Nokia announced their latest mid-range smartphone at the Mobile World Congress 2018 (MWC). The phone was launched in India on April 4th and went on sale on April 30th on Amazon. The device comes with a 6.0-inch Full HD+ display and is powered by Snapdragon 660 Octa-core processor with 4GB RAM and 64GB Storage and Nokia has opted for Android One platform. So, how does the device perform in this segment? Let’s find out in the detailed Nokia 7 Plus review.
Design and Build:
The design is one of the strong aspects of the Nokia 7 Plus. It is made from a single block of 6000-series aluminum along with ceramic coating. The back panel has been given a matte finish with ceramic coating. It feels smooth but not slippery. The unit we got is black and copper which looks really good. Nokia has used copper accents on the side panels and also around the camera and fingerprint scanner to give an overall premium finish. The Nokia logo at the back is also finished in the same color to give a good feel overall. The build quality is superior and the phone is built to last.
The right side houses the power and volume keys while the left side has hybrid SIM tray. The bottom panel has USB Type C port and speaker unit while top panel has 3.5mm audio jack. There is also 3 ozo mics to have a better recording from the camera unit. at 183gms and 8.0mm thickness, the Nokia 7 Plus is perfectly manageable for a 6-inch device.
Nokia 7 Plus packs a 6.0-inch Full HD+ resolution display and has the 18:9 aspect ratio. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The display quality is pretty good and colors look vivid and touch response is also smooth. The outdoor visibility is quite good and we did not have any issues using the device outdoors. Overall, the display quality is pretty good on the device.
Nokia 7 Plus runs on Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box with stock UI and the device is under the Android One Platform from Google. Since it is under Android One, updates are provided by Google and you will be getting regular security patches and updates. Also, the device will get major Android updates on priority. The UI is stock Android without any third party apps or tools included. If you are a person who loves stock Android, this is one of the best in this segment in terms of software aspects.
Nokia 7 Plus is powered by Snapdragon 660 octa-core processor and is coupled with 4GB of RAM. The SD660 is one of the powerful mid-range processors which does the job well on 7 Plus. In day to day performance is was extremely smooth with hardly anything to complain. The gaming performance of the device is also very good. We played high graphics-rich games on the device and there were no heating issues and the overall gameplay was smooth.
The call quality and signal reception are good on the device. The device supports 4G LTE and VoLTE out of the box. The phone comes with hybrid SIM slot and offers 64GB of storage. For most of the users, 64GB should be good enough.
Nokia 7 Plus packs a dual camera set up with the rear camera a 12MP primary one with F/1.75 aperture and a secondary 13MP telephoto lens with F/2.6 aperture. There is also dual tone dual LED flash. The front camera on the device is a 16MP shooter with f/2.0. The camera interface is pretty basic UI although you get live bokeh mode along with Pro mode. The camera interface could have been a tad better especially switching between modes is not an easy task.
Coming to the camera samples taken with the device, the daylight captures looks pretty good with vivid colors and good details. The photos have a warmer tone, but overall clarity looks ok. The close-up images also had good details. The 13MP telephoto lens with 2X optical zoom does a good job and details are not lost while zooming. Now, talking about low light captures, the camera did a decent job with adequate details and noise is kept to minimal. The selfie experience is also acceptable but could have been slightly better since the segment has Oppo and Vivo with good selfie experience. The video recording is pretty good with 4K support and EIS support for 1080p samples. Here are some camera samples taken with the device.
The Nokia 7 Plus comes with a 3800mAh battery and it also supports fast charging out of the box. The battery performance of the device very good and with moderate usage, you can easily get more than a day of battery life. In our daily usage with apps running in the background, we could manage a screen on time of 7.5 hours which is quite good considering it has a larger 6-inch display to power.
Nokia 7 Plus is priced Rs 25,999 and available in retail stores as well as available exclusively on Amazon. While the pricing might be slightly higher compared to the hardware, Nokia 7 Plus is a worthy mid-ranger with great build quality, excellent software, and performance, a good set of cameras and great battery life. With the device launched under Android One, you don’t have to worry about updates too. If you are looking for a good mid-range smartphone around 25k price, the Nokia 7 plus is probably the best choice.