But for people who care more about the basics and have a less complicated relationship with their phones, this could be a solid selling point.
It is backed by a 3,060mAh non-removable battery that also supports fast charging.
Best of all, the Nokia 7.1 runs Android One. It will be available in Gloss Midnight Blue and Gloss Steel color options. The USP of the device is its 5.84-inch screen with a Full HD+ (1080X2280 pixels) resolution and a notch on top. The front is protected by Gorilla Glass 3 and according to HMD Global, the LCD panel can get noticeably bright. The handset is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC, paired with 3GB/ 4GB of RAM and 32GB/ 64GB of inbuilt storage. While the base worldwide model of the handset offers only 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage space, the one that's set to be available in the USA will feature twice as much flash memory and 4GB of RAM. A dedicated micro-SD card slot takes up to 400GB card.
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On the rear, you'll find two Zeiss-tuned cameras, with a 12MP primary camera alongside a 5MP depth sensing camera, allowing for striking depth-of-field portrait shots. All the cameras benefit immensely from Artificial Intelligence or AI-powered features. It will receive three years of monthly security patches and two years of OS updates, as part of an Android One programme. with an upgrade to Android 9.0 Pie slated for next month.
HMD Global is the only manufacturer which is rolling out quick software updates to its smartphones. The display supports HDR 10 and is also capable of converting SDR to HDR in real time. The smartphone is also equipped with the Live Bokeh mode for both camera sensors.
One area where these latest Nokia's continue to impress is their close relationship with the Android operating system. HMD Global assures the Android One ecosystem is "Pure, Secure and Up to Date". It will be updated to Android 9 Pie via an update in November. Android 9 Pie includes features such as adaptive brightness, adaptive battery, refreshed user interface, app actions, Digital Wellbeing, app slices among others.
The first thing that stands out with the Nokia 7.1 is its lovely design and materials. In other words, the smartphone can work well for personal and business use. The two variants are priced at €299 and €349 respectively. The price is valid for the 3GB/32GB variant. You can certainly get equal or better specifications for the price, but HMD Global says the focus is on delivering the best possible smartphone experience. The "dual-anodised diamond-cut coloured edges", which we assume is marketing bumf for "shiny and metallic", help to give the Nokia 7.1 a heft not always associated with phones at this price. Hence we expect the smartphone may arrive in India shortly.