“The 7.1 Plus is the latest notch-toting smartphone from the brand and comes with a loaded spec sheet”
After hyping the handset with the hashtag – #MegaDisplay for a while, HMD-Global-owned brand – Nokia has finally gone ahead and launched Nokia X7 in China. Notably, this same smartphone will be launched as the Nokia 7.1 Plus in the international market. The latest smartphone follows the legacy of yesteryear’s Nokia smartphones with a sturdy build quality and vanilla Android along with a powerful hardware. If you are wondering what all the Nokia 7.1 Plus packs in, we have got you covered.
Sturdy, yet exquisite design
The Nokia 6.1 Plus (review) was a gorgeous smartphone with glass on both the front as well as the back, held together by a metal railing. The 7.1 Plus continues with the same aesthetics as it sports Series 6 aluminium-magnesium alloy frame sandwiched between two layers of 2.5D curved glass. Just like the 6.1 Plus, the glass on the latest launch has been designed to merge seamlessly into the metal chassis. Further, the brand claims that despite having a massive 6.18-inch display, the 7.1 Plus has a footprint of a 5.5-inch smartphone.
A high screen-to-body ratio with a notch display
The Nokia 7.1 Plus comes in as the successor to the Nokia 7 plus (review), which is one of the most powerful upper mid-range offerings from the brand. However, the 7.1 Plus takes it a step further by offering the latest trend of notch-toting displays. The latest smartphone has been equipped with a 6.18-inch TFT panel bearing a resolution of 2,246 x 1,080 pixels. The screen flaunts an aspect ratio of 18.7:9 to accommodate the cut-out on top and features a screen-to-body ratio of 86.5 percent. What sets the Nokia 7.1 Plus apart is the HDR support, which we first saw on the 7.1 (first impressions). The display also promises impressive brightness levels of 500nits.
A capable pair of Zeiss-branded cameras
To jog your memory, Nokia and Carl-Zeiss optics have had a long-standing partnership during the days of yore when N-series were the ‘It’ thing. When the brand made a comeback with Android, it joined hands with Zeiss once again, which resulted in the launch of Nokia 8 (review). The Nokia 7.1 Plus happens to be the first mid-tier smartphone from the brand to come with Carl Zeiss lenses. The handset comes with a 13-megapixel primary camera at the rear, aided by a 12-megapixel secondary shooter. The setup is equipped with features like a 6P element lens, f/1.8 aperture, OIS, EIS, Bothie Mode and AI Scene Recognition (the feature will be rolled out via an OTA update). For selfies, you get a powerful 20-megapixel f/2.0 sensor with AI Beauty enhancements.
A loaded spec sheet
Ticking at the core of the Nokia 7.1 Plus is Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 710 SoC, which comes with a die size of 10nm to offer a balance between performance and battery life. The brand is offering the handset in two RAM and storage variants – 4GB + 64GB and 6GB + 128GB, with support for up to 400GB microSD cards. Further, the smartphone is powered by a beefy 3,500mAh battery, which is compatible with 18W fast charging.
Android in its stock iteration
The 7.1 Plus comes with the Android One branding as can be expected from a Nokia offering. This means that the handset comes with vanilla Android sans any sort of bloatware, which goes easy on the resources as well as the battery. Further, the Android One Program ensures that the smartphone gets at least two major Android update, including the recently-launched Android Pie. Additionally, the phone is entitled to receive an extra year of security updates from Google.
It’s apparent that with the Nokia 7.1 Plus, the brand is upping its game in the mid-budget segment. Sadly, the company hasn’t confirmed if and when the handset will be coming to our shores.