HMD Global released its first X series smartphone, the Nokia X6, in May this year. The company then released a more affordable X-series smartphone—Nokia X5—in China roughly two months later. Both smartphones were then launched in the Indian market as the Nokia 6.1 Plus and Nokia 5.1 Plus in August.
As revealed by numerous recent rumours and leaks, HMD Global is currently working on its third X-series smartphone, expected to be marketed as the X7 in China. In markets outside China, the smartphone will be making its debut as the Nokia 7.1 Plus. While the key specifications of the smartphone remain a mystery, we at MySmartPrice recently gained access to the first official render of the upcoming Nokia smartphone. We followed this up with our collaboration with @OnLeaks to bring you proper 3D CAD renders of the phone along with a 360-degree video. Let’s take a look at everything we know so far about Nokia’s upcoming smartphone.
Nokia 7.1 Plus Release Date
|Expected Price||Rs. 22,990|
|Launch Date||11th October 2018|
|Updated On||17th October 2018|
The latest Nokia 7.1 Plus news
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Nokia 7.1 Plus Android One Expected to Launch on October 11 As HMD Global Sends Media Invitations
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Nokia 7.1 Plus: Leaked Renders, 360-Degree Video
Nokia 7.1 Plus: Specifications We Know So Far
Going by the latest leaks, the Nokia 7.1 Plus is expected to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 10nm octa-core processor under the hood, which would make it an impressive upgrade over the Snapdragon 660-equipped Nokia 7 Plus in terms of performance. In the memory department, the smartphone will likely come with up to 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB of internal storage. As for the battery, it is expected that the device will feature close to a 3800mAh cell with support for 18W fast charging.
The display on this smartphone is expected to measure close to 6.1-inches. Considering the price bracket this device will fall in, the display would probably be utilising an LCD panel with a Full HD+ resolution and a 19:9 aspect ratio. The exact optics of this device still remains a mystery. However, considering that the older Nokia 7 Plus came with a 12MP+13MP setup at the back, the newer phone will likely feature similar, if not a better setup. The front should also house something along the lines of a 16MP camera.
Nokia 7.1 Plus: Design
By the looks of it, the Nokia 7.1 Plus will have a design that’s similar to that of the Nokia 6.1 Plus. It appears that the smartphone will have a metal frame in the middle and glass on the front and back. The new phone sure looks premium, but it has a fairly large chin at the bottom with the Nokia logo printed on it. While a previous leak had suggested the smartphone will not have a notched display, the official render confirms that the Nokia 7.1 Plus will indeed feature a notched display. However, the display has a relatively narrow notch at the top, somewhat similar to the notch seen on the Nokia 6.1 Plus.
On the back, we see a vertically placed dual-camera setup and an LED flash. The fingerprint scanner is placed right below this camera setup. We can also see a USB Type-C port at the bottom along with a 3.5mm headphone jack. Our source also revealed that the phone will measure 149.8×71.2×8.0 mm and its screen size will be between 5.7-inches or 5.8-inches (since it’s harder to measure screens with curved corners).
Previous renderings had suggested that the phone would feature Carl Zeiss optics. These renderings even held a ‘ZEISS’ moniker in between the two camera lenses. However, the new 3D CAD models do not reveal any such a design choice. Leaked images of the housing and colours also indicate the same. Considering the Nokia 7.1 Plus’s predecessor came with ZEISS optics, it is likely that the new phone will also do so but without the branding printed over the lens itself.
Nokia 7.1 Plus Price in India
Nokia 7.1 Plus price in India is expected to be under Rs. 21,990. Nokia 7.1 Plus is due to be launched in October 2018. The 64GB variant costs around Rs. 21990. The Nokia 7.1 Plus comes in multiple colour options like Blue and Gloss White which are also priced the same.
Nokia 7.1 Plus vs Nokia 7 Plus: What’s The Difference?
The Nokia 7 Plus launched in India earlier this year. The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 660 octa-core chipset paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The display is a 6-inch 1080 x 2160 Full HD+ resolution IPS panel with an 18:9 aspect ratio. As for the cameras, the handset features a 12MP + 13MP dual-camera setup with ZEISS optics and 2x optical zoom, while the front houses a 16MP selfie shooter. This entire package still fetches for Rs.25,999.
The Nokia 7.1 Plus will certainly be an upgrade with its Snapdragon 710 processor and bezel-less screen in pretty much a similar form factor as its predecessor. Even if the sensor size doesn’t change over from the older phone, there should be enough optimisations under the hood to make the end result noticeably better. Since the Nokia 7 Plus is so close to receiving the Android 9.0 Pie update, the Finnish company can greatly benefit if it releases the 7.1 Plus with the update out-of-the-box.
Nokia 7.1 Plus: How Will It Fare Against The POCO F1?
To say that the launch of the POCO F1 (review) disrupted the smartphone market, would be an understatement. While it obviously doesn’t live up to the same standard Nokia smartphones have set in terms of their aesthetics, the Xiaomi phone certainly has enough juice under the hood to give offer tough competition. In the end, the Snapdragon 845 powering the POCO F1 undoubtedly trumps the Nokia 7.1 Plus’s Snapdragon 710 chipset. One could argue that the Nokia smartphone can be better with its stock Android experience as opposed to the customised version of MIUI that runs on the other Xiaomi handset. But this matter becomes subjective and comes down to an individual’s personal preference.
The only tangible aspects where the Nokia 7.1 Plus has the potential to beat the POCO F1 is with its camera, battery and pricing. The POCO F1’s rear 12MP + 5MP setup and 20MP front shooter performed marvellously in our testing. So did its 4000mAh battery. If the Nokia 7.1 Plus is able to offer comparatively better camera prowess and battery life, then it has a chance to provide enough incentive for customers. But these two aspects will be rendered useless if the Finnish brand isn’t able to match up with a comparable price tag.
Nokia 7.1 Plus: What Could Be Its Price?
The Nokia 7.1 Plus is expected to be priced under $350 globally (Rs. 25,000 in the Indian market). Presently, there is no definitive information available on when the smartphone will actually be launched. Considering that it took HMD Global three months to bring the Nokia 6.1 Plus to India after its global announcement, we believe that the Nokia 7.1 Plus might be launched in India by the end of this year. Nokia did send out invites for an event taking place in London on October 4. Since the invite doesn’t specifically mention which device Nokia intends to unveil, we can only hope that it is indeed for the Nokia 7.1 Plus.
Nokia 7.1 Plus: What Colours Could It Be Offered In?
It is still quite uncertain which exact colour options HMD Global will settle with for the Nokia 7.1 Plus. If the Nokia 6.1 Plus is anything to go by, there is a good chance we will see a standard Black variant at launch. Rumours have also suggested the phone might release in either a Silver or White option. Latest leaks even point towards a third model with a Copper/Brown colour scheme.