Nokia is back in the smartphone business and this time they have joined the Android bandwagon.Recently, they have launched some of their smartphones and all of them were well received by the markets. Post the event, there have been many rumors regarding the upcoming Nokia 7 smartphone.
All the rumours were finally put to rest on October 19, 2017 when the Nokia 7 was launched in China. Let's get a sneak peak at the specifications, features, review and price of the phone.
The design of the Nokia 7 is pretty much mainstream and looks pretty nice and decent. Nokia hasn't included anything fancy in the design and the phone looks good enough to hold in hands. THe device measure 141.2 x 71.5 x 7.9 mm, has a bar form factor and weighs approximately 146 grams. The phone is pretty lightweight and won't pose any problem in carrying around. The front panel houses a 5.2-inch display panel. The back panel has the rear camera module with a circular fingerprint sensor right beneath it. The charging port rests on the bottom side, and the volume control buttons on the sides.
Coming to the display, there is a 5.2-inch IPS LCD capacitive display that comes with the standard 16M colour gamut. The phone's diplsay will have a viewing angle of 178° and will be protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass protection. The display will turn out to be vibrant enough to capture its user’s attention. With a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixel and a corresponding pixel density of 424 ppi, the display shouldn't pose any sunlight legibiiity issues. Overall, the phone has a pretty standard and mainstream display and nothing out-of-the-box to offer in this segment.
The Nokia 7 is powered by the Snapdragon 630 octa-core chipset (8 x Cortex A53 @ 2.2 GHz). The chipset is an improved version of the Snapdragon 625 SoC, which is a tried and tested platform. It will be a test of time before the SD630 can prove itself to be a good performer. The graphics will be handled by the Adreno 508 GPU chip. The phone has been launcehd in two memory variants - one with 4GB RAM and another with 6GB RAM. There will be no changes in the internal storage and both the variants will have 64GB internal storage, expandable by another 256GB. The phone has a 3-choose-2 hybrid SIM slot. Should you need additional storage, you'll need to sacrifice the second SIM for it.
Under the hood, the phone will run stock Android v7.1.2 Nougat, with all the native features and updates so far installed and running. The phone will later on receive updates to Android v8.0 Oreo. The overall performance of the phone will be very good, as 4GB of RAM will allow for super-fluid multitasking and the Snapdragon chipset will offer good performace. The higher clock-speed of the processor may pose a problem for power management, but that's not something to be worried about.
The camera of the Nokia 7 steals the show with the 16MP sensor with an f/1.8 aperture lens. The camera system is a PDAF camera with a Carl-Zeiss optical lens and will sport a dual-tone LED flash. The pixel size is 1.12 μm and the will host all the regular features a mobile phone camera has (geo-tagging, touch-to-focus, face detection, HDR, panorama etc.). The front camera has a 5MP sensor with 1.4μm pixel size. The lens of the front camera will have an aperture of f/2.0.
The phone's cameras will be capable of video recording at 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30,60 fps and 720p@30fps. The most important feature of the cameras though is the ability to take pictures, videos, and live streams from both the cameras simultaneously. The feature is called 'bothie' and was first seen in the Nokia 8.
On the multimedia front, the phone will support all multimedia files such as AVI, MP4, FLV, MOV, WMV, MP3, AAC, FLAC, MIDI, WAV etc. Also, the phone has a headphone jack with a noise-cancelling mircophone. The phone will be very good for multimedia and audio visual experience shuld be good for most of the people.
The phone comes with the mainstream battery of 3000 mAH capacity. The Li-ion battery is non-removable and offers a talk time of 15hours on 3G networks. In practical sense, the phone's battery should last through the day, unless the additional clock speeds of the Snapdragon 630 kick in, eating up battery pretty fast. The phone should support fast charging as the SD630 does support Qualcomm Quick Charge™ 3.0 technology.
The phone is a gem when it comes to wireless connectivity though. With a wifi compliant to IEEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ ac, we are sure to be able to connect to all wifi networks. Apart form that, there is wwifi-direct and hotspot as well. The phone has the latest Bluetooth v5.0 w/ A2DP and LE support. The phone supports GPS w/ A-GPs, GLONASS and BDS for location service. The phone is NFC enabled as well and also has FM radio. Nokia has done a very good installing all the necessary wireless connectivity features. For cellular connectivity, the Nokia 7 will support all 4G LTE/VoLTE, 3G HSPA+/UMTS, and 2G EDGE/GPRS networks. As far as wired connectivity is concerned, the Nokia 7 will have the USB-C port for faster PC connection and will also support USB-OTG. The connectivity features of the phone stand out and compensate for the not so different looks.
The array of sensors includes a proximity sensor, a digital compass, a gyroscopic sensor and a fingerprint sensor (rear mounted).