When HMD Global relaunched Nokia a year ago, it started with Nokia 6, a phone that aimed to suffice the most popular Rs 15K price segment. It was later joined by other phones from the company, but the Nokia 6 was the one that made the most buzz.
This year, Nokia has worked on the shortfalls and limitations of the phones, and has returned with a more full-grown range of smartphones. Of all the phones in its new range, the Nokia 7 Plus (with a small P) is the biggest phone Nokia has made after its comeback.
It is the only Nokia phone that has an 18:9 display, topped with a huge battery and a dual camera. The phone is priced at Rs 25,999, which sets it in the middle of value for money phones like Redmi Note 5 Pro and the OnePlus 5T.
At its price, the Nokia 7 Plus also has an added advantage of minimal competition in its segment. Sure, it's big in size, but is it good enough to score a big win for the company at that price?
Nokia 7 Plus release date and price
- Out now in India, start selling from April 20
- Priced at Rs 25,999
The Nokia 7 Plus is going to hit the market on April 30, though you can start pre-booking from April 20. The phone is priced at Rs 25,999 and will be available on Amazon, Nokia Mobile Shop and select retail outlets.
- Made out of single block aluminum
- Feels sturdy
- Big form factor
Dimensions: 158.38 x 75.64 x 7.99mm
OS: Android 8
Screen size: 6 inches
Resolution: 2160 x 1080
CPU: Snapdragon 660
Rear camera: 12MP + 13MP
Front camera: 16MP
The company has been following an identical design that is carved out of a 6000 series block of aluminium. It is one of the biggest reasons why their handsets are solid. The Nokia 7 Plus is also inclined towards a similar design in a bigger form factor.
The first thing that strikes about the phone is its dual-colour accent, which in our case was black and copper. There are copper coloured accents all around the phone including the phone's edges, the outline of the display, the camera module, fingerprint sensor and of course the Nokia logo. It sets a nice contrast between the main body and the chrome linings.
The attention to detail reminds us of the good ol' Nokia days, when they had the best and unique mobile phone designs.
HMD Global has also paid attention to the body paint, that is said to be a six layer skin that gives it a matte touch and doesn’t scratch easy.
From the front, it looks like any other phone with a 6-inch plus display and 18:9 aspect ratio. There’s a subtle Nokia branding on the extreme right of the top bezel aside the front camera lens, and that’s all you can see on the front when the screen is turned off.
Nokia 7 Photo Gallery
The rear mounted fingerprint scanner falls nicely under the forefinger, while the power/lock and volume keys on the right of the handset are easy to reach.
Antenna bands are visible along the top and bottom of the phone, but these don’t distract from the overall look. The company has placed them on the top and bottom in an attempt to offer better signal when you’re holding covering the back of the phone.
As we already mentioned, it has a big form factor and that can make it difficult to operate with one hand. Although single handed usage is a common issue and can be ignored. However, the metal finish on the edges is a bit sharp, something that most of my colleagues found uncomfortable when holding the phone firmly. On the contrary, some found it to be helpful as it offered a better grip, which is true.
In a nutshell, Nokia 7 Plus has a build that can bear accidental drops till an extent, sits well in the palm and has an identity of its own.
- A 6-inch FHD+ display
- Looks bright and vivid
- 19:9 aspect ratio
It is the first Nokia phone to come with an 18:9 aspect ratio. It has a 6-inch full HD+ (2160x1440 pixels) IPS LCD panel resulting in 403ppi. There’s also Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection on top.
The panel looks vibrant and colourful, but the prime issue is with sunlight legibility. It looks fine indoors, but suffers under bright sunlight. Apart from this, we didn’t find any visibility issues with it.
It can be viewed from extreme angles and we didn't notice any colour shift. Even the colour reproduction is pretty accurate.
Since it’s big, sharp and well lit, content consumption and gaming isn’t an issue on this phone.