Our Opinion

The Nokia 7.1 is a slightly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy A50 (4GB RAM), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Nokia 7.1!

Nokia 7.1  Samsung Galaxy A50 (4GB RAM) 
Nokia 7.1 Samsung Galaxy A50
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Excellence Score
50.0
49.0
Value for Money Score
83.1
72.7
Price ₹ 16,248 onwards ₹ 18,490 onwards
Launch Date (India) Dec, 2018 Mar, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android versionAndroid One series Android 9.0 PieExpected 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 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 636Ranked #32 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Samsung Exynos 9610Ranked #19 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 509 Mali-G72 MP3
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 12MP + 5MP 25MP + 8MP + 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; 1.28µm Pixel Size; Dual Pixel PDAF, 5MP: F/2.4 Aperture; 1.12µm Pixel Size; Depth Sensor, Bokeh mode, Zeiss optics, Panorama, HDR, Gyro-EIS 25MP: F/1.7 Aperture; PDAF, 8MP: F/2.2 Aperture, 5MP: F/2.2 Aperture; Depth Sensor, Panorama, HDR
Secondary Camera 8MP 25MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 24mm Focal Length F/2.0 Aperture, HDR
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 400 GB 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 mm 7.7 mm
Weight 160 gm 166 gm
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 Yes Yes
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features NFC; Noise Filtration In-display Fingerprint Sensor; 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
  • Looks absolutely slick with a modern, Infinity U-notch display, and a beautiful iridescent back panel, that reflects light in interesting ways
  • The rear panel curves slightly to meet the metal rim and there are no sharp edges anywhere - as far as comfort goes, the Galaxy A50 is quite easy to use and doesn't feel too heavy or thick - it fits nicely in one hand, and isn't slippery
  • Packs an in-display fingerprint sensor, that works reasonably fine (though it can often take about two seconds to unlock - and so is not quite as efficient as a standard fingerprint sensor)
  • There's also some very handy and quick face recognition - you can choose to activate the front camera as soon as you raise the phone - it's fluid and you don't have to wait for visual confirmation that it has worked
  • The main attraction of the Galaxy A50 is its gorgeous 6.4-inch full-HD+ Super AMOLED screen, with the scoop-shaped Infinity-U notch - it is crisp, bright and vibrant - blacks are deep and colours really pop, but without being oversaturated - everything looks great, right from the UI to videos and games
  • The always-on display feature is nice to have too
  • Packs One UI, Samsung's modern flagship UI, with a number of design improvements over Samsung's old Experience UI (which is there on the Galaxy M-series siblings)
  • One UI reduces information density throughout, and is optimized for large displays
  • There are of course tons of customization options like text size, icon size, gesture shortcuts, gesture navigation, lock-screen widgets, message bubbles, etc
  • Google's Digital Wellbeing feature for Android 9 is also supported so you can see detailed app usage statistics, have the Galaxy A50 prompt you when it's time to wind down for the night, and impose time constraints on individual apps to help yourself focus
  • Solid mid-range performance with the powerful Samsung Exynos 9610 SoC (similar to Snapdragon 660) - the experience is pleasant and smooth throughout including with games like PUBG Mobile and Asphalt 9
  • Good, three rear camera setup at the back - the primary camera has a 25-megapixel sensor and f/1.7 aperture
  • the secondary camera is for wide shots and has an 8-megapixel sensor with a 123-degree field of view and f/2.2 aperture
  • and the third one is a standard 5-megapixel depth sensor
  • There are also lots of add-ons like Live Focus mode for portraits, a 480fps 720p slow-motion video mode, Hyper-Lapse mode for timelapse videos, AR emojis, and intelligent scene optimisation
  • Overall image quality is good, especially in daylight - photos come out looking nice with quite a lot of detail
  • The wide-angle camera gives you a lot of flexibility and it's actually quite surprising how much more you can fit into a frame when standing in exactly the same spot (but quality is definitely lower and there's major distortion that isn't just limited to the edges of the frame)
  • You can change the type of background blur in portrait shots from the standard bokeh to assorted filter effects, and there's even a fake dolly-zoom effect that you can make GIFs out of - edge detection is quite good too
  • Video recording is good too - with none of the focus hunting or wobbling that affects lower-end phone cameras - in the daytime, motion is crisp and details are good - the wide-angle camera gives everything a fish-eye effect and video is slightly darker but still smooth
  • Decent single front-facing camera too, with a 25-megpixel sensor and f/2.0 aperture - though edge detection of the Live Focus mode here isn't great
  • Very good battery life with a 4000mAh battery - you can easily stretch to a day and a half with normal use
  • Support for fast charging - the included charger charges from 0 to 30 percent in 30 minutes
  • With the re-imaged A-series, Samsung is really showing that it knows how to bring the fight back, and seen on it's own, the Galaxy A50 is a solid mid-range device
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
  • The rear panel is quite glossy, and so it gets completely smudged pretty much the moment you touch it - it will also have a tendency to pick scratches - so using the bundled plastic case is pretty much essential
  • Bloatware, spammy notifications, and ads within some Samsung apps are still part of the package though - and you will have to disable some of these individually to have a cleaner experience with the phone
  • Low light performance of the rear and front cameras could have been better
  • While the phone's single speaker can get very loud, at higher volumes, clarity does suffer
  • The included earphones are not too great - you will probably want to use your own pair
  • Having said that, the competition is intense these days, and one the hardest ones to fight against will be Xiaomi's Poco F1 with its top-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor - that's obviously the better choice of phone if you're a gamer or want the smoothest possible experience - though it doesn't have three rear cameras or a modern tiny-notch, all-screen design
  • Competition will also be hard from the new Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro with its Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 SoC, 48-megapixel primary camera, Gorilla Glass 5, and other impressive specifications - presenting a much stronger value-for-your-buck package
  • Lastly, there will also be competition from the company's own Galaxy M30, which is a notch below in cameras and performance - but does pack an even larger battery, and is much cheaper
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. Samsung got a lot of things right in the Galaxy A50...we liked it for sure, and we'd recommend checking it out if it fits your budget bracket
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A premium mid-ranger worth your money
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Samsung is really showing that it knows how to bring the fight back
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. An appreciable effort that needs some polishing
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A well rounded mid-ranger you always wanted
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. Samsung’s best mid-ranger in years...the Samsung Galaxy A50 is all about a quality user experience
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Samsung has finally figured out how to make a great budget phone
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. If you are a Samsung loyalist then this phone might excite you, else consider alternatives
    themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Give you a lot of value at its price point...a delight to use
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. Excellent midrange smartphone
    notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  11. stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  12. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
  13. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  14. techadvisor.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
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