Nokia 7.2, 6.2, 2720, 800 hands-on review

IFA 2019

GSMArena team, 05 Sept 2019.

Nokia 7.2 and Nokia 6.2 hands-on

Obviously, the two Android phones are what we find the most interesting. Physically identical, the Nokia 7.2 and Nokia 6.2 share the same build - Gorilla Glass 3 on both sides, held together by a polymer composite, which Nokia says is twice as strong as polycarbonate and half the weight of aluminum.

What we'll say is that they feel lighter than expected for the size and the 180 grams of weight isn't really a burden. The phones fit nicely in the hand too, though at this diagonal one-handed operation is a stretch.

Nokia at IFA 2019 hands-on review

A slight surprise in terms of the design language are the large circular camera clusters on the backs of the 7.2 and 6.2. We're getting a distinct Moto vibe out of these, though you could find a reference to the Lumia 1020 too.

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Camera bumps

Inside those bumps there are the same 8MP ultra wide-angle cameras and 5MP depth sensors, plus the main camera that's specific to each phone. We couldn't really get a chance to shoot samples during the brief time we had with the two Nokias.

Nokia at IFA 2019 hands-on review

Anyway, the Nokia 7.2 has the super popular 48MP Quad Bayer sensor, which Nokia calls Quad Pixel, behind an f/1.79 aperture lens (f/1.8 would have been precise enough in our book). There's prominent Zeiss branding sitting amidst the camera lenses, and the bokeh modes inside the camera app also have the German optics manufacturer's name stamped around - ZEISS Modern, ZEISS Swirl and ZEISS Smooth - it is a lot of Zeiss.

Nokia at IFA 2019 hands-on review

Meanwhile, the Nokia 6.2 opts for a regular 16MP imager with an f/1.8 lens - yes, this one is specified as f/1.8 in the press materials. No Zeiss badges here, though.

Nokia at IFA 2019 hands-on review

The Nokia 7.2 and 6.2 have fingerprint readers under their camera assemblies - conventional capacitive sensors. We tried them real quick and they seemed to work just fine, no issues.

One interesting addition on these two Nokias is the Google Assistant key. It's placed on the left of the handsets and serves as an always available shortcut to the assistant - really handy if you're one to use it a lot. The other physical controls are on the right - a classic arrangement featuring a power button and volume rocker.

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Google Assistant is a key press away

The Nokia 7.2 and 6.2 have the same 6.3-inch display - an LCD with FullHD+ resolution. Nokia calls it PureDisplay and promises 500nits of brightness and 1500:1 contrast. The panel is also HDR10 capable and the phones will try and upconvert SDR content to HDR. We can't really comment much on the display quality other than say that colors looked nice and outdoor visibility was okay - more one we get to review these guys.

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Two phones, same display

The Nokia 7.2 is powered by the Snapdragon 660, which is a bit dated, but still offers pretty great performance in both CPU and GPU intense tasks. The Nokia 6.2's Snapdragon 636, on the other hand, isn't as powerful but should help the 6.2 achieve the promised 2-day battery life, just maybe. We're not too thrilled about the 5V/2A charging capabilities - it'll take a while to fill those 3,500mAh batteries.

The phones boot Android 9 Pie and they're on the Android One Program so the interface is bloat-free. Nokia promises two major OS releases (so Android 10 should be coming soon), plus an extra third year of monthly patches.

Nokia at IFA 2019 hands-on review

Reader comments

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