Should competition worry about the latest from Nokia?
HMD Global has worked extensively to place it's Nokia smartphones in each and every price range. They recently launched Nokia 6 (2018), Nokia 7 Plus and Nokia 8 Sirocco, strengthening the firm’s vision of placing Nokia smartphones at every price segment.
The new Nokia 6 and Nokia 8 are meant to cater to the budget and premium segment, while the Nokia 7 Plus is meant to compete in the mid-range category, now seeing some intense competition. The question here is: Can the Nokia N7 make its presence felt? We spent some time with the device and here are our first impressions.
Design and Display
Starting with the design part, the smartphone does give you a distinct look at the back, which is a good thing, though the front looks a bit similar to the Google PIxel 2 XL. The phone is built to look sturdy and the copper band around the edges sets it apart from the rest of the competition. The back of the device features a metal body, which has been crafted to give a ceramic feel. However, on the downside, the back is prone to smudges. That said, the smartphone with black and copper combination does give a pretty neat look and makes it stand out from the crowd.
On the display department, the Nokia 7 Plus features a 6-inch full HD+ display with 18:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels. This is the first smartphone in HMD'sportfolio that features the latest 18:9 display trend. The display does come with some noticeable top and bottom bezels, but the colour looks soothing. We will be talking more about this in our upcoming review.
Hardware and Software
On the hardware front, the Nokia 7 Plus is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset with Adreno 512 GPU. This latest chipset is supported by 4GB of RAM, 64GB of inbuilt storage, expandable via microSD card up to 256GB. At this price range, the chipset looks interesting and it will surely face a stiff competition with the Honor 8 Pro which is available for Rs 22,999 on Amazon, a lot more value. However, it sure looks to have a slight edge over the Oppo F7 and Vivo V9 in terms of computing power.
HMD is giving you a pure Android experience on this one as well. Being a part of Android One programme, you will get a timely update for sure, which is a much bigger problem for its Chinese counterparts. We will talk about this in details during our review.
The major highlight of the Nokia 7 Plus is the dual rear cameras and it's collaboration with Zeiss. The Zeiss- powered dual lens comes with a combination of 12-megapixel and 13-megapixel sensors. The secondary sensor is a telephoto lens and offers Portrait mode as well. There is a 16-megapixel selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture. The phone also comes loaded with bothie feature, which allows you to use both the cameras together.
The phone also features Pro camera, which allows you full control over advanced settings. The company has also introduced its first Imaging Suite, which adds Portrait, filters, adds a mask, add character and more. During our initial testing, we found out the camera does take some good photos with the colour being close to the source. The selfie camera does a decent job as well. So, stay tuned with us for the detailed review of the Nokia 7 Plus.
Battery and Connectivity
The Nokia 7 Plus is backed up by 3800mAh battery with fast charging. For connectivity options, it supports 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, NFC, USB Type-C (2.0), and a 3.5mm audio jack.
To conclude, the Nokia 7 Plus is certainly not a bezel-less smartphone, but it is solid and premium and you can thank the black and copper combination for that. The display looks promising and the computing power is at par with the rest of the competition. The Zeiss-powered dual rear cameras click some good photos and being an Android One smartphone, means that you will get timely updates. So enough to keep any serious buyer who likes the Nokia badge, really interested. So, stay tuned with us for a detailed review of Nokia 7 Plus.