Following in the footsteps of the Honor View 20 and Huawei Nova 4, HMD Global is introducing a Nokia-branded device with a 48-megapixel camera and a hole-punch display. The new Nokia X71, launched in Taiwan today, is built around a Snapdragon 660 processor running Android 9 Pie, which is accompanied by 6GB of RAM, 128GB of expandable storage, a 3,500mAh battery, a headphone jack, and a triple-camera system on the rear with Zeiss-certified lenses. The LCD up front measures 6.39 inches with a 19.3:9 aspect ratio and an FHD+ resolution.
Put simply, it’s a nice midrange phone from a company that wants to compete in the tier just below the flashy Android flagships from the likes of Samsung and Huawei. This year, Sony’s new 48-megapixel camera sensor has proven popular — as well as cheap, judging by the $150 pricing of the Redmi Note 7 that also features it. Not that HMD Global is aiming quite so low: GSM Arena reports that pricing for the Nokia X71 starts at 11,900 TWD, which equates to around $385 / €345, with sales starting on April 30th. I reached out to HMD enquiring about the X71, and the company told me that it’ll be exclusive to China and Taiwan. That being said, GSM Arena notes that this same device is likely to materialize in Western markets under the branding of Nokia 8.1 Plus, potentially as soon as next week.