After Nokia’s comeback to the electronic market, starting with Nokia N1 which was released in the Chinese market, every product grabbed the attention of tech lovers globally. HMD Global, the new home of Nokia released recently a new line-up of Android phones into the Indian market after the official announcement at the Mobile World Congress, Barcelona happened this year in February. They are the Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 7 Plus, Nokia 6 and Nokia 1. Let’s limit our scope to what we feel is the most value-for-money phone in the range, the Nokia 7 Plus.
Key Specifications of Nokia 7 Plus
- 12+13MP Dual Primary Camera and 16MP Front-facing Camera
- 6-inch Full HD+ Display
- Android v8.0 OS
- 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Octa-Core processor
- 4GB RAM, 64GB Internal memory expandable up to 256GB (Hybrid)
- 3800mAH lithium-ion battery
Price: Rs. 25,999/- on Amazon.in
The very first thing that strikes when we hear the about the brand Nokia is its build quality. And HMD Global is doing a really good job at it. All the new range Nokia phones including the Nokia 7 Plus have a great build quality. Though the designs are similar to that of Nokia 6, the new copper rings on the rear, around the dual camera setup, look beautiful and grab attention.
Also, Nokia is home to making some of the most powerful mobile camera lens, namely Carl Zeiss lens. The Dual Camera setup of 12 MP and 13 MP sensors with ZEISS optics and 2x optical zoom produce a clear image output. On the other side, the 16 MP front camera also sports ZEISS optics and a provides an excellent low-light performance which helps you shoot selfies, day or night.
The Snapdragon 660 processor is widely known for its great performing capabilities. From users’ side, there is no negative feedback about the device getting heated up during usage thanks to the processor.
Though the display is not an AMOLED Display, the Full HD Display provides a vivid picture clarity and offers a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels, on top of Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Nokia 7 Plus provides dual VoLTE support and face unlock feature, pending with an OTA update.
The new Nokia line-up does not sport any special UI or forked Android and comes with pure Android Experience a.k.a the Android One series. It sports the most recent Android 8.1 and to top it off, Nokia promises 2 years of Android updates and 3 years of security patches. Did I forget to mention that Nokia 7 Plus is Android Enterprise recommended? Check this out.
On the flipside, people using this device are not satisfied with the Camera and quoted it as an average camera. Being a premium phone, the front-facing camera with no flash is slightly disappointing. Battery backup though claimed to give 2-day standby with 3800 mAh, seems to last only a day – which is mediocre. The fingerprint sensor is reported to be slow, and the phone only sports a Hybrid SIM slot – acceptable, but a dedicated memory slot is always preferable.
Cons aside, the Nokia 7 Plus is still a great premium phone with an amazing build quality. If you are looking for a new phone and have a budget of about Rs.25K, you could consider Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro. However, if you aren’t big on selfies, and build quality of the phone is your priority, Nokia 7 Plus is for you!