Your budget flagship device gets an all new hardware upgrade. During the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018, HMD Global the mobile brand behind Nokia smartphones has announced the upgraded version of its last year’s Nokia 7, the all-new Nokia 7 Plus.
So what’s been upgraded? Nokia 7 Plus now comes with enhanced Dual-Sight, dual rear sensors with ZEISS optics, 18:9 aspect ratio screen, Snapdragon 660 SoC, pure Android OS, Nokia spatial audio recording and more.
Design and Performance
Nokia 7 Plus got a solid build with Series 6000 aluminum that’s curved on the back along with slim edges. You could now bearly see the antenna lines and it also got a Ceramic-feel coating. The mobile will be company’s first smartphone to boasts the trending 18:9 full view screen. The mobile flaunts a 6-inch IPS LCD full HD+ display (2160 x 1080, 18:9) which is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The screen is also laminated and polarized offering a better view in bright daylight.
Under the hood, the Nokia 7 Plus is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 mobile platform paired with 4GB LPDDR4 RAM. It’s accompanied by faster 64 GB eMMC 5.1 internal storage. You can further expand the storage up to 256GB using microSD card. The phone runs on pure Android Oreo OS and is part of Google’s Android One initiative. Thus you get a cluttered free Android experience, which will receive regular security updates and two years of OS upgrades.
Dual-Sight, Dual Rear ZEISS optics
Now to the main attraction of Nokia 7 Plus, the enhanced dual rear sensors with ZEISS optics. It combines an ultra-sensitive 12-megapixel wide-angle primary ZEISS camera with f/1.7 aperture, which delivery excellent photos on low-light and extra bright conditions. Paired with a secondary 13-megapixel telephoto ZEISS camera with f/2.6 aperture that delivers 2x optical zoom. With its Pro Camera mode you could easily adjust white balance, focus, ISO, shutter speed and exposure compensation for that perfect photo. It also uses Artificial Intelligence to modify lighting conditions for that perfect shot.
Coming to the front, the phone packs a 16-megapixel front camera with ZEISS optics. Just like the Nokia 8 and the original Nokia 7, Nokia 7 Plus supports Dual-Sight mode. Here you could use both front and back cameras of the phone simultaneously for split-screen photos and video. With its three high-quality microphones, the phone can record every sonic nuance with Nokia spatial audio, dubbed as “pro audio”.
Coming to connectivity, Nokia 7 Plus supports 4G LTE network, which will work with every Indian telecom operators 4G bands. You also get VoLTE support for making HD voice calls. Other connectivity options include 3G and 2G network, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C and NFC. For extra security, the mobile has a fingerprint scanner placed on the back of the device. Fuelling the phone is a 3800 mAh non-removable battery that offers an outstanding 2-day battery life.
While the original Nokia 7 was never released in India, we could expect the company to bring the upgraded Nokia 7 Plus in India. It will go on sale from early April 2018 and will retail for €399 or around Rs 32,000.