HMD Global today introduced its new ‘performance mainstream’ smartphone that will replace the existing Nokia 7.1 on the global market and will be available towards the end of the month. The new Nokia 7.1 features a large 5.84-inch display featuring a 19:9 aspect ratio with a notch and is based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 636 platform.

The Nokia 7.1 comes in a symmetric chassis with rather sharp edges designed to ensure a pleasant and reliable grip during usage of the phone. The enclosure is comprised of a 6000-series unibody CNC-machined aluminum frame, and a die cast metallic center covered with glass for some extra bling, a rather unique construction and combination of materials. As for finishes, the Nokia 7.1 will be available in Gloss Midnight Blue and Gloss Steel colors with the latter featuring copper accents.

The smartphone is outfitted with a 5.84-inch 19:9 display with a 2244×1080 resolution, a 1,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio (not that DCR matters that much, but HMD only mentions this one), and Corning Gorilla 3 cover glass. The LCD uses Nokia’s new PureDisplay hardware and software technology enabled by a PixelWorks chip that is capable of displaying HDR10 content, upscale SDR content to HDR, and adjust brightness and contrast dynamically to provide the best visual experience both indoors and outdoors.

From internal hardware point of view, the Nokia 7.1 is based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 that integrates eight Kryo 260 cores (so, four semi-custom Cortex-A73 and four semi-custom Cortex-A53 cores) along with an Adreno 509 graphics core, and an X12 LTE modem. The SoC will be accompanied by 3 or 4 GB of LPDDR4 memory as well as 32 GB or 64 GB of NAND flash storage. The handset is outfitted with a built-in 3,060 mAh battery that can charge to 50% in 30 minutes.

Moving on to imaging capabilities of the Nokia 7.1. The main camera features optics developed by Zeiss, a 12MP sensor with an f/1.8 aperture and a 5MP B&W sensor to capture depth. The selfie camera uses a 8MP f/2.0 sensor and support “AI-enhanced” face unlock. As usual, Nokia outfits its cams with a host of enhancements and exclusive features, such as the “bothie” that allows to record videos or take photos using both front and back cameras at the same time. One thing to note is that besides new hardware, Nokia 7.1’s camera also received new UI that features a Pro Camera Mode that enables a thorough control of white balance, ISO, aperture, and shutter speed.

When it comes to physical interfaces, the Nokia 7.1 has a USB Type-C for data and power, a 3.5-mm TRRS audio jack, a fingerprint reader on the back, as well as a regular set of physical buttons (power, volume, etc.).

As for software, the Nokia 7.1 will be initially available with Android 8.1 Oreo and will receive an Android 9 Pie update shortly after the launch. Meanwhile, like other recent phones from HMD, the Nokia 7.1 belongs to the AndroidOne programme, which guarantees three years of monthly security patches, and two years of OS updates.

The Nokia 7.1 will hit select markets in October 22. The 3 GB/32 GB version will cost $349/€319, whereas the 4 GB/64 GB flavor will be available for €349.

General Specifications of the Nokia 7.1
  Nokia 7.1
Nokia 7.1
Display Size 5.84"
Resolution 2244×1080 (19:9)
Cover Gorilla Glass 3
Processor PixelWorks
SoC Snapdragon 636
8 × Kryo 260 @ 1.8 GHz
four semi-custom Cortex-A73 cores
four semi-custom Cortex-A53 cores
GPU Adreno 509
Storage 32 GB + microSD 64 GB + microSD
Networks GSM GPRS (2G), UMTS HSPA (3G), LTE (4G)
SIM Size Nano SIM
SIM Options Dual SIM, second SIM slot is used by microSD card
Local Connectivity 802.11ac Wi-Fi, BT 5.0, NFC,
3.5mm jack,
USB 2.0 Type-C
Front Camera 8 MP
Rear Camera Main: 12 MP, f/1.8, 1.28µm, Dual Pixel PDAF
Depth: 5 MP, f/2.4, 1.12µm
Flash: dual-LED
Battery 3,060 mAh
Dimensions Height 149.7 mm | 5.89 inches
Width 71.2 mm | 2.8 inches
Thickness 8 mm | 0.31 inches
Weight 160 grams | 5.63 ounces
Launch OS Android 8.1 at launch
Android 9.0 later on

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Sources: HMD Global, GSMArena,

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  • melgross - Thursday, October 4, 2018 - link

    Ooh, Zeiss optics. I hope everyone understands that while Zeiss makes some of the finest lenses, and I have some, smartphone lenses cost about $5. They are totally different from the $1,000+ optics made for interchangeable lens cameras.

