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Topic # 242356 24-Oct-2018 08:53
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Spark NZ has announced it will continue to bring a range of Nokia smartphones to the New Zealand market through an exclusive partnership with HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, with the new Nokia 7.1 hitting Spark retail channels today.

 

Available from Spark in store and online from today, Tuesday 30 October, the Nokia 7.1 is the first smartphone to come with PureDisplay screen technology, which promises to take consumers viewing experience to the next level due to its high contrast ratio, greater clarity and enhanced colours across all of your content.

 

The new Nokia 7.1 comes with a Full HD+ 5.84” (19:9) display supporting HDR10 with Nokia 7.1’s PureDisplay delivering higher contrast with 1,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Mobile Platform, it promises to receive three years of monthly security patches and two years of OS updates, as guaranteed in the Android One programme. The smartphone is also built ready for the Android 9 software update, which includes AI powered features that make your device smarter, faster and adapts as you use it

 

Spark’s Value Management Lead, Rajesh Singh, said the company was happy to secure the exclusive partnership extension which will continue to give New Zealanders more choice when they’re shopping around for a smartphone.

 

“Kiwis have a long history with Nokia phones - from the iconic 3310 and now the 7.1, the range brings together engineering excellence with premium materials and finish so we’re proud to be the exclusive stockist of Nokia in New Zealand, says Singh.

 

“The Nokia range has proved popular in the last year so we want to keep giving customers that choice. The Nokia 7.1 delivers a bigger experience without a bigger handset to offer you a stunning smartphone with flagship features at mid-tier prices.”

 

James Robinson, Acting Country Manager, HMD Global said there’s plenty for Kiwi consumers to look forward to from Nokia in the next year and thanks to this exclusive partnership with Spark, they will not miss out.

 

“We’re excited to extend our exclusive partnership with Spark and launch the Nokia 7.1 into the NZ market in tandem, we aim to deliver a unique, premium experience in collaboration with best in class partners to deliver standout smartphones at great value, so having Spark on board makes total sense.”

 

Almost two-thirds of videos around the world are viewed on mobile which is why Nokia has introduced PureDisplay screen technology, to give customers a premium viewing experience on a smartphone. Supporting HDR10, Nokia 7.1’s PureDisplay delivers higher contrast and greater clarity.

 

Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Mobile Platform, which supports a major leap in enhanced performance making it great for streaming HDR content with ease. This platform is optimised for content consumption with a first-class graphics performance and battery efficiency enhancements.

 

The new 7.1 harnesses highly sensitive ZEISS Optics 12MP/5MP dual cameras with two phase detection enables fast accurate autofocus giving great shots in both bright and low light conditions – ideal for capturing and sharing your photos with friends or followers.

 

The phone also joins the comprehensive line-up of Nokia smartphones in the Android One family, delivering a high-quality software experience endorsed by Google.

 

The Nokia 7.1 will receive three years of monthly security patches and two years of OS updates, as guaranteed in the Android One programme. This helps to rank the new Nokia 7.1 among the most secure and cutting-edge phones out there, as this device will always be up-to-date thanks to the latest Google innovations including, Google Assistant and Google Photos with free unlimited high-quality photo storage.

 

The Nokia 7.1. is now available in Gloss Steel, in Spark retail stores, selected retail partners and online for NZ$599 outright or under NZ$25/month over 24 months on eligible Spark pay monthly plans.

 

 





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  Reply # 2113194 24-Oct-2018 13:11
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*following*

 

Is the X7 also coming?


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  Reply # 2113202 24-Oct-2018 13:28
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Is the X7 also coming?

 

 

I thought they were the same device, just X7 = China variant.


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  Reply # 2113613 25-Oct-2018 09:23
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nzkiwiman:

 

Is the X7 also coming?

 

 

I thought they were the same device, just X7 = China variant.

 

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Nah, the 7.1 is snapdragon 636 based.  The X7 which could be 7.1 plus or 8.1 (various stories online) is snapdragon 710 based. GSM arena comparision.

 

The X7 is slightly bigger and has 500mah more juice.  SD710 is a decent step up I think.


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  Reply # 2113622 25-Oct-2018 09:45
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Is it just me or are the Nokia model numbers all over the place, very confusing.





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  Reply # 2113651 25-Oct-2018 10:26
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Nah, the 7.1 is snapdragon 636 based.  The X7 which could be 7.1 plus or 8.1 (various stories online) is snapdragon 710 based. GSM arena comparision.

 

The X7 is slightly bigger and has 500mah more juice.  SD710 is a decent step up I think.

 

 

Ahh...thanks for clearing that up. Finding the Nokia naming a bit confusing in my old age!




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  Reply # 2116603 30-Oct-2018 09:19
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$599.. pretty decent.

 

Shame its actually NOT available on the links ...
I assume we only get the 4GB RAM version

 

EDIT: Need to check it out in hand, I thought the 19:9 resolution on the screen might be better than the 18:9 I have on my LG G6, however the actual resolution is lower than what I currently have and it will be hard to go back. Several reviews have also claimed issues with simple OS driven graphics..


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  Reply # 2116606 30-Oct-2018 09:35
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Yeah. Cant find it on the spark site.


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  Reply # 2116674 30-Oct-2018 10:33
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The Nokia 7.1 will receive three years of monthly security patches and two years of OS updates, as guaranteed in the Android One programme. This helps to rank the new Nokia 7.1 among the most secure and cutting-edge phones out there, as this device will always be up-to-date thanks to the latest Google innovations including, Google Assistant and Google Photos with free unlimited high-quality photo storage.

 

Those time frames are just one of the worries for me owning an Android device. At least with iOS you get 5 to 7 years of security and OS updates and anyway by then the App's are usually struggling to run on old hardware. With Android you are plagued by a less than secure Google App store, an abundance of fragmented and UN-updated legacy Android devices which are highly likely to be already infected with a nasties. I realize that Google struggles to keep these Android devices updated due to multiple manufacturers with multiple variants of hardware and that some of the blame fulls with these manufacturers as they want you to buy new hardware so they stop supporting the OS.

 

Also I prefer the Apple ecosystem where all my hardware, phones, pads, desktop, laptop etc, all talk to each other in the same language. With Android that does not occur as smoothly, if at all, due to the many variants of the Android software and the hardware it supports.

 

However, apart from the Android OS and its associated App's, I have sometimes looked at Android based phones and said "that hardware ability looks awesome, better than Apple". Should I or should I not ?? BUT it has always come back to the security of iOS over Android!





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  Reply # 2116678 30-Oct-2018 10:46
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Can we not turn this into an Android v iOS and remain on topic please. There's enough threads already on that subject, but if you must, feel free to go start another.

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  Reply # 2116713 30-Oct-2018 11:48
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Here is a review of the Nokia 7.1 from Android Authority - link here.

 

At the end of the review, it compares value for money with the Honor Play. What is the equivalent Huawei in NZ for the Honor Play?


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  Reply # 2116845 30-Oct-2018 13:22
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Here is a review of the Nokia 7.1 from Android Authority - link here.

 

At the end of the review, it compares value for money with the Honor Play. What is the equivalent Huawei in NZ for the Honor Play?

 

 

Nova 3 (not 3i) is the equivalent Huawei model. 





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  Reply # 2117177 31-Oct-2018 08:02
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Hey Spark, might want to tell your web guys to make the page live on the website




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  Reply # 2118208 2-Nov-2018 08:44
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These devices came with Security Update September 2018 out of the box, but an update to October 2018 was offered as soon as it connected to WiFi - no SIM Card or anything.





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