Maybe it’s customarily me, yet it mostly feels like a half-a-dozen inclination that HMD have now shipped to smartphone buyers in a years given they took control of a Nokia code are all commencement to fuzz into one another.
Whether we’re clear about a Nokia 6, 7+ or even a Nokia 8 Sirocco, we’re clear about that same multiple of plain hardware specs, gorgeous-yet-sturdy element pattern and a pristine chronicle of Android ‘as Google dictated it’. This coherence isn’t indispensably a bad thing yet it positively doesn’t assistance that HMD are already creation a robe of reusing names.
While a Nokia 7 Plus does suffers from this problem to a degree, it managed to change things out with a few intelligent improvements when it comes to a arrangement and battery size. The common drawbacks still request here and there’s somewhat reduction per-dollar value to it than a Nokia 6. However, if that doesn’t inhibit you, a Nokia 7 Plus is a plain choice for buyers who aren’t too fussed about a camera and in a marketplace for a plus-sized Android device that’s cheaper than a flagship.
Display size: 6-inch
Display type: IPS LCD (2160 x 1080 pixels)
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
Dimensions: 158.4 x 75.6 x 8 mm
Operating System: Android 8.1 (Oreo)
Fingerprint Sensor: Yes
Storage: 64GB + MicroSD
Durability: Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Ports: Headphone Jack, USB Type-C
Connectivity: Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n), NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, Cat 6 LTE
Rear Camera: 12 MP camera with ZEISS optics and delegate 13 MP telephoto lens
Front-Facing Camera: 16-megapixel
Colors: Black/Copper, White/Copper
Again, after reviewing both a 2018 Nokia 6 and a ultra-slim Nokia 8 Sirocco, a altogether cultured and pattern proof behind a demeanour and feel of Nokia 7 Plus comes opposite as flattering familiar. Of course, that’s not to contend there’s zero value removing vehement about here. In fact, it’s a pivotal differences between a Nokia 7 Plus and a new Nokia 6 that arguably offer to position it as a Nokia handset value profitable that small bit additional for.
Compared to a cheaper cousin, a Nokia 7 Plus has a taller form and is reduction blockish in shape. Where a Nokia 6 offers adult plain corners on all sides, a edges of a Nokia 7 Plus bend inwards with harmless elegance. The coronet accents on a copper black various of a device also demeanour utterly nice.
Most importantly, with a Nokia 7 Plus, HMD finally connoisseur to a 18:9 aspect ratio. In further to giving a shade a more-rectangular figure and creation video calm some-more cinematic, this allows we to get some-more out of a split-screen mode that Google combined in Android 8.0.
Still, aside from a some-more complicated arrangement ratio, a Nokia 7 Plus does mostly settle for a same regulation that you’ll find in all of HMD’s Nokia devices. It’s got glorious built-quality, a plain feel-factor and runs on near-stock Android. It doesn’t feel utterly as reward as something like a Galaxy S9 does – yet this side of $700, it’s tough to kick when taken as a sum of a parts.
Speaking of a performance, what you’re removing here ends adult being a conspicuous step-above a lot of a other Android-based handsets handling in that same $500-$700 price-range. Courtesy of a Nokia 7 Plus’ Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor, it clean managed to overtake a Xperia XA2, HTC U11 Life, Oppo’s R11s and, of course, a new Nokia 6.
In terms of how these numbers translated into bland use, a Nokia 7 Plus ran like a dream a immeasurable infancy of a time. Apps installed quick and we frequency got bogged down with multitasking. It’s not a large depart from expectations, given a Qualcomm processor in question, and it positively helps that a device runs on Android One.
For a unfamiliar, Android One was an beginning by Google to take a bit some-more caring and control over a knowledge charity by vendors producing mid-tier and bottom-end Android handsets. As partial of a program, hardware vendors would determine to pledge unchanging security, unchanging Android OS updates, bottom a out-of-box knowledge around customarily a core Android interface and Google’s possess apps and customarily use hardware authorized by Google.
Unfortunately, one area where we did find it lacked was a deficiency of any face-ID login underline or IP-ratings opposite water-proofing, that can be found in an augmenting volume of mid-tier phones a Nokia 7 Plus competes against.
When it comes to charity adult a complicated and mid-tier smartphone experience, a Nokia 7 Plus managed to accommodate expectations yet didn’t unequivocally blow past them.
Landscape Shot during 2x zoom
The formula we got out of a device’s dual-lens camera were a transparent step above what we got out of a Nokia 6 but, during a same time, it doesn’t unequivocally ever come to stepping on a toes of flagship smartphone cameras like that found in a Galaxy S9+ and Huawei P20 Pro.
Overall, images taken with a Nokia 7 Plus’ camera were splendid and minute adequate in illumination situations. However, as is customarily a box with mid-tier smartphones, low-light valid to be a bit of weakness.
The Nokia 7 Plus’ camera supports live-bokeh shots on both a front and back cameras, “Bothie” shots and a pro-mode that allows for some-more nuanced control over ISO, white change and shiver speed. It also supports sharpened video calm in adult to 4K regulating a back camera and adult to 1080p regulating a front-facing one.
The Nokia 7 Plus does a good pursuit of ticking all a right boxes here yet doesn’t unequivocally clear that clever or noted of an evidence as to because we should select it over a foe if a camera is a partial of a package that matters to you.
The camera on a Nokia 7 is good – yet there are a lot of mid-tier smartphones with good cameras these days, so we wouldn’t indispensably suggest shopping it on a strength of a camera alone.
In terms of each day battery-life, we’d simply make it by a common 9-5 work day and mostly into a second day of active use as well. Even if we incidentally forgot to leave a device on assign overnight, we’d still copiousness of extract left to work with.
We’re clear fourteen or some-more hours of normal use here, yet – as always – your mileage might vary. Particularly, if we watch or film a lot of video calm or holder a liughtness approach up.
The Nokia 7 Plus uses Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 yet doesn’t support wireless charging.
The Bottom Line
If a thick bezels and normal aspect ratio found in a new Nokia 6 is a deal-breaker and a Nokia 8 Sirocco is too costly or gimmicky for consideration, a Nokia 7 Plus manages to eke out a good center belligerent for itself.
As with roughly all of a HMD’s new Nokia devices, it’s got beautiful built-quality and aesthetics, plain and unchanging opening and good-but-not-great camera. Even if It’s a small predictable, not each squeeze needs a twist. Sometimes we wish something that works as intended, and a Nokia 7 Plus fits that mold nicely.