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Nokia 7.1 is a 'pure,' cheap Android phone with two cameras

It comes in two colors, with shiny accents.

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Jessica Dolcourt

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The Nokia 7.1 has a low price for a midrange phone that offers so much.

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There's the 5.8-inch screen. Yes, Virginia, it has a notch.

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You get two cameras on the back: one a 12-megapixel sensor and the other a 5-megapixel lens for depth.

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Shiny accents brighten the neutral tones.

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The Nokia 7.1 comes in two colors: steel gloss and midnight blue. They're both extremely safe, and, to be honest, a little boring.

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Or, if you're being charitable, "classy"!

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I like the coppery accents best.

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Nokia phones run Android One software, which means it's as close to the Pixel version of the OS as you can get without being a Pixel.

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Here's the slim volume rocker.

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You'll have the usual USB-C charging port. Don't worry, you won't ever have to use it for your headphones...

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...because the Nokia 7.1 also has a headphone jack. 

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It's nice to see multiple phone makers still hanging on to this feature.

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The Nokia 7.1's camera features add an adjustable portrait mode, which means you can control the amount of blur on a shot.

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The phone also gets an update to the Nokia "bothie" mode, which takes photo and video from both cameras simultaneously. 

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Now you can slide the frame to include more or less of each camera.

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Pro photo mode is still here, letting you manually adjust white balance, ISO and other settings.

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The Nokia 7.1, left, enhances standard definition video (right) to an HDR treatment (left) with brighter whites and deeper contrast.

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Inside, you get a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor, which promises to make the 7.1 up to 40 percent faster than the Nokia 7.

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The 7.1 will ship with Android 8.1, but will upgrade to Android 9 Pie by the end of November.

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The phone will cost $349 in the US, and will sell at Amazon, Best Buy and B&H. Global buyers should check local retailers for pricing and sale dates.

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Read our hands-on impressions of the Nokia 7.1 here.

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