Nokia launched the Premium Midrange smartphone Named Nokia 7.1. Nokia 7.1 was released in India on 7 Dec 2018. Nokia 7.1 is priced at 19,990 @ 4GB + 64 GB Variant.
Nokia released 7.1 in only one model. when I’m using Nokia 7.1 I felt it is excellent in the hand due to premium glass and aluminium build quality and had a Dual Camera Setup and features a Full HD+ HDR rated IPS screen. but is also has the DNA of Elder Brother and Nokia 8.1.
it features the Snapdragon chip from Qualcomm named SD 636 which is available on Redmi Note 6 Pro. this chip is made of 14nm LPP (Low Power Plus) FinFet process. this processor is divided into 2 parts; the first part features 4 x Kryo 260 low power cores which are clocked at 1.8GHz, second part features 4 x Kryo 260 high powered cores which are clocked at 2.2GHz. it has Adreno 509 GPU which increases its work by 20% compared to SD 636 the last processor from Qualcomm it has a X12 Modem which has Download and Upload speeds of 600 & 150MBPS. it does not have integrated Ai bulit in processor. For Ai manufacturers are using Software Optimizations which helps in AI Capabilities.
this phone has a Dual Camera setup which comprises a 12MP primary sensor + 5MP Depth sensor which makes the user take normal and portrait images.
I will divide the review into pros & cons. let’s see quick specs of
Nokia 7.1 and Jump into the Review
- 5.84” FHD+ IPS LCD Notch display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Protection
- Snapdragon 636 octa-core CPU
- Adreno 509 GPU
- 4 GB ram
- 64 GB internal storage / Expandable Storage up to 256GB via Micro SD card
- Single Speaker with Smart Amp
- Dual nano sim slot
- Dual rear camera 2MP f/1.8 (Main) + 5MP f/2.4 B&W sensor
- Front camera 8MP (f/2.0)
- 3060 Mah battery with Adaptive Fast charging support
- USB TYPE-C / NFC
- Fingerprint sensor
- Bluetooth 5.0 LE / WiFi / Ozo Audio
- Android 9.0 Pie
5.84” Full HD+ IPS LCD screen :
Here in Display Department Nokia 7.1 Features an Excellent FHD+ Super IPS LCD panel Notch screen with 403 pixels per inch, the colors are vibrant and enjoyable, viewing angles are also good. There are No issues & problems with screen quality. It is bright to see in direct sunlight. This Display is HDR capable so that you can play HDR Videos on your Nokia 7.1.
Single Speaker and Headphone Jack:
In Nokia 7.1 Nokia Used their Single Speaker System with Smart Amp technology which were is very loud and Equal to their Last years Nokia 7 Plus Smartphone. These speakers are supported by Ozo Audio Sound technology which helps to get clear sound output from the mobile speaker. Here earpiece provides a louder sound which is useful Calls in Noisy Conditions.
Coming to Headphone jack and earphones, the headphone jack provided with a punchy and clear sound with the support of Dolby Atmos support. The headphones are present in the Box, And they are good for listening to music and for taking voice calls.
Build Quality :
Nokia 7.1 is Build with a 6000 series aluminum frame on side and front and back of the device is protected with Corning Gorilla glass 3. it provides a good look and feels Because it is made with Aluminium body and glass. Nokia 7.1 was Build with aluminum frame and glass there are no issues of creakiness with the build quality and appearance well built and the bezels are shrunk down to place a 5.84” IPS LCD HDR screen.
Rear fingerprint scanner:
Nokia 7.1 Features a Rear mounted fingerprint sensor which is present on the top back of the phone. By performance, it is fast and very accurate to recognize the fingerprint of the user. Here Nokia included the fingerprint gestures which we see in the Flagship smartphones.
Nokia 7.1 does not have Face unlock due to stock Android UI. Nokia can add this through a Software OTA Update.
Nokia 7.1 feels very light with 5.84” Screen and 3060 mAh battery equipped. This Nokia 7.1 can be used in one hand. The weight balance is done very well on the device.
