HMD Global added to its burgeonoing Nokia range by announcing the Nokia 7.1 at an event in London. The phone runs Android 8.1 Oreo with a promised update to Android Pie very soon.
HMD does not say the “.1” part of the name out loud, so this is the Nokia 7. The “.1” denotes that the phone runs Android One, Google’s close-to stock software that gives monthly security patches.
It is an entirely different phone to
the existing Nokia 7 Plus, which is still on sale. Here are all the details on the new Nokia 7.1.
Nokia 7.1 release date
The Nokia 7.1 will go on pre-order on 5 October across Europe.
How much does the Nokia 7.1 cost?
In the UK it will be on sale from 17 October and retails for £299. HMD says that the global average retail price will be €319 for the 3GB/32GB variant and €349 for the 4GB/64GB variant.
Which version you can get hold of is region dependent.
What are the specs of the Nokia 7.1?
For a sub-£300 phone, the Nokia 7.1 has the specs you might expect. A notched 5.84in 19:9 display continues 2018’s aggresssive shift into this aesthetic.
The body is made from 6000 series aluminium and the front and back are glass, though you don’t get wireless charging.
As is the case with other Nokia handsets of late the phone has a ZEISS branded camera set up with dual 12Mp and 5Mp sensors on the back. The second lens here allows for depth sensing and use of the popular bokeh effect.
It also boasts fast autofocus and HDR, good features to have on a
mid-range smartphone but not uncommon in today’s market. HMD is also still pushing the weird “bothie” where you take a selfie and a picture of someone in front of you. Go figure.
The Nokia 7.1 has a power-efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor, which is more interesting as it may prove to give excellent battery life alongside the sparse Android One software.
Sparse might be good in this case though, and the Nokia 7.1 shows HMD carving out a niche for affordable, widely available smartphones running clean Android with timely updates.
We’ll have a hands-on review soon.