HMD Global has introduced Nokia 7.1, a phone that the company hopes will help it cash in on Europe’s growing demand for premium mid-end smartphones. The Nokia 7.1 Plus announced in London on Thursday has a premium metal-glass design, an HDR10-ready display, and a Zeiss-branded dual camera setup on the back.
Nokia 7.1 represents HMD Global’s fresh attempt to gain market share in Europe, which has become a battleground among Chinese players. Players like Xiaomi, Oppo, and Huawei have long confined to their home market for the growth but now the trend is changing. The aggressive expansion into Western Europe – mainly France, Spain, and Italy – of Chinese players comes at a time when the demand for smartphones has slowed down in China.
Nokia 7.1 specifications
The dual-SIM (Nano) Nokia 7.1 runs Android Oreo, based on the Android One programme, with an upgrade to Android 9.0 Pie slated for next month. It sports a 5.84-inch full-HD+ (1080×2280 pixels) PureDisplay panel with a 19:9 aspect ratio, HDR10 support, and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The handset is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC, paired with 3GB/ 4GB of RAM and 32GB/ 64GB of inbuilt storage.
In terms of optics, the Nokia 7.1 bears a vertically aligned pair of dual rear camera setup that consists of a 12-megapixel primary sensor, with autofocus and f/1.8 aperture, and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor with fixed focus and f/2.4 aperture. The company is also touting two-phase detection and Zeiss optics for the rear camera setup, apart from EIS. On the front, the handset sports an 8-megapixel fixed focus sensor with f/2.0 aperture and 84-degree field-of-view. There is a 3,060mAh non-removable battery under the hood with 18W fast charging, delivering 50 percent charge in 30 minutes.
Connectivity options on the Nokia 7.1 include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, GLONASS, NFC, USB Type-C, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Sensors onboard the smartphone include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, electronic compass, gyroscope, proximity sensor, and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. Dimensions are 149.7×71.19×7.99mm and weight is 159 grams.
Nokia 7.1 price, availability
Nokia 7.1 price starts at a global average of EUR 319 (roughly Rs. 27,000). The phone will be sold in Gloss Midnight Blue and Gloss Steel colour options, across global markets, starting October this year. India pricing and availability will be announced later.