Nokia (or HMD Global if you prefer) have today announced a successor to the well received Nokia 7 Plus, the Nokia 7.1 (no Plus this time round). Revealed in London, the device hits UK stores on October 17th priced at £299, planting it firmly in the mid-range and while it does pack a whole host of mid-range specs, it has a number of somewhat unique features too.
The 7.1's headline feature, a first for the HMD Global Nokia product line, is the PureDisplay screen, which comes in at 5.84" with a notched 19:9 ratio. The screen is optimised for HDR content (including from YouTube, Netflix and Amazon Prime) and the device also includes a dedicated co-processor which is used to convert SDR content to HDR.
As expected, the phone features a Zeiss 12 Megapixel camera with a secondary 5 Megapixel for depth sensing, which is used to enable a Live Bokeh feature. EIS (not OIS) is included, together with Nokia's popular 'Pro' camera mode. Also present is the Nokia signature Bothie mode, which is easy to dismiss as a gimmick but is also in reality quite neat, now with additional enhancements including live streaming and a configurable split between the front and rear cameras (as well as picture in picture).
At the heart of the device is a midrange stalwart - the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 - which is capable if not earth shattering. It has proven a particularly frugal chip in our experience, which could be a real benefit (the battery is 3060mAh in size).
We've had an initial try of the device at the launch tonight and although a full test is required, we're initially impressed. Having taken our Nokia 7 Plus along, the improvement in build quality and materials (especially on the back, which is now glass) is pronounced - and the 7 Plus certainly wasn't poorly made! The camera seems decent, performance is smooth and the screen actually is rather good. Of course, there is stiff competition at the price point (not least from the Honor Play at £279, which we are particularly fond of) but the 7.1 does make a strong case for itself, particularly if regular OS version and security updates are important to you. Nokia pledge 3 years of security updates and regular OS updates as part of the Android One programme.
Stay tuned for a fuller review in the coming weeks, but let us know what you think of the device in the comments. Also check out my Twitter feed from the event for some sample pics. You can also head over to the Nokia site for more info.