Nokia 7.1 just launched another compelling affordable smartphone in the market. It has been a pretty good year for the under 30k phones, so Nokia 7.1 has a pretty tough competition. One that created buzz months before the launched and won the battle almost is Pocophone F1 by Xiaomi. So can the new Nokia 7.1 stand against Pocophone F1? Let’s find out.

Performance

Pocophone F1 steal the show with its Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 with LiquidCool Technology. You get 6BG/8GB of RAM along with 64GB/128GB/256GB of storage which you can expand up to 256GB. It was nicknamed as “Master of Speed” by the company. The Pocophone F1 proved rock-solid, and also presented games with top-tier visual fidelity without complaint.

pocophone f1

While the Nokia 7.1’s Snapdragon 636 doesn’t reach quite that level, but it’s not far behind with a big. Little CPU cluster with powerful Cortex-A73 cores to handle more demanding workloads.  You’ve got the choice of 3GB or 4GB of RAM onboard, and both should be capable of running your favorite apps, although you may find it’s a little slower than what you’re used to if you’re switching from a more high-end phone. For storage, you’ve got the choice of 32GB with 3GB of RAM or 64GB with the 4GB, and if you’re planning to download a lot of apps, games, movies, and music we’d recommend going for the larger version.

Another thing that has to be noticed in performance is their gaming performance. Here also the Nokia 7.1 is slightly behind its competitors. Pocophone F1 is packed up with Adreno 630 while Nokia has Adreno 509.

Cameras

Nokia has deepened its partnership with Zeiss for this phone, yet the camera specifications appear very similar to other mid-tier smartphones. A reasonable resolution primary camera, paired up with a low-resolution depth sensor is par for the course these days. Nokia isn’t just using the secondary camera for depth sensing and software bokeh, though that’s an option. The secondary camera is a monochrome sensor, used to improve light sensitivity and detail, like in Huawei’s cameras. Powerful software combined with Zeiss lenses could make this a winning combination.

On the rear of the phone is a dual-camera setup. The primary shooter has a f/1.8 lens and a 12MP sensor, which sports larger pixels than those in a lot of other mid-range smartphones at 1.28um, which in turn improves the sensor’s light-gathering capabilities – HMD Global claims this phone will be better at low-light photography than the devices that have gone before it. It also has a 5MP secondary camera for portrait mode. You will also get a ‘Bothie’ mode where you can use both front and rear camera at the same time.

pocophone f1

While Pocophone has a primary 12-megapixel sensor with its f/1.9 aperture and 1.4µm pixels (a Sony IMX363, if you were wondering), as well as the sizeable 20-megapixel front-facer. This manifests as an impressive camera experience – not only for an affordable smartphone but outright. You get an AI-enhanced auto mode, manual control, automated HDR shooting, real-time photo filters and Beauty mode, QR code scanning, a Portrait mode and more. You will also enjoy the 20MP camera on Pocophone if you are a selfie lover.

Reviews say Nokia 7.1 has impressed by its camera performance, with it managing to capture an impressive level of detail in the poorly lit environment. Pocophone F1 also works brilliantly, especially with its AI-enhanced auto mode. Though lack of stabilization is here again.

Display

Nokia 7.1 features a 5.84-inch with 2280 x 1080 resolution (FHD+) with a 19:9 aspect ratio while the Pocophone F1 has a 6.18-inch IPS LCD with 1080 x 2246 resolution (Full HD+) with an 18:9 aspect ratio.

nokia 7.1

7.1’s resolution has to be a bit higher as it’s a longer display. This looks similar to a lot of other modern smartphones at first glance, with a relatively average-sized notch at the top of the display and a thick lip along the bottom of the phone. While the screen may not sound fantastic on paper, it has a few tricks up its sleeve that makes it premium. It’s the company’s first display tech with HDR10 support, so any content being watched in HDR will look fantastic, and it’s able to upscale your normal SDR video to HDR in real time too. The display also comes with technology similar to that on Apple’s iPhones, which automatically adjusts brightness and contrast to give you the best picture quality depending on the ambient lighting conditions.

It’s a serviceable IPS LCD panel that offers impressive overall brightness and minimal color-shifting. Brightness drop-off only really affects more extreme viewing angles. There’s no HDR support or any such cutting-edge wizardry and it is here where F1 loses to 7.1. Pocophone has granted the F1 a wealth of display-related features, too. There’s an adjustable reading mode that reduces blue light emissions and can be scheduled to switch on and off automatically a rich custom color temperature menu and gesture-based features such as double-tap and raise-to-wake.

Pocophone may not provide as a rich and vivid display as Nokia but it is nevertheless worth it.

Extras

Both run on Android Oreo (v8.1). F1 runs on Xiaomi own UI or MIUI 9.6 while Nokia follows stock Android. Both have fast charging capabilities and 3.5 mm audio jack with type C USB. While F1 has 4000mAH battery while 7.1 has 3400mAh battery. Another feature that the F1 misses is NFC. 7.1 has it. Thus payments can be done in a more easier way.

Verdict

nokia 7.1

Stock Android fans now have another choice on the market in the Nokia 7.1. Its hardware doesn’t appear exceptional, but that’s partly because this year has already seen so many affordable high-performance smartphones hit the market. The Nokia 7.1 looks like a solid performer, it’s just not topping the table. Of course, that’s only a small part of the smartphone experience. The Nokia 7.1’s appeal hinges on its design and camera experience. It could well excel in those areas. Price ranges from ₹24,900 – ₹25,500 depending upon the region.

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