Nokia 7.1 Hands-on: A Mid-Range Beauty with Some Tricks12
HMD Global, a little company you might know for the revival of Nokia phones, is once again breathing some new life into the mid-range market, this time with the Nokia 7.1. With Nokia’s signature build quality and good looks, the 7.1 offers features like HDR10 conversion for all videos, improved cameras, and the usual Nokia promise of “pure, secure, and up to date” with Android One software. We got to spend some time holding and ogling this impressive mid-ranger, so we figured we’d do our best to show you what it’s like.
Our favorite feature here, though, is full, native HDR10 support. This doesn’t just mean that the 7.1 is capable of playing HDR10 content, but it also converts standard-definition videos to HDR10 in any video-playing app, and the results are quite noticeable.
Interface and Performance
8.1 on this Nokia, but thanks to timely updates, the company says the Nokia 7.1 will receive Android Pie by the end of November. As always, this near-stock, no-bloat Android interface runs smoothly, and the Snapdragon 636 paired with 4 GB RAM seems to work well with this from our initial impressions. Alas, this and the efficiency of which on the 3060 mAh battery will require some deeper testing, but we do like specs like the ability to charge to 50% in 30 minutes.
Pricing and Availability
U.S. versions will come only in 4/64 GB (expandable to 400GB via MicroSD) configuration, priced at $349, while globally the Nokia 7.1 will be offered in this same configuration for €349, and a 3/32 GB setup for €319. Pre-sale begins October 5th and will be available from Amazon, Best Buy, and BH Photo, with sales beginning November 4th.