Nokia’s Latest Product Is a Gorgeous $349 Android Phone

Posted on October 4, 2018 by Mehedi Hassan in Android, Hardware with 53 Comments

HMD Global just introduced a new Nokia-branded smartphone, the Nokia 7.1. HMD usually focuses on Asian markets with its products, but this time around, the company’s latest affordable flagship is coming to the United Kingdom and the United States.

Nokia’s new flagship, the Nokia 7.1, is a gorgeous 5.84-inch device that comes with Nokia’s FullHD+ PureDisplay. The display supports HDR 10 and is also capable of converting SDR to HDR in real time. Under the hood, the Nokia 7,1 is powered by a Snapdragon 635, and up to 4GB of LPDDR4x RAM. For the storage, you can get up to 64GB of internal storage, as well as a microSD card slot.

The device has a dual camera setup on the back, with 12MP and 5MP sensors that are capable of enabling Bothies. The device has a 3060mAh battery, which should be decent enough for the power it needs. It does, of course, have a notch, but don’t worry — there’s a headphone jack.

Nokia 7.1 will be available in two colours: gloss midnight blue, and gloss steel. The device starts at $349 in the United States and £299 in the United Kingdom, where you’ll also be able to buy a 32GB model of the device.

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53 responses to “Nokia’s Latest Product Is a Gorgeous $349 Android Phone”

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    dcdevito

    A $350 phone that has a smaller notch than the $1000 Pixel 3 XL. Incredible.

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    Patrick3D

    It's also running Android One: 3 years of security updates and zero bloatware. I've got the Nokia 3.1 for now while I ween myself off of iOS. Kind of wish I went with the 6.1 for NFC support.

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    Chris Hedlund

    Awe - look - it even has a cute little notch at the top - not like the 'overly-large notch' on the iPhone...

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    Bats

    It's ok. Looks like every other phone. Why Medhi call's this "gorgeous" is (LOL)...beyond me. I think someone needs a g.....


    To be honest, I don't know why people still have a problem with "the notch." In my (law) firm, there are several colleagues (all tech illiterate) who use the iPhone X and there could be more who I am not aware is using that phone. To those iPhone X users, I asked how is the phone? I was trying to lead them to talk about the "notch" and they never mentioned. They didn't even notice. I watch a lot of Youtube creators who I noticed you iPhone Xs and they're not complaining. It's not like they were forced to buy it. These Youtube creators are models, style coaches, and travel pros. The only people who complain about this are the people who cover or follow the tech industry. 


    The point is, I don't know why "tech" people are so against "the notch." It's not even a notch, by definition. From the looks of the iPhone X and Pixel 3 XL, all it is the removal of 2/3rds top bezel. 

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    roho

    wow, cheaper than a one plus. Looking forward to full review, details missing.


    iphone and Samsung $1000 sets are a rip off.

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      MikeCerm

      In reply to RoHo:

      OnePlus is high-end, and this is solidly mid-range. OnePlus includes a much nicer AMOLED screen, a much more powerful CPU, a much better camera, a much smaller chin, and better software support (faster updates). This Nokia looks nice, but it's better compared to Xiaomi phones in the $200-250 price range. It's not competitive with the OnePlus 6 in any respect.

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    Winner

    Looks good. Two key questions for me:

    1 - How does the camera perform?

    2 - What is the software update frequency/policy?

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    peterh_oz

    Nokia makes great phones. Always have. I'm using one to write this!

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    NoFlames

    I have the Nokia 6.1 and I'm disappointed coming from Windows Phone to Android. Performance is horrible. The phone has unpredictable lag when launching or tapping on any button. You don't know if it missed the press or is just slow. It turns out it's just slow. Then there is the camera app. Sometimes it launches but you can't take a photo. This is all too common. The workaround is to bring up the task view and kill it, then relaunch. This is unacceptable but I'm pretty sure this is just android. This experience is making me think that an iPhone is probably less headaches even though I hate the idea of owning an expensive iPhone.


    Does anyone have similar experience with Android? Is there a magic amount of RAM and CPU that will make it perform well? The Nokia 6.1 has 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage.

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    Tony Barrett

    Any handset with a notch is a non-starter. Unless of course, they give you the option of hiding it in software at the expense of losing a bit of screen.

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    colin79666

    It has a Snapdragon 636 SoC not 635. Not sure about that, might have been better to cost £50 more for something with a little more power. This could replace my iPhone 7 since Apple have gone mad with the prices and stupid Face ID. I'd want to test a Nokia 7.1 first before committing as I have my doubts about how smooth even pure Android would be on that chip once a few things are running in the background.

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    mrdrwest

    Just pre-ordered the silver unit from Amazon.


    I feel dirty...

