Mid-range Nokia 7.1 scores timely Android 10 update

Mid-range Nokia 7.1 scores timely Android 10 update
The Nokia 7.1 is arguably one of the best and most competitive smartphones released stateside under the revived brand that once dominated the world's mobile device landscape, so it shouldn't come as a big surprise that HMD Global is turning its attention to this mid-range model after bringing stable Android 10 updates to the slightly higher-end Nokia 8.1 and the Nokia 9 PureView flagship.

Exclusive Nokia brand licensee HMD merely needed a month to replace the Android 8.1 Oreo software running on the Snapdragon 636-powered handset at the time of its commercial debut with the newer Android 9.0 Pie version, and now the Nokia 7.1 is officially joining the likes of the Sony Xperia 1 and Xperia 5, as well as the Asus ZenFone 6 and ZenFone 5Z, OnePlus 7, 7 Pro, 6, and 6T, and even Samsung's entire Galaxy S10 family (in certain markets) on the Android 10 bandwagon.


That probably means this marks the end of the software support road for a mid-end phone currently available for as little as $209 unlocked in the US, at least as far as major OS upgrades are concerned. Interestingly, the newer, prettier, and faster Nokia 7.2 is still stuck with the outdated Pie flavor of the world's most popular mobile software platform. It remains to be seen if the 7.2 will be brought up to date before the 6.1, 6.1 Plus, and 7 Plus make the jump sometime in January 2020.

Android 10 should pair nicely with the very respectable hardware of the Nokia 7.1, maximizing the autonomy of a decent 3,060mAh battery with a system-wide dark theme, enhancing the overall performance of the aforementioned SD636 SoC, improving the speed and intuitiveness of the gesture navigation, and much, much more. As always, the update will be offered over-the-air in waves, rolling out gradually around the world, which means you shouldn't be very concerned if it doesn't arrive on your specific device right away. 

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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 64GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3060 mAh(19.5h talk time)

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7 Comments

2. meanestgenius

Posts: 22787; Member since: May 28, 2014

Awesome! Love the fact that HMD is practically the best Android OEM when it comes to major software updates. The Nokia 7.1 is one of the best Nokia branded smartphones available today, after the Nokia 9 Pureview, Nokia 8.1, and Nokia 7.2, in that order.

3. Venom

Posts: 3973; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Nice to see that one of the best Nokia phones outside the 7.2 is getting upgraded to Android 10. I'm glad Nokia is doing what others aren't doing and that's keeping their phones updated. They are second only to Google and Essential since updates for the Pixel phones are available on the first Monday of the month. That is a fact.

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 22787; Member since: May 28, 2014

Actually, HMD is better with updates than Google and Essential, as theirs comes with less issues, especially when compared to Google. Google is just faster, as they should be, since it's their updates being applied to their branded phones. But they are not better. HMD offers a better stock Android experience because of this than Google and Essential. That is a fact.

5. Venom

Posts: 3973; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

It's not even that big of a deal. Does it matter? Your argument has no real substance here. You can't say Nokia is better when it's Google who supplies the software and the updates. Better stock Android experience is an opinionated statement.

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 22787; Member since: May 28, 2014

If it wasn’t a big a big deal and didn’t matter you would not have mentioned “Nokia” being second to Google and Essential first. You only say that my argument has no real substance because it flies in the face of yours. I can say “Nokia” (HMD) is better with the updates than Google is because what benefit does Google supplying the software and the updates give Google beside being “first” if said software and updates are always buggiest more often than not on Google branded smartphones? Meanwhile, companies like HMD are known as the the best when it comes to Android updates because of the speed in which they update their entire fleet of smartphones (a fleet much larger than what Google and Essential offer combined), and the updates come with less issues than on Google branded smartphones. My statement about Nokia branded smartphones offering a better stock Android experience than what Google offers is backed by the fact that their stock Android experience is less problematic than the stock Android experience on Googles Pixels.

7. Venom

Posts: 3973; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

It's not. You're the only one who is making it a big deal. You act like Nokia never has bugs and software issues with their devices. You are delusional if you think that's the case and just speaking from innate bias against Google. Multiple people have reported that they have never experienced any issues with their devices and updates.

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 22787; Member since: May 28, 2014

It is to you, lol. You made it a big deal in with what you said in your initial comment. I’ve never once said or acted like Nokia branded smartphones have never had bugs or issues, and I challenge you to post the link to where I said it if I did say it. You’re delusional if you think I’ve ever said or inferred that. What I’ve always said is that they have less issues than Google does, and that’s a fact that your innate bias in for Google has you in denial about. There has been, and continues to be, issue after issue after issue with Googles Pixel line.

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