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Nokia 7 Plus Preview: A stylish mid-ranger with solid hardware

10 April 2018 5

This year once again HMD Global attended the MWC event to showcase a number of new smartphones. At this year MWC, HMD global announced five new Nokia branded smartphones including the Nokia 8110, upper mid-range Nokia 7 Plus, entry-level Nokia 1, flagship Nokia 8 Sirocco and Nokia 6 2018 for the global customers. All the devices are well appreciated due to building quality and also being Android One devices which means now all Nokia branded Android smartphones will be receiving Android OS updates straight from Google.

Despite the fact, the Nokia 8 Sirocco is the most premium smartphone amongst all still the Nokia 7 Plus achieved more limelight due to its stylish design and solid hardware specs sheet. At the announcement event HMD global called Nokia 7 Plus as “flagship for everyone” because of having solid hardware, beautiful design at a reasonable price tag. We already compared the Nokia 7 Plus against a number of its competitors and in most cases, the device emerges as the winner.

Today we will preview the Nokia 7 Plus to know in detail the key pros and cons of the device. The main attraction of Nokia 7 Plus is it's 2:1 display with top-notch build quality. We are hopeful our preview will certainly help you better understanding whether you should grab the latest Nokia 7 Plus or prefer any other smartphone in this range. From the look of things, the Nokia 7 Plus brings a number of goodies on board to lure customers looking for a budget smartphone with stylish 2:1 display.

75.64 x 158.38 x 9.55 mm
6 inches - 2160x1080 px
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Design

The Nokia 7 Plus is featuring a unibody aluminum chassis but the rear panel is coated with six layers material to provide a ceramic feel. However on tap the rear it seems like HMD global coated plastic cover to provide a premium feel. Having a plastic rear with special texture is pretty much understandable considering its a mid-range smartphone.

Thanks to special layers on the rear the antenna lines are not visible. The special coating with a matte finish gives the Nokia 7 Plus a very good premium looks. The overall feel is pretty great. On first look, the Nokia 7 Plus design seems like inspired by the Google Pixel 2 XL due to it round edges and bezel-less display. The round edges allow the user to easily grasp the device single handily. On the rear side, you can easily identify its a Nokia smartphone from HMD global. The dual rear snappers, fingerprint scanner and the company's logo all are inline.

The volume rockers and power button are on the right edge which is easily accessible like most of the smartphones in the market. For connectivity, the device has USB-C port on the bottom. The good thing is Nokia 7 Plus has 3.5mm headphone jack at the top unlike the latest flagship Nokia 8 Sirocco. The Nokia 7 Plus measurements are 158.38 x 75.64 x 7.99mm. The fingerprint scanner is below the dual rear cameras. The dual rear snappers are slightly protruding.

Display

The Nokia 7 is a stylish mid-range phone with 2:1 display. HMD global for the first time introduced a 2:1 display with the Nokia 7 Plus. The device is featuring a 6.0-inches IPS LCD display with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels. The display sharpness, the brightness level is pretty awesome. The display panel on Nokia 7 Plus is better than most of the smartphones in this range. If you are looking for a good mid-range smartphone with 2:1 display, the Nokia 7 Plus is certainly the device you should consider.


Camera

One of the key selling aspects of Nokia 7 Plus is its camera modules. Despite the fact, its a mid-range smartphone HMD paid special attention to its camera sensor. Most users complain regarding the slow shuttering speed in mid-rangers but the good thing is that's not the case here. The moment you tap the capture button it will act instantly and the results are also impressive.

The primary snapper is 12MP module whereas the secondary snapper is the 13MP telephoto lens. The dual sensors provide optical zoom up to 2x. Both the sensors are digitally stabilized with f/1.75 aperture. HMD global introduces 'bothies feature' last year with the flagship Nokia 8, it is available for the Nokia 7 Plus owners as well. This feature allows the user to capture videos or photos simultaneously using front and rear sensors at the same time.

Up front, the selfie snapper is a 16MP module to capture great shots even in low-light conditions. HMD Global claims the camera sensors on Nokia 7 Plus not only works great in stable light conditions but also you can expect good detailed shots in low-light conditions.
Thanks to dual rear cameras you can also enjoy bokeh effects to blur the background. Also, it is important to mention that camera app is not the stock version instead HMD global customized the camera app of Nokia devices. If you are pro user who wants full access to the camera, there is a manual mode which allows the user to customize camera settings according to their requirements.


Hardware

Being a mid-range smartphone Nokia fans shouldn't expect a top-tier hardware under the hood for the Nokia 7 Plus. The device stands well in the category with the Qualcomm's Octa-core Snapdragon 660 chipset. The Octa-core SoC is accompanied with 4GB RAM. The device built-in native storage is 64GB which is further expandable up to 256GB using MicroSD card.

In terms of performance, the Nokia 7 Plus is quite slick thanks to a stock version of OS. The device performs all daily routine tasks quite efficiently, you can expect it to be an If you are looking for a powerhouse you may disappoint because it isn't as efficient as the latest flagships but certainly fast enough to handle all your tasks brilliantly

Specs Nokia 7 Plus
Display 6.0-inches
Screen resolution 1080 x 2160 pixels
SoC Snapdragon 660
RAM 4GB
Storage 64GB
Rear camera 12+13MP
Front camera 16MP
USB Type-C
3.5mm headphone jack Yes
OS Android Oreo (Android One)
Battery 3,800mAh
Price and availability

As far as price is a concern the device lacks few features to fall in the flagships category that's why we can claim it's an upper mid-range smartphone that's why its price tag falls above the mid-rangers and below the flagships. The device will be available for the European customers at a price tag of 400 Euros which is $492 at the current currency exchange rate. For the UK customers, the device will be available from May 2 and selected retailers are offering free Google Home Mini with each purchase.

At the moment it is still in the dark whether the Nokia 7 Plus will be available for customers in the US or not. Considering its price tag the device will be a direct competitor to the OnePlus 5T which is available for 560 Euros in Europe.

Battery

The Nokia 7 Plus is packed with a 3,800mAH battery cell which easily last two days on a single charge. The device also supports fast charging which means you don't have to worry about charging your device from 0 to 100 as it recharges completely in less than 100 minutes. The gigantic battery cell will attract buyers looking for a smartphone with huge battery life.

Software

As OS the Nokia 7 Plus is pre-installed with Android Oreo 8.0 straight out of the box. It's an Android One device which means you will be enjoying the stock Android OS experience on the Nokia hardware. The UI experience is quite slick. All latest smartphones from Nokia are Android One devices so you can expect stock Android OS updates for next couple of years and security updates for next three years.

Conclusion

In short, the Nokia 7 Plus is bringing a stylish design with premium looks, 2:1 display, solid camera setup, gigantic battery cell, stock Android experience and budget-friendly pricing. This smartphone will certainly attract those buyers who are not willing to spend a hefty amount on the flagships but looking for a solid upper mid-rangers smartphone. The stock Android experience and gigantic battery cell is something which isn't available on most of the smartphones of this league. In the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding the Nokia 7 Plus Preview in the comments section below. Stay tuned.

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