After the success of the Nokia 7 Plus, the Finnish brand will try again with this Nokia 7.1 similar to the previous model only in the name. We are facing a smartphone that, only a few years ago, we would have called “design” for the care in the realization and in the details. The new model brings with it a body made of metal and glass that frames minimal lines of great taste. Attention to detail is evident in the double trims on the edges that give us a smartphone capable of competing on the front of construction quality with the top of the range.
On the front of modernity, however, Nokia 7.1 must give way. The display, although of great impact in terms of contrast and color, grants some frame too much both at the edges and in the lower part, where the frame is higher than average. There is also the notch on the top, just not to make us lose the habit of living with this smash destined to disappear next year with the advance of Full screen and flexible screens. Overall we are still facing a balanced smartphone even if, on the front of the endowment, at this price you can find models with a superior outfit.
Nokia 7.1: Full HD + Display
On the hardware front, a panel of 5.84 inches stands out with Full HD + resolution (1080 × 2220 pixels) and Gorilla Glass protection. The heart of the system is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor, a 1.8 GHz octa core, assisted by 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. The photographic sector can instead count on a double sensor 12+ 5 Megapixels, on whose functionality we will return later, while on the front of the display there is an 8 Megapixel sensor for selfies. We close with connectivity, guaranteed by Bluetooth (in version 5.0) and the possibility of using two SIM cards or a nano Sim and a microSD, to expand the memory. For the safety of the device there is instead the biometric sensor positioned as expected under the double sensor, on the back of the body. Finally, there is no lack of NFC, a standard that is now widely used especially for mobile payments, such as the new Google Play service.
Nokia 7.1, there is Android One
On board we find Android 8.1 with the possibility of going shortly to the next version. Nokia 7.1 also has the merit of being an “Android One” smartphone without any customization by the manufacturer for a leaner and faster operation, but not only. Android One guarantees at least two major releases in the coming years (so it will not only include Andoird Pie but also the subsequent Android Q) as well as several security updates. In short, unless you love the interface of some particular manufacturer, it remains one of the best choices.
Packaging, design and construction quality
It is certainly the strong point of this Nokia 7.1 which lacks something in terms of equipment. The glass cover is very beautiful as is the design which, although not very original, is very neat and stylish. Beautiful details like the trims on the edges and on the camera that set a metal and glass body, a real in a price range where the plastic abounds.
Positive notes on the front of the display. We are in fact in the presence of a 5.84-inch IPS panel with Full HD + resolution. Very good colors, rather realistic and visibility even in full light. The brightness sensor is a bit too expensive. Nokia here also debuts with the notch and support for HDR10 (found in the Pure Display section) even if the results are not always convincing.
While relying on the excellent Zeiss lenses, the photographic section of the Nokia 7.1 remains far from that of the top of the range of the moment. The double 12 + 5 Megapixel sensor (the 5 Megapixel one is mainly used to give depth to the shots) gets along very well in good light conditions but must necessarily capitulate in the darkest shots. Not bad, the performances are in line with the smartphones of the segment and you can’t ask for more from a phone that does not exceed the 400 euros price. The front camera is 8 Megapixel (ƒ / 2.0) and does its duty without overdoing it. Very good videos in 4K at 30fps, we would have liked, however, greater stability, while as regards the quality of the image there is perhaps an excessive saturation.
Audio and reception
The sound of the ear capsule is very good: the sound is crystal clear and free from metallic inflections. On average also the volume of the speakerphone but the speaker, being mono, is not suitable for listening to music. Despite the reduced thickness, Nokia has maintained the 3.5mm headphone jack, another plus point where too many manufacturers raise the white flag by relying on adapters, which are inconvenient when needed.
The battery of the Nokia 7.1 ensures a day full of autonomy thanks to the 3.060 mAh battery and a processor rather park in consumption. An average consumption of mobile phones in the same range.
On board we find the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor, typical of mid-range, assisted by 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of Rom. Nokia 7.1 is responsive in every area, both in Web browsing and in the most demanding games and apps, but is missing obviously a starting point in the most delicate situations. The positive side is the autonomy that stands on a full day of use, which is not obvious.
- Design that does not go unnoticed
- Excellent operating autonomy
- Excellent display
- Price higher than the segment average
- Photographic compartment not up to the tops
- The glass back tends to get dirty very easily