Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy M21 (4GB RAM, 64GB) is a significantly better phone than the Nokia 7.1, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Samsung Galaxy M21 (4GB RAM, 64GB)!

Nokia 7.1  Samsung Galaxy M21 (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
Nokia 7.1 Samsung Galaxy M21
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Excellence Score
28.5
39.6
Value for Money Score
68.5
84.4
Price ₹ 12,326 onwards ₹ 12,699 onwards
Launch Date (India) Dec, 2018 Mar, 2020
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 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, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Type IPS LCD AMOLED
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features IPS LCD, HDR10 Compliant, PureDisplay Super AMOLED
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.8 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 636Ranked #56 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Samsung Exynos 9611Ranked #31 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 509 Mali-G72 MP3
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
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 48MP + 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 48MP: f/2.0 aperture; 26mm Focal Length; 1/2.0" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 8MP: f/2.2 aperture; 12mm Focal Length; Ultra-wide; 1/4.0" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size, 5MP: f/2.2 aperture; Depth Sensor, Panorama, HDR, Video: 2160p@30fps; 1080p@30fps; EIS
Secondary Camera 8MP 20MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 24mm Focal Length f/2.0 aperture, 26mm Focal Length, HDR
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 (Wireless)
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 8 mmMedium 8.9 mmMedium
Weight 160 gmMedium 188 gmMedium
Width 71.2 mmComfortable for one-handed use 75.1 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3060 mAh 6000 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, 15W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes Yes, 15.0W 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
  • Decent looks and build quality - very similar to the Samsung Galaxy M31, with a a unibody polycarbonate design, and glossy finish on the back panel - the only major difference is the camera module which houses a triple rear camera
  • The plastic body keeps the phone feeling relatively lightweight at 188 grams, which is mighty impressive for a phone packing a big 6000 mAh battery
  • It also feels great to hold with a seamless curved panel that meets the display up front
  • Modern, Infinity-U front - bezels around the screen are slim, except for a slightly thick chin - you still get around 90 per cent screen-to-body ratio, which is great
  • Fingerprint sensor at the back is easy to reach and work very well
  • Gorgeous, 6.4-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display with excellent viewing angles, and brightness levels - easily one of the best displays in the price bracket
  • It also comes with "Widevine L1" certification, which helps stream content in crisp HD resolution
  • Blacks are deep on the AMOLED display, which looks good with Night mode enabled
  • Samsung's OneUI is today one of the more clean, refined Android UIs that's especially well optimised for large displays like this
  • One UI also brings in other useful stuff, like a System-wide Dark mode (which turns the background completely black, and looks great on the M21's AMOLED display), and Always On Display option
  • Decent performance with the Exynos 9611 at the core (similar to Snapdragon 665) - the device is fairly quick to load up apps - multitasking is a breeze
  • Decent triple rear camera setup - a 48MP primary snapper, an 8MP ultra-wide lens and a 5MP depth sensor
  • In broad daylight, you'll get consistent, crispy shots with decent dynamic range and sharpness levels are respectable with the primary lens
  • The ultra-wide sensor, like on any budget phone, is a good addition - it takes social media-worthy images in great lighting conditions (in low-light, the quality dips and pictures look grainy and noisy, wide-angle shots also have barrel distortion at the edges)
  • Live Focus shots are quite good and the camera app does give you the option to set the level of blur before taking a shot - edge detection is very good and the Galaxy M21 does a good job of separating the subject from the background
  • The 20MP selfie camera is quite good and takes detailed selfies (though, in low light, the quality goes down a notch and results are grainy)
  • Monster 6000 mAh battery delivers an incredible 2-3 days of usage easily, making for one of the largest battery life smartphones currently available
  • Supports 15W fast charging
  • If you're someone who consumes a lot of content on their phone, the Galaxy M21 is a good phone for you, it has great AMOLED display, outstanding battery backup that will last you for days
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 power button and volumes are quite flush with the frame which means they lack that tactile, clicky feel
  • Design feels a bit dated and underwhelming, there is no spark in Galaxy M21's design as we see in other brand's phones like Xiaomi and Realme
  • However, this is an old chipset and heavy gaming isn't best on this phone - the Redmi Note 9 Pro and the Realme 6 are much better options that will handle gaming better than the Galaxy M21
  • Photos taken in low-light are average - focusing gets worse in low light and the extreme noise-correction makes images look like water paintings
  • Overall, the cameras on the M21 are decent, but there are better cameras available in this price bracket, including the Galaxy M31, which is just a tad bit pricier
  • Samsung Galaxy M11 falls behind in fast charging as competitors are offering close to 30W fast charging, the 15W on M21 feels low
  • Having said that, the Redmi Note 9 Pro and the Realme 6 will still offer you more bang for your buck, overall and when it comes to intensive tasks like gaming, you’ll be better off choosing the Realme 6 or the Redmi Note 8 Pro that are probably the best phones for gaming in this segment
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 Phone That Caters Best To Video Content Consumers
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
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