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Nokia 7.1 launched in India; sports dual rear cameras, HDR display

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On Friday, Nokia 7.1 was launched in India. The much anticipated smartphone features a PureDisplay panel as its primary highlight, supporting HDR10. The other highlights of Nokia 7.1 include its dual rear camera setup with Zeiss optics, and a 3,060mAh battery with 18W fast charging.

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The Nokia mobile brand India licensee HMD Global revealed the Nokia 7.1 price in India, its release date, as well as launch offers. Last month, the smartphone was first unveiled at an event in London.

Ajey Mehta, Vice President and Country Head, India, HMD Global, said at the Nokia 7.1 launch event, “We know a lot of our fans in India enjoy creating videos and watching content on their smartphones. That’s why it was important for us to bring both Zeiss optics and PureDisplay technology together in a versatile device that offers a superior content experience, regardless of whether you’re taking photos for your social media or watching the latest series on your favourite streaming service.”

Nokia 7.1 price in India

In India, the price of Nokia 7.1 is set at Rs 19,999 (recommended best buy price) for its 4GB RAM/ 64GB inbuilt storage variant, and it will go on sale in the country from December 7, this year. One can buy the smartphone via top mobile retailers in India, HMD Global said in a statement, apart from Nokia’s own online store. Whereas, the 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant – which was launched in London – has not been brought to India.

As per the Nokia 7.1 launch offers, the company has partnered with Airtel to offer prepaid subscribers 1TB of 4G data on eligible plans starting from Rs 199. Moreover, postpaid Airtel subscribers will get additional 120GB of data along with a three-month Netflix subscription and a 1-year Amazon Prime subscription, on postpaid plans worth Rs 499 or higher. Also, people purchasing the Nokia 7.1 using HDFC credit and debit cards, apart from EMI transactions, will get 10 percent cashback via eligible offline stores.

Nokia 7.1 specifications

The Nokia 7.1 has dual-SIM (Nano) and runs Android Oreo, based on the Android One programme, with an update to Android 9.0 Pie arriving over-the-air for buyers in India. Other than this, it also sports a 5.84-inch full-HD+ (1080×2280 pixels) PureDisplay panel with a 19:9 aspect ratio, HDR10 support, and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It is Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC, paired with 4GB of RAM.

In terms of camera, the Nokia 7.1 bears a vertically aligned pair of dual rear camera setup that consists of a 12-megapixel primary sensor, with autofocus and f/1.8 aperture, and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor with fixed focus and f/2.4 aperture. Apparently, the company is also touting two-phase detection and Zeiss optics for the rear camera setup, apart from EIS. On the front camera, the handset sports an 8-megapixel fixed focus sensor with f/2.0 aperture and 84-degree field-of-view. 64GB of inbuilt storage is available in the handset and it can be expanded via microSD card (up to 400GB).

Nokia 7.1 sports a dual rear camera setup with Zeiss optics
Nokia 7.1 sports a dual rear camera setup with Zeiss optics

Regarding the connectivity options on the Nokia 7.1 include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, GLONASS, NFC, USB Type-C, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The pohone also includes accelerometer, ambient light sensor, electronic compass, gyroscope, proximity sensor, and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. Dimensions of the phone are 149.7×71.19×7.99mm and its weight is 159 grams. Nokia 7.1 comes with a 3,060mAh non-removable battery under the hood with 18W fast charging, delivering 50 percent charge in 30 minutes.

Reportedly, the Nokia 7.1’s real-time SDR to HDR conversion uses a 16-bit engine. Thus, letting users experience ‘HDR quality entertainment, even when the content is not’. Notably, Nokia 7.1 is built out of 6000 series aluminium CNC machined frame and a die cast metal centre.

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