HMD Global has released the Nokia 7.1, a top-of-the-range smartphone that features a dual camera, a Qualcomm processor and the latest Android in our review.
The test shows that the device can be a good substitute for a more expensive smartphone of the upper class for some users.
Following the trend of recent years, HMD Global offers the Nokia 7.1, a smartphone that offers very good hardware in some places but is priced in the middle class.
The fact that such a device is more than sufficient for most everyday applications has been proven by the smartphone in the test.
Nokia 7.1: Specifications
|Display:||5.84 inches with 1080 x 2280 pixels|
|CPU:||Snapdragon 636 Octa Core 1.8GHz|
|Memory extension:||up to 400GB|
|Cameras:||12.0MP + 5.0MP main and 8.0MP front camera|
|Connectivity:||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band,3G, 4G, Bluetooth 5.0, and GPS|
|Connections:||USB Type-C and TF card slot|
|Dimensions:||149.7 x 71.2 x 8 mm|
Nokia 7.1: Desing and Appearance
On the outside, the Nokia 7.1 in our analisis does not show its price of fewer than 350 euros: it is excellently finished and has an appealing design.
The device is available in blue or steel, both color versions have a copper-colored frame. This accent gives the Nokia 7.1 a unique look.
The smartphone is completely made of glass, the back is coated in the respective color. Since the back is not attached, there is no gap between the copper metal frame and the coated reverse side.
On the front side, almost the entire area covers the display is 79.9%. If you compare the Nokia X6 or Nokia 6.1 Plus, then there is no big difference in the design side.
In the lower frame, a single speaker is installed, the stereo sound was not on the Nokia 7.1. The speaker has too little bass, so it sounds a bit thin. But he is surprisingly loud.
Owners of the smartphone can use conventional jack headphones, the device has a corresponding port. It is charged via a USB-C port, which only supports USB 2.0.
Also here we see the notch on top of the screen, it has a front-facing camera and sensors.
On the right side are a volume rocker and a power button.
On the left side, there is a slot for a memory card and a SIM card. This is a hybrid slot, that is, you can use either two SIM cards or one SIM card and one memory card.
In general, the design resembles the older brother Nokia 6.1 Plus, but small differences are present.
Nokia 7.1: Display
The IPS display is 5.84 inches tall and has a resolution of 2280 x 1080 pixels. The screen has a 19 by 9 format, the pixel density is 432 ppi. That’s enough to present content sharply.
The screen is stable in viewing angle and makes a good impression on us. The color representation is neutral and rather cold than warm.
The frame around the display is not particularly narrow compared to other smartphones, but not too wide either.
The controls or a fingerprint sensor cannot be found on the front panel: The navigation uses buttons on the display and the fast-acting fingerprint sensor is mounted on the back.
Nokia 7.1: Hardware and Performance
Inside the Nokia 7.1 Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, an eight-core processor operates at a maximum clock rate of 1.8 GHz. The 3 or 4GB of RAM, the built-in flash memory 32 or 64GB.
A slot for Micro-SD card is installed, but users have to choose between two SIM card or a SIM card and a memory card.
Thanks to the SoC and the memory configuration, the smartphone responds nimbly, even several apps handle the device easily.
Like the design, the performance of Nokia 7.1 is almost the same as that of Nokia X6 or Nokia 6.1 Plus with the same Snapdragon 636 processor.
In the benchmarks, the Nokia 7.1 below the units pack of last autumn, but this was to be expected in view of the processor.
In Geekbench 4.1, the smartphone achieves a single value of 1,634 points. By comparison, the Razer Phone with its Snapdragon 835 comes to 1,944 meters, the OnePlus 5T to 1,969 points.
A smartphone with a Snapdragon 845 such as Sony’s Xperia XZ2 Compact scored 2,446 points.
With these top devices, the Nokia 7.1 cannot compete, but it does not need the price in view of the price.
The Snapdragon 636 is a nimble SoC, which is suitable for more than the usual, everyday things such as surfing, the look of video or retrieve e-mails.
Even more demanding games are no problem for the Nokia 7.1 in the analisis to a certain degree. For example, we can play the racing game PUBG Mobile without stuttering.
