Nokia 7.2 review

GSMArena team, 23 Oct 2019.

Android 9, in One flavor

As we've come to expect from recent Nokias, the 7.2 is part of the Android One program and runs a mostly stock version of Android, and our review unit is still on Pie for the time being. While Android One does carry a promise for timely updates, it's worth noting that carrier-specific versions might not receive them just as quickly as those sold in the unlocked (retail) channel.

Nokia 7.2 review

The Nokia 7.2 has a rather basic implementation of the Ambient display feature which will wake up the screen for new notifications, but that's it - there's no lift to wake capability, nor is there an always-on feature, not that LCDs are known for it. On a positive note, the LED inside the power button will alert you of missed notifications.

Security is handled in a conventional way - a capacitive fingerprint sensor on the back is the go-to option, but there's also a camera-based face unlock too. The fingerprint reader works as expected and unlocks reliably though it's not among the fastest around. Face unlock is barely usable, and we found it to fail on occasion even in good lighting, not to mention anything dimmer - stick to fingerprints.

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Ambient display • Lockscreen and security settings

Once unlocked, the 7.2's software is Android as Google intended it through and through. The standard Android 9 homescreen utilizes the default Android pill-based navigation. A tap on the pill button takes you Home, a quick flick from it to the right switches back and forth between the last two apps, while sliding it to the right takes you to one of the UIs for task switching.

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Lockscreen • Lockscreen • Homescreen • Folder view • Notifications and toggles

A short-ish swipe up from the bottom evokes the 'other' task switcher which is also the way to go into multi-window, which we've ranted about on numerous occasions for its clumsiness. A longer swipe up takes you straight to the app drawer, though a second swipe up from Task switcher 2 will also work. And there's a back button on top of all that, to be replaced with a gesture come Android 10.

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Task switcher 1 • Task switcher 2 • App drawer

As for multimedia, it's all in the hands of Google's default apps. The Photos app is in charge of gallery-related tasks and video playback, while Google Play Music is the audio player. There's a file manager with batch actions and Google Drive sync, and Google's Calendar is Nokia's calendar of choice. An FM radio receiver is available on the Nokia 7.2, and the app that goes with it is one of the more barebones takes we've seen.

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Google Photos • Photos • Google Play Music • FM radio • Google One • File manager

Synthetic benchmarks

The Nokia 7.2 has the Snapdragon 660 inside, a chipset that was all the rage some two years ago when the Nokia 7 plus came out. Now, it's obviously not so hot with newer, more efficient, options available in the 600 and 700 series. The 14nm S660 is nevertheless decently powerful, packing an octa-core CPU in a 4x2.2 GHz Kryo 260 & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 260 configuration (Cortex-A73 and Cortex-A53 based, respectively) and an Adreno 512 GPU. Our review unit is the top-spec 6GB/128GB trim, with 6GB/64GB and 4GB/64GB options also available.

Nokia 7.2 review

The Nokia 7.2's Kryo 260s struggle to match the performance of more recent midrange Kryo 360's in Snapdragon 710/712-powered devices like the Realme XT and the Xiaomi Mi 9 lite even if the difference isn't huge. Still, the Nokia does tend to occupy the bottom half of the charts in both single-core and multi-core tests in GeekBench 4 and 5 alike.

GeekBench 4.1 (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • vivo V17 Pro
    6629
  • Samsung Galaxy A70
    6584
  • Samsung Galaxy A60
    6582
  • Realme 5 Pro
    6106
  • Realme XT
    6102
  • Xiaomi Mi 9 SE
    6017
  • Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite
    5989
  • Nokia 7 plus
    5893
  • Realme 3 Pro
    5881
  • Motorola One Zoom
    5802
  • Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018)
    5763
  • Huawei P30 Lite (perf. mode)
    5549
  • Huawei P30 Lite
    5523
  • Nokia 7.2
    5440
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 7
    5411
  • Nokia 7.1
    4975

