- Analysis by KJ David
The Nokia 7 may not be a full-fledged premium smartphone, but it interestingly has a massive 6GB RAM (A 4GB-only version is also available) leading its upscale assortment of pros and cons. Its RAM works hand-in-hand with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor, which clocks in at 2.2GHz -- right on par with several other high-end chips, while a 3000mAh battery pack , which could run into a bit of trouble (We expected something around 4000mAh), given its RAM capacity, is in charge of its power supply.
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Aside from its hardware setup, this 5.2-inch Nokia Android also lugs a high-ranking pro when it comes to imaging, sporting a 16-megapixel f/1.8-aperture rear-facing camera that captures Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) videos injected with Nokia's OZO audio technology . Also on board is a dual-view camera mode that lets users snap pictures using both rear and front cameras at the same time. Zeiss optics and a dual-LED flash improve its chances of snagging a spot in our list of the best camera phones as well. Sadly, the Nokia 7 is not that compelling when it comes to selfies, settling for a 5-megapixel-only selfie shooter , whereas some of its contemporaries have 8-megapixel (or better) front cameras.
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Looking at its other pros and cons, we found the Nokia 7's 5.2-inch FHD-1080p facade to be quite out-of-place, especially on a 6GB RAM smartphone. It also lacks the waterproofing that a couple of other 2017 Nokia models offer, but it does sandwich its specs between a 7000-series aluminum frame crafted using the 3D glass thermoforming technology and a 3rd-generation Gorilla Glass display cover . Topping it off is a 64GB eMMC 5.1 internal memory expandable by up to 128GB and an LTE Cat 6 network adapter promising a 300Mbps peak data rate .
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Compared to some other 6GB-RAM models, which usually come with 2K screens and 4000mAh power caps, the Nokia 7 may sound crude, but with a competent CPU and a high-tier camera tagging along, it still makes for a reasonable upmarket Android.
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It's great that the Nokia 7 can record fancy 3840 x 2160 clips, but we're surprised we didn't find any sign of the Nokia 7 sporting an HDMI port (which comes in handy to watch HD videos on your shiny HDTV without having to move them first to your computer).
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It's disappointing that we could not find its weight information.
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Its 2.2GHz processor speed spread across 8 cores is among the fastest among recent phones.
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NFC is becoming increasingly important for electronic payment systems and other uses.
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The screen is big, making it a phablet: 5.2 inches and a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels means about 11.55 square inches and an image sharpness of at least 423.84 dots per inch (DPI)!
The Nokia 7 is not sold with a memory card but it can accept up to 128GB in memory expansion, which is convenient to store pictures and video clips taken with the built-in 16-megapixel camera.
A 16-megapixel camera offers a lot more pixels than most other phones.
The selfie cam resolution seems just about average.
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