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    sharpsone

    I'm tired of dealing with carriers and a sore bum as the result of it. Getting one of these at launch.

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    abdulla77

    We need to emphasize it runs Android One out of the box.. and later this month it will be upgraded to Android Pie and it will have monthly patch updates (living with Samsung/Huawei phones in the past, that's a massive change!).. I'm really glad Nokia took the stock android route. I just wish they start exploring doing a flagship android one phone that competes well with the likes of Note9/iPhone XS ... let's wait and see

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    JudaZuk

    Sorry that top notch makes it a no go from the start. It does not matter what it does and how it looks otherwise. there is no excuse for having a notch in a screen like that....besides it is not a Nokia phone anyway.

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    B Mallon

    This post reads like a promotional ad. How do you know it is a gorgeous device? Have you seen it first hand? Having a headphone jack does not alleviate anything related to the notch.

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    rejohnson

    Wish it was universally unlocked so I could use it with Verizon.  Only carrier with decent service around the Willamette Valley south of Portland, Oregon.  So many nice phones out there that only use GSM, but I've got to go with a quality connection since I actually do need the telephone feature (really!).

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    lcars

    Meh, every phone looks the same now to me.

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    Sykeward

    Imagine that, it turns out there still is room in the market for devices with decent build quality, support, and specs at a reasonable price. I'm really happy that Nokia is back and not just as the desecrated body of a previously-known brand, à la Kodak or Sharp. They definitely would be at the top of my list if I were in the market for an Android phone.

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    Aritting

    Wow - great price. Please review it

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    NCaffo

    The support on this is great as well, they're in the Android One program, so they get regular security updates, and two years of OS upgrades. Pretty sure it's stock android as well, so no bloatware.

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      MikeCerm

      In reply to NCaffo:

      Great support is relative, but still not guaranteed even with Android One . How many Android One phones have received the 9.0 upgrade so far? Only one that I know of.

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        jimchamplin

        In reply to MikeCerm:

        Google never promised that devices would receive all updates. ?Just that they’d give updates for two years.


        Apparently that didn’t mean timely. Also? Two years? What a joke.

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          MikeCerm

          In reply to jimchamplin:

          Android One updates come from the handset maker, not from Google. So, basically, other than the simple "stock" Android look and feel, there's no benefit with regard to updates compared to "skinned" Android handsets. Sure, it's much simpler for the handset makers to deliver updates, because Google does most of the work, but that just means that handset makers can get by with fewer developers, not that the updates actually come any faster.

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    robincapper

    Sorry Nokia, it ain't "Gorgeous" with a notch

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      ym73

      In reply to robincapper:

      Do you prefer no front camera? It's either the notch or no front camera if you want edge to edge displays. Since the top is just notification icons, the notch is not a big deal, even if it takes away a bit from the appearance.

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      wright_is

      In reply to robincapper:

      I have both a Hauwei Mate 10 Pro and a P20, the former without a notch, the latter with, one private, one for work. To be honest, the notch doesn't bother me any more. I don't really notice it. But the notch + big chin for the fingerprint reader on the P20 is silly.

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      jrickel96

      In reply to robincapper:

      Notches are fine, but Android phones tend to screw them up. Look at the chin on the phone. Same for the Pixel 3 XL.


      The iPhone X, XS, XS Max do not have a chin. Even the OnePlus 6 has a small chin. The notch is needed for now for those cameras, but there's no reason if you've got a chin on the bottom of the phone. It's just copying or preparing for a time when they actually can design a phone without that chin.


      Samsung's design is much better for that because the S9 has a chin. Apple does not, so their design makes sense. Everyone else is just copying Apple because they see how successful they have been, but they haven't thought it through.


      The only two that deserve any praise for design are Apple and Samsung. Everyone else is just a follower.

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    SvenJ

    Put it on Fi and I'll take more notice.

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    NateHam

    You have my attention

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    ivarh

    Why have a notch when you got a huge chin at the bottom that you can use???

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      curtisspendlove

      In reply to ivarh:

      Agreed. I’m good with a notch or a chin, but both just seems silly.

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      wright_is

      In reply to ivarh:

      It is the same with my P20... My Mate 10 Pro has the fingerprint reader on the back and a chin top and bottom for the camera and name, but the P20 has the notch, but a bigger chin, because the fingerprint reader has moved back to the front of the device!

      That said, I'm now ambivalent about the notch, it doesn't bother me any more, seeing it day-in-day-out on one phone and not on the other...

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    Awhispersecho

    And a notch.. again. Pretty sad that even Nokia is copying this asinine design. If it weren't for that this might have been my Father's next phone.

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    Rob_Wade

    It just looks like every other Android phone. Nobody makes anything distinctive, not even Nokia. All boring, boring, boring.

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