Nokia X7 Tipped to Launch as Nokia 8.1 Globally Instead of 7.1 Plus, Leak Reveals

A tipster reported that the Nokia X7 will launch at MWC 2019 and would likely be known as the Nokia 8.1 rather than Nokia 7.1 Plus.


Up till this point, the Nokia X7 has been largely rumoured to launch globally as the Nokia 7.1 Plus. This would also be a logical step from the company since the other low-end models Nokia X6/X5 also followed the same pattern previously. However, a fresh report from a tipster called Nokia anew on Twitter is now hinting that it will launch with the Nokia 8.1 moniker instead of Nokia 7.1 Plus. The tipster claims that while Nokia 7.1 Plus was decided to be the name earlier, HMD Global Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas has now changed the label.

This new information, if it is indeed true, raises many questions. First of all, the Nokia X7 as Nokia 8.1 would be a downgrade of the flagship series which comes with Qualcomm’s top of the line SoCs. The Nokia X7 runs a Snapdragon 710 SoC, which is by no means a slouch, but still not as powerful as the Snapdragon 845. The other possibility is that Nokia might be paving the way for an eventual launch of the highly anticipated Nokia 9 which will also be an all-out cutting-edge offering. To escalate things, the tipster has not reported any reason for the odd change from the company. As for the Nokia 7.1 Plus, the tipster says that we might not see it until MWC 2019 next year. This is the first we’ve ever heard of such a move from Nokia, so it is best to be taken with a pinch of salt.

As for the Nokia 7.1 Plus, there isn’t a lot to say after this latest development. Earlier, it would have been easier to attribute the Nokia X7 specifications for the Nokia 7.1 Plus. But now it seems to be a more complex matter.

Just so we recall, the Nokia X7 features a 6.18-inch Full-HD+ display with a narrow notch design that we’ve been seeing the whole year. It comes with a metal unibody design sandwiched with glass making it a very premium-looking handset. The Nokia X7 rocks a 13MP + 12MP dual camera composition for the rear with an LED flash and a 20 MP selfie shooter. The mid-ranger from Nokia runs vanilla Android Oreo and is fuelled by a 3500mAh battery that supports fast charging.