Our Opinion

The Nokia 7.1 is a significantly better phone than the Motorola Moto G7, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Nokia 7.1!

Motorola Moto G7  Nokia 7.1 
Motorola Moto G7 Nokia 7.1
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Excellence Score
26.1
32.1
Value for Money Score
73.0
78.5
Price ₹ 8,961 onwards ₹ 10,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Mar, 2019 Dec, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android versionAndroid One series
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.2 inches 5.84 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2270 pixels (~ 405 pixels per inch) 1080x2280 pixels (~ 432 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Display Features IPS LCD IPS LCD, HDR10 Compliant, PureDisplay
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.8 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 632Ranked #55 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 636Ranked #53 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 506 Adreno 509
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 12MP + 5MP 12MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 12MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 1.25um Pixel Size; PDAF, 5MP: F/2.2 Aperture; Depth sensor, Panorama, Gyro-EIS, Auto HDR, Face beauty, Auto smile capture, Cinemagraph, Portrait mode, Group selfie, Spot color 12MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 1.28µm Pixel Size; Dual Pixel PDAF, 5MP: F/2.4 Aperture; 1.12µm Pixel Size; Depth Sensor, Bokeh mode, Zeiss optics, Panorama, HDR, Gyro-EIS
Secondary Camera 8MP 8MP
Secondary Camera Features HDR F/2.0 Aperture, 24mm Focal Length
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 512 GB Yes, up to 400 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 8 mmMedium 8 mmMedium
Weight 172 gmMedium 160 gmMedium
Width 75.3 mmOk for one-handed use 71.2 mmComfortable for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant (P2i water-repellent nano coating)
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh 3060 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A 408 hrs
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A 19.50 hrs
Fast Charging Support Yes, TurboPower Yes
Included Fast Charger Yes, 15W TurboPower Charger Yes
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration; Dolby Audio NFC; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Slick, contemporary, easy-on-the-eyes glass design
  • Great build quality
  • The curved back is less rounded than the G6, which makes it easier to grip
  • The G7's fingerprint sensor has migrated to the back of the phone, nestled in the "Batwing" Motorola dimple - it's pretty well placed
  • There's also fairly fast face unlock
  • Splash resistant body
  • Large, beautiful, 6.2-inch, teardrop notch display - it has nice, vibrant colors and good viewing angles
  • Moto Display (always-on display) is still there, and continues to be one of the defining features of the Moto G series
  • Simple, uncluttered stock Android UI, with some very useful Moto customizations - Moto phones continue to offer one of the best software experiences on Android
  • Decent camera quality for the price bracket
  • The dual rear camera setup does reliably well with outdoor and moderately-lit indoor shots - delivering sharp and detailed photos (although dynamic range is not the best)
  • Decent portrait mode too
  • Decent selfie camera too - you can get some respectable shots especially in well lit scenes
  • Selfie portraits too have good subject separation and convincing out-of-focus area rendition
  • Decent video recording performance too - with support for 4k video recording as well (though it's not the best in terms of quality)
  • You can still do the effortless double-twist-to-open-camera gesture from any app
  • Overall, the cameras are marginally superior to last year's Moto G6 - and in line with other decent camera phones in this price bracket
  • Decently-loud bottom firing speaker
  • Supports fast charging via the USB-C port
  • The thing that will immediately catch your attention with the Nokia 7.1 is just how well-built the phone is
  • There's an aluminium frame all around the phone with flat edges and gracefully curved sides - the back is made entirely out of glass
  • The power and volume buttons feel good to press, nothing rattles when you shake the phone, and the 160g weight adds a nice bit of heft and keeps the Nokia 7.1 from feeling overly lightweight
  • Overall, this is a phone that easily looks and feels like something far more expensive, and that all contributes to a much more enjoyable experience in day-to-day use compared to something with a lesser design
  • Quick and accurate fingerprint sensor
  • Absolutely gorgeous display - easily one of the best in the mid-range - it's sharp, colorful, and supports HDR content (which is pretty amazing for this price bracket) - it also get plenty bright
  • Overall the display is pretty much 'flagship-standard'
  • Being an Android One phone means that the Nokia 7.1 is running a stock build of Android with a UI not unlike what you'll find on Google's Pixel phones - it's clean, snappy, and a downright joy to use - and it's guaranteed to receive two years of software updates and three years of monthly security patches
  • Performance is good in daily use with a solid mid-range Snapdragon 636
  • Very good set of dual rear cameras - they work quickly, apply HDR, and give good results in all kinds of conditions - you will be mostly impressed
  • Portraits are especially good (class leading)
  • Decent selfie camera too
