Nokia 7.1 Available in the United States for $350
While OEMs may think that it is normal to charge people upwards of $1,000 for a phone, a lot of users prefer more reasonably priced devices. Thankfully, the mid-range segment is alive and well owing to new releases by the likes of Nokia, Motorola, Xiaomi etc. Nokia, in particular, has a wide range of options in the mid-range segment. If you're looking for a sub-$500 phone with Stock Android and powerful hardware, the Nokia 7.1 might be a perfect fit for you.
For $350, you get an HDR-ready 5.8" IPS LCD panel, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage; all powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC. The dual 12+5-megapixel rear and 8-megapixel selfie camera might not be the best of the lot, but it'll get the job done. The 3,000mAh battery supports fast charging via the USB 2.0 Type C slot. Lastly, you also get a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, NFC and Bluetooth 5.0. It runs Android Oreo 8.1 out of the box and a Pie update is due anytime next month. HMD Global has had a stellar track record of updating their phones on time, so when they say next month, one can be assured that it'll be rolled out at the time, if not earlier.
The Nokia 7.1 comes in two premium finishes namely Steel and Blue. For now, only the Blue colour seems to be available. Nokia's 6000-grade aluminium makes for a sturdy body that is capable of handling rough usage. The Nokia 7.1 is GSM-only in the US, meaning it’ll work on T-Mobile and AT&T. You can buy it off of Best Buy, Amazon, and B&H Photo.
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