Nokia 7 plus review

GSMArena team, 20 April 2018.

Introduction

Running out of single-digit numbers in its ever-growing portfolio, the reborn Nokia has started adding words - the high-end Nokia 8 Sirocco is worthy of an iconic moniker from the past, while simpler phones only get a 'plus', with a lowercase 'p' at that! But the Nokia 7 plus isn't looking half-bad - capital 'P' material at least.

The Snapdragon 660 is certainly as powerful a chip as you can get in the midrange and a dual camera with a telephoto secondary shooter reads like a line from a high-end phone's specsheet - in fact, it's the Sirocco's hardware. The 18:9 display is in keeping with the trends and 1080p is perfectly alright for a 6-incher in this segment. The 3,800mAh battery is more than generous and the bundled 18W quick charger is great for quick top-ups.

Nokia 7 plus review

Sure to entice Android purists, the Nokia 7 plus is an Android One device. Ours is running 8.1 Oreo with an April 1 security patch - that's Pixel-level up-to-date.

Nokia 7 plus Specs

  • Body: Aluminum body with ceramic-feel coating; 158.4x75.6x8.0mm
  • Screen: 6.0-inch, 18:9, FHD+ 2160x1080, IPS LCD, laminated, polarized; Gorilla Glass 3
  • Rear Camera: Main 12MP, 1.4µm pixel size, f/1.75 aperture lens; Secondary 13MP, 1.0µm pixel size, 2x Telephoto f/2.6 aperture lens; Dual-tone LED flash, ZEISS optics; 2160p video recording
  • Front Camera: 16MP 1.0µm pixel size, f/2.0 aperture lens; 1080p video recording
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, octa-core CPU (4x2.2 GHz Kryo 260 & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 26); Adreno 512 GPU
  • Memory: 4GB RAM, 64GB, microSD slot (hybrid)
  • OS: Android 8.1 Oreo, Android One member
  • Battery: 3800mAh, Quick Charge
  • Connectivity: Optional dual SIM (4G), Bluetooth 5.0, GPS/GLONASS, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, NFC, USB Type-C (USB 2.0 spec), 3.5mm jack
  • Misc: Rear-mounted fingerprint reader, bottom-firing single speaker, Nokia OZO audio with 3 mics

You know what would have been great? If, like that Pixel 2 XL, the Nokia 7 plus had stereo speakers. Well, unfortunately it doesn't. Its otherwise superbly built body also lacks waterproofing, but we do have a layman's grasp of how market segmentation works so we'll let that slide.

Nokia 7 plus unboxing

There's a brand recognition aspect to retail packaging and the 7 plus' box is very much Nokia. Looks aside, this year's boxes come with a slide-out tray that goes out the bottom, so make sure you're in control of things after removing the seal.

Nokia 7 plus review

The phone will greet you from the right and under it we found a clear plastic bumper case - not the fanciest around, but good to have from the get-go. What's not so clear (dumb pun 1) is whether that will be the case (dumb pun 2) in all markets.

There's an 18W quick charger with a Type-A port and a USB cable to go with it. Type-C chargers haven't exactly taken off - the Pixel stands out in this respect. In this context, the Type-A solution is still a lot more versatile. A pair of earbuds is included as well - a reasonably stylish one, too.

Reader comments

  • Snair7plus

Well i am also a using the same phone bro when ever you change the type - c connector suggestions to change the entire pcb type-c port this will give you peace of mind.

  • Anonymous

Hello I have Nokia 7 plus for some time it is a successful phone, it only has a few minuses 1. offline fm radio does not have 2. to take pictures in full screen Mpx drops from 16mpx you get to 12mpx for front lens photos, the selfie one ok ...

  • Anonymous

I decided to try Nokia by buying a cheap c1 plus. Almost all the problems described above have converged in the c1 plus. It's my second day of use and the screen has already frozen twice and I had to remove and switch in again (luckily it has a ...