Does anyone remember the old times, when Nokia used to be one of the big players in the
smartphones industry? Well, admittedly that era didn’t last for so long. Rajeev Suri, Stephen Elop
however, the two CEOs of the Finnish tech company seem to have grown nostalgic of that old glory.
Striving to make a strong presence in the market once more, is probably the contributory factor to
the creation of the upcoming Nokia 7.1 Plus, a smartphone that may not fall in the premium
segment, but one that has definitely been signed with Nokia’s experience and expertise.
It’s been much discussed and long awaited. New renders leaked on the internet recently and they
tell us all about the handset’s design and looks.
According to those renders, the upcoming Nokia 7.1 Plus will sport a Type-C USB port. The speaker
will be on the bottom right side, facing downwards, while the other side will be occupied by the
As for the top part of the phone, the renders clearly show a 3.5mm audio jack and one more
microphone, possibly for video calls or videos that are recorded with the front camera. Both a bezel
and a notch are distinct. The display has most likely a 19:9 ratio and a FHD+ resolution (1080 x 2280).
The volume rocker and the power button are located on the right side. So far so good.
The back, is probably the most interesting part of the device’s exterior. It shows a vertical dual
camera branded by ZEISS, which consequently tells us a lot about the possible features and specs
that are expected to go hand-in-hand. Truth be told, Nokia has a long history with ZEISS, which
makes us wonder whether it’s time for the Finnish smartphone maker to shake things up a bit and
consider partnering with new companies that can offer fresh and innovative features. Right below
the dual camera, one sees the fingerprint sensor while the entire back is probably covered with
Moving on and under the hood, we expect that the Nokia 7.1 Plus will run with Google’s Android Pie
9.0. What’s best, is the device will be part of the Android One program, which ensures that owners
will be the first ones to get all the latest updates, compared to other Android smartphones that are
not part of the program. Concerning the tech specs, rumours talk about a Snapdragon 710, 6GB of
RAM and 128GB of internal storage capacity. While we can’t know whether the above rumours are
true, we sure will find out soon since the handset will most likely be presented in the upcoming HMD
Global launch event.
If we do see a Snapdragon 710 however, we may have to consider that Nokia doesn’t have any plans
for going after the top tier in the foreseeable future. And if you find the above statement a tad
biased or rushed, then think of it this way. If Nokia touts the upcoming device as its flagship, then
what are the chances that we’ll see a premium flagship any time soon?