13 days ago, HMD had sent out invites for an informal event on 4th October in London commemorating the release of Nokia’s new flagship device. Today, in fact, now as I write this article for you, you can watch the live stream of the event in the company’s official YouTube channel (starting from 9:30 IST)
There have been a plethora of rumors surrounding the upcoming launches of Nokia devices and the event is certainly an anticipated one as it is expected to put the rumors to rest. Since there hasn’t been any specific mention about which flagship device was to be released today, all we could rest on were rumors. Speculations regarding the launch of Nokia 6.1 Plus were pretty extensive, however, the ubiquitous notion is that the Nokia 7.1 plus has more chance of getting released. Let’s see what is actually happening in the event.
The event kicked start with the announcement of Nokia 8 and it is confirmed that Nokia 8 Sirocco will run on Android 9.0 Pie. Coming to the expected Nokia 7.1, the event announces that it will come in two color options: Gloss midnight blue and Gloss steel.
Nokia 7.1, as promised, comes with dual camera setup: true to life HDR, bokeh mode, pro camera mode, and live stream functionality add to the camera features. Nokia 7.1 will have a 5.84-inch full HD+ display with internal HDR support that is to convert SDR content to HDR in no time. As already revealed the rear camera will have a 12M+5MP setup combined with an 8MP front camera.
As promised, Snapdragon 636 SoC will power the flagship device. The phone will run on Android One with the support of Google. Though it will be released with Android 8.1 Oreo, it can be upgraded to 9.0 Pie soon enough. The phone will have features like Digital Wellbeing which will monitor user’s app usage and behavior with suggestions for a break at intervals. The phone comes with a battery of 3060 mA and a USB Type-C port. The device comes in two variants: 3GB RAM with 32GB storage and 4GB RAM with 64GB storage.
Besides the device, Nokia launches True Wireless Earbuds competing against Apple’s Airpods and Samsung’s Icon X. We also learn of the Pro Wireless earphones which will be made accessible to any smartphone. The event wrapped up with the announcement of the price range of 7.1, which comes at €299-€399 which amounts to approximately Rs. 25,395 and Rs. 29,641. There hasn’t been any announcement regarding the smartphone’s release in India, however, which would be interesting to note because they might lower the price going by India’s smartphone price range.