The Nokia 7 Plus launched alongside the 2018 version of the Nokia 6 and also the flagship Nokia 8 sirocco effectively is the brand's mid-range contender for this year, offering decent specs, 'pure' Android and nearly a similar basic camera setup because the Nokia 8 sirocco. All of this is built around an impressive 6-inch full HD+ display with an 18:9 widescreen aspect ratio, making it a viable alternative to the likes of the OnePlus 5T. Nokia may not be the market leader it was in the pre-smartphone era, but the present-day iteration of the firm – which operates in the mobile space under licensee HMD Global, an organization shaped by several former Nokia executives – has been chip away with its vary of Android-based handsets.
Design and Display
The first thing that stands out about the phone is its dual-color finish, which for us was black with a copper ring around the edges. While the design is aesthetically pleasing, one issue I did notice was the matte black finish did retain moisture and oil quite easily, which gave the phone a scruffy look at times. But, it does give the phone some durability. With thin bezels (borders between a screen and a phone's frame), the 6-inch Full-HD+ screen gives a big-screen experience in the same width as a traditional 5.5-inch display device. The phone's fingerprint scanner is on the back of the phone underneath the camera and I didn't have any issues with its performance or accuracy. As you may expect, the 18:9 Aspect ratio display takes up the bulk of the area on the front of the Nokia 7 Plus.
It's not quite bezel-free – there are small bezels at the top and bottom of the screen – but it feels nice and roomy all the same and provides an ideal platform for mobile movie watching. The resolution of 1080 x 2160 is relatively sharp by mid-range standards and colors look realistic and convincing, but the IPS LCD panel lacks the impact of an AMOLED one and is quite hard to use in direct sunlight – we ventured outdoors with the phone during one of the UK's rare moments of bright, scorching sunlight and found ourselves struggling to read text on the display. The screen of this Nokia 7 Plus is also coated with Corning Gorilla Glass 3, which protects against scratches and marks. It's worth noting that some 2018 phones – such as the Samsung Galaxy S9 – have the swanky new Gorilla Glass 5, so the 7 Plus is a little behind the curve here.
Since its rebirth, Nokia has struggled to impress people with its camera and optics. This is a shame considering the company was once responsible for producing some of the finest camera phones in the past.On the back of the device is a dual-sensor array that comprises of a main 12-megapixel sensor with an f/1.7 aperture plus a secondary, slightly zoomed, 13-megapixel sensor with a narrower f/2.6 aperture. Both cameras are created in partnership with Zeiss, an optics Brand Nokia has been operating with for years. We’ve seen numerous high-end devices with dual cameras over the past few years, and all work in various ways. The Huawei P20 has a monochrome sensor to support the main one, while the LG G7 opted for a wide-angle second camera to fit more in. The Nokia 7 Plus approach could be a very little like that of the iPhone X, wherever the camera is employed to supply and also added zoom without sacrificing an excessive amount of detail. Snaps taken with the main sensor are excellent.
The sensor is fast enough to capture fast-moving objects – like the fire in the samples below – and photos are bright and detailed with nice color representation. On the front of the device is a well set 16-megapixel camera, with that you'll be able to shoot 4K video. The app is good, and one among the only additional apps installs on the Nokia 7 Plus. There’s a Deep Pro mode that’s very reminiscent of classic PureView camera-toting phones, plus bokeh and beauty modes. Dynamic range is okay, but the difference between the lightest and darkest points is still one of the biggest weaknesses of budget devices. Exposure is another area where it can struggle: in really sunny conditions, the camera struggles to compensate the light and it makes the scene far too bright, blowing out details in the process. The auto HDR mode doesn’t do a very good job at sorting this out, either. Even flagship phones can disappoint in low-light shots, and there’s nothing revolutionary about the Nokia 7 Plus. The wide f/1.7 aperture lets a good amount of light into the sensor, which results in decent bar shots – just expect to get quite noisy photos and smooth details in faces. This is most likely down to the lack of OIS (optical image stabilization); you’ll have to make do with the electronic variety instead.
The Nokia 7 Plus comes with Android 8.1 Oreo with support for Project Treble. There are no customizations and no bloatware of any kind. It’s minimalist Android expertise out of the box. The Android One device will get regular security updates additionally as an upgrade to Android P. All of Nokia’s 2018 Android phones run a variant of the Android One software. Android One is a version of Android direct from Google, without the bloatware and often ugly skins you’d find on phones from the likes of Huawei and LG. It relies on Google’s first-party apps such as Photos, Calendar and Play Music, rather than ones built by Nokia. Storage and Ram The phone provides 4 GB RAM and 64 GB of internal storage along with the option to expand the memory using microSD cards of up to 256 GB.
The Nokia 7 Plus, that was released alongside the 2018 version of the Nokia 6 and also the flagship Nokia 8 Sirocco, could be a worthy mid-range competitor for this year, offering decent specs, 'pure' Android and nearly identical basic camera setup because of the Nokia 8 Sirocco. The Nokia 7 Plus is one of Nokia's biggest phones up to date and firmly establishes itself close to the forefront of the mid-range pack. It's positioned towards the middle of Nokia's offerings, not quite reaching up to the flagship Nokia 8 grade, but giving users significantly more than their Nokia 6.1 With plenty of power for the value, smart battery life and quick charging, there is lots to like alongside the bonus of the Android One OS. It could benefit from beefier speakers, minor tweaks on the camera for dim lighting and if you're fussy about that kind of thing, it's slightly heavier than the conventional phone in its range. Overall, I think that it will be a phone that should, and will, tempt many prospective buyers at a retail price.