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The Nokia 7.1 gets its first US discount, down to $299 ($50 off) at multiple retailers

With the 7.1, Nokia took a successful stab at designing an affordable middle range device that offers a good compromise between premium features and a fair price tag. When the phone came out in October, it was selling for $350 and shipped with Oreo, before receiving its Pie update a month later. Its price has now dropped $50, making it one of the most interesting devices in its category.

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HMD shares Android 9 Pie update roadmap for Nokia 3.1, 5, and remaining phones

Slowly but surely, HMD Global has been rolling out Android 9 Pie to its Nokia-branded phones. The Nokia 7 Plus, 6.1, 6.1 Plus, 5.1, 5.1 Plus, 8, and 8 Sirocco have all received Pie by now. If your Nokia device still doesn't have Pie, don't fret — HMD has laid out its update timeline for all remaining phones.

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[Update: Nokia 5.1 Plus too] HMD releases kernel source code for the Nokia 7.1 and Nokia 6.1 Plus

The Nokia 7.1 and 6.1 Plus are mid-range Android One devices that were recently updated to Android 9.0 Pie. Following the update, HMD Global has published their kernel source code on its website.

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Android 9 Pie has started rolling out to the Nokia 7.1

Nokia launched the Nokia 7.1 with Android 8.1 Oreo, but it promised a quick update to Android 9 Pie. The timeline has proven to be a little longer than we initially believed, but Pie is now rolling out to the phone. Although, HMD's Juho Sarvikas cautions that some markets will take longer than others to get final approval.

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Nokia 7.1 review: Unrealized potential

Just a few short years ago, Nokia was seldom mentioned on Android Police... or much of anywhere, really. Microsoft gobbled up Nokia's renowned smartphone division and still couldn't make Windows Phone work. The remainder of Nokia partnered with HMD to revive the brand in 2016, and some of the phones to come out of this partnership are fantastic, helped by Nokia/HMD's commitment to Android One.

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Nokia 7.1 now available in the United States for $350

Most of Nokia's recent Android devices have been very good, but the Nokia 7.1 is especially a good deal. For $349, you get a Snapdragon 636 processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB of expandable storage, and a 5.8-inch 2280 x 1080 screen with HDR support. Now the device is officially on sale in the United States from a handful of retailers.

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Google's ARCore additions for October include the Pixel 3, LG V40, and more

Augmented Reality may not yet be the game-changer some of its proponents would hope it to be, but little by little it's been coming into its own. AR's been in the spotlight this month thanks to the launch of the Pixel 3 and Google's re-branding of its AR Stickers app as Playground, but that's just the half of it — we've also seen a number of new devices join the list of official AR Core-supporting hardware.

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Nokia 7.1 pre-orders from B&H come with a free photo/video kit worth $65

The Nokia 7.1 looks primed to bring some swagger back to the mid-range smartphone game, particularly in the US. Even still, the quality of the photos and videos captured with the device isn't likely to knock your socks off. But a steadier hand and some reliable lighting should help. To that end, if you pre-order a 7.1 from B&H, you'll also get a free photo/video kit worth $65, which is about 19% of the phone's $350 price tag.

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Nokia will start rolling out Android Pie updates this month

Nokia's return to the smartphone market by way of HMD has already made an impact thanks to affordable hardware and clean Android One software. Nokia just announced a new phone today, but it isn't forgetting its older devices. During the event, Nokia confirmed the first wave of Android Pie updates should hit its phones this month.

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The $350 Nokia 7.1 is a beast on a budget, and it's coming to America

Four-and-a-half years ago, a $300 smartphone rocked American tech news with its tier one specifications and shockingly low price tag: the OnePlus One.

The Nokia 7.1 is not, to answer this post's titular question, its second coming. But I spent a little time using it earlier this week, and at $349, it packs a fairly good value wallop in a segment of the market that sees little love in this country, despite the unending chants across the internet for an affordable, high-quality smartphone. That easily makes the 7.1 the most important Nokia handset to launch in the US yet - far more so than the budget 3.1 or the Moto G-targeting 6.1.

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