GeekBench 4.1 (single-core)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy A70
    2391
  • Samsung Galaxy A60
    2388
  • vivo V17 Pro
    2382
  • Motorola One Zoom
    2084
  • Realme 5 Pro
    1913
  • Xiaomi Mi 9 SE
    1905
  • Realme XT
    1899
  • Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite
    1851
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 7
    1650
  • Nokia 7 plus
    1634
  • Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018)
    1611
  • Huawei P30 Lite (perf. mode)
    1576
  • Nokia 7.2
    1534
  • Huawei P30 Lite
    1534
  • Realme 3 Pro
    1471
  • Nokia 7.1
    1344

GeekBench 5 (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • vivo V17 Pro
    1657
  • Realme XT
    1569
  • Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite
    1471
  • Nokia 7.2
    1425
  • Samsung Galaxy A60
    1410
  • Motorola One Zoom
    1409

GeekBench 5 (single-core)

Higher is better

  • vivo V17 Pro
    509
  • Samsung Galaxy A60
    507
  • Motorola One Zoom
    501
  • Realme XT
    410
  • Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite
    395
  • Nokia 7.2
    336

The same hold true in Antutu, where the Nokia 7.2 is outperformed by pretty much every current competitor.

AnTuTu 7

Higher is better

  • Realme XT
    185193
  • Realme 5 Pro
    182765
  • Xiaomi Mi 9 SE
    180057
  • vivo V17 Pro
    176791
  • Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite
    175478
  • Samsung Galaxy A60
    170102
  • Samsung Galaxy A70
    167750
  • Realme 3 Pro
    155647
  • Motorola One Zoom
    146810
  • Huawei P30 Lite (perf. mode)
    141600
  • Nokia 7 plus
    140820
  • Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018)
    140500
  • Nokia 7.2
    139495
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 7
    139075
  • Huawei P30 Lite
    129887
  • Nokia 7.1
    117175

In the graphics department, the 7.2 trails the 700-series competition, but it does match the S675 devices in some tasks, and it pulls ahead of them in others. So in this respect 660>=675.

GFX 3.1 Car scene (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi 9 SE
    15
  • Realme 5 Pro
    15
  • Realme XT
    15
  • Realme 3 Pro
    13
  • Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite
    13
  • Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018)
    9.1
  • Nokia 7 plus
    9.1
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 7
    9
  • Nokia 7.2
    9
  • vivo V17 Pro
    8.8
  • Samsung Galaxy A60
    8.1
  • Motorola One Zoom
    8.1
  • Samsung Galaxy A70
    8
  • Huawei P30 Lite
    7.7
  • Huawei P30 Lite (perf. mode)
    7.7
  • Nokia 7.1
    6.3

GFX 3.1 Car scene (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi 9 SE
    14
  • Realme XT
    13
  • Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite
    12
  • Realme 5 Pro
    12
  • Realme 3 Pro
    11
  • Nokia 7 plus
    8.6
  • Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018)
    8.3
  • Nokia 7.2
    8.1
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 7
    7.7
  • Samsung Galaxy A60
    7.3
  • vivo V17 Pro
    7.3
  • Motorola One Zoom
    7.1
  • Huawei P30 Lite
    7
  • Samsung Galaxy A70
    7
  • Huawei P30 Lite (perf. mode)
    6.9
  • Nokia 7.1
    5.9

3DMark SSE 3.1 Unlimited

Higher is better

  • Realme XT
    2284
  • Realme 5 Pro
    2253
  • Xiaomi Mi 9 SE
    2218
  • Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite
    1959
  • Nokia 7.2
    1427
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 7
    1409
  • vivo V17 Pro
    1221
  • Samsung Galaxy A60
    1123
  • Samsung Galaxy A70
    1112
  • Motorola One Zoom
    1107
  • Huawei P30 Lite (perf. mode)
    988
  • Huawei P30 Lite
    985

Two years is a long time and putting out a phone with the same chipset as the model two generations before it is a bit puzzling. The Nokia 7.2 isn't slow or anything - on the contrary, it delivers very decent numbers. Newer, better, more efficient and more powerful silicon options are available, however, and those do come in rival offerings.

Reader comments

3500 isn't a small capacity. I use my 3000mAh phones for around 2-3 days

Actually it's not a bad phone, don't mind the hate comments and check the phone for yourself

  • junior

Yah nokia 7.2 is good i have it