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Nokia 7.1 Review – AbsoluteGeeks.com

Nokia 7.1

Nokia 7.1



  • Worth
  • Digital camera
  • 400Gb Expandable reminiscence
  • Light-weight & Glossy


  • Has a notch
  • Not splash resistant
  • A bit slippery to carry

HMD international has lately launched the Nokia 7.1 and we have been happy with the preliminary impressions.

It encompasses a PureDisplay which is admittedly shiny. The telephone feels nice to carry and matches properly in your palm. It’s a nice performer for that worth level.


The Nokia 7.1 has been marketed with the PureDisplay which principally signifies that it’s actually vibrant. We examined it in daylight and it was brighter than a few of the costly flagships on the market. It was actually snug to view in direct daylight. Additionally it is HDR10 compliant and includes a SDR to HDR conversion which brings HDR high quality to all of your movies.

I actually appreciated the bodily dimensions of the telephone. It’s modern, but the the display is large enough at 5.84 inches. It has a 19:9 facet ratio so it will get even simpler to carry regardless of the beneficiant display measurement. It did really feel a bit slippery initially however didn’t truly find yourself slipping, maybe given the truth that it isn’t large and matches nicely in your hand.

The rear setup additionally look neat; the location of the 2 cameras, the flash and the fingerprint sensor seems to be pure, although it’s protruding out a tad bit. The again of the telephone seems actually stylish; although it appeal to smudges and fingerprints.

It does include the three.5mm headphone jack which I’m nonetheless personally a fan of. The speaker is basically loud too and the sound output is greater than sufficient for listening indoors. I did discover the treble to be a bit on the upper aspect when listening with the default settings. Additionally, when listening to songs with greater bass, the telephone couldn’t reproduce the bass that properly.

Once you pause a music, it doesn’t cease abruptly however slowly fades out which is a pleasant contact.

The digital camera is simply sensible and is a tremendous performer particularly when there’s ample pure mild. We’ve reviewed it intimately within the digital camera part under.

Beneath the hood:

The model we’ve has a 3Gb RAM and a 32Gb inner reminiscence. I discovered this to be quick whereas utilizing it for doing common duties, opening a number of apps directly and so forth. It carried out with none problem. There’s additionally a model which comes with 4Gb RAM and 64Gb inner reminiscence. Each of them are expandable as much as 400 Gb which is humongous for a telephone in that vary.

The battery capability is 3060 mAh which is sweet sufficient and at par with telephones in that class. The battery life is respectable and lasts a day with average quantity of utilization.

When the battery goes under 15%, the telephone exhibits a purple bar on the highest and backside of the display so there’s no method you’ll miss a low battery warning.

The telephone ships with Android Oreo eight.1, however it’s upgradable and we didn’t wait a minute to improve it to Android Pie 9.

Because it runs pure Android, the expertise is nice; not having bloatware does assist to maintain the telephone operating easily.

Digital camera:

That is my favorite a part of the telephone, and exploring the digital camera of the Nokia 7.1 was a rollercoaster. There have been lots of issues which took my abruptly – principally in a great way, however some in a not so great way too.

Rear digital camera:

On the rear is a dual-camera setup. The first digital camera is a 12 Mpxl shooter with an aperture of f/1.eight, and the secondary one is a 5 Mpxl shooter with an aperture of f/2.four which helps with the depth impact particularly within the Reside bokeh. You’ll be able to fast launch the digital camera by urgent the facility button twice in fast succession.

I clicked some photographs in broad daylight they usually have been crisp and clear. The colors have been fabulous too, and you’d have completely no complains whereas capturing on the Nokia 7.1 when there’s ample mild.

it does carry out fairly properly even throughout low-light circumstances and I might say it is among the greatest in that worth vary.

One thing which I observed is that in case you click on on a darker space the place you want to concentrate on, and the world shouldn’t be within the centre, it will wrestle to regulate the publicity.

There’s additionally an choice referred to as “Movement” which you’ll be able to toggle between On and Off. That is just like the reside photograph choice on an iPhone that captures a number of seconds of video earlier than taking the image. You possibly can export this as a nonetheless, a video, or a Gif.

Now let’s speak concerning the Reside bokeh (which has turn into just about normal on all telephones nowadays, albeit by totally different names) on the Nokia 7.1. The great factor I like is that it doesn’t zoom in whenever you change to this mode like some telephones. Additionally, it virtually all the time detects the topic within the foreground appropriately and blurs the background. If it doesn’t, then you’ve gotten the choice to faucet a topic in order that it focuses on it. You may also select the power of the depth (bokeh) impact as per your liking, however solely earlier than you click on it. It doesn’t have the function of adjusting it later like some telephones do. The reside bokeh works properly in low mild circumstances too and has negligible noise.

Like most telephones, whenever you shoot within the reside bokeh mode, the primary topic seems a tad bit smoothened out as in comparison with the common mode, however nothing to actually complain about. The file measurement of a photograph in Reside bokeh mode is roughly 7 Mb, whereas the common one is about 4Mb.

The Nokia 7.1 additionally has a professional mode for those who’d wish to get extra from the digital camera. Sadly, there have been extra issues concerning the Professional mode which I didn’t like than the issues I did. Maybe one of many causes may additionally be that the digital camera performs so properly within the Auto mode that the Professional mode must be an actual beast to impress you.

At first, the factor that I completely detested about this mode is that it doesn’t present the meant colors precisely. There was a drastic distinction between the preview and the precise photograph. Once I used a slower shutter velocity, the photograph got here out extra uncovered than what the telephone confirmed me, and vice versa.

