Friday, 05 October 2018 10:05

Nokia 7.1 launches with Android One, notched PureDisplay, Zeiss Optics and more for $499


Arriving on 17 October, Nokia's new 7.1 is "the first" with a 5.8-inch PureDisplay promising a next-level viewing experience with HDR, high contrast ratio, greater clarity and enhanced colours – and the screen is notched.

Launching with Android Oreo and upgradeable to OS Android 9 Pie, the new Nokia 7.1 promises a "stunning HDR display lies within a masterfully crafted, compact design and offers an advanced imaging experience powered by a dual rear depth-sensing camera with two-phase detection and ZEISS Optics to ensure you never miss a moment".

Juho Sarvikas, chief product officer at HMD Global, said: “Almost two thirds of videos around the world are viewed on mobile which is why we’ve introduced our PureDisplay screen technology, to give our fans a premium viewing experience on a smartphone. The Nokia 7.1 even offers real-time SDR to HDR conversion, meaning you can experience HDR quality entertainment, even when your content is not.

“We believe the best camera is the one you carry with you, so we’ve designed a new imaging experience powered by ZEISS Optics, featuring rapid auto focus, thanks to the two-phase detection technology, to capture your own incredible HDR photography. We are excited to deliver a unique, premium experience in collaboration with best in class partners to deliver a standout smartphone at great value.”

We're told the Nokia 7.1 is "the first smartphone to come with PureDisplay screen technology for stunning HDR cinematic quality entertainment inside and out".

"With YouTube now supporting HDR content as well as your popular releases on Netflix and Amazon Prime, take your viewing experience to another level with higher contrast and great clarity; revealing the detail in both light and dark areas and stunning vibrant colours.

"Supporting HDR10, Nokia 7.1’s PureDisplay delivers higher contrast (1,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio) and greater clarity; revealing the detail in both light and dark areas as well as stunning vibrant colours.

"Whether outdoors in bright sunlight or in a dimly lit room, playing games or watching videos, the crisp, bright Full HD+ 5.84” and 19:9 screen ratio display will automatically adjust brightness and contrast to ambient lighting conditions – ensuring content is still visible and vibrant in bright sunshine.

"Live through this enhanced display experience across all your videos, including non-HDR content which is up-scaled in real-time using a dedicated 16bit engine, processing millions of pixels per second to provide the best possible display quality in all conditions."

Powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 636 Mobile Platform, we'er told this processor "supports a major leap in enhanced performance making it great for streaming HDR content with ease.

"This platform is optimised for content consumption with a first-class graphics performance and battery efficiency enhancements so you can enjoy your audio and video for even longer. The USB type-C fast charging port delivers up to 50% of your battery back in 30 mins, to get you back up and running quickly and easily."

Here's the official promo video, the article continues thereafter:

Premium design

Then there's Nokia's claim that its new 7.1 model "is where design meets engineering excellence, offering the overall product quality, premium materials and finish you expect from a Nokia smartphone. Applying design techniques found in jewellery and high-end timepieces, the Nokia 7.1 exhibits aesthetically pleasing contrasts between different metal finishes that come seamlessly together and capture small, controlled bright highlights.

"Possessing a unique interplay on colour by using glass’ unique properties of refraction to achieve deep, rich and neutral colours that capture both light and depth. The Nokia 7.1 exudes master craftsmanship with final touches like the dual-anodised aluminium diamond cut coloured edges.

"Nokia 7.1 delivers a bigger experience without a bigger handset to offer you a stunning smartphone that fits as easily into your pocket as it does in your hand. A feeling of solidity runs all the way through the smartphone, thanks to the 6000 series aluminium CNC machined frame and die cast metal centre."

Advanced imaging

When it comes to the camera, Nokia says its 7.1 has a "highly sensitive ZEISS Optics 12MP/5MP dual cameras with two-phase detection enables fast accurate autofocus giving great shots in in both bright and low light conditions.

"Achieve the perfect picture with HDR photography giving you crisper and sharper images – ideal for capturing and sharing your photos with friends or followers. Capture professional studio style shots with the rear depth camera supported ‘bokeh’ mode as well as effortless front portrait shots.

"You can also reduce the effects of unstable hands while filming with Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS) technology and relive your memories as if you were still there with high fidelity 360° Nokia spatial audio.

"The new camera UI gives you ultimate control of white balance, ISO, aperture and shutter speed using the Pro Camera Mode. Nokia 7.1’s AI enhanced front facing camera introduces facial recognition to deploy animated 3D personas/masks and filters.

"One touch live stream your #bothies with the use of fun filters in real time to Facebook and YouTube direct from your camera app. Google Lens and Motion Photos can also be accessed directly from the app quickly and easily".

