The Nokia 7 plus, one of the newest additions to the Nokia range of smartphones released this year is now available in Nigeria, and TechTalk got to review one of the units which so far appears to be a good contender in the mid-range Smartphone market.
HMD Global, the Finland-based company which acquired rights to the Nokia brand name launched the Nokia 7 plus along with four other Nokia phones at Mobile World Congress 2018. HMD and Google have struck a deal to make all of these Nokia devices (and potentially future models) Android One devices. Being on the Android One program means users of Nokia 7 plus will get faster updates, as well as the same stock Android experience with no bloatware.
Since the phone comes without any bloatware — just Google apps — the software experience is stock Android 8.0 Oreo, guaranteeing access to faster versions and security updates. The menu pops up easily, and is neatly displayed, with apps opening quickly. Very important to note is that absence of bloatware implies there is a lot more space on the device for the user, to store more media, or even get those apps you really want to have and/or consider important.
Its processing power relies on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, an octa-core processor and 4GB of RAM which would ensure the device runs smoothly for most users. Come to think of, many PCs still run on 4GB RAM, so for a smartphone, it is not doing badly.
There’s 64GB of internal storage available, as well as a MicroSD card slot which can accommodate up to 256GB. This second slot is however a hybrid which can also be used for a second SIM card.
The phone’s 6 inch screen is quite impressive, with a resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels, supporting 4G/LTE, and fast charging battery.
Some interesting features include;
Nokia 7 plus packs a 3800 mAh battery, which true to the manufacturer’s claim of the phone’s capacity, actually lasts 48 hours on regular usage. The usage during our review included pretty much everything from making calls, messaging, and internet browsing (which as we know really drains battery life). What many people associate the Nokia brand with, and also the first thing that comes to mind when the brand is mentioned is the battery life. The 7 plus has not failed to live up to expectations in this regard.
The Nokia 7 plus not only runs the latest Android 8 Oreo, but also joins the Android One family, which is often described as a form of “pure or stock android”. It offers unique user experience, especially for those who want the phone as unclogged as possible, so they get to create their own preferences and experiences.
Since the device runs ‘pure Android’, the Nokia 7 plus comes with no unnecessary UI changes or hidden processes that would degrade battery life or slow it down, making it possible to enjoy the phone longer.
With monthly security updates and Google Play Protect built in, Android One devices are among the most secure. Google Play Protect actively scans and verifies over 50 billion apps per day, and uses Google’s machine learning to dynamically prevent viruses and malware.
By shipping with Android Oreo out of the box, users are able to enjoy the latest features, including Picture-in-Picture for multitasking, Android Instant Apps to discover and run apps with minimal friction.
The front camera comes first at 16-megapixel which selfie lovers are sure to be excited about. The quality is quite crisp and images look substantially good. The rear dual-camera system has a 12-megapixel and a 13-megapixel lens, and they both allow for 2x optical zoom, as well as “bothies,” which is when you take a photo or video with the front and rear camera at the same time.
The Pro Camera mode on the Nokia 7 plus makes it possible to easily adjust white balance, focus, ISO, shutter speed and exposure compensation for extraordinary images in ordinary life. But be warned, stick to the regular mode if you don’t know ‘what you’re doing’ here (in pro mode).