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The Nokia 7.1 will launch in Australia from 17 October


The Nokia 7.1 promises HDR quality at a much-less-than-premium price point, and it'll be available down under very soon.

Nokia – or to be strictly accurate, HMD Global, the folks who own the rights to produce smartphones with Nokia branding – has been on a tear lately with a range of low-cost, high-value smartphones.

Its latest announced handset, the Nokia 7.1, looks to follow on that trend, delivering some pretty solid specifications for what should hopefully be a low price when and if it lands on our shores.

The Nokia 7.1 is a 5.84-inch smartphone with a "notch" display at 1080x2280 pixels, with what Nokia is calling "PureDisplay screen technology", which enables it to display HDR10 content and upscale SDR content into HDR in real time. Underneath the display is the mid-range Snapdragon 636 with either 3GB or 4GB of RAM. That figure depends on the onboard storage, with the 32GB variant having the lower RAM figure, while the 64GB variant gets more.

On the camera front, Nokia is continuing to push its "Bothie" feature, where both front and rear cameras fire simultaneously. It has a front-facing 8MP f/2.0 camera alongside dual 12MP/5MP rear cameras with ZEISS Optics.

Like much of the rest of Nokia's 2018 output – excluding low-cost devices like the Nokia 2.1 or the Nokia 8810 4G – the Nokia 7.1 is an Android One platform phone, which means there's little in the way of Nokia-specific software on board, but you should see two years of upgrades for the phone. While it will launch with Android 8.0 ("Oreo") on board, an upgrade to Android 9.0 ("Pie") should appear directly.

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The Nokia 7.1 will launch in the Gloss Midnight Blue finish through JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman in Australia on 17 October 2018. JB Hi-Fi will offer it on its own mobile plans at $65 per month or for $499 outright, while Harvey Norman will only sell it outright at the same price.

That's for the 32GB/3GB variant only, with no sign of the higher-specification 64GB/4GB model on local shores. For what it's worth, that's a decent enough price, given that the €319 UK price for the 32GB model equates to around $520 at current conversion rates.

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