Nokia has announced its new mid-range 7.1 phone, and I have to say that I’m impressed. It has some premium specs with a palatable price point attached, as well as a smartphone world-first.
The new 7.1 is the first phone ever to launch with “PureDisplay screen technology” which allows HDR-quality images to be displayed in the 5.84 scree. It supports HDR 10 and can also convert SDR to HDR in real time.
When it comes to to photo-taking, its sporting a 12MP rear and 5MP front cameras that can be used simultaneously thanks to their ZEISS optics. Nokia calls this the “bothie” features, which is just ridiculous enough for me to be into.
Now, it does have a notch, but I can forgive that because it also contains a headphone jack. Praise be.
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There are also some nice surprises down in the guts of the device.
It has a Snapdragon 636 processor, 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. Nokia has also future-proofed the device with a USB-C port that will charge up to 50% of the battery in half an hour.
When it comes to the battery, its 3,060mAh offering is larger than the iPhone XS which only comes in at 2,658mAh.
Even the Xs Max barely beats it at 3,174mAh. Sure, it won’t have anywhere near as many bells and whistles and or apps draining the life out of the battery. But for people who care more about the basics and have a less complicated relationship with their phones, this could be a solid selling point.
While the device comes with Android One as standard, it can be upgraded to Pie once November rolls around. This should mean that the battery life will be extendable thanks to the OS’ adaptive battery functionality. it also guarantees some AI features.
And because this device is part of the Android One Family, it will receive three years worth of monthly security patches and two years of OS updates.
The Nokia 7.1 will be available from JB Hi-Fi (including SIM-only plans) and Harvey Norman from October 17 with an RRP of $499.