Our Opinion

The Nokia 7.1 is a slightly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy A30, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Nokia 7.1!

Nokia 7.1  Samsung Galaxy A30 
Nokia 7.1 Samsung Galaxy A30
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Excellence Score
32.1
29.0
Value for Money Score
78.5
68.8
Price ₹ 10,999 onwards ₹ 12,490 onwards
Launch Date (India) Dec, 2018 Mar, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android versionAndroid One series Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.84 inches 6.4 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2280 pixels (~ 432 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Yes
Display Type IPS LCD AMOLED
Display Features IPS LCD, HDR10 Compliant, PureDisplay Super AMOLED, Infinity-U Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.8 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 636Ranked #53 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Samsung Exynos 7904Ranked #54 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 509 Mali-G71 MP2
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 12MP + 5MP 16MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 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 16MP: F/1.7 Aperture; PDAF, 5MP: F/2.2 Aperture
Secondary Camera 8MP 16MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 24mm Focal Length F/2.0 Aperture
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 400 GB Yes, up to 512 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 8 mmMedium 7.7 mmMedium
Weight 160 gmMedium 165 gmMedium
Width 71.2 mmComfortable for one-handed use 74.7 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3060 mAh 4000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) 408 hrs N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) 19.50 hrs N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes Yes
Included Fast Charger Yes Yes, 15W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features NFC; Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • 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
  • Well built, sleek, modern design, with a Infinity-U display
  • The glossy sides and back look good (it has the appearance of glass but it is actually plastic)
  • Large, vivid Super AMOLED, Infinity-U display with slim borders all around - everything from images to text really pops - easily one of the best-in-class displays in this price category
  • The Galaxy A30 runs on Samsung's new One UI, which is one of the more polished, refined takes on an Android UI, and is one of the best Android UI implementations at present, along with Oxygen OS
  • There are a number of useful features including Android Pie's Digital Wellbeing, and a whole bunch of motion gestures such as one-handed mode, Smart Stay, etc, which can be toggled on
  • Decent performance with a Exynos 7904 processor at the core (similar to Snapdragon 636) - day-to-day use is decent and complex games like PUBG are also playable at reduced graphics settings
  • One of the few affordable phones with a wide angle sensor at the rear, that can produce some interesting frames
  • It also shoots pretty good portraits
  • Decent bundled headset - and you can enable Dolby Atmos for wired and Bluetooth headphones, which boosts the audio level and spatial separation a bit
  • The 4000mAh battery is one of the Galaxy A30's strong suits - you will easily manage to push past a full day on one charge
  • The bundled fast charger is able to take the battery to about 70 percent in an hour, which is not bad at all
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • 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
  • Of course the glossy body means that it also attracts smudges and fingerprints easily
  • The fingerprint sensor works well, but is placed a bit too high up - and you will have to really stretch your index finger, or at times, shuffle the phone around to reach it
  • You have the option to use face recognition instead of — or in addition to — using the fingerprint scanner, but it's not very quick, not even under good light
  • The Galaxy A30 is also a big phone to carry around, even if you have large hands
  • Unfortunately, there are still plenty of promotions, and ads to deal with, in the default phone setup (you can thankfully opt out of these though)
  • Given however, that other phones in this price range now come with much more powerful SoCs like the MediaTek Helio P70 and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675, the A30 does lag behind the competition in terms of performance
  • Overall quality-wise though, the dual rear camera (primary + wide-angle) setup at the rear is average though, especially in terms of low light performance
  • The front 16-megapixel selfie camera is again average - selfies are a bit soft in daylight and in low-light, selfies lack good detail, with visible grain
  • The Galaxy A30 can shoot up to full-HD videos with good quality, but the lack of stabilisation is a let-down - unless you're staying still, videos often end up looking shaky and unusable - continuous autofocus too isn't very quick, and you will see visible lag when the camera tries to refocus onto another subject
  • The audio output from the speaker however is quite weak in terms of volume
  • Overall, the A30 is not quite as good as Samsung's other recent launches in the M and A series
  • It will face very stiff competition from the likes of the Redmi Note 7 Pro, which apart from being much more powerful, also takes a big lead in the camera department
  • Even if you want to stick to Samsung, the M30 will give you a slightly better camera performance, a bigger battery, and storage - so, significantly better value
Expert Reviews
  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 »
  1. A balanced smartphone with good specs, and it will serve you well no matter the occasion
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A pretty good device for the price segment it’s sitting in...but the Galaxy M30 is better bang-for-the-buck
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. We'd suggest giving the Galaxy A30 a pass
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Has formidable competitors...but for those who don’t game and are happy with great battery life and a solid multimedia experience, you can buy this phone
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Reliable daily driver
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. Nothing makes the Galaxy A30 stand out, and with so many good options available, being perfectly average doesn’t really cut it anymore
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. The Galaxy A30 is a good phone...but it will struggle against competition in the online market
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
  9. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  10. techadvisor.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
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