Nokia has a long history of producing quality phones over the ages and for a long time they were the dominant players in the market long before the advent of the likes of Apple and Samsung. Back in the day, we used to swear by the indestructible Nokia 3310. This phone had such a solid reputation that when Nokia released a newer version of the phone people actually went out to buy it after all those years. In short these guys have a reputation for building quality phones, which had me curious on what the 7.1 had to offer.

For the past one month, I had the chance to use the Nokia 7.1 and here are my thoughts;


The Nokia 7.1 comes with;

  • 1 charger
  • 1 set of earphones
  • 1 pin for the sim card slot


The phone comes with a 5.84 inch screen which has an IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen and 16M colors. The screen has a notch which means more screen for your viewing, 79.9% screen-to-body ratio to be exact. It has a resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels and a 19:9 aspect ratio which is HDR10 certified. This means that you will be able to consume HDR10 content better, I have to say that the videos taken with this phone are quite crisp. The screen has Corning Glass 3 protection which means that a fall will not easily break it so long as you don’t make it a habit. The glass back of the phone had me slightly worried and as such a cover can be quite handy. The size of the phone plus the aluminum frame make it quite it easy to handle.


The 7.1 has a ZEISS Optics dual camera system at the rear which comprise of a 12MP main camera and a 5MP secondary one. The AI depth sensor allows you to take some awesome photos. The selfie camera is 8MP and has a f 2.0 aperture lens.

The cameras didn’t disappoint.

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Check out this video that i took with the phone.

Fingerprint Sensor

The phone comes with a fingerprint sensor at the back which makes unlocking the phone that much easier not to mention the added security. Other than just unlocking the phone, you can also use fingerprints to authorize purchases and app access.


The 7.1 comes with speakers that are located at the bottom of the phone. The sound, however, is not overly impressive but it is something that one can work with. I have to say that I was not enamored with the cheap looking ear phones, I believe there is room for improvement.


The operates with the latest Android operating system that is Android 8.1 (Oreo) which is upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie). It has a 4 GB RAM, Qualcomm SDM636 Snapdragon 636 Chipset. Octa-core 1.8 GHz Kryo 260 CPU and Adreno 509 GPU. All these features combined make the phone incredibly fast and i am yet to experience any sort of lag while multi-tasking on the phone.


The phone comes with a 3060mAh battaery which is non-removable. The battery might not be the biggest in the market currently but it still delivers and a full battery took me about a day and a half with kawaida usage. However, I noticed that the battery tends to overheat under normal usage once in a while which can be irritating.

The fast charging option via the Type C charger means that you just take over an hour to charge the phone fully.


The phones comes with 64 GB of storage which can be expanded up to 400 GB using a Micro SD. However, this would mean sacrificing a sim slot as the Micro SD uses the sim 2 slot.


The Nokia 7.1 is fast and nifty and the cameras take some awesome photos. This phone is being sold for Ksh. 27,500 and in my opinion it is a definite buy.