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On Thursday, HMD Global announced a brand new Nokia phone in London.

Sparse might be good in this case though, and the Nokia 7.1 shows HMD carving out a niche for affordable, widely available smartphones running clean Android with timely updates.

The inclusion of a display notch will likely be as polarizing Android consumers as other cutout-equipped devices proved to be, though the mass market already clearly signaled it doesn't consider notches to be a deal-breaker, as evidenced by the excellent commercial performance of recent flagships from Apple and Huawei. The Nokia 7.1 has a 5.84-inch Full HD+ display with PureDisplay technology, meaning it's compatible with HDR10.

Looking at everything it offers, the Nokia 7.1 offers a compelling mid-range experience at an attractive price point. The tech provides the new phone with not only the support for HDR10 contents but also real-time SDR to HDR conversion for videos.

The Nokia 7.1 is an incremental upgrade over the Nokia 7, which launched in October 2017. The newest addition to the Nokia line-up sports a notched display, marking another step towards omnipresence for a feature that started out as the target of a certain amount of controversy and derision when it appeared on the iPhone X. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, NFC, 3.5mm audio jack, and a USB Type-C port. You can further expand the storage to support memory cards upto 400GB. The front has an 8MP selfie camera with f/2.0 AI-enhanced face unlock feature.




Around on the back of the Nokia 7.1 is a dual camera setup with ZEISS Optics.

The best thing about the Nokia 7.1 is its launch price. Artificial intelligence advancements allowed HMD to deliver 3D masks and face filters to the front-facing camera of the Nokia 7.1, with the manufacturer referring to those overlays as "personas". The rear camera supports bokeh effect, Pro Mode and Bothie.

The buds offer up to 3.5 hours of playback or 4 hours of talk time with the included charging case offering up to three additional charges. The Nokia 7.1 runs Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box, but Android 9 Pie update is coming in November.

The flagship smartphone, affordably priced at $349 (£299), will be available for preorder starting tomorrow on Amazon, Best Buy, or B&H, and it will start shipping on October 28th in the U.S. and on the 17th in the UK. The pricing for those models is 319 euros (~$369) and 349 euros (~$404) respectively.


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