HMD Global is back again with the new Nokia 7 Plus. The handset is already making an impact worldwide as a perfectly balanced mid-ranger that is made to impress with its design, performance, and software. It has been just over one year since the company that took over the Nokia brand name launched its smartphones. It’s already bringing tough competition to the likes of Samsung, Motorola, and Huawei.

Nokia 7 Plus Review

The company recently released Nokia 7 Plus along with the budget-oriented Nokia 6 (2018) and the flagship Nokia 8 Sirocco. The starting price of Nokia 7 Plus is $360 US in USA and $400 AUD in Australia.

The Pros

  • Android One member which ensures timely updates
  • Solid build and beautiful look characteristic of Nokia
  • Well performing cameras
  • Huge Battery

The Cons

  • No stereo speakers
  • Brightness could be more

The Design

Nokia phones have traditionally been famous for their design and remind us of the popular Windows phone era, but HMD Global has done more than that to carry on that tradition. Talking about the Black/ Copper variant of the Nokia 7 Plus, its frame is crafted from a single block of 6000 series aluminum giving it a solid feel when holding. The black colored body has a copper finishing of gold color around the sides that also covers the power button and volume rockers. The copper touch is also around the cameras and fingerprint scanner and guess what the Nokia logo is also printed in copper gold.

The Android One logo can be found below it. The combo of black and copper-gold defines elegance and add to the beautiful looks. For those who love white, there’s also a White/Copper variant that you can buy. There is a slot of Hybrid Dual Sim along with a 3.5mm headphone jack, a USB type C port for charging and a single speaker.

The Display

The screen of Nokia 7 Plus is a 6-inch full HD+ display with IPS LCD, an 18:9 aspect ratio and minimum bezels. While it does the job in most of the conditions and you will be amazed by its colors, it could have been better if the screen was more bright especially under sunlight. It’s not too bad. The coating of Gorilla Glass 3 does the job of protecting the screen. There are the Night Light and Ambient Display feature, which are very handy when using the phone in darkness or displaying notifications.

The Software

If you are among those who prefer stock Android experience rather than customized OS, then it’s a phone you definitely should consider. The phone comes with the latest Android Oreo (8.1) and it’s a part of the Android One program, meaning you will timely OS upgrades in addition to monthly security updates for the next two years from launch. This is advantageous as there is no bloatware included and the OS performs smoothly. Plus, your phone will be secure and up to date, a thing that is equal to Google’s own Pixel phones. You get a whole bunch of Google’s own apps.

Performance

One of the highlights of Nokia 7 Plus is the powerful Snapdragon 660 chipset and Adreno 512 GPU along with 4 GB RAM that delivers optimized performance. Whether watching an immersive video or running graphics-rich games, it performs smoothly, though you might encounter some occasional heating when playing games at the maximum settings. It also allows you to multi-task with ease and you can easily resume apps and games from the background without any delay or lag. You will also enjoy browsing on this phone that allows opening several tabs at a time and you can easily revert to the tab you want. Plus, the 64 GB storage is ample for your needs. This is one of the departments where Nokia continues to deliver and especially heavy users would admire the phone’s performance day to day.

The Cameras

It would be a pity if we don’t talk about the cameras of the phone where the Finnish company has really improved. Overall the camera experience is sure to exceed your expectations. On the back, you can find one 12 MP and one 13 MP shooters with Zeiss optics. There’s also a dual-LED dual-tone flash. It not only takes stunning images in 2x zoom but there are several modes available such as HDR, Pro Mode, Live Bokeh, and Panorama. Coming to the front 16 MP sensor, it takes brilliant selfies with modes such as HDR, Flash, Timer, and Bokeh. You can also use the exemplary Bothie feature to take images from the back and front cameras at the same time. The back camera records videos at maximum 4K resolution while the front one captures till 1080p.

The Battery

With a battery life of 3800 mAh that is more than the likes of Samsung Galaxy S9+ (3500 mAh), the phone can easily last about 2 days. It also supports fast charging but there is no wireless charging. Summing up it’s one of the best phones with a huge battery in the mid-range category.

Verdict

We have seen phones that excel in only one area like Huawei P20 Pro with his DSLR packed camera. but it’s very clear that Nokia 7 Plus is not among them. In fact, it surely is an all-rounder that delivers in every aspect. This makes it’s a bang for the buck phone that won’t disappoint you. The pricing is also appropriate.

Here’s an interesting thing. If you to get an early taste of Android P, the next version of Android, Google has made Nokia 7 Plus eligible for the beta developer program, meaning you can get the update right now. Keep in mind that Android P is still under development, so there may be bugs present. You can find more about it here. If you are not a developer and a normal user, the current Android Oreo delivers stable performance.

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