Nokia 7.1 HDR Quality Fares Better than the Apple iPhone XS, XS Max, Here’s the Technology Behind

The Nokia 7.1 is the first mid-range smartphone from HMD Global to feature that impressive HDR display quality and thanks to the improved technology, it is better than the 2018 iPhone lineup


The Nokia 7.1 got launched just yesterday, on October 04 and even though it is a mid-range smartphone, it comes with some notable features that bring it to the big league of flagship devices. HMD Global has launched its first price/performance handset that sports an HDR screen and more importantly, it is the quality of the display that matters. Thanks to the new chip that has been made specifically to improve the image and video quality, the Nokia 7.1 is touted as a better viewing experience than most of the latest 2018 iPhones. This is something very impressive and we will be talking about this in more detail.

Nokia 7.1 Crystal HDR Quality Details, Superior to 2018 iPhones

How is the Nokia 7.1 able to produce such an impressive image and quality while being classified as a mid-range handset? The answer is the latest Pixelworks Iris PX8418 mobile processing chip. This little addition to the smartphone is able to deliver that crisp, high-quality HDR video performance.

Here is a fun fact for you; the latest smartphone with the Nokia brand name is actually the first to combine the 4th-generation Pixelworks Iris processing chip and the Qualcomm 636 SoC together. Thanks to this silicon tag team, it is able to produce better image and video quality than the 2018 iPhone series.

Nokia 7.1 HDR
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There are some other interesting things that you need to know about the latest chip. It also offers full HDR capability that enables a truly differentiated cinematic viewing experience. Also, Pixelworks’ new SDR2HDR technology provides real-time up-conversion of SDR content to HDR quality video and just so you know, this feature is reportedly not present in the iPhone XS or the iPhone XS Max.

This PureDisplay branding has been used by HMD Global for the very first time in a Nokia-branded device. This move from the licensee ensures that future devices from the company, which also includes the upcoming flagship, the Nokia 9 will also feature it. For now, if you plan to upgrade to the Nokia 7.1, know that you will be able to view improved images and videos. This is not going to be limited to watching movies, but online streaming as well.

Nokia 7.1, iPhone XS Specifications, Features

The Nokia 7.1 features a 5.84-inch IPS LCD screen, while the iPhone XS features a 5.8-inch OLED panel. Both phones have a notch at the top, but only the Nokia 7.1 features a chin bezel at the bottom. Nokia 7.1 is armed with a Snapdragon 636, while the iPhone XS sports a 7nm FinFET A12 Bionic SoC. The Nokia 7.1 is available in the 3GB RAM + 32GB and 4GB RAM + 64GB storage configurations, while the iPhone XS sports 4GB RAM with 64, 256 and 512GB storage variants.

The Nokia 7.1 also sports a dual-camera with a 12MP+5MP configuration at the back, along with a single 8MP unit at the front. The iPhone XS gets a 12MP+12MP dual-camera at the back, along with a single 7MP shooter at the front that also supports Face ID. The handset from HMD Global features a bigger 3060mAh battery, while the iPhone XS has a single L-shaped 2658mAh unit underneath its premium hood.

While you are reading this, you can also check out the video below which shows why the Nokia 6.1 Plus is better than the Moto G6 Plus.