HMD Global announced today the Nokia 7.1, their latest device for the mid-market. If you like a strong set of hardware in your smartphone, do not write-off the Nokia 7.1 because of that mid-market designation though. HMD Global is helping to push some higher end qualities down into this segment with the Nokia 7.1. As part of the launch of the Nokia 7.1, HMD Global also takes the wraps off their new branding for their display technology, calling it PureDisplay.

The PureDisplay technology used in the Nokia 7.1 really refers to the company’s decision to incorporate support for high dynamic ranges up to the HDR10 designation. This should help with making it easier to view content, especially when it is delivered via one of the services like Netflix or YouTube that can deliver HDR compliant content. The Nokia 7.1 is also able to upscale non-HDR content on the fly to produce a nice viewing experience. The hardware for the display itself is a 5.84-inch unit with a 19:9 screen ratio. However, the resolution only goes up to 1080 HD and not Quad HD. Like so many manufacturers in the past year, HMD Global did decide to use a notch in the display.

Inside the Nokia 7.1 is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor matched up with 3GB or 4GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB storare options and support for up to 400GB microSD cards. A 3060 mAh battery is used in the Nokia 7.1 and supports fast charging via the USB-C connector.  The Nokia 7.1 also gets a headphone jack for those users who may need that hard connection.

For the camera, buyers will find a Zeiss Optics 12MP/5MP dual camera setup on the rear of the device and an 8MP front-facing camera. HMD Global included Electronic Image Stabilization technology to help video captures not look so jerky and 360-degree spatial audio recording is supported.

The Nokia 7.1 joins other HMD Global devices as part of the Android One family. One of the benefits of Google One is support for monthly security patches for three years and operating system updates for two years. HMD Global is shipping the Nokia 7.1 with Android Oreo, but they indicate the device is ready to be updated to Android 9.0 Pie although no indication of when that will actually roll out is provided.

The Nokia 7.1 will sell for $350 and is available in Gloss Midnight Blue and Gloss Steel. At that price point, HMD Global offers a device for consumers who want something solid but don’t feel compelled to lay out the money for a flagship device.

Along with the launch of the Nokia 7.1, HMD Global also announced the launch of a couple accessories. These include the Nokia True Wireless Earbuds and the Nokia Pro Wireless Earbuds. The True Wireless Earbuds are a pair that have no wires at all and connect to each other and a device using Bluetooth. They come with a charger that can hold 3 additional charges for the earbuds putting expected life at about 16 hours total. The Pro Wireless Earbuds use a neck collar design and supports up to 10 hours of playback between charges.

source: HMD Global

Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff’s past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a Mazda MX-5 Miata, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three grown kids and a golden retriever.



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