Meet the Nokia X71, a triple-camera smartphone that also has a display hole

Meet the Nokia X71, a triple-camera smartphone with a display hole
Throughout 2017 Nokia remained loyal to the traditional 16:9 aspect ratio. Then, in 2018, the company openly embraced both 18:9 displays and notched panels. And today, with the unveiling of the Nokia X71 in Asia, the Finnish brand has adopted the next smartphone trend – display holes. 

Three rear cameras and a camera cutout

Like many of the Nokia smartphones that precede it, up front the Nokia X71 sports both slim bezels and a slightly thicker chin. This is combined with a small camera cutout in the top-left corner (home to a 16-megapixel selfie snapper) and an in-ear speaker along the edge of the frame, thus removing the need for any kind of notch.

Turning the Nokia X71 over reveals a very familiar rear design that centers around the elongated vertical camera setup. This particular device doesn’t boast five individual cameras like the flagship Nokia 9 PureView, but it also doesn’t settle for the dual-camera setup so often seen on Nokia’s devices. In actual fact, it uses a versatile new ZEISS-branded triple-camera layout.

As its primary sensor, the Nokia X71 uses a new 48-megapixel camera which boasts an f/1.8 aperture. This is then paired with a separate 8-megapixel sensor coupled with a 120-degrees wide-angle lens. As an added bonus, the smartphone also features a dedicated 5-megapixel depth sensor which should help with bokeh imagery.

Elsewhere on the smartphone’s rear, users can find a dual-tone LED flash and a traditional fingerprint scanner which sits directly below the cameras. Also present towards the center of the device is the Nokia branding.

An aging processor paired with lots of storage

If we were to open up the Nokia X71 and check out its internals, perhaps the most prominent internal component would be the Snapdragon 660 that it carries. This chipset was previously used inside last year's Nokia 7 Plus and should provide relatively decent performance. It is, however, pretty old at this point – the Snapdragon 660 was first announced back in May of 2017 – so a newer chip would have been a welcomed addition.

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In any case, Nokia’s latest device also an impressive 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. If this isn’t enough, buyers can also expand it via the included microSD card slot.

Other features on the Nokia X71 include Android 9 Pie, a 3,500mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging, a USB-C port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a unique LED notification light that is built into the power key.

Nokia X71 price, release date, availability

The Nokia X71 will be released on April 30th in a handful of Asian countries including Taiwan. In regards to pricing, the new smartphone is set to retail at TWD 11,900 in the market, which is equivalent to around $385/€345 at the current exchange rate.

HMD Global – the company behind recent Nokia smartphones – is yet to announce any plans to launch the Nokia X71 internationally, but if it does the device will probably be marketed under a different name.

Overall, the device resembles the upcoming Nokia 6.2 quite closely. The latter, however, is expected to ditch the added depth sensor found on the Nokia X71. The Nokia 6.2 is also expected to feature a slightly smaller 6.2-inch display and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 632.

These differences would suggest that the Nokia X71 will arrive internationally as either a variant of the Nokia 6.2 – Nokia 6.2 Plus – or as part of the Nokia 8 series, perhaps the Nokia 8.1 Plus. Ultimately, though, this is purely speculation at this point.

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