Design and build
The back of the Nokia 7.1 is quite attractive with a glass panel that beautifully glows. On it you will see the primary camera centrally placed and in vertical orientation. It pops out a little so when so when your smartphone lies on a flat surface in dances as you type. Below the camera is a rear mounted fingerprint scanner that is quite accurate and fast in unlocking this smartphone.
By the way there is also face unlock that the front facing camera executes. It’s not the most accurate in the market but works just fine. Then below the scanner is Nokia branding (vertical) and just before the very bottom of the back is Android One inscription which tells you that this smartphone runs Android One.
On the front part we see a bottom chin bezel with Nokia branding and a top notch that houses a selfie camera, call speaker and a bunch of sensors. There is no led notification light here but as a substitute there is Always on display feature. Well not always but it turns on when you lift your phone or receive a notification. That display panel on the front is a 5.84 inch one that sits a on a 85.1 cm2 surface area.
The sides and/frames of this phone are made from 6000 series of aluminum and has bronze/golden line that runs all round. The corners are smooth and rounded.
Display and camera
As mentioned already the display here is a 5.84 inches panel that has a resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels. It is an IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen that supports 16M colors and multi touch feature. A HDR compliant display it is and that could as well be a key selling point of this smartphone.
You can watch HDR videos on it and in truth, the experience is quite splendid. There is Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection here that will ensure your display’s durability. It has a 432 ppi that makes it quite sharp and gives it good color. This display isn’t as good as it is indoors outdoors. Your sure will struggle a little with outdoor visibility here no doubt.
The cameras on the Nokia 7.1 are impressive parts of it. The primary camera constitutes of two lenses. The main is a 12 MP, f/1.8, 1.28µm, Dual Pixel PDAF and the other a 5 MP, f/2.4, 1.12µm, depth sensor.
Well photos are great here, just as great as the 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps (gyro-EIS) video recording. The selfie camera is an 8 MP, f/2.0, 24mm with 1080p@30fps video recording. Some of the camera features available here include Zeiss optics, dual-LED dual-tone flash, panorama and HDR.
Performance and memory
I’m happy to see Android One on this phone. You know what that means, timely updates. Speaking of updates it comes running on Android 8.1 (Oreo) that has a planned upgrade to Android 9.0 (Pie).
A Qualcomm SDM636 Snapdragon 636 (14 nm) chipset is on deck with an Octa-core 1.8 GHz Kryo 260 CPU and an Adreno 509 GPU. These are decent midrange features on the Nokia 7.1. Probably the reason why it costs what it does.
The internal memory of the Nokia 7.1 is either 64 GB with 4 GB RAM or 32 GB or 3 GB RAM. And it can be further expanded up to 400 GB using a microSD card but at the expense of the SIM 2 slot.
These days we see midrange smartphones with 6GB RAM and above, not that 4GB of RAM will underperform really just that more memory could be very much appreciated.
The battery is a decent Li-Ion 3060 mAh. It is non removable of course. It is rare to find removable batteries on smartphones these days.