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Nokia 7.1

$400.00 $349.00

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the Nokia 7.1, overall is one of the better Android one smartphones out there, it's got a great HDR display decent performance and nice sized branded camera, especially if you like portrait mode .
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Value for Money
  • Class-leading portraits
  • Quick and accurate fingerprint sensor
  • Very good all-round camera experience
  • Android One and no software bloat
  • Lightweight glass design
  • Sleek and compact and Great display
  • Dependable battery with fast charging
  • Great HDR display
  • Water, or at least splash resistance would have been nice to have
  • Competition offers better specifications
  • The selfies aren't that great
  • Face recognition is iffy
  • No 60fps video recording

Nokia 7.1

Nokia’s newest Mid Ranger brings stock Android out of the box, an HDR capable screen and a slightly confusing naming scheme, we are nasphones.com and this is a Nokia 7.1 Review .

don’t confuse the Nokia 7.1 for the Nokia 7 Plus, which came out a few months ago, this is a slightly newer model one of the first things you notice is his style just like his predecessors it goes for a straight-edged look instead of a curvy one .

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the edges of the 6000 series aluminum frame are beveled rather than sharp though, they look pretty snazzy with their chrome highlights, which also accent the power and volume keys as well as the rear cameras .

the back of the phone is a flat glass panel unlike the metal build we’ve seen on some recent Nokia’s, it will wobble when sitting on the table thanks to the camera bump . Read More : Nokia 8110 4G Full Review

the phone feels pretty slim in the hand, it’s not uncomfortable but definitely a bit slippery, so be careful around the pool, this phone doesn’t have water resistance .

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on the front is a 5.84 inch 19:9 IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen and this screen is one of the more interesting things about the Nokia 7.1 .

the new feature is that the 1080p display is HDR 10 compliance, is one of the cheaper options available if you’re looking to watch HDR content on your phone .

they were able to achieve HDR compliance on an LCD by using dynamic contrast, you have the option to enhance your SDR content to get HDR light quality and there is a noticeable difference in the highlights and shadows, it’s small but is there .

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unlike the Nokia 7 Plus this phone has a notch cut out, similar to the Nokia 6.1, the result is a slimming of that top bezel and a more edge to edge experience .

but when watching content or playing a game that whole part of the screen will be left black, no full screen apps here, we measured up to 600 nits max brightness in auto mode in bright conditions .

but it did only average in our sunlight legibility test, it’s kind of usable in the sun but its not really comfortable experience, there is a feature called ambient display, sort of like an always-on display, but it only wicks up when you lift the phone or a new notification comes in, there is no notification led though. Read More : Nokia 9 PureView Full Review

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I wonder why you’d lift your phone to check the ambient display if you could just unlock with the same motion using face unlock, it seems to work pretty well, but it does require a swipe motion after it recognizes you .

it’s also not as secure as a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, the scanner is quick, accurate and always ready to wake up the phone .

for audio there’s a single bottom firing speaker by the USBC port, it’s no stereo setup but it gets quite loud and sounds decent .

plugging in headphones is simple, thanks to the 3.5 millimeter jack up at the top, sound is ok but loudness is below average .

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I am disappointed that there is no FM radio option either, but since storage is expandable via the hybrid slot you can’t afford to keep a decent media library directly on the device .

inside the Nokia 7.1 is Qualcomm’s mid-range Snapdragon 636 chipset and either 3 or 4 gigs of ram, it doesn’t top the benchmark charts, but has pretty good performance for its class, that said don’t expect anything blazing fast here .

the battery life of the 7.1 is decent, is powered by a 3060 milliamp hour battery and in our proprietary tests it and in an endurance rating of 80 hours, kind of an average score but far from disappointing .

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the Nokia 7.1 also supports 18 watt fast charging and the supplied charger fills about 45% of the depleted battery in 30 minutes, there’s no wireless charging though .

one of the best features about Nokia phones these days is that they’re all a part of Android 1, the Nokia 7.1 runs on vanilla Android Oreo 8.1, and will receive on-time updates for the next couple of years, starting with a switch to Android Pi in November 2018 .

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you get the standard Android 8 homescreen with a pull up app drawer, everything feels simple and fluid, the quick toggles and notification shade change color depending on the wallpaper you choose, white for lighter ones and black for darker ones .

one interesting features at the navigation bar and area around the notch turn red when you’re low on battery .

