Published: Fri, October 05, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Wayne Curry

Nokia's Latest Product Is a Gorgeous $349 Android Phone

Nokia's Latest Product Is a Gorgeous $349 Android Phone

As for the yearly software updates, those are going to be handled by HMD Global.

If you're looking to spend a little less, you may find the Nokia Pro Wireless Earphones a little easier on the wallet.

The True Wireless Earbuds and charging case.

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. During the launch event, it was mentioned on stage that HMD Global worked together with Pixelworks in order to deliver the display enhancements on Nokia 7.1. It is the first smartphone to come with "PureDisplay" technology, which ensures higher contrast, and more vibrant colors.

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The 5.84-inch Full HD Plus (2280 x 1080) HDR10-ready display looks bright, colorful, and incredibly sharp - ideal for viewing movies and videos. The display supports HDR 10 and is also capable of converting 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. Both the options will support storage expandability up to 400GB via microSD card. HMD Global, however, says the phone will get Android 9.0 Pie as soon as next month. Unfortunately, Nokia 7.1 still runs on Android Oreo 8.1 and not the latest Android 9.0 Pie. The result of that collaboration is a dual-lens rear setup utilizing a 12-megapixel (1.28um) sensor with an f/1.8 lens and autofocus, as well as a 5-megapixel (1.12um) module sitting behind an f/2.4 lens. It does, of course, have a notch, but don't worry - there's a headphone jack. Completing its general specifications is a 3060 mAh battery. The 3GB/32GB variant has been priced at 299 euros, whereas the 4GB/64GB variant has been priced at 349 euros.

Having said that, the update is delayed a bit for HMD's flagship smartphones such as the Nokia 8 and Nokia 8 Sirocco as HMD has put a release timeline of December. But keep your eyes open, as the company could launch a supercharged version of Nokia 7.1 in India on October 11. On a single charge, the True Wireless Earbuds offer up to 3.5 hours of audio playback or 4 hours of talk time, but the charging case can give them another 3 full charges, essentially bringing it up to 14 hours of music or 16 hours of talk time.

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