Nokia 7.1 smartphone with ‘PureDisplay’ tech launched

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HMD Global has finally announced the Nokia 7.1 smartphone as a successor to the Nokia 7 that was launched past year with Snapdragon 630 chipset. That's despite the fact the Nokia 7.1 still comes with a traditional 3.5 mm jack, mind you. It supports HDR 10 and can also convert SDR to HDR in real time.

The phone itself is powered by the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 636 Mobile Platform and includes a USB type-C fast charging port that promises to provide up to 50 percent of your battery power in 30 mins. In the USA, you'll get 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage while some markets will get a cheaper model with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.

In terms of photography, the Nokia 7.1 features a 12MP f/1.8 camera and 5MP f/2.4 depth sensor together with ZEISS optics on its rear. As for the connectivity, it includes USB Type-C port, OTG support, 3.5mm headphone jack, Bluetooth v5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Global Positioning System and NFC.

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. The device starts at $349 in the United States and £299 in the United Kingdom, where you'll also be able to buy a 32GB model of the device.

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It does launch running Android 8.1 Oreo, which isn't the latest software from Google, but HDM Global says an update to the new Android 9 Pie OS will come this October.

The Nokia 7.1 looks like a solid addition to HMD's lineup of Nokia smartphones. Maybe, the Android 9 Pie Developer Preview programme for the Nokia 7.1 will go live later this month.

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Europeans have two choices: the 3GB/32GB variant, as well as an upgraded version with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.

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The Nokia 7.1 will be available for pre-order in Europe from October 5, and will begin shipping to other markets from next week.

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