Nokia 7.1 is official: Android One and HDR display headed to the USA

Nokia 7.1 is official: Android One and HDR display headed to the USA
Nokia just announced the latest entry in its long-running series of Android One devices, the Nokia 7.1. This one is a slightly more decked-out mid-ranger than we are used to, boasting a set of hardware and software features that are not normally associated with devices in the same range. Before we dive deep into the specs and feature list of the brand new device, you should know that this one is headed straight to the US, which is great for all US-based consumers that have been struggling to find a neat Android One handset.

One of these is definitely the HDR10-compliant 5.84-inch display, which is employing both Gorilla Glass 3 and, yes, a notch. While it's certainly an LCD endeavor, Nokia says the display can potentially really bright and be perfectly legible even under the exceptional brightness of broad daylight. Additionally, the display of the Nokia 7.1 is said to be automatically calibrating its overall tone in compliance with the environmental lighting conditions. Finally, as a form of cherry on top of all things, the device offers real-time SDR to HDR conversion of all user content.

Design-wise, Nokia isn't feeling very adventurous - the Nokia 7.1 relies on glass and metal in its build, with a rear-positioned fingerprint sensor. Not something terribly innovative, but seeing how just about any new phone these days follows the very same design language, it's totally normal for Nokia to follow the trend. The device will be available in two colors: Gloss Midnight Blue and Gloss Steel.

Hardware-wise, a relatively energy-efficient Snapdragon 636 will be powering the phone, alongside 3 or 4GB of RAM, as well as 32 or 64GB of e-MMC 5.1 storage. MicroSD card support is also a go, and so is a nifty USB Type C port. There's a 3.5mm audio jack and a 3060mAh battery on deck as well, and thankfully, Nokia has employed fast-charging that can juice in 50% battery in around 30 minutes or so. Oh, and did we mention you can have the device in either single- and dual-SIM flavors? 

At the rear, the Nokia 7.1 is equipped with two cameras, a main 12MP, f/1.8 one and another 5MP monochrome one that would be used for depth information. This allows for real-time "Live Bokeh" mode to be enjoyed by the user. At the front Nokia 7.1 features another couple of 8MP cameras that let you apply playful filters and masks to your face in real time. Bothies, Nokia's weirdly-named pictures combining data from both front and rear cameras, are also a go.

Software-wise, Nokia is once again relying on stock Android. This has been a running theme for multiple Nokia devices so far, meaning you shouldn’t experience any software bloat at all. More importantly, you will get an experience similar to Google’s own Pixels – guaranteed two years of software updates to newer Android versions and three years of security patches is what you’ll get with the Nokia 7.1.

In the United States, the Nokia 7.1 comes in Gloss Midnight Blue and Gloss Steel and will start at $349. That's a rather good price tag that should definitely spike up the interest for this phone - it hits just that sweet spot between good enough feature selection and affordable pricing. It will be available for pre-sale online at Amazon, Best Buy and B&H starting October 5, 2018 and will begin shipping on October 28, 2018. In-store purchasing and demonstration displays will also be available in select Best Buy stores starting November 4, 2018.

Now, who's interested in this new entrant?

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7.1
  • Display 5.8" 1080 x 2280 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, Octa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3060 mAh(19.5h talk time)

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21 Comments

1. Venom

Posts: 3272; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

They are FINALLY releasing something in the US market. Hopefully the 4gb with 64GB will be available. I don't want the short end of the stick.

5. joshuaswingle

Posts: 508; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

It will only be available in 4/64GB variant in the US. Costs $349

6. Venom

Posts: 3272; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Awesome, thanks for the confirmation. Can't wait to get my hands on it.

8. MisterQ

Posts: 61; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

Dual SIM? $349 is a little high imo, $299 would be great

2. MisterQ

Posts: 61; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

That steel/copper color is absolutely gorgeous

3. peace247 unregistered

ikr...so sexy

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

Indeed it is. This is one notched smartphone that those that are iffy about notches can be proud of. Designers of the Google Pixel 3XL, take note.

19. Venom

Posts: 3272; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Nokia should take note on how to do stereo speakers and universal band support for ALL carriers.

20. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

Nokia doesn’t make smartphones anymore, an entirely different company makes their branded smartphones, and they look better and perform better than the Pixels. This isn’t a technicality, it’s a fact.

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

.....

18. Venom

Posts: 3272; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

That's what happens when you shoot yourself in the foot trying to get a shot in.

21. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

Says the guy with only two toes on his right foot.

4. Venom

Posts: 3272; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I agree. That copper color is awesome.

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

This looks sweet! This is a nice addition to the Nokia smartphones that are available globally, including the U.S. Great build quality, decent specs and stock Android make this midranger a winner in my book. Anyone that's a true Nokia fan and that will truly be buying this will certainly enjoy it.

11. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2134; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Whack!!! Waste of time...

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

Some say that about your beloved deities smartphone, the iPhone. But I'm sure you disagree that it's a "waste of time" and "whack" just like those that want this smartphone disagree with your comment.

13. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

So there isn’t a 7.1 Plus?

14. Duncdawg26

Posts: 169; Member since: Jan 20, 2017

1. Isn't this actually the 6.1 plus?? Same screen size and processor...? 2. And too expensive. Honor 8x for the win! The kirin 710 is far from perfect but I'd much rather take a phone with the kirin 710 at $200 than a SD636 at $350

15. Damo579

Posts: 264; Member since: May 18, 2013

You're mostly right, it's the Europe US version. The screen and cameras are improved compared to the 6.1 plus

16. Damo579

Posts: 264; Member since: May 18, 2013

You're mostly right, it's the Europe US version. The screen and cameras are improved compared to the 6.1 plus

17. Damo579

Posts: 264; Member since: May 18, 2013

You're mostly right, it's the Europe US version. The screen and cameras are improved compared to the 6.1 plus

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