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Nokia X17 review

Nokia X17 review

By  Evelyn Garcia 2019-05-15 1876 0

In addition to the impressive five-camera module brought by Nokia 9 PureView, HMD also brings the Nokia X71 equipped with three-camera array for the mainstream market. This product mainly focuses on the off-screen camera solution with a higher screen proportion, combined with the support of the rear three-camera with 48 million pixels, which further enhances the competitiveness of the Nokia brand in the market price of $298.

So, as a new product with a starting price of $298, is the Nokia X71 worthy of this price? Below, we'll take a look at the Nokia X71 experience, focusing on a few of your concerns.

Nokia X17

Full visual screen

The Nokia X71 features a "full-view" point-and-click display, with a small hole in the top left corner of the screen and a front-facing camera module, which "frees up" the raised space above the bangs, drops and pearls.

The essence of point-and-click full-screen is the off-screen lens design, but HMD gives it a nice name, which is no different from the Galaxy A8s' "full black eye screen", Huawei nova 4's "full pole screen" and the Honor V20's "full magic eye screen".

As we all know, there are two schemes of "through hole" and "blind hole" for the off-screen lens. The Nokia X71 should adopt the "blind hole" scheme similar to Huawei/Honor. Its feature is that the aperture can be reduced as much as possible (about 4.5mm), so that it can be juxtaposed with the icon in the signal bar, further releasing the effective display area at the top of the screen. At the same time, "blind hole" performs better for the camera protection (the outer screen cracked and LCD panel protection), dust and waterproof functions.

For us ordinary users, it doesn't matter how to open the hole, the key is whether the hole will affect the APP interface display and operation.

The Nokia X71 does a bit of matching optimization on the full-view point-and-click screen, moving the icon in the top signal bar to the right as a whole to avoid the opening. However, the battery icon on the right side of the Nokia X71 signal bar is too close to the edge to make it look pretty. I hope it can be optimized with future firmware updates.

In King of Honor, Nokia X71 will cut the edge of one side of the screen with holes (non-full screen display) and display it at the ratio of 18:9, but one side of the screen is displayed at right angles and the other side is rounded, which is somewhat awkward.

In Playerunknown's Battlegrounds, the Nokia X71 can be shown in full screen, with the lens opening blocking part of the game interface, which we can avoid by rotating the phone. The good news is that the X71's pothole area is still touchable, so don't worry about it getting in the way of real work, at best.

Thanks to the off-screen lens design, the Nokia X71 has a screen proportion of 93%. The screen quality of this phone is not bad, with 1:1400 contrast, 500nits high brightness and 96% NTSC wide color range, and it supports common eye-protection mode color mode adjustment and other functions.

Three 48 million Zeiss cameras

Another feature of the Nokia X71 is the armed Zeiss certified rear tri-camera array, which includes a 48mp master camera (Samsung GM1 sensor), an 8mp ultra-wide Angle lens, and a 5mp depth of field camera.

Of these, the Nokia X71's master 1/2-inch sensor has the advantage of being a "killer at the bottom", and 48 megapixels, F/1.8 aperture, and 1.6 m area per pixel are also exciting parameters. Compared to the SONY IMX586 sensor, the samsung GM1 also USES a 4-by-4 Quad Bayer array, but each 2-by-2 array can only recognize the same color and can only output data together. In other words, the Samsung GM1 doesn't have the hardware to produce 48 megapixel photos (interpolation is the only way to do that), but it's still top of the line for phones under $298.

By default, the Nokia X71 takes photos in 12 megapixel mode. If you turn on the "full pixel photo" function in the camera settings, you can choose 48 megapixel mode.

The Nokia X71 supports ultra-wide Angle shooting mode, which can be switched by clicking the small tree icon on the screen, and is suitable for recording more brilliant buildings or stunning landscapes.

This product supports AI scene recognition and can automatically optimize and adjust the shooting scenes such as buildings, plants, characters and characters. Unfortunately, the Nokia X71 failed to introduce the currently popular super night view (handheld night view), which requires a tripod and manual Settings into professional mode to take a brighter picture without losing any details, which is difficult for ordinary users.

Familiar appearance

The Nokia X71 continues the design language of its family predecessors, with 2.5d glass on both sides to feel smooth. The CNC edges on both sides of the aluminum alloy frame are plated with copper-colored decorative strips, which echo the copper-colored edges of the rear cover lens and fingerprint recognition module and the Nokia Logo.

The rear lens module of the Nokia X71 bulges out a lot, so a thick case is a must to prevent lens scratches.

Another design feature of this product is that LED lights are hidden inside the power button. When receiving notifications, unread messages and missed calls, different white light effects will flash according to the system level, which is very interesting.

The Nokia X71's 3.5mm headphone jack and USB type-c port are located at the upper and lower ends of the body, respectively. The optional SIM card holder is located at the left side of the body, and the power and volume buttons are located at the right side.


While the Nokia X71 has a lot to offer in terms of design and photography, its hardware specs are unfortunate -- the snapdragon 660 mobile platform is a little out of the date today. After all, the Nokia 7 (from $253) launched by HMD last year is equipped with snapdragon 710. As the new product after half a year, the Nokia X71 fails to take a step forward in terms of processor.

Nokia X71


            6.39 inch (2310 x 1080 resolution)


            Qualcomm snapdragon 660AIE


6GB/64GB or 128G (support storage card)

Front camera

16 million pixels

Rear camera

48 million pixels main camera + 8 million pixels ultra angle camera + 5 million pixels depth of field shot


157.19mm x 76.45mm x 7.98mm


3500 mAh (18W fast charging)/180g

Reference price

$327.5/ $402

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GeekBench 4

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The Nokia X71 is available in 6GB+64GB and 6GB+128GB configurations for$327 and $402 respectively. The snapdragon 660 is not bad. It's not a problem to play the King of Glory andPlayerunknown's Battlegrounds smoothly, but if you put more emphasis on the run score or the performance-to-price ratio, the Nokia X71 won't perform as well as its predecessor, the Nokia 7.

The Nokia X71 has a built-in 3500mAh battery, supports 18W quick charge (compatible with PD protocol), and is also decent.


The Nokia X71 isn't a new feature, but its snapdragon 660 is in the middle of the pack, which is "absolutely adequate." At the same time, the product also failed to introduce off-screen fingerprint recognition, and the traditional rear fingerprint design is relatively conservative. However, the off-screen lens scheme adopted by Nokia X71 is still a relatively minority design up to now, and it is highly recognizable among a number of Android phones. The addition of 48 million rear-mounted tri-camera matrix further strengthens its image strength.

The Nokia X7 is actually a better fit for you if you have a general need for photos and a higher performance-to-price ratio. If you're more photogenic, have a passion for the Nokia brand, and like to get close to the native Android system, the Nokia X71's starting price of $327 isn't too bad either.

 You may also want to read:
 Nokia 9 renders exposed: five-lens camera and in-display fingerprint sensor
 Nokia launches X7 smartphone: equipped with Snapdragon 710 processor and Carl Zeiss camera lens
 Nokia X5 vs. Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite: full screen experience on a budget


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