Pure, secure and up-to-date, reinforced with Android One

Nokia proudly boasts its 7.1 "joins the comprehensive line-up of Nokia smartphones in the Android One family, delivering a high-quality software experience endorsed by Google. Nokia smartphones with Android One offer great storage and battery life right out of the box and come pre-loaded with the very latest in AI-powered innovations developed by Google.

"Nokia 7.1 will receive three years of monthly security patches and two years of OS updates, as guaranteed in the Android One programme. In addition, Google Play protect scans all the apps on the store and on your phone to keep it safe from malware.

"This helps to rank the new Nokia 7.1 among the most secure and cutting-edge phones out there, as this device will always be up-to-date thanks to the latest Google innovations including, Google Assistant and Google Photos with free unlimited high-quality photo storage.

"Nokia 7.1 is built ready for the Android 9 software update, which includes AI powered features that make your device smarter, faster and adapts as you use it.

"The Adaptive Battery feature limits battery usage from apps you don’t use often, and App Actions predicts what you’re about to do so you can get to your next action quickly. These features further streamline your device’s functionality and your Android experience."

Availability and pricing

Available in Gloss Midnight Blue, the Nokia 7.1 launches into retail on Wednesday 17th October for $499 at Harvey Norman or JB Hi Fi.

Andy Ellis, director of Communications and Product Services at JB Hi-Fi, commented, “We are thrilled to announce that the new Nokia 7.1 will be available outright at JB Hi-Fi for $499 or only $199 for customers who opt for our new $65 BYO plan. We’re proud to already offer a range of Nokia mobile devices in our stores across Australia and we’re committed to continuing to expand our smartphone offering with the latest releases”.

Specs and key features:

  • Introducing PureDisplay technology and full HDR capabilities with ZEISS imaging
  • Stand out all screen design; with a crisp Full HD+ 5.8” display, 19:9 screen ratio with notch; and an immersive and bigger experience without the bigger handset.
  • Design meets engineering excellence, offering signature product quality and using techniques found in jewellery and high-end timepieces. The dual- anodised diamond cut coloured edges further accentuate the detail and refined looks.
  • Take your viewing to another level with incredible HDR videos for higher contrast and great clarity.
  • Experience enhanced colours, improved contrast, and expanded dynamic range across all your content thanks to SD to HDR real-time conversion.
  • Whether outdoors in bright sunlight or in a dimly lit room, the display will automatically adapt to the situation for the best possible experience.
  • Automatically adjusts your display brightness and contrast to ambient lighting conditions; so you can still see your content in bright sunshine.
  • HDR10 support; 1 million: 1 dynamic contrast ratio; 500-million pixels processed per second providing smooth and accurate HDR video.
  • Highly sensitive dual rear cameras with ZEISS Optics and fast accurate autofocus give great shots in all conditions.
  • Make your memories stand out with both front and rear cameras “Live Bokeh” mode.
  • AI enhanced front facing camera introduce facial recognition to deploy animated 3D personas/masks and filters. One touch live stream your #bothies in real time to Facebook or YouTube direct from your camera app.
  • 50% of your battery back in 30 mins thanks to USB-type C fast charging
  • The latest Android - Always Pure, Secure and Up-to-Date. Part of the Android One family; including guaranteed 2 years of Android ‘letter’ upgrades and 3 years of monthly security updates. 

Operating times: 

  • Maximum talk time: up to 19.5 hours
  • Maximum standby time: up to 17 days
  • MP3 playback time: up to 14 hours
  • Video playback time: up to 8 hours

Key Specifications 

Network speed
LTE Cat. 6, 2CA 300Mbps DL/50Mbps UL

Android Oreo (upgradable to Android 9 Pie when available)

Qualcomm SnapdragonT 636 mobile platform

Memory and storage
RAM: 3GB LPPDDR4x; ROM: 32GB3 e-MMC 5.1
MicroSD card support up to 400GB

PureDisplay - 5.8” FHD+ 19:9 w/ notch (2280 x 1080), 2.5D curved front Corning Gorilla Glass 3 CG, HDR10 display

Camera and flash
Dual Main: 12MP 2PD/AF/F1.8/1.28um Dual 2nd: 5MP BW/FF/F2.4/1.12um Front: 8MP FF/F2.0/FOV 84°
Flash: Dual flash
ZEISS Optics 

802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, BT 5.0, GPS/AGPS+GLONASS, NFC

Ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, accelerometer (g- sensor), e-compass, gyroscope, fingerprint sensor (on the back)

Charging and accessory
9V/2A charger, USB type C cable, headset

3060mAh5, non-removable, fast charging compatible

Type C (USB 2.0), OTG, 3.5mm audio jack, Nokia OZO audio

149.7 x 71.18 x 7.99mm / 160g, display to body ratio: ~80%, camera bump 1.152mm

SIM slot
Combo SIM slot: nano SIM + MicroSD

Smart amp, Qualcomm aptX support


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