Nokia 7.1 vs Xiaomi Poco F1: Battle of mid-range Android phones

Nokia 7.1 hands-on: A $350 success story

Out of the box the phone will run the AndroidOne version of Android Oreo, though an upgrade to Android Pie is forthcoming. As the name suggests, they're not connected by a wire, working similarly to Apple's AirPods, and come in a case which is also capable of charging the earbuds.

Inside the Nokia 7.1 is a Snapdragon 636 processor, 3GB/4GB of RAM, 32GB/64GB of built-in storage, and a dual SIM slot that also lets you use one SIM and one microSD card slot.

Under the bonnet is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset, coupled with 3GB of RAM. A layer of Corning Gorilla Glass protects the display. The smartphone will be on pre-order starting on October 5 with actual shipments coming on October 28.

The available colours for the Nokia 7.1 are Gloss Midnight Blue and Gloss Steel.

Connectivity options on the Nokia 7.1 include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, GLONASS, NFC, USB Type-C, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The promise of three years of monthly security patches is also included, so if running the latest and greatest software Google has to offer is important to you and you don't want to shell out a lot of money on a flagship, the Nokia 7.1 is certainly a device you should consider this fall. In the USA, you'll get 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage while some markets will get a cheaper model with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. The new Nokia 7.1 follows the same design language as the X.1-series smartphones like the Nokia 5.1 Plus, and Nokia 6.1 Plus.

HMD Global has already released a couple of Android One smartphones under the Nokia brand this year, and now the company is gearing up to do it again.

The new 7.1 is the first phone ever to launch with "PureDisplay screen technology" which allows HDR-quality images to be displayed in the 5.84 scree. Up front, there's an 8-megapixel (f/2.2) AI-enhanced camera for selfies and video calls, with support for "3D Personas" (Nokia's take on Animojis). Backing up the entire package is a 3,060mAh battery with fast-charging support. You can stream HDR content from the likes of Netflix and YouTube, if Nokia's boasts are accurate, while its smart software can boost SDR video to HDR levels.

On the back of the Nokia 7.1 is a dual-camera system that combines a 12-megapixel and a 5-megapixel sensor.

The base 3GB/32GB configuration will start at €319 (Kshs 37K) and the 4GB/64GB one will be €349 (Kshs 41K). Interestingly, the Nokia 7.1 is recommended for enterprise use as well. 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.

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