Nokia 7.1: Unboxing and first look

Nokia is notorious for delivering a great budget smartphone experience. Following from the Nokia 7 Plus, its next phone is the Nokia 7.1. Priced at Dh1,049, the phone offers Android One out of the box.

Nokia 7.1 – Box contents

Packaged in a unique slide out box, you will see the phone first wrapped in some plastic protection. Under this, there is the SIM removal tool as well as some instructions on how to start using the phone.

The accessories you receive out of the box are standard for a phone of this price point

On the left side, you find a smaller box which houses some essential accessories. A fast charging brick, a USB-C charging cable and a pair of 3.5mm jack headphones. Unlike the Honor 8X we looked at earlier, there is not case bundled in the box with this one.

Nokia 7.1 – First impressions

In the hand, the phone feels extremely premium. The metal build is solid and the phone gives off a flagship vibe especially with that notch on the top front. We are a bit disappointed that it does not offer even a basic face unlock feature but that is why the fingerprint scanner still remains. Towards the bottom, you find a substantial chin bezel which takes away from an immersive experience. If anything, it is enough for the sleek looking Nokia branding to fit in.

We would have preferred a slightly smaller bottom bezel

For this budget, it is nice to see a very refined phone. Android One is the closest experience to stock Android and while the phone is still on 8.1 Oreo, we should be seeing the 9.0 Pie update shortly. It has a variety of features which we covered on the Nokia 7 Plus.

The 5.84-inch HDR10 screen alongside the capable processing on the phone makes using it a pleasure

Combined with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 octa-core chip and 4GB RAM, the user experience is smooth. Content also sharp on the 5.84-inch IPS LCD display which comes with HDR10 certification. The display even supports an active display mode to quickly glance at your notifications but it is a shame that the phone only has a single speaker which leaves me wanting a bit more when it comes to media consumption.


With the dual Zeiss 12MP and 5MP cameras yet to be tested out and the rather small 3040mAh battery, it will be interesting to learn how the phone operates in the long run. So far, its first impression is solid but will that change with out final verdict?