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Nokia 7 Plus: the full review 2020

Since its acquisition by HMD, the historic manufacturer Nokia has made its comeback on the mobile market. Big is a big word, previous handsets – Nokia 6 and Nokia 8 – have been rather disappointing. For 2018, Nokia is finally hoping to find its place with a brand new vintage. The Nokia 7 Plus displays rather attractive equipment, even taking advantage of the lareview mid-range chip from Qualcomm: the Snapdragon 630 with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. It also offers an Android experience close to that available on Google Pixels, with the Android One OS, devoid of any manufacturer overlay. With its more affordable price, below the 400 euros mark, the device seems to take up the torch of Google’s Nexus.

Nokia 7 Plus

Sober and elegant

The Nokia 7 Plus is almost a carbon copy of the Nokia 6.1 (2018) but with a more finished premium. We find no surprise a smartphone with an aluminum back very pleasant to the touch. On the black model, the camera is highlighted by copper-colored lines around the photo module, the fingerprint sensor and the borders. These are particularly sharp, which can be quite unpleasant during the first grip. With these straight edges, this model deviates a little from the trend of rounded edges. The brand’s new mid-range offers a sober but elegant design.

Nokia 7 Plus

On the back of the Nokia 7 Plus, we find a fingerprint sensor placed at the right height and above a double photo sensor accompanied by a flash. On the left edge is integrated the Dual SIM or SIM and SD drawer. On the other side, there are the unlocking button as well as those reserved for volume adjustments. The jack is placed at the top of the device while on its bottom is the USB Type-C port for charging, microphone and speakers.

Nokia 7 Plus

A nice screen with slightly cold colors

The Nokia 7 Plus screen is a nice surprise. The brand chose a 6-inch IPS Full HD + (2160 x 1080 pixels) panel for a high resolution of 402 ppi, all in 18: 9 format, aligning with the lareview trends. The brightness of this screen reaches a maximum value of 436 cd / m². It is enough to appreciate the quality of the screen but it is true that in full sun, it is a little fair for optimal readability. Fortunately, the particularly high contrast of 1980: 1 – compensates for this defect. On the color side, the rendering is a bit cold, which the most attentive will notice with the naked eye. Note that it is impossible to calibrate colors, unlike some competing smartphones, which is a shame.

Nokia 7 Plus

The Android experience at your fingertips

Finished Windows, the Finnish brand intends to mark its partnership with Google and the lareview version of its OS, namely the 8.1 of Oreo. The 7 Plus is among the first smartphones to benefit from Android One. This program guarantees that the smartphone will quickly receive the lareview updates including security and without affecting the appearance of the software, very close to Android Stock. This will appeal to all those looking for a 100% Google experience, including those nostalgic for the late Nexus.

A great strike force

The 7 Plus takes advantage of Qualcomm’s lareview mid-range SoC, namely the Snapdragon 660 (2.2 Ghz). This eight-core processor is coupled with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of expandable microSD storage space. On a daily basis, the device offers a smooth experience, even when using several applications simultaneously. The video game experience is good for a mid-range smartphone, whether it’s the quality of the graphics or the smoothness. The GPU is capable of running greedy games like Asphalt Xtrem or even PUBG without any problem.

Nokia 7 Plus

Impeccable endurance

The smartphone is equipped with a battery with a capacity of 3800 mAh. This allowed him to last 11 hours and 50 minutes for our versatile autonomy review. The latter mixes various and varied uses, more or less resource-hungry, fairly close to real use. This result is not the best at the moment, but already much higher than what most smartphones that opt ​​for a large LCD screen offer. Used in everyday life, the Nokia 7 Plus should be able to hold between a day and a half and two days away from any outlet, which is particularly comfortable.

Photo: especially good in highlights and portrait

The dual photo module of the Nokia 7 Plus

Marked Carl Zeiss, the Nokia 7 Plus is equipped with a dual photo module including a 12 Mpix primary sensor with a lens opening at f / 1.75 and a 13 Mpix secondary sensor opening at f / 2.6. You can switch from one to the other with a simple press on the screen, the second sensor providing an optical zoom function x2. If the Nokia 8 had disappointed us, the pictures taken with the 7 Plus, in good light conditions, are not stingy with details and transcribe the different textures well, without necessarily trying to smooth the result. The colors may appear slightly bland, with low contrast, compared to other brands that use – or even abuse – software processing: here, however, the colors are fairly faithful, close to reality. In terms of macrophoto and portrait mode with bokeh effect, the result is very satisfactory and respects the contours of the subject photographed while giving a real effect of depth.

Nokia 7 plus

In low light, the rendering remains quite dark, slightly blurred, with details less present and this despite of larger pixels supposed to be more sensitive to light (size of photosites of 1.4 micron announced). The colors remain natural, however, but the management of artificial light remains quite problematic by displaying a halo.

Nokia 7 Plus.
Nokia 7 Plus.

The 16MP front-facing photo sensor offers pretty good shots, especially when it comes to colors. As in the back, it is possible to obtain a bokeh effect (purely software type) on the portraits, but the contours are less well defined than with the main device. In any case, this is sufficient for sharing on social networks. The photo software also gives the possibility of making selfies by simultaneously requesting the front camera and the rear sensors (Bothie mode discovered on the Nokia 8). It is not new and even if the idea can be fun, it remains a pure gadget quickly forgotten.

Nokia 7 Plus.

Finally, in terms of video, the device is capable of filming up to 4K at 30 fps. The result is not very convincing, with a jerky image. However, by lowering the quality of the shot to 1080p, the sequences gain in fluidity. Light management, especially from the sky, is good. We also did not observe any deformation. The colors are not the most natural but deep with a strong contrast. The Galaxy A8 and Xperia XA2 undoubtedly offer an image more in line with reality, but suffer from a lack of stability, where the Nokia 7 Plus is doing hands down. Compared to what the Nokia 8 offered, much more expensive when it came out, the light is better managed, and does not burn the images. Nokia has significantly improved its photo and video performance.

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