Nokia came back to the market last year with some cool smartphones. One of them was the Nokia 7, the mid-range smartphone, which offered decent specifications. The Nokia 7 Plus is the successor of the Nokia 7, and is a premium mid-range smartphone, with better specifications, which has the potential to make it the best mid-ranger. It is more than 2 months, I am using the Nokia 7 Plus and really impressed with the performance it offers including the camera, build quality, and the other necessary variables of the smartphone. Now that I have used it for more than a month it is the time for the Nokia 7 Plus review.
The Nokia 7 Plus is available at a price of Rs. 25,999 in different stores, and I will discuss whether the Nokia 7 Plus is a value for money product or not. Before talking about the pros and cons, I will mention the box contents, the features, and the technical specifications of the product so that you can take your decision of purchasing the handset in a better way. So, without further delay, let’s get started with the review of Nokia 7 Plus.
Nokia 7 Plus Box Contents
- The Nokia 7 Plus handset
- A user guide and warranty card
- SIM ejector pin
- A power-brick for charging
- Type-C to USB cable
- In-the-ear earphones
- Back cover for the handset
Nokia 7 Plus Box Packaging Photos
Nokia 7 Plus features and technical specifications
Now let’s have a look at the Nokia 7 Plus specifications and the features.
- The Nokia 7 Plus has dimensions of 6.24 x 2.98 x 0.31 inches and the weight of the handset is 183 gram. The handset is really light and is always a bliss to get hands on it due to the slimness and weight.
- The back of the Nokia 7 Plus has an Aluminum 6000 series body which is really cool and comes with copper edges, which give the handset a premium look. No complaints about the build-quality of the product.
- The Nokia 7 Plus comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC, which packs in the powerful Adreno 512 GPU along with 4 GB of DDR4 RAM. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Octa-Core processor comes with 4 2.2 GHz Kryo 260 cores, and the remaining are 1.8 GHz Kryo 260 cores.
- The handset comes with 64 GB of internal storage, which can be expanded up to 256 GB with the help of an SD card. The handset comes with hybrid SIM slot, which means, you can either put a micro-SD card or a Nano SIM, in the second slot.
- The Nokia 7 Plus camera at the back side is a dual camera setup with 12 MP and 13 MP, while the front camera is a 16 MP camera. Both have Zeiss optics, and the rear-camera comes with Electronic Image Stabilization or EIS.
- Here are a few camera samples of Nokia 7 Plus.
Nokia 7 Plus camera sample in the natural outdoor light
- The Nokia 7 Plus comes with a 6-inch 18:9 IPS LCD panel with 1080×2160 pixels. The screen-to-body ratio is 77.2%, which make the device look really cool, with the slim bezels at the top and the bottom. The display has a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on the top for protection.
- Nokia 7 Plus comes with the flagship Android One Program, which means, the handset will update faster to the next versions of Android. Nokia has also promised to roll-out monthly security patches for the handset. The Nokia 7 Plus also come with Android Oreo 8.1 out of the box.
- For security, the Nokia 7 Plus comes with a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, which also supports a number of different fingerprint gestures to use the handset in the way you want. It also comes with the face-unlock feature, but that is not special on the handset.
- The Nokia 7 Plus is bundled with a mighty 3800 mAh battery and also come with support for fast-charging, which is something I really love. Due to the stock Android, the 3800 mAh battery functions better than other handsets coming with the same battery.
That was all about the features.
Nokia 7 Plus Pros
Now, let’s have a look at the pros.
- The SoC, which is Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, is the modification of Snapdragon 653, and the performance of the processor is really good. I did some intensive tasks on it, and hardly noticed any kind of heating issues.
- Due to the implementation of the Vulkan API in the SoC, the gaming performance on the Nokia 7 Plus is really good. I played some high-end games like Asphalt 8, Asphalt Xtreme, Modern Combat 5, PUBG, GTA San Andreas and numerous other high-end games. The gameplay on the handset didn’t disappoint me.
- The Nokia 7 Plus comes with support for true dual VoLTE support, which means you can use 2 4G SIMs at the same time for making calls. This is really a great advantage when Jio is already ruling the Indian market, and other service providers are also rolling out their VoLTE services.
- The fingerprint sensor on the Nokia 7 Plus is really fast, and it unlocks the device in just a few milliseconds, which is quite helpful.
- The camera interface of the Nokia 7 Plus is really pleasing, and it also offers the Pro mode, like the previous Nokia phones. The bokeh mode of both the cameras and the image quality of the Nokia 7 Plus is not something to complain about.
- Camera Interface
- Though the Nokia 7 Plus comes with only 4 GB of RAM, the RAM management is really amazing. I can get back the app, which I opened in the morning, even at night I got it in the same state I left it. It is possible due to the stock user interface of the Nokia 7 Plus.
- Due to the stock user interface, the Nokia 7 Plus did not come with any malware or pre-installed apps. It came with almost all the Google apps, which most people use. Thus, no hassle of uninstalling the useless apps after getting hands-on the product.
- The Nokia 7 Plus comes with an 18-watt rapid charger (Nokia’s nomenclature for fast charging). Thus, you will not have to purchase a separate fast charger for your Nokia 7 Plus.
- Comes with Qualcomm aptX HD codec on Bluetooth 5.0, which offer great audio quality over Bluetooth earphones, which come with the support for it.
Nokia 7 Plus Cons
There isn’t any doubt Nokia 7 Plus is the perfect premium mid-range packet, but it also has some cons. Let’s find them out.
- Though priced at Rs. 25,999, which is almost 26,000, the Nokia 7 Plus doesn’t have an IP certification(International Protection Marking). That’s really disappointing as Nokia highlight its build quality.
- I wish the Nokia 7 Plus price was a little more aggressive. I wish the price was just Rs. 1,000 less. If it was so, Nokia 7 Plus could have been a real killer. Though Nokia 7 Plus is not overpriced.
- The Nokia 7 Plus has a great camera module, but the low light performance and the software optimization is not the best. I expect Nokia to work more on the camera’s post-processing to get the best out of the Zeiss Optics.
- The Nokia 7 Plus connectivity is good, but switching between Wi-Fi access points is a pain. The W-Fi access points don’t get listed immediately on the quick toggle menu. Though, opening the Wi-Fi menu display all the available access points instantly.
- Nokia 7 Plus offers a dual hybrid SIM slot. I wish there was the option for 2 SIM cards and a Micro SD card slot. It is a silly decision by Nokia, as, after all, it offers VoLTE on both the SIM cards at the same time.
- The fingerprint gestures are pretty limited. The only gesture which comes out of the box is the swipe up and down to open or close the notification and quick toggles just like the Google Pixel. Though the limitation might be due to the stock Android. Using some third-party apps user can add more fingerprint gestures.
That’s all about the cons.
Nokia 7 Plus benchmark scores
- Antutu Score: 140302
- Geekbench Single-Core Score: 1640
- Geekbench Multi-Core Score: 5857
Nokia 7 Plus has its cons. But none of the cons are deal-breaker, and you can get the perfect balance between a good hardware and camera, along with a reasonable price. What else should users want! Due to the Android One program, Nokia 7 Plus will also receive the Android P update, which is really a big promise from Nokia. Nokia 7 Plus is the best product from my point of view if you are looking for the perfect premium mid-range, which offers a great value for money.
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