Nokia 7.1 review

Nokia brand smartphone maker HMD Global is fast launching new handsets in the Indian market. Nokia’s latest mid-range smartphone Nokia 7.1 is priced slightly higher than Nokia 6.1 Plus. Only one variant of Nokia 7.1 has been launched in India, which comes with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage. The price of this variant is Rs 19,999.

Talking about the specialty of the phone, it has a 5.84 inch notch display, which is equipped with HDR support. Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor has been used in Nokia 7.1 for speed and multitasking. Apart from this, this phone comes with two rear cameras, 4 GB RAM, 3,060 mAh battery and Carl Zeiss optics. Sales of Nokia 7.1 have started in India, so let’s know about it in detail.

Design of nokia 7.1

Nokia 7.1 uses aluminum frame and metal due to which it offers a strong claim. It is fantastic in appearance and there is no doubt that it is an attractive smartphone in this price range. The back panel of the phone is made of glass, which is why it gets fingerprints and it can slip easily. Nokia 7.1 is quite big, due to which you may have trouble using the phone with one hand.

No buttons are provided on the front panel of the Nokia 7.1 smartphone, but there are power and volume buttons on the right side of the phone. At the same time, the SIM-tray is provided on the left side of the phone, you can insert a SIM or microSD card in another slot if you want. There is a notch on the upper part of the phone, which is quite small. Android Pie update does not have the feature to hide the notch, but the user can find this option in the Developer option of the Settings app. There is a border at the bottom of the phone where you will see the Nokia brand logo.


Dual-rear camera setup has been given on the back panel for photography, it is also worth noting that you will see the Zeiss logo just below the primary sensor. This means Nokia 7.1 comes with Carl Zeiss optics. Not only that, there will be fingerprint sensor for security, Nokia brand logo and Android One written on the back panel. The loudspeaker and USB Type-C port have been replaced at the bottom of the phone. A loud and clear sound is heard from the speaker.

Nokia 7.1 specification and display

Nokia 7.1 smartphone has been launched in only 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage variants, it is possible to increase the storage to 400 GB with the help of MicroSD card. The phone has a hybrid-SIM tray, which means you can insert a SIM or memory card in another slot if you want. The phone has a 3,060 mAh battery and fast charging support. Nokia 7.1 runs on Android 8.1 Oreo. Our review unit has received Android 9.0 Pie stable update.


For connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 AC, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / A-GPS, GLONASS, NFC, Type C (USB 2.0), OTG, 3.5mm headphone jack support. Nokia 7.1 with a 19: 9 aspect ratio and HDR 10 support has a 5.84-inch full HD + (1080×2280 pixels) display. The display of the phone is bright, as well as colors are seen in it. Its viewing angle is also quite spectacular. HDR content appears sharp and vibrant.

Nokia 7.1 performance, software and battery life

Nokia 7.1 has 4 GB RAM with Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor. The phone performs all the tasks of the day correctly and easily. The UI animations are also smooth. There was no problem playing Asphalt 9 on the medium graphics settings. Now talk of benchmark score. Nokia 7.1 on Antutu has scored 1,16,083, 33fps in GFXBench T-Rex, 9.6fps in GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 and 1,340 and 4,926 in Geekbench single and multi-core tests respectively.

Nokia 7.1 is a part of Android One. Huawei, Samsung and Realme smartphones have the facility to run two WhatsApp apps simultaneously, but in this phone you cannot run two WhatsApp simultaneously. The phone has an ambient display feature that shows notifications of missed calls and app notifications. Nokia 7.1 has also given many gestures for the convenience of users.


Apart from this, you can use Android Pie navigational gestures. There will be no problem in using them. The phone has a digital wellbeing feature that tracks how fast you are using different apps, how many times you unlock the phone and how many notifications you receive in a day. Dark mode feature will also be added to the phone along with Android Pie update. This app darkens the drawer and also provides a quick toggle panel.


There will be an 8 megapixel front camera for selfie and video calling, its incarnation is F / 2.0. Nokia 7.1 comes with Face Unlock support, it works correctly when there is sufficient amount of light. It works irregularly in low-light and sunlight. The face unlock setup process in Nokia 7.1 is a bit slow. It is expected that this will be improved by software updates to Nokia 7.1 in future. The fingerprint sensor works correctly and rapidly.

In our HD video loop battery test, Nokia 7.1 backed up for 9 hours and 30 minutes. In case of over-use of medium, the phone lasted for 12 hours and still 15 percent battery was left. Android Pie update brings with it Battery Saver Mode and Adaptive Battery feature. The fast charger fully charges the phone in 1.5 hours. Despite the glass back panel, the phone does not come with wireless charging support.

Nokia 7.1 camera

Nokia 7.1 has two rear cameras for photography, which comes with Carl Zeiss optics and electronic image stabilization. A 5-megapixel secondary sensor with F / 2.4 aperture with a 12-megapixel primary sensor with F / 1.8 aperture will work in chew. There will be an 8 megapixel front camera for selfie and video calling, its incarnation is F / 2.0. This Nokia brand smartphone comes with dual flash.

Photographs taken when there was sufficient amount of light came crisp and vivid colors were also visible. From our experience, the pictures taken in portrait shots also came out quite impressive. Noise was the least in pictures taken in low light and the photos came out quite right. Many times we felt sharpness in pictures taken from the phone. Of course HMD Global has done a lot of work on low-light performance in Nokia 7.1 but Xiaomi Mi A2 (Review) camera is the best in this price segment.


Photos also came good with an 8 megapixel selfie sensor. The LED flash is not present on the front panel, but the pictures in low-light satisfied us. Explain that the front camera uses software algorithms to take portrait shots. The camera app will get features such as AR stickers, dual-site mode, AI portrait lighting. AR stickers can be used with rear and front cameras. In dual-site mode, the picture quality taken from the rear and front camera was not very good. The front camera is capable of recording 1080p and the rear camera 4K video. Please tell that the quality of the video is good.

Our decision

The price of Nokia 7.1 with Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor is slightly higher as flagship-grade processors have been used in smartphones such as Poco F1 and Honor Play in this price segment. Talking about the power of the processor, the Nokia 7.1 is an all-rounder smartphone. The highlight of Nokia 7.1 is the crisp and Vivid HDR display of the phone and it offers the best claim in this price segment. Nokia 7.1, as we told you that Android One is part of the program, so in such a situation the phone is guaranteed to get regular updates. The look is quite attractive, its build quality is also very good. HMD Global has also done a lot of work on the low-light camera performance of Nokia 7.1.

You can of course buy Xiaomi Poco F1 and Honor Play which are equipped with flagship-grade processors. But it is also worth noting that Poco F1 is made of plastic which does not give a premium look, while the Nokia 7.1’s premium look makes it attractive. Poco F1 and Honor Play run on MIUI and EMUI skin which comes with third party bloat. In the end, only that Nokia 7.1 is a strong smartphone that can easily manage all the tasks of the day.

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