Nokia 7.1 initial review: Pure Android, big screen, modest price

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HMD Global today launched yet another new device under its Android One smartphone lineup in the form of Nokia 7.1 during a launch event in London. The mid-range Android One phone may come to India as well, so here's what you need to know about the device.

Moving on to the other specs, the 7.1 boasts a 5.84-inch full HD+ HDR10 display with a layer of 2.D curved Gorilla Glass 3 on top. The tech provides the new phone with not only the support for HDR10 contents but also real-time SDR to HDR conversion for videos. Greetings Nokia 7.1, welcome to the (ever-increasing) Nokia smartphone family.

"Almost two thirds of videos around the world are viewed on mobile, which is why we've introduced our PureDisplay screen technology, to give everyone a premium viewing experience on a smartphone", HMD Global chief producer officer Juho Sarvikas said about the new handset.

Nokia 7.1 has a 3,060mAh battery with support for fast charging via USB-C. As far as imaging performance is concerned, the Nokia 7.1 seems like one of the best performers in its price bracket and should be more than enough for all but the most demanding of users. The phone is also able to support microSD card with storage space of up to 400GB. Speaking of selfies, Bothies, Nokia's photo mode which stitches together pictures from the front and back cameras, has been adjusted to enable resizing the composition of such pics from a 50/50 split to about 70/30, and a few steps in between. Artificial intelligence advancements allowed HMD to deliver 3D masks and face filters to the front-facing camera of the Nokia 7.1, with the manufacturer referring to those overlays as "personas".

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- The rear cameras on the Nokia 7.1 comes with Zeiss optics, much like the Nokia 7 Plus. Portrait mode can also live-adjust Bokeh intensity - in back through the dual cameras, and up-front via AI algorithms.

The buds offer up to 3.5 hours of playback or 4 hours of talk time with the included charging case offering up to three additional charges.

Out of the box the phone will run the AndroidOne version of Android Oreo, though an upgrade to Android Pie is forthcoming. Like most other smartphones in HMD Global's line-up, the Nokia 7.1 too is Android One-certified. The smartphone will be on pre-order starting on October 5 with actual shipments coming on October 28. The base model of the handset that won't be sold in the US will start at €319 in Europe, whereas the more powerful one should feature a €349 price tag.

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