- Analysis by KJ David
Also known as the X7 in China, the Nokia 7.1 Plus is, as its name suggests, a plus-sized sibling of the Nokia 7.1. Despite being more ambitious specs-wise, however, we still caught a couple of slight drawbacks in its list of pros and cons.
For starters, it does not quite hit the 2018 flagship yardstick CPU-wise, running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 eight-core processor that peaks at 2.2GHz , whereas some of the fastest smartphones listed here on Phonerated when it came out revved at more than 2.5GHz. That slight flaw aside, it's hard not to appreciate its 6GB LPPDDR4x RAM , since, in comparison, many of its close competitors settle for only 4GB on that front -- Nokia also ships a 4GB-only variant, though.
Another hardware con -- if only a slight one -- is the fact that it comes with only 3500mAh of raw battery power , whereas several similarly-sized alternatives easily pass the 4000mAh threshold. That said, it does come with a respectable 18W fast-charging system. As for storage, the 7.1 Plus offers an ample (by 2018 phablet standards) 128GB internal memory that can be extended by up to 400GB .
This Nokia 6-incher's biggest pro comes in the form of a 20-megapixel front-facing camera whose resolution was among the highest in the world of selfies as of this on-paper review -- discover some of the best phones for selfies here. Sadly, its forenamed selfie cam is not accompanied by a full-blown LED flash , though a bunch of AI features are on board.
Its main camera is a dual-lens system consisting of a 12-megapixel primary lens that delivers its dual-core focusing technology and a 13-megapixel fixed-focus camera for depth-of-field analysis. Its imaging pros and cons also include Nokia's signature ZEISS optics, AI scene recognition, and optical image stabilization (OIS).
Joining its feature set is a 6.18-inch that resembles those of some full-blown flagship phablets by touting a wide 18.7:9 aspect ratio and, consequently, a Full HD+ (2280 x 1080) resolution. It is housed inside a metal mid-frame that's sandwiched between two 2.5D glass panels, with Night Red and Magic Silver being a couple of its color options.
All said, Nokia's 7.1 Plus is a middle-class large-screen smartphone banking heavily on its high-class imaging features.
** This phone is also known as: Nokia X7 (China)
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