    Many companies design, and make excellent lenses for small sensor cameras. Zeiss, Leica and Schneider have no advantage over them.

    This is just marketing.
  • rocky12345 - Thursday, October 4, 2018 - link

    Notch check (someone should tell these companies no body actually likes the notch or at least most do not.)
    Zeiss Lens check ( I guess they did not get the memo Zeiss is not the cool kid on the block any more I think that stopped happening back in like 2009.)
    Looks like every other phone with no redeeming qualities they can call their own check.

    Other than that hey it's a great phone or at least it would be if Nokia actually was still just Nokia and not some name sake only from the past.

    Do not get me wrong I was a huge Nokia fan I really liked their phones until they changed hands a couple times and the best of the company ended up in the dumpster.
  • haukionkannel - Friday, October 5, 2018 - link

    Well most people like notch that is why it is so popular in the phones.
    I am not too interested of having notch phone but most customers think that phone is oldfachioned if there is not notch in it. So company has ro have notch if its wan to sell big amounth of its phones...
    ... trends Are not always sensible...
  • LiverpoolFC5903 - Friday, October 5, 2018 - link

    In what way?
    They provide good build quality, distinct design (check out the 7 plus) and stock android. Their cameras are decent if not class leading. Their 'core' is still Finnish and the brains behind the operation.
    How does ownership determine a phone's quality again? Do illuminate us.
  • ads295 - Sunday, October 7, 2018 - link

    Look at Motorola on its own and Moto under Lenovo, and you'll see they're worlds apart. The first Moto G was nothing short of awesome, while the current Gs are filled with bugs and a new one comes every few months.
    Nokias under the previous ownership would never have used a sealed-in battery (for example even the Nokia N8's battery only needed two screws in order to get it out.)
  • Diji1 - Friday, October 5, 2018 - link

    If they don't like it then why aren't they buying the alternatives that don't have the notch?

    Personally I prefer the notch as it reduces the bezel size. If the notch was not there there would be taskbar space that rarely gets used instead and more bezel.
  • piroroadkill - Friday, October 5, 2018 - link

    Smartphones are becoming insanely boring. They're all the same these days. I recently started using my old Sony Xperia Z3 Compact as my work phone instead of my Huawei P10 Lite (which was free from work), and holy shit do I love the form factor of the Z3 Compact. I figured maybe I would be too used to a larger screen - not true at all. It's so nice having a phone that actually fits in the hand.
  • Notmyusualid - Friday, October 5, 2018 - link

    My brother bought the version before this - loves it!

    And as I also PAY for my handsets, and use minimalist monthly contracts, I'm waiting on 5G before changing.

    The notch and no 3.5mm would kill this for me too.
  • RBFL - Friday, October 5, 2018 - link

    If you look at the text and the last picture it has a 3.5mm jack.
  • gamer1000k - Friday, October 5, 2018 - link

    Sad to see yet another promising phone ruined by a glass back and notch (and a bit too high of a price tag).

    Glass backs might feel nice in the hand for 5 minutes (until the phone slips out of the hand and shatters on the floor), but add unnecessary weight and fragility. I can understand people not wanting cheap plastic backs, but there's plenty of high quality plastics or composites (like carbon fiber or kevlar) that probably could be made to feel just as nice. Not to mention that most people put their phone in a case right away anyways, completely defeating the purpose of using any sort of "premium" materials for the back.

    The notch is just a marketing gimmick to allow them to quote a larger screen size in the same size body. Aside from looking tacky, those little"ears" on either side of the notch are so small as to be fairly useless, but now we have Apple and Google going full speed ahead to cram all the notifications into that space which ultimately results in a less usable device compared to the full width notification bar we have now. Hopefully they won't start drawing a virtual notch on non-notched phones now...

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