- Analysis by KJ David
Unveiled alongside several other Nokia smartphones during the MWC 2018, the Nokia 7 plus is just what its name suggests: an updated version of the Nokia 7 phone that came out back in 2017. We still caught a couple of relatively weak points, however, one of which is its decision to settle for only 64GB of native memory , overlooking the fact that some of the top phablets on the market reach 128GB or even 256GB internal storage caps. Trying to make up for this hiccup is its support for up to 256GB of external memory -- the microSD card occupies its second SIM card tray.
Another slight con is its drop from the original Nokia 7's 16-megapixel rear camera resolution to only 12 megapixels . That said, the forenamed setback is easily overshadowed by the addition of a 13-megapixel telephoto secondary rear camera , which enables up to 2x optical zooming. Both its 12-megapixel 2PD (dual photodiode) main cam and telephoto cam feature ZEISS optics and are accompanied by a dual-tone flash, probably to boost its chances at a spot in our list of the best camera phones. Sitting opposite its dual-lens rear cam is a 16-megapixel selfie camera that also comes with ZEISS optics -- a major pro versus its mother model's measly 5-megