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Nokia 7 plus review – GSMArena.com tests

Introduction

Running out of single-digit numbers in its ever-growing portfolio, the reborn Nokia has started adding words – the high-end Nokia 8 Sirocco is worthy of an iconic moniker from the past, while simpler phones only get a ‘plus’, with a lowercase ‘p’ at that! But the Nokia 7 plus isn’t looking half-bad – capital ‘P’ material at least.

Nokia 7 plus review

The Snapdragon 660 is certainly as powerful a chip as you can get in the midrange and a dual camera with a telephoto secondary shooter reads like a line from a high-end phone’s specsheet – in fact, it’s the Sirocco’s hardware. The 18:9 display is in keeping with the trends and 1080p is perfectly alright for a 6-incher in this segment. The 3,800mAh battery is more than generous and the bundled 18W quick charger is great for quick top-ups.

Sure to entice Android purists, the Nokia 7 plus is an Android One device. Ours is running 8.1 Oreo with an April 1 security patch – that’s Pixel-level up-to-date.

Nokia 7 plus Specs
Body: Aluminum body with ceramic-feel coating; 158.4×75.6×8.0mm
Screen: 6.0-inch, 18:9, FHD+ 2160×1080, IPS LCD, laminated, polarized; Gorilla Glass 3
Rear Camera: Main 12MP, 1.4m pixel size, f/1.75 aperture lens; Secondary 12MP, 1.0m pixel size, 2x Telephoto f/2.6 aperture lens; Dual-tone LED flash, ZEISS optics; 2160p video recording
Front Camera: 16MP 1.0m pixel size, f/2.0 aperture lens; 1080p video recording
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon® 660, octa-core CPU (4×2.2 GHz Kryo 260 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 26); Adreno 512 GPU
Memory: 4GB RAM, 64GB, microSD slot (hybrid)
OS: Android 8.1 Oreo, Android One member
Battery: 3800mAh, Quick Charge
Connectivity: Optional dual SIM (4G), Bluetooth 5.0, GPS/GLONASS, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, NFC, USB Type-C (USB 2.0 spec), 3.5mm jack
Misc: Rear-mounted fingerprint reader, bottom-firing single speaker, Nokia OZO audio with 3 mics

You know what would have been great? If, like that Pixel 2 XL, the Nokia 7 plus had stereo speakers. Well, unfortunately it doesn’t. Its otherwise superbly built body also lacks waterproofing, but we do have a layman’s grasp of how market segmentation works so we’ll let that slide.

Nokia 7 plus unboxing

There’s a brand recognition aspect to retail packaging and the 7 plus’ box is very much Nokia. Looks aside, this year’s boxes come with a slide-out tray that goes out the bottom, so make sure you’re in control of things after removing the seal.

Nokia 7 plus review

The phone will greet you from the right and under it we found a clear plastic bumper case – not the fanciest around, but good to have from the get-go. What’s not so clear (dumb pun 1) is whether that will be the case (dumb pun 2) in all markets.

There’s an 18W quick charger with a Type-A port and a USB cable to go with it. Type-C chargers haven’t exactly taken off – the Pixel stands out in this respect. In this context, the Type-A solution is still a lot more versatile. A pair of earbuds is included as well – a reasonably stylish one, too.