Nokia 7.1: Software
The Nokia 7.1 is delivered with Android in the current version 8.1. HMD Global uses the non-manufacturer Android One for the device, which is good for the update situation.
The updates come directly from Google, eliminating the potential hurdle for users from the manufacturer.
Whereby HMD Global has also proved to be extremely updateable with its devices, which are delivered with other Android versions.
Nokia 7.1: Cameras
Here is also the dual camera lenses, which consists of a 12-megapixel main lens and a second 5-megapixel lens.
Both lenses have the same wide-angle focal length, the second is used to gain depth of field information and to improve contrast and sharpness.
The main lens has a maximum aperture of f/1.8, the pixels are 1.28μm in size.
The Nokia 7.1 in the test makes good photos in daylight: The exposure is right, the sharpness is good.
In direct comparison with the current best smartphone camera on the market – the Huawei’s P20 Pro – it is noticeable that the shadows are not so well drawn.
In the detail magnification, the P20 Pro has a bit more detail in 10-megapixel mode, as the Nokia 7.1 sharpened more aggressively.
With the 40-megapixel mode of the P20 Pro, the Nokia smartphone, as well as the other more expensive smartphones of the competition, cannot keep up.
In a very bad light, there are clear differences to the P20 Pro: The Nokia 7.1 then forms fewer details, dark areas are also much less well-lit.
Artifacts and image noise are very strong in extreme situations, but in normal indoor shots with artificial light, the images are absolutely useful.
Thanks to the dual camera, the Nokia 7.1 offers a portrait mode that artificially disguises the background.
The results are good, the separation between foreground and background occurs without significant errors. Compared to the portrait mode of the P20 Pro, however, the overall picture impression is softer and the background less blurred.
The camera app is a bit spartan and offers a photo and a video mode, a pro feature, a panorama mode, and the portrait function. Besides, we can add a beauty mode.
Overall, the camera of the Nokia 7.1 is good, it comes quite close to the quality of the cameras more expensive smartphones. Their strength, however, is rather in daylight shots.
Nokia 7.1: Battery
The not easily replaceable battery has a nominal charge of 3060 mAh, it is charged via a USB Type-C connector.
The battery capacity of the Nokia 7.1, is the same as the predecessor of the Nokia X6, and in general, it is enough for one full day.
We can watch a Full HD video at full brightness for over 8 hours, which is a very good value.
In daily life, the Nokia 7.1 in the test can easily last a full day, even if used more frequently, and last longer if used sparingly.
Nokia 7.1: Conclusions and Reviews
The Nokia 7.1 is a successful smartphone for users who want a sufficiently powerful device for a good price.
The built-in SoC is suitable for most everyday requirements very well, even with compute-intensive games we had little problems in the test.
In general, from the side of design, performance and battery of both Nokia 7.1 and Nokia X6 phones are single.
But even so, there are some minor changes in the camera’s Nokia 7.1. This is a high-quality Zeiss optics with a lower aperture of f/1.8 is already being used here, which is better at night.
In addition, the Nokia 7.1 has a really good camera. Qualitatively, the pictures are not quite close to those of a P20 Pro or Galaxy S9, for the price difference, the difference is relatively low and absolutely reasonable.
Especially daylight shots succeed with the Nokia 7.1 very well, a portrait mode has the smartphone.
The device is very well made, the simple design and the glass surface we like. The copper-colored accent must certainly appeal, on the other hand, the device stands out despite its overall more ordinary form of the competition.
Nokia 7.1: Price and Where to buy cheaper?
With a price of just under 350 euros, the Nokia 7.1 is a good deal: the user receives a very high-quality smartphone with a good performance, which also makes beautiful photos.
Should the price drop in the future, the device will be even more attractive than we already find it.
The Nokia 7.1 is a good example of the trend in the Android sector, making good smartphones no longer very expensive.
Of course, 350 euros are no small thing, but buyers get a very good consideration for it. Thanks to Android One, the updated supply is likely to be more secure in the future than other devices.
At the moment, there are no available options for selling the phone, as it was presented only recently in early October.
But as soon as the information appears, we will write where you can buy Nokia 7.1 at a good price.