- Analysis by KJ David
A 2018 addition to Nokia's mid- to high-end Android lineup, the Nokia 7.1 is a rather well-rounded wide-screen smartphone (Discover the best large-screen phones and phablets here) whose cons mostly come from the hardware department. For starters, it is powered by a relatively modest 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 octa-core processor , whereas a good number of similarly-specked 2018 releases opt for eight-core engines that reach at least 2GHz. Additionally, we cannot help but wish that it reached for more than 3060mAh of raw battery power , knowing that, in comparison, a few rivals with tantamount display setups lug at least 4000mAh on that front.
Despite missing out on Phonerated's list of the best octa-core smartphones, the 7.1 flexes some high-end muscles in other aspects, rocking a 5.84-inch FHD+ (2280 x 1080) PureDisplay screen with an expansive 19:9 aspect ratio , the widest screen solution available as of this review of its technical pros and cons. Its damage-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 3 panel sounds like a nice touch as well.
Going back under the hood, the 7.1 has either 4GB or 3GB of RAM (depending on the variant) sitting alongside its processor, while a 64GB/32GB native memory, which can be expanded by up to 400GB , is in charge of its multimedia storage.
As for imaging, this 2018 Nokia model lines up with some popular photography-driven smartphones of its time by touting a dual-lens rear camera consisting of a 12-megapixel 2PD primary lens for standard photography and a 5-megapixel black-and-white lens for picking out fine details, among other functions. Its dual camera is fittingly accompanied by a dual LED flash and is infused with ZEISS optics as well as AI-based imaging features .
On the flip side, its 8-megapixel fixed-focus front camera is not as big of a pro as its dual-lens main cam, although it's not entirely disappointing, all things considered.
The Nokia 7.1 is coated in either Gloss Midnight Blue or Gloss Steel, with the Android 8.1 Oreo operating system tying all its pros and cons together.
So, while we think its specs list deserves a larger battery and a faster engine, the Nokia 7.1 winds up as a feasible choice for wide-screen Android shoppers who want to dip their toes in dual-lens imaging.
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