The bottom that the shutter velocity goes is simply four seconds. A number of telephones on the market have eight, 10, and even 30 seconds of shutter velocity.

Then again, the very best shutter velocity is simply 1/500 seconds which simply doesn’t do the job once you’re capturing towards the daylight. The photographs have been over-exposed, nevertheless once I clicked the identical image within the auto  mode and checked the exif knowledge, the telephone clicked it at a shutter velocity of 1/11813 seconds. I discovered the pro-mode to be counter intuitive on this state of affairs.

So far as the video is worried, the Nokia 7.1 can shoot movies in UHD 4k which is incredible. When in video mode, you additionally get the choice to reside stream and may select both Youtube or Fb. The telephone must be unlocked earlier than opening the digital camera for this feature to be enabled (and doesn’t open by way of fast launch if the telephone is locked). Nokia has labored in the direction of bringing spatial audio in cellular units and this too has that know-how referred to as OZO, which activated throughout capturing movies and you may see a small pop-up informing you about it whereas capturing movies. You’ll be able to learn extra about OZO audio right here.

The Nokia 7.1 additionally has the sluggish movement mode, in addition to the time-lapse. It was nice to see that you could click on nonetheless footage whereas capturing in each of those modes. Sadly, you can’t regulate the velocity of the video in both of the modes – neither earlier than capturing, nor after – and the telephone does it routinely. The great half although is that identical to a daily video, even movies shot in these modes could be “stabilized” later utilizing the in-built photographs app.

Aside from the above modes, the rear digital camera additionally has different two capturing modes viz. “sq.” and “panorama”. Additionally, there’s a button for launching google lens in all the modes within the rear digital camera.

Entrance digital camera:

Basically, I’m not an enormous fan of selfies and therefore not a lot into entrance cameras, however the Nokia 7.1 did have a couple of cool tips up its sleeve when it got here to this.

You’ll be able to shoot in professional mode even when utilizing the entrance digital camera, however I don’t assume numerous us would truly use it since we’re often in a little bit of a rush whereas clicking selfies.

A cool factor is that the entrance digital camera additionally includes a stay bokeh mode. There’s a single digital camera within the entrance so the best way it achieves that is by means of face detection. It retains the face in focus and blurs the remainder of the world. If it doesn’t detect a face, then of-course, the bokeh doesn’t work.

The entrance digital camera can shoot movies in FHD 1080p, and may also take a time-lapse which could be of particular curiosity to these doing make-up tutorials on the market.

Since “filters” are so common lately, the Nokia 7.1 has a couple of of them in-built and can be utilized with the entrance digital camera in addition to the rear.

You can too create an animated emoji with the entrance digital camera and there’s additionally the choice to vary the lighting (one thing just like white stability).


Nokia coined the time period “bothie” (from Selfie) final yr when it launched the Nokia eight and I discovered this to be a very cool function. You need to use each cameras directly by urgent the icon which seems like a portrait after which clicking on “twin”. This launches each cameras in cut up display views and you may improve / lower the world of every by dragging the slider. At occasions, you may discover that you simply’re at a clumsy angle and can’t get the topic in back and front proper on the similar time, so Nokia has additionally added a function referred to as “twice shot” which you’ll be able to toggle On / Off. Whenever you do that, you’ll be able to click on one image first, and the second later which is sensible throughout a variety of conditions.

There’s additionally the choice of zooming in individually for each the cameras too.

You’ll be able to shoot movies as properly whereas utilizing twin cameras and in addition go stay which is a superb function.

The filters can be found to make use of on this mode too, and as soon as you employ a face filter on this mode, it’s going to apply a corresponding theme to the rear digital camera, and that basically talks concerning the consideration to element that Nokia has given to its options.

Within the twin digital camera mode, you may also use PiP (Image-in-Image), the place the entrance digital camera takes up only a small space of the display and the bulk is the rear digital camera.


What makes it distinctly Nokia is the Help app which we additionally spoke about in our evaluation of the Nokia 1 (the place it was referred to as Nokia Care). Aside from all of the options in that one, this moreover additionally has entry to group boards, app highlights (beneficial apps), and has a a lot cooler look. The gadget monitor is improved too and provides you info just like the sign power.

What I discovered a bit bizarre is that when I didn’t use the telephone for lengthy durations and tried to unlock it with my fingerprint, it couldn’t, and requested for the sample to be entered. It is perhaps a tad bit annoying however maybe Nokia has completed it for safety causes.

For these of you who like your world in black and white, there’s additionally a “Greyscale” choice which is obtainable as a toggle from the fast settings bar the place the show turns into monochrome .

The geekbench rating for this one is as follows. I discovered it to be a bit low initially, however given the worth level, it’s just about acceptable.

What I disliked concerning the telephone is that it has a notch. It’s a bit unnerving initially however ultimately you get used to it.

Bonus part:

Whereas updating from Android Oreo to Pie, I had stored the telephone in DND mode. The best way each of those variations deal with DND mode differs barely, and after updating, it gave me a notification saying that “Do Not Disturb has modified”, which was fairly nifty.

Maybe probably the most sensible options of Android Pie for me was the in-app rotation the place you possibly can have the auto-rotate in your telephone to be switched off, however once you’re utilizing a specific app and tilt the telephone horizontally, a small button pops-up within the bar under urgent which you’ll be able to select to rotate the show. This is useful if you need to rotate solely sure apps.


General, the Nokia 7.1 is a superb telephone. My main purpose to love the newest Nokia telephones is that they run Android One (pure Android). This telephone additionally has a display that’s actually shiny throughout daylight. The battery is respectable and the digital camera is simply implausible. Given the worth level of about AED 1000, I feel it provides an excellent bang in your buck.



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