Having already launched a plethora of smartphones this year, HMD Global is now adding another member to its burgeoning line-up. Right on schedule, the Finnish company launched the brand-new Nokia 7.1 at an event in London. Along with the smartphone, two companion audio accessories – Nokia True Wireless Earbuds and Nokia Pro Wireless Earphones – have also been unveiled.
Nokia 7.1: Specifications and features
Featuring dual-anodized diamond-cut edges, Nokia 7.1 comes in two colors – Midnight Blue and Steel. The new Nokia 7.1 follows the same design language as the X.1-series smartphones like the Nokia 5.1 Plus, and Nokia 6.1 Plus.
The Nokia 7.1’s highlight is its display. It is the first smartphone to come with ‘PureDisplay’ technology, which ensures higher contrast, and more vibrant colors. It has a 5.84-inch IPS LCD FHD+ notched panel, with a resolution of 1080×2280 pixels and a 19:9 aspect ratio. The display is HDR10-compliant, and has a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio. Interestingly, the smartphone also has a dedicated 16-bit engine that can convert SDR content to HDR in real-time.
Under the hood is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC, same as Nokia 6.1 Plus. It’s paired with 3GB/4GB of RAM, and 32GB/64GB of internal storage with support for microSD cards of up to 400GB. Like most other smartphones in HMD Global’s line-up, the Nokia 7.1 too is Android One-certified. It runs stock Android Oreo out-of-the-box, with an update to Android Pie scheduled to arrive soon.
Talking about imaging, Nokia 7.1 features a dual-camera system at the back. It’s comprised of a 12-megapixel (f/1.8) sensor, and a 5-megapixel (f/2.4) sensor, complete with ZEISS optics and dual-LED flash. Up front, there’s an 8-megapixel (f/2.2) AI-enhanced camera for selfies and video calls, with support for ‘3D Personas’ (Nokia’s take on Animojis). There’s support for ‘Bothies’ as well, and they can be live streamed directly to Facebook and YouTube.
Nokia 7.1: Availability
Nokia 7.1 will be available in selected markets around the world in October itself. The two variants are priced at €299 and €349 respectively. It’s worth mentioning that HMD Global hasn’t announced anything (yet) about the smartphone’s availability in India. However, the company does have an event scheduled for October 11, where it may launch the 7.1 in the country.
Nokia True Wireless Earbuds
Providing a playback time of 3.5 hours on a single charge, these new wireless earbuds are compact enough to be carried around everywhere. For the same, they come with a charging/carrying case that can juice them up for up to 16 hours of playback.
Watch: Nokia 7 Plus First Look
Nokia Pro Wireless Earphones
These earphones come with a headband that sits comfortably around the user’s neck. They are claimed to have a playback time of 10 hours on a single charge, and come with a built-in vibration function that alerts the user of incoming calls and other notifications.