  • Overall, the cameras are on par with the very good cameras on the Poco F1, which will be one of its main competitors
  • The solo speaker on the bottom is sufficiently loud and clear
  • If you’re into wireless audio, the smartphone also supports hi-res audio playback via Qualcomm aptX, which not only amplifies the playback but also adds a rich flavor, especially when you’re streaming media online
  • Decent battery life - with a 3060 mAh unit, it will last you the day with moderate use
  • Fast charging support
  • Overall, Nokia 7.1 looks like another winner from the Nokia camp and will be a great all-round option in this price bracket especially for those users who want stock Android and don't need top-end performance - if you do need the best performance for your buck, for instance if you do a lot of gaming, you should be looking at the Poco F1 or the Honor Play instead
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Software updates from Motorola in recent times have been far less frequent compared to before, so if you are look for both a stock Android phone + more updates in the future, 'Android One' devices would be better options
  • While the Snapdragon 632 will give you perfectly decent day-to-day performance, it is still quite underpowered compared to most of the competition - the GPU especially is relatively weak, so this is not a great phone for games (especially heavy duty ones like PUBG)
  • Low light performance could have been better though
  • Battery life though is pretty average, and there are many better competitors around in this area - with slightly heavier use, you will find the need to charge it by the evening
  • While the Moto G7 is another good "user-experience" phone from Motorola's ranks - thanks to the thoughtful design and software - it will find it tough to compete in the heated mid-range space in India, primarily account of it's relatively weak processor and average battery life - if however, you are a more basic phone user (light phone use, no games), it's a decent option
  • The glass back is of course slippery and attracts fingerprints, like all glass backs do
  • It is definitely not the best performing phone of the price bracket though - so if you are a power user/play a lot of games - then this is not the phone for you - you would be better served with Snapdragon 660, or Snapdragon 845 phones around this price
  • Again however, battery life is not the strong point for the Nokia 7.1 - there are many higher battery capacity phones around in this price bracket
Expert Reviews
  1. If you want a well-rounded and dependable smartphone, the Motorola Moto G7 delivers
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The best budget phone just got better
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Moto G7 and G7 Power are still the budget phones to beat
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. If you’re on the lookout for an affordable phone that works well and reliably, you’re sure be a fan of what Motorola’s G series flagship can do
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Moto G7 and Moto G7 Power are still the best affordable Android phones money can buy
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Remains a superb low-cost smartphone... but more competition mean the Moto G7 is no longer the king of budget phones
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  7. Another well-rounded budget phone from Motorola
    tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. An impressive phone that shouldn't be this cheap
    zdnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. mashable.com hands-on Read Review »
  11. digitaltrends.com hands-on Read Review »
  12. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  13. pocketnow.com hands-on Read Review »
  14. androidpolice.com hands-on Read Review »
  15. techadvisor.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
  1. One of the best Android One phones on the market
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. We like the Nokia 7.1 a lot...it's a handset that will serve you well
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A great choice for those who aren't into the latest mobile games, but are looking for a great everyday experience
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. For the average joe, the Nokia 7.1 would make for a solid everyday smartphone
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Reliable, dependable, and trustworthy...a great 'everyday' phone
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. This isn’t a powerful smartphone for the price, but it compensated with a great display and a good camera
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. A great value proposition
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. All elements come together to create a device that works just as good as it feels...and that is how the 7.1 excels
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. On paper, the Nokia 7.1 looks like one of the best phones at the price, but it’s let down by poor battery life and general performance
    trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. A new contender for the mid-range king
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  13. tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. gizmodo.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  16. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
  17. digitaltrends.com hands-on Read Review »
  18. stuff.tv hands-on Read Review »
  19. techadvisor.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
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