Nokia 7.1: Available for pre-order in the U.S. and UK; Pie update already on the way

Like we had previously reportedĀ here, HMD Global, the exclusive licensee of the Nokia brand for mobile phones and tablets, announced the launch of new Nokia 7.1 in the U.S. and UK markets at a price of $349Ā andĀ Ā£299, respectively.

The mid-range phone, which comes with a notched display, can be pre-booked on Amazon for delivery later in the month.Ā The phone has a premium build which includes glass back and aluminum frame.

Nokia 7.1 specs

Nokia 7.1 Specs sheet

The Full HD+ 5.84ā€³ PureDisplay screen boasts of a 19:9 screen ratio and Corning Gorilla Glass for protection. Additionally, the phone is capable of converting SDR quality videos to HDR in real time. As for clicking pictures, it comes with the dual rear camera (12MP +5MP) that supports bokeh mode and a front-facing 8MP camera.

Specs-wise, the phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 with the option to choose between 3/4GB RAM and 32/64GB of inbuilt storage. Memory can be expanded up to 400GB through the native microSD slot. The phone runs on Android Oreo 8.1 out of the box but Nokia has promised that the update to Android Pie will be made available in the next month itself.

Speaking of which, it seems the device will get an update to Pie on boot, much like what happened with the Nokia 6.1 that came with Nougat preinstalled. This is according to Nokia 7.1 benchmarks discovered on Geekbench, where Android Pie is the OS on board.

It is worth mentioning that this phone is in Googleā€™s Android One program, meaning it will continue to receive regular OS updates for the next two years.

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The battery rating for Nokia 7.1 is 3060mAh but with Android Pie update coming soon, one should be able to optimize the performance to last through an entire day. While the phone charges through a USB-C port, it also has a 3.5mm audio jack, for which Nokia gets extra brownie points!