm proved to be quite good. There is no stutter in the UI anywhere, no frame drops, no jerking: it just works and continues working even with 40 apps installed. 3D games run very well too, we didn’t notice any performance or major heating issues when playing games such as the infamous PUBG mobile and Asphalt 9. The Nokia 7.1 gets a further boost because of the software, the device comes with the latest Google’s Android One which is a clean, unmodified and well optimized operating system based on Android 9 Pie. The Nokia 7.1 packs in a 3060 mAh battery, which can last up to 6 hours on a single charge.
The primary dual camera setup is 12MP + 5MP made by Zeiss optics. The image quality was sharp and it captures great details and has excellent dynamic range. The camera’s autofocus is quick and captures the frame in a split second. It takes detailed shots in daylight and well-lit conditions. The secondary camera is used to create depth in the picture, making it ideal for portrait shots. In our testing, portrait shots were also quite impressive with good edge detection between the subject and the background. On the front, Nokia 7.1 is packed with an 8MP camera that delivers selfies with good details in extremely good light, but struggle in low light environment.
- Display: 5.84-inch IPS LCD
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
- RAM: 4GB
- Storage: 64GB
- Rear Camera: 12MP + 5MP
- Front Camera: 8MP
- Battery: 3060 mAh
Nokia 7.1 is a feature-rich smartphone at an unattractive price point. At this price, the Nokia 7.1 face competition from smartphones like Poco F1 and Vivo V9 Pro with better processor, RAM and storage combinations. If you are in search of a mid-range smartphone that has great looks, Android One experience, exceptional cameras and HDR10 display then you can go for it without a doubt.
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