HMD today has announced their latest Nokia branded smartphone which is the Nokia 7.1 and it has some juicy specs for a relatively ‘budget’ smartphone.
Starting off with the design, the notch has now been poached over to the Nokia phones and now the 7.1 has it. The Nokia 7.1 has a 5.84 inch display with 2280 by 1080 pixel resolution which is covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. This 19:9 aspect ratio display is HDR10 certified which is impressive for a ‘budget’ phone and this means you’ll be able to enjoy HDR content better that is taken with your phone or uploaded in sites like YouTube.
It also has a glass-metal sandwich like the more expensive phones out there with a 6000 series aluminium frame and available in two colours: Gloss Steel and Gloss Midnight Blue.
HMD has also touted the camera capabilities of the new phone. The rear camera system comprises of a 12MP main sensor with an f 1.8 lens and 1.28um sized pixels and a 5MP secondary one with an f 2.4 aperture lens and 1.12um sized pixels. They both feature with ZEISS optics which is great and also the front facing camera is a 8MP unit with an f 2.0 aperture lens.
They have also lauded the phone’s ability in HDR photography and AI and depth based imaging which will allow you to take better looking photos and also photos with bokeh blur, which has become a trend for the past two years. It also has an improved Bothie mode which allows you to shoot videos and photos simultaneously between the front and rear facing cameras.
It runs on Android 8.1 but will get Android 9 (Pie) later on in November and will get 2 years of support. The phone is powered by the Snapdragon 636 SoC which is the midrange powerhouse and has either 3 or 4GB of LPPDDR4X RAM or 32 or 64GB of eMMC 5.1 internal storage. You can further expand the storage to support memory cards upto 400GB.
The battery is a 3060mAh unit and since it supports fast charging over its USB-C port, it can get 50% of its charge in just 30 minutes.
The base 3GB/32GB configuration will start at €319 (Kshs 37K) and the 4GB/64GB one will be €349 (Kshs 41K).
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Almost identical with the Nokia 6.1 Plus (X6) which is cheaper.
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