As far as smartphones have come since their popularity sky-rocketed over a decade ago, it should come as no surprise to hear that there are quite a few shades to the gray that makes up the spectrum of devices on the market right now. No longer is it just high-end, low-end and maybe mid-tier; we now have low mid-rangers, high mid-rangers and faux-premium handsets that look, feel and act like a true flagship in all but a few key areas for a relatively low dollar. The Nokia 7 Plus falls in the lattermost category, basically dishing up performance that would be difficult to tell apart from, say, the Galaxy S9 during general usage.
However, keep in mind that nigh-flawless as this device may seem, it's far from the top with its 103,000 AnTuTu. Still, this is an impressive figure for the asking price, and this puts it close to the Galaxy S7 in terms of overall power. With that said, there aren't any glaring weaknesses of the handset aside from one nitpick: While the camera and camcorder on Nokia's pocket computer are generally excellent, they lack true optical image stabilization (OIS), and that creates a problem when you're trying to capture clear photos in moderately lit environments. Aside from this little caveat, everything else offers great value.
For the curious among us, we'll take a trip through the deeper circuitry to find out what's hot and what's only decent in the Nokia 7 Plus.
Processing and Storage
It's nice to see that Nokia is sticking by solid, well-rounded hardware offerings in their recent handsets. The 600-series Snapdragons are considered mid-tier in their processing capabilities, but the 660 is unmatched in its caliber and will push the Nokia 7 Plus as close to flagship-quality power as you'll get without actually setting foot across the threshold. You also have a reasonably spacious 4 GB of RAM and a generous 64 GB of storage to complete the set, plus the Adreno 512 for an above-average gaming experience.
- SoC: Qualcomm SDM660 Snapdragon 660
- CPU: 64-bit octa-core (quad 2.2 GHz Kryo 260 and quad 1.8 GHz Kryo 260)
- RAM: 4 GB
- GPU: Adreno 512
- Inbuilt Storage: 64 GB
- MicroSD Support: Yes, up to 2 TB
Boy, you photography fanatics will love this one. The backside offers two cameras with opposing apertures for handling low-light conditions while keeping background and foreground elements in similar focus. Large pixels in the first rear shooter further improves exposure for clearer nighttime photos and video, and you have plenty of resolution to capture it all inside of — that is, 16 whole megapixels and a 4K reel to immortalize your cherished moments in cinema-level clarity.
The one problem, however, is the electronic image stabilization (EIS) that's used in lieu of actual OIS. This is quite forgivable, price tag considered, but you may find that darker shots will be blurred more than expected. We think that the improved exposure factors will make up for this somewhat, but keep in mind that this isn't like the camera suite on the Galaxy S9 or Note 8 — those are god-like by comparison. Still, you have a sweet deal in the photography and videography departments at the given price, so you're going to be satisfied with this category of the Nokia 7 Plus' performance.
- Photo Resolution: Dual 12 MP back, 16 MP front
- Video Resolution: 2160p (4K UHD) 30 FPS back, 1080p (FHD) front
- Aperture: f/1.75 and f/2.6 back, f/2.0 front
- Pixel Size: 1.4 µm and 1.0 µm back, 1.0 µm front
- Back Camera Features: High Dynamic Range (HDR), Panorama, Gyro Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS), Dual-Pixel Phase Detection Auto-Focus, Carl Zeiss optics, 2x zoom
- Front Camera Features: Carl Zeiss optics
Not bad, Nokia! While they didn't go all the way to the 2K QHD mark on the display (1,440 instead of 1,080 on the horizontal measurement), they did certainly go one higher than the traditional 1,080-by-1,920 resolution that we would have expected. Putting that on a huge six-inch panel with a respectably low-bezel frame gives you a gorgeously sharp display image, but don't expect color saturation that will rock your world; that's left to the AMOLED-laden handsets like the Galaxies, LG flagships and the iPhone X. Still, the verdict is crystal-clear: The Nokia 7 Plus is pinpoint-sharp in this category.
- Screen Size: 6.0 inches
- Resolution: 1,080 x 2,160 (1080p+)
- Pixel Density: 402 ppi
- Screen-to-Body Ratio: 77.2%
- Display Technology: IPS LCD
There's never much to say about the battery these days. Unsurprisingly, the phone doesn't come decked with any sort of ruggedness or resistance factor, which cheapens the feel of sealing off the battery, but it's the norm and offers little recommendable recourse. Still, 3,800 mAh is above average and should cruise you through a full day on heavy usage with some juice left over.
- Capacity: 3,800 mAh
- Removable: No
- Technology: Li-ion
Design and Features
Coming with the newest Android version out of the box and a unique copper trim along the front bezel, you already have a device that's secure, feature-packed and stylish from the outset. The Nokia 7 Plus also rocks the curved corners that are totally in style right now, and the far edges that flank the display are slightly kissed by the YOUM-like curvature over the sides of the handset. The only detail we would have liked to see — but by no means expected of Nokia here — is IP68 to justify the sealed battery and give the polished aesthetic a function to match it. Still, this is another solid plus for the Finnish manufacturer.
- OS: Android 8.0 Oreo
- Material: Glass, aluminum and copper
- Dimensions: 75.6 x 158.4 x 8 mm
- Ruggedness: None
- Colors: Black and Copper, White and Copper
The real drawback of the Nokia 7 Plus isn't so much the lack of OIS, AMOLED or IP68 as the struggle of deciding between this device and a lower-priced one that offers only what you need. The offerings here are tempting enough to lure the thriftier souls into digging out a little extra just for the luxuries that Nokia packed inside their premium mid-ranger, and it's wholly justified if that's what you end up doing. That's to say that yes, the Nokia 7 Plus is worth your time if you're aiming to cleave at the point of best value when deciding on your next mobile device.