HMD Global recently introduced its new mid-range smartphone, the Nokia 7.2, in India. The smartphone comes with a price tag of Rs 18,599 for the 4GB RAM + 64GB internal storage and Rs 19,599 for 6GB RAM + 64GB of internal storage.
HMD Global is trying to establish itself in the mid-range segment with its latest offering. The smartphone comes with a new design language along with a 48-megapixel triple-camera setup and pure Android experience. However, is it enough to make a long-lasting impression on the users? We spent some time with the device and here our first impressions.
Design and Display
Starting with the design language, the Nokia 6.2 features a matte finish at the back panel. The smartphone is available in Cyan Green and Charcoal colour options. We got the latter for review and it surely looks different from other smartphones in this price segment. The panel does not attract that much of smudges, which is a good thing. The edges are designed to give a comfortable holding experience.
Talking about key ports placement, the right side of the device features power on/off button and volume controls, while the left feature a dedicated Google Assistant key along with dual-SIM slot. The base of the phone is loaded with a USB Type-C port flanked between a mic and speaker grille, while the top houses a 3.5mm audio jack. The back panel features a triple-camera setup with a circular camera hump along with a fingerprint sensor and Nokia branding. Overall, the smartphone is quite comfortable to hold and it is lightweight as well.
Coming to the display, the smartphone is equipped with a 6.3-inch Full HD+ PureDisplay with a screen resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels. THe display also supports HDR10, meaning that you will get an immersive visual experience with the latest smartphone. The viewing angles are decent, though we noticed that the screen is reflective in nature, meaning that in outdoor conditions you might face some problems.
Hardware and Software
Coming to the hardware, the Nokia 7.2 is powered by an octa-core processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor along with Adreno 610 GPU. The phone is backed by up to 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, which can be further expanded up to 256GB via microSD card slot. Although it is too early to comment on the camera performance of the device, looking at the sheer specs sheet, it faces stiff competition with the likes of Realme XT, Vivo Z1X, Xiaomi Mi A3 and more.
On the software front, the Nokia 7.2 runs on Android 9.0 Pie and it comes under the Android One programme. This means like all other Nokia smartphones, you get a stock Android experience with no bloatware. The only mentioned pre-installed apps are FM Radio and My Phone. The user interface is a strong point of the smartphone and it is quite smooth in our initial testing.
For the camera, the Nokia 7.2 features a triple-camera setup with a combination of 48-megapixel primary sensor with f/1.79 aperture, an 8-megapixel ultra wide-angle lens with f/2.2 aperture and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. For the front, it is loaded with a 20-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture.
Talking about the camera modes first, it is quite simple to use. It comes with different camera modes including Pro, Portrait, Photo, Video, Night, Square, Lens, Panorama, Time-Lapse and Slow Motion. As for the camera performance is concerned, it gives you good results as the photo came out to be sharp and well-detailed. However, when it comes to low light, it shimmers a bit.
Battery and Connectivity options
On the battery front, the Nokia 7.2 features a 3500mAh battery with fast charging support. The battery seems to be a bit underwhelming as most of the competition offers almost 4000mAh battery. On the connectivity front, it supports 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth, GPS, GLONASS, dual-SIM and USB Type-C port.