My Nokia 7.1 lasted a Full Working day with heavy usage, and at the end of the day, I had 14% of charge left in the phone which is good for a 3060 mAH Battery. We got 5 Hours of Sot( Screen on time) on using Mobile data which is good. You will get above 5.5hr Battery life if you use on WiFi. The ideal drain of Nokia 7.1 is very low as Nokia 7 Plus. The Quick charging 3.0 makes a difference and charges the phone in 98 min which is a bit good. Nokia 7.1 has an 18W charger which is good, and it is a plus point.
Android 9 Pie Operating System :
Stock Android 9 Pie is present on the Nokia 7.1 is very fast & so fluid, No lags were noticed. This is pure stock Android experience and does not have special features like Custom UI’s.
My Nokia 7.1 managed to do day to day tasks very well like the Elder brother Nokia 7 Plus. There are No issues and problems with the UI, and there are no heating issues with Nokia 7.1.
Ram Management :
Ram Management is done very well on this Nokia 7.1 device. It features 4GB ram, and I did not notice any lags with the 4GB Ram device, and there are no reloading of apps on this Nokia 7.1. Multitasking experience is nice.
Coming to Gaming, we played Asphalt 9 & PUBG at highest graphics setting without lags & frame drops in the game. The gameplay is excellent on the Device.
Call Quality :
The Call quality on Nokia 7.1 is excellent, and there are no issues with cellular call quality. We have taken long calls in a day, and the other party doesn’t complain. The earpiece is included in the Notch Area.
Coming to the Camera Department, Nokia 7.1 features a Dual Camera setup on the back of the device and a single camera on the front of the device with Carl Zeiss Branding. They work perfectly in Nokia 7.1. let’s divide the cameras and look at the performance of them
1. Main Camera: the 12MP Dual Pixel System main Camera is Awesome and features a Fixed Aperture of F/1.8. The daylight pictures are Excellent and contain very Excellent details. Exposure is in control with Excellent Dynamic range to take good photos in good lighting Conditions. in low light Conditions, the pictures had a good sharpness a detail which is good to see. The Exposure is in control to take good Pictures.
2. Depth Camera: the 5MP Depth Camera lens on Nokia 7.1 works does an excellent job in good lighting conditions. It gives Good bokeh to the pictures like DSLR Camera. Here You can adjust the Bokeh mode and take Photos As you like. In low lighting conditions, the 5MP Depth camera does not make a mark due to Edge Detection in the low light or night conditions.
Video recording can be done up to 4k@30fps .the video footage has excellent Colours with great sharpness and decent dynamic range. Stabilization is Available 1080p FHD recording and Not Available in 4K 30FPS. The Video is stable in 4K with great colors and sharpness with controlled Exposure and Dynamic range. In 4K the Details are good when compared to the standard 12MP Camera. In low light 4K Recording is excellent and Equal to One plus 6T.
The Video Quality is good and Stable in 1080P with Excellent sharpness. The details are Not Bad to see with With Good Colours and Sharpness. The Details are Good When Compared to Normal 1080P video Recording. In Low Light, the Video is good Equal To Midrange Flagship Devices.
Selfie camera :
Nokia 7.1 features an 8MP selfie camera with large 1.22 μm pixel size and 80˚ field of view. it has a fixed aperture of F/2.0. the Picture quality is fantastic and captures pictures in a Wide view in good lighting conditions it also captures better lowlight images compared to the rear camera. AI beautification mode is available. Photos are well detailed and contain a decent dynamic range.
This single camera can be used to take portraits images from the front with the Help of Artifical Intelligence.I
Widevine L1 support:
Nokia 7.1 has Widevine L1 support to stream HD videos from Amazon Prime or NetFlix which is good to see in a budget samsung Smartphone and which is a advantage in Nokia 7.1.
All Sensors :
Nokia is providing all sensors like proximity, magnetometer, Fingerprint gyroscope and Ambient light sensing sensors which is good to see.
Awesome IPS LCD HDR supported Display
Perfect battery with 18W Fast Charging
Flaw less Light weighted aluminium & glass structure
Perfect Rear camera
DSLR like portrait Images
No 4K@60 FPS video Recording
Normal front camera
No IP rating and splash proof resistant
A bit High pricing Due to Nokia Branding.
Who can Get Nokia 7.1:
if you want an IPS LCD HDR screen with FHD+ resolution with Dual camera set up on the rear with premium glass and aluminum finish of Nokia then you can go With Nokia 7.1. If you want the price to performance smartphones with best in class Hardware without premium feeling then
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