Packaging and accessories
The package content of Nokia 7.1 is not particularly rich. Besides the phone we can find a charger (5V-3A / 9V-2A / 12V-1,5A), USB cable, simple earphones with a microphone, as well as a paper manual and a needle for opening the tray for SIM and microSD cards. It is a pity that the manufacturer did not want to add a silicone cover, thanks to which the smartphone would not have been so slick and its housing would not have been a magnet for fingerprints.
Housing and display
The quality of construction is one of the most important features of the Nokia 7.1 model – here we have a nice combination of a tempered glass and 6000 series aluminium (CNC milling). Our attention is drawn by finished details, well-thought construction and overall ergonomics. Let us divide some time to the frame, which – according to materials provided by the manufacturer – was anodized two times. The touch of the cold metal makes us feel like handling a solid, upper-shelf price device, our attention is drawn by milled edges, which show clean aluminium, adding shinning accents. The same feature was used along buttons and the camera module. The body itself is solid and stiff. Nokia 7.1 is impeccable when it comes to the quality of construction and attention to details. It is a pity that the housing is not dust- and waterproof and it does not have an enhanced resistance to falls. As a consolation we have Gorilla Glass 3 protecting the display.
I have mixed feelings when it comes to the display that takes most of the front panel. On paper it looks impressive – this is a 5.8-inch PureDisplay with 19:9 ratio and a Full HD+ resolution (1080 x 2280 pixels). It supports the HDR10 mode, thanks to which the image has live and saturated colours and the smartphone can instantly enhance the image and convert to HDR contents that were not originally saved in this standard. I do not know if it is really like that – but the image looks great.
However, I wish there was some colours calibration or a possibility to change the white balance – in my opinion the display moves towards colder colours and during this review I enjoyed working with the active blue light filter the most.
The display in its upper part has a small notch, which hides the speaker for calls, front camera and sensors, while in the lower part the front panel was taken over by a rather wide bezel, on which there is the brand’s logo. At the first glance it looks like we cannot hide the notch – neither Android Oreo nor Android Pie have this feature. However, we can find it hidden deeper – it appears only when running the developer mode. Then, in the Developer Options we just need to tap the “Full Bezel” option, in which the background colour around it will turn black.
The back panel is made out of glass, which looks neat and elegant, though it “suffers” from the same condition as other smartphones with glass backs. It is slick and it catches fingerprints. It does not draw our attention with different colours, it maintains its dark elegance.
On the central place there is a module with the dual camera and a LED flash, which slightly stands above the housing, below it we can find the fingerprint scanner, further down there is vertically placed Nokia logo, a more subtle AndroidOne logo and printed certificates. All elements are placed logically and ergonomically. While using the camera we will not cover it by accident with our finger, and the index finger reaches the scanner without any problems. I will write more about the camera later on – right now I would like to mention a few words about the fingerprint scanner. It works without any errors, though it slightly lacks the precision and speed of scanners in, for example, Huawei models. This is not the only biometrical security of the smartphone – in the SmartLock tab we can find the “Trusted Face” function for facial recognition.
The metal frame has a dark colour, though it shines on milled edges. Sometimes it is intersected with antennas’ bars. The frame has typical elements placed on it, that is a USB-C socket, microphone’s hole and the external speaker on the lower edge, physical buttons on the right, tray for SIM and microSD cards on the left and finally a universal jack and an additional microphone at the top.