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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  • .vodka - Thursday, October 4, 2018 - link

    Another notch. Yuck.

    Is it ever going away at this point?
  • Dragonstongue - Thursday, October 4, 2018 - link

    yeh..hate that stupid notch as well, no 3.5mm jack or have one but have notch, not buying it IMHO

    as well

    still do not get why smartphone makers are NOT using the largest possible battery they can these days...they want to make them all "bling" with quite high end components, an equally high asking price, glass as far as the eye can see and a barely acceptable battery to handle it all (in this case asking price is verging on asking too much just because of branding instead of the overall "package" justify the cost, like when others notably Redmi 5 Plus is WAY better overall spec (maybe not camera) for ~$140 less then this)

    they should be targeting a minimum battery size of 3500-4500 (or more) unless they are Apple who does their own stupid things (they seem to handle smaller battery better then most...but, hardly worth paying through the nose for anything Apple these days, unless you are Apple or bust type person)
  • philehidiot - Thursday, October 4, 2018 - link

    I do wonder if part of it is fear of another Note 7 disaster?
  • kaidenshi - Thursday, October 4, 2018 - link

    Apple's newest phones solve the issue by having two battery packs fused together in a non-rectangular shape to fit as much battery as possible inside the shell. It would be nice if the other manufacturers could follow suit instead of chasing gimmicks like notches and curved screens.

    Then again, I'm old school; I miss having user-swappable batteries, a headphone jack, and physical buttons on my phone.
  • jabber - Friday, October 5, 2018 - link

    I think the smaller batteries are more about shortening the battery's actual useful charging life. You get a battery that new gives you a days charge. Within a year to 18 months you only have 60% capacity left...
  • Zingam - Saturday, October 6, 2018 - link

    So you prefer big, fat, ugly bezels that only makes the phone bigger?
  • quadrivial - Thursday, October 4, 2018 - link

    Moving down from a 660 in the 7 plus to a 636 in the 7.1. Why would anyone buy this?
  • quadrivial - Thursday, October 4, 2018 - link

    That's a 40-60% slower GPU according to notebookcheck and 25% slower CPU. In addition, the only memory sources I can find seem to indicate that the 636 has 1333MHz RAM instead of the 1866MHz in the 660.

    It seems like the 636 is the 660 with lower binning and lasered-off GPU and DSP.
  • Marlin1975 - Thursday, October 4, 2018 - link

    Yea the 636 is a lower binned 660 chip. The only net positive is lower power usage perhaps. So my guess is it saves money for the chip and makes the battery's performance look better than before.
  • neblogai - Thursday, October 4, 2018 - link

    I would gladly buy this if price was better. Do not care about mobile CPU speed at all, as long as it is midrange and good with battery. But interested in having a good screen and camera.

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