HMD Global has announced the Nokia 7 exclusively for the Chinese market. It joins the Android-based Nokia smartphone line up, the company has been rolling out since February 2017. Before the Nokia 7, the world saw the introduction of a few Nokia branded smartphones namely the Nokia 3,5, and 6. They were all mid-range devices fitted with an entry-level Snapdragon 430 processor targeted at the budget smartphone market. Then came the much-awaited premium flagship smartphone from Nokia, the Nokia 8. So, we can consider the Nokia 7 to seal the space between the two slots.
Design and Display
The Nokia 7 has excellent premium build quality with aluminum unibody and glass enclosed panel resulting in a beautiful device. The back has 3D glass curvature with 7000 series aluminum and diamond cut beveled edges. The credit behind the decent hardware components goes solely to HMD global as it uses the branding and heritage of Nokia and nothing else from the former market leader. The phone sports a 5.2 inch IPS LCD display and has a 1920x1080 Full HD resolution. The screen has a fairly high 424 ppi pixel density that does well under sunlight. The fingerprint sensor is placed in the rear below the camera and is IP54 dust and water resistant.
After the Nokia 8, it is the very next device to come with the highly advertised bothie camera feature. It is a camera that allows users to take pictures by activating both the rear and the front cameras simultaneously and displaying a single photo. Though how are people going to use it is still a matter of speculations and individual likings, but it does sound great and fun for the lovers of Instagram and Snapchats. The primary camera of the Nokia 7 continues its association with ZEISS which was behind the much-acclaimed camera lenses of the past Nokia devices. It consists of a 16MP shooter with 1.12um pixels and has an aperture value of f/1.8. You also have a dual-tone LED flash. The megapixels and the aperture is superior to the 13MP dual-lens camera and f/2.0 aperture of the Nokia 8. The front selfie camera is a 5MP shooter with 1.4um pixels and f/2.0 aperture. It offers the users with an 84-degree field of view.
Hardware and Software
The Nokia 7 is fitted with Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 Octa-core processor that consists of Cortex-A53 cores. It also has Adreno 508 GPU to take care of the phone's graphics. There are two memory configurations obtainable for the device, one with 4GB RAM variant and the other with 6GB RAM. Both the models have 64GB of internal storage. There is also Removable storage support via microSD, with up to 256 GB. The connectivity options include Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-FI, and NFC. The device also has a 3.5 mm TRRS headphone jack and USB 3.1 via USB-C port. The OS of the smartphone is Android 7.1.1 Nougat with HMD Global planning to roll out the Android 8.0 Oreo update shortly. The device is powered by a non-removable, 3000 mAh Li-ion battery and supports 18W fast charging through the USB Type-C port. The Nokia device also features Nokia OZO audio for recording immersive audio.