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as for multimedia it’s all in the hands of Google’s app Suites, photos is in charge of your gallery and video playback, while Google Play Music is the audio player . Read More : Nokia 8 Full Review

the Nokia 7.1 s dual camera setup has a 12 megapixel primary cam with an F 1.8 Zeiss branded LAN and dual pixel autofocus .

the secondary 5 megapixel snapper is just for depth sensing to provide better bokeh, the camera app on the nokia 7.1 is practically the only custom app and it’s been improved since the previous Nokia phones .

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you can swipe to switch between different shooting modes and this selfie camera switch is easier to reach, when shooting in daylight we found that leaving on the multi stacking auto HDR give us the best results .

it works well and boosts the dynamic range in contrast, at the expense of some sharpness and fine details, but the level of detail is still good the exposure is even and colors are vibrant .

opting out of the auto HDR means that the photos are captured and saved a bit faster and while they lack the dynamic range of the HDR ones they have more and sharper intricate details, it’s not a major improvement though .

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the Nokia 7.1 lacks OIS and the bright aperture is all it has going for it in the dark, low-light photos are nothing impressive, even a bit below average .

they come out soft and blurry, while the aggressive noise reduction smears a lot of the fine detail and auto HDR doesn’t have any effect here . Read More : Top 10 Smartphones 2018

the portrait mode on the other hand is pretty impressive especially for a mid-range device, the processing algorithms were made in collaboration with his eyes, and subject separation is great, even with messy hair .

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the depth mapping is well done too, with gradual blurring of different objects based on distance, the selfie camera is 8 megapixels with an F 2.0 lens, there’s no autofocus, but the focus plane is a reasonable distance away from the phone so it works out ok .

selfies come out with lifelike skin tones in an overall pleasing color rendition though the level of resolve detail isn’t impressive, not too bad .

there’s 4k video recording available on the nokia 7.1 and 30fps, it’s mostly sharp, except for in areas which contain a lot of fine detail, colors are a true-to-life, contrast is excellent and there isn’t a lot of noise, the dynamic range is above-average too .

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the 1080p clips are similar in quality, though they hold up a bit better against the competition, the field of view is narrower here though due to the always-on electronic stabilization .

one other thing to mention is that recorded audio sounds great on this phone thanks to Nokia it’s also technology .

so that’s the Nokia 7.1, overall is one of the better Android one smartphones out there, it’s got a great HDR display decent performance and nice sized branded camera, especially if you like portrait mode .

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but although the price isn’t too bad at around 350 euros it’s not the best bang for your buck you can find, there are phones in this price range looked at Xiaomi Pocophone F1 that are bringing much more powerful chipsets in the Snapdragon 6:36 .

that said is still a pretty nice package for a mid-range phone, if blazing fast performance is in your priority then the Nokia 7.1 is worth looking into .

Update - 2019.03.14

Disclaimer : We can not guarantee that the information on this page is 100% correct

Specification: Nokia 7.1



2G bands

CDMA 800 & TD-SCDMA, GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2

3G bands

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

4G bands



HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (2CA) Cat6 300/50 Mbps






2018, October


Available. Released 2018, October


149.7 x 71.2 x 8 mm (5.89 x 2.80 x 0.31 in)


160 g (5.64 oz)


Front/back glass, aluminum frame


Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

Display Type

IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Display Size

5.84 inches, 85.1 cm2 (~79.9% screen-to-body ratio)


1080 x 2280 pixels, 19:9 ratio (~432 ppi density)


Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Other Features


Operation System

Android 8.1 (Oreo), upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie); Android One


Qualcomm SDM636 Snapdragon 636 (14 nm)


Octa-core 1.8 GHz Kryo 260


Adreno 509

Memory Card Slot

microSD, up to 400 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)

Internal Memory

64 GB, 4 GB RAM or 32 GB, 3 GB RAM

Main Camera

12 MP, f/1.8, 1.28µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, 5 MP, f/2.4, 1.12µm, depth sensor, Dual

Camera Features

Zeiss optics, dual-LED dual-tone flash, panorama, HDR


2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps (gyro-EIS)

Selfie Camera

8 MP, f/2.0, 24mm

Selfie Camera Video


Loud Speaker


3.5mm jack


General Features

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic


Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot


5.0, A2DP, EDR, LE, aptX






2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go


Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass


Fast battery charging 9V/2A 18W, Non-removable Li-Ion 3060 mAh battery


Up to 408 h (3G)

Talk Time

Up to 19 h 30 min (3G)


Gloss midnight blue, gloss steel

Specific Absorption Rate

0.26 W/kg (head), 1.74 W/kg (body)


About 330 EUR

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