Nokia 7.1 first impressions: attractive design, speedy camera

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Lovingly referred to as the "Banana Phone" it's going to be available in two colours - a vibrant yellow for those of who love themselves a ripe phone, or black for those who liked prefer the whole "may still be okay for baking" aesthetic. Dimensions are 149.7x71.19x7.99mm and weight is 159 grams. As with most such earbuds, these come with a carrying case that also charges them. Still, it's a little odd to see an inclusion of an old-generation processor inside the Nokia 7.1.

HMD Global says global average prices for the Nokia 7.1 will be €319 ($367, £282) for the 3GB RAM with 32GB model while the 4GB RAM with 64GB model will cost €349 ($402, £308). The device is a mid-range offering with the taller 19:9 aspect ratio, a notch-toting screen, dual primary cameras with Carl ZEISS optics, and two years of guaranteed updates to the latest version of Android. It's protected by Corning's Gorilla Glass 3 and supports HDR10, which is a true rarity in the mid-range market segment.

The Nokia 7.1 is now official, boasting a 5.84-inch 2280×1080 display with PureDisplay tech, which means higher contrast, greater clarity, and HDR support.

Nokia 7.1 features Zeiss-branded dual-camera setup on the back. It also has an improved Bothie mode which allows you to shoot videos and photos simultaneously between the front and rear facing cameras.

In terms of design, HMD seems to have moved on from what the Nokia 7 Plus flaunted.

Having already launched a plethora of smartphones this year, HMD Global is now adding another member to its burgeoning line-up. While the Nokia 7.1 will retailing from Euro 299, the Nokia True Wireless Earbuds comes with price tag of Euro 129. This is the same internal setup as the Moto Z3 Play and Asus ZenFone 5 so, if either of those devices is any indication as to how well the 7.1 will perform come launch, this should be a rather speedy phone indeed. The True Wireless earbuds offer 3.5 hours of play time, are waterproof, and can get three charges from the wireless charging case. On the bright side, quick charging support is part of the package, with HMD claiming you can recharge your battery to 50-percent of its capacity within half an hour.

HMD hasn't been overly eager to bring its Nokia-branded handsets to the USA but that changes with the Nokia 7.1, a solid mid-ranger that looks to punch above its weight.

The Nokia 7.1 comes preloaded with Android One, based on Android Oreo.

Yes, it's coming to the U.S.

The Nokia 7.1 - the newest addition to the line-up, and available to pre-order now - hopes to tempt customers with its iPhone X-style notched design, dual-camera system for bokeh portrait shots, and a unadulterated Android OS.

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