“The 7.1 Plus comes flaunting a notch display, in comparison to conventional-looking 7 Plus”

The HMD-backed Nokia has been pretty aggressive when it comes to launching new products. From the entry-level segment to the flagship category, the brand has released products in all the segments. Recently, it updated its upper mid-range offerings, with the launch of the 7.1 (first impressions) and Nokia 7.1 Plus. Considering the fact that the X7 aka 7.1 Plus comes as an upgrade to the 7 Plus (review), a device which came across as one of the best smartphones in the Rs 20k-30k segment, it’s worth checking out what exactly Nokia’s latest brings over its previous iteration. 

Nokia 7.1 Plus vs Nokia 7 Plus: what’s changed

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From the outside, the Nokia 7.1 Plus and the 7 Plus differ considerably. To begin with, the 7 Plus doesn’t come with a notch display and neither does it feature a glass back. Meanwhile, the latest from the brand’s stables offer both the design elements and thus looks more modern and sleeker in comparison. It is also worth noting that the bezels have been slashed further on the Nokia 7.1 Plus, while its predecessor has an 18:9 display, the bezels are rather chunky. 

The Nokia 7 Plus comes equipped with a 6-inch FHD+ display, while the 7.1 Plus offers a relatively larger 6.18-inch screen with the same resolution. 

Nokia-7-Plus-review-91mobiles-07.jpgOn the hardware front, the Nokia 7.1 Plus is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chipset, while the 7 Plus houses a relatively less powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC. Also, you can opt for the 128GB variant on the Nokia 7.1 Plus as opposed to the 64GB model on the Nokia 7 Plus. 

For imaging, both these devices sport a dual rear camera setup consisting of 13MP + 12MP sensors. Strangely though, the Nokia’s latest misses out on the optical zoom functionality. However, the 7.1 Plus offers a much larger 20-megapixel Zeiss selfie shooter as opposed to the 16-megapixel sensor on the Nokia 7 Plus. 

Nokia seems to have tried cutting corners with the battery as well. The 7.1 Plus is backed by a 3,500mAh pack while its previous avatar comes equipped with a larger 3,800mAh cell.

Nokia 7.1 vs Nokia 7 Plus: what’s the same

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Both the Nokia 7 Plus and the 7.1 Plus ship with 4GB RAM, though you can opt the latest offering in 6GB variant as well. The devices come with Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3 protection as well.

The smartphones are part of Google’s Android One program and come with the promise of frequent software updates. In fact, Nokia has already started rolling out the Android 9.0 Pie upgrade for the 7 Plus

As far as charging is concerned both the Nokia 7 Plus and 7.1 Plus support fast battery charging of up to 18W.

Closing thoughts

Nokia 7.1 Plus vs Nokia 7 Plus - FeaturedThe Nokia 7 Plus and 7.1 Plus differ in a majority of aspects, and it’s clear that the new handset brings some notable upgrades. The latest offering comes with the powerful Snapdragon 710 chipset and high-res selfie camera. Now if only, the Nokia 7.1 Plus launches in India…