Review: Nokia 7.1

HMD Global, which offers Nokia products to the market, does not slow down. It is already very difficult not to get entangled in an extremely expanded model range, currently represented by a large number of a wide variety of models for every taste and budget. The device belongs to the middle class, where, as you know, that “golden mean” is hidden, which every thrifty buyer seeks to find. In this segment, competition is as high as possible, but there are also some favorites. Whether the new product will be able to take a decent place among them and whether it meets the requirements for a balanced product, in which decent technical characteristics are adequately combined with a reasonable price, you will learn from the review of the new smartphone called Nokia 7.1.


Key features of Nokia 7.1

SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, 8 cores Kryo 260 @ 1.6 / 1.8 GHz
GPU Adreno 509
Android 9 operating system
Touchscreen IPS display (LTPS LCD), 5.84 ″, 2280 × 1080 (19: 9), 432 ppi
Random access memory (RAM) 3/4 GB, internal memory 32/64 GB
MicroSD support up to 400 GB
Nano-SIM support (2 pcs.)
GSM / WCDMA networks
LTE networks (Cat.6) FDD LTE band
Wi-Fi 802.11a / b / g / n / ac (2.4 and 5 GHz)
Bluetooth 5.0
GPS (with A-GPS), Glonass, Galileo, Beidou
3.5mm headphone audio output
Main camera 12 megapixel (f / 1.8) + 5 megapixel (f / 2.4), autofocus, 4K video (30 fps)
Front camera 8 MP, f / 2.0
Proximity and light sensors, gyroscope, accelerometer, magnetometer
The fingerprint scanner
3060 mAh battery, fast charge
Dimensions 150 × 71 × 8 mm
Weight 160 g


Appearance and usability

The Nokia 7.1 smartphone got a very nice design. Tired of the infinitely identical “remnants” users will surely like the flat side trim, which allows you to confidently hold the device in your hand. With this flat side metal frame and two glass panels, the smartphone recalled the legendary iPhone 4, only, of course, larger in size. However, the dimensions by modern standards of Nokia 7.1 are not that big. The smartphone comfortably settles not only in a hand but in any pockets of clothes, it is thin and light, not overweight. The only negative – glass panels. They are slippery and fairly branded – they quickly become covered with fingerprints (but they are also quickly rubbed off with a rag). The camera sticking out of the surface strongly prevents the smartphone from lying on the table. At any touch to the screen, the device is rocked as if by a paperweight. The fingerprint scanner area is slightly recessed, so it is easy to grope blindly. The scanner works fine, without fail.

The LED event indicator on the front panel is not set, but the charging status is displayed even when the screen is off in the Always On Display mode. True, the screen here is not AMOLED, but IPS, so keeping it on all the time means condemning you to fast power consumption. For these reasons, the information on the quenched screen is displayed only when you touch the screen. The displayed information is standard: hours, missed events, charge, etc. The side keys are conveniently located. They are wide but stick out a little from the case, and besides they do not tactilely differ, both are equally smooth. Hybrid card slot, you can simultaneously install either two Nano-SIM-cards, or one memory card and one Nano-SIM. Hot swap is supported. At the bottom, the USB port is represented by a Type-C connector. Here, in the lower end, brought the main speaker and a speaking microphone. Also, the manufacturer retained the 3.5 mm headphone output, which is good news. Nokia 7.1 goes on sale in two equally attractive colors: dark blue, called “Indigo” and dark gray, called “Steel”. In the second version, all the elements are outlined not with silver, but with a copper border; this makes the design interesting and completely finished. The smartphone did not receive protection from water and dust.


Software and Multimedia

As the software platform, Nokia 7.1 uses the Android OS version 9 with the ability to upgrade over the air (OTA). The latest generation Nokia smartphones are the same in this respect: they are all released on the Android One program on a pure Android OS and do not have their own shells. The interface and settings are fully consistent with pure Android, no changes have been made here. Among the pre-installed applications, you can find a complete set of Google Apps and a fully-working Play Store.


Heating is more localized in the upper right part of the device, which apparently corresponds to the location of the SoC chip. According to the maximum heating was 45 degrees (at an ambient temperature of 24 degrees), which is significantly higher than the average value in this test for modern smartphones.


Battery life

The smartphone battery has a capacity of 3060 mAh. The volume by today’s standards is small, and the test results for autonomy are atypical: when reading electronic books, the device proved to be a true long-liver, and, on the contrary, it shows barely satisfactory results in the Youtube video and game modes. Apparently, the problem is in the video accelerator, as with increasing load on the video part, heating and battery consumption increase dramatically immediately. In real life, the device behaves in the same way as most modern smartphones: live to see the evening charge, but you should not count on more. Testing has traditionally been conducted at the usual level of energy consumption without using energy saving functions. Continuous reading in the Moon + Reader program (with a standard, light theme) at the minimum comfortable brightness level (the brightness was set at 100 cd / m²) with auto browsing lasted until the battery was fully discharged 19.5 hours, and while continuously watching video in high quality (720p) ) with the same level of brightness through the home Wi-Fi network, the device functions a little over 8 hours. In the 3D-games mode, the smartphone can work 4 hours depending on the particular game. From the standard network adapter, the smartphone charges for 2 hours and 15 minutes with an initial current of 2.8 A at a voltage of 6.5 V. Further, these values naturally decrease.



At the time of publication of the article, the official retail has slightly reduced the price, but even now the Nokia 7.1 is on sale, perhaps a bit more expensive than its level. And this level is exactly average, here everything is literally average: good cameras, good performance, strange autonomy, unremarkable sound. Is that the screen is clearly good, but it is not AMOLED. The main thing is that all this is in, say, Huawei P Smart 2019, which is even more powerful in the hardware component and Xiaomi Redmi Note 7. Moreover, these opponents do not crawl out of the barrier of $ 300 in different countries of the device.

HMD Global is trying hard now to sell its smartphones. But the device itself is generally very decent, with no visible flaws, for fans of the brand – one of the most balanced smartphones of the entire Nokia line at the moment.

Nokia 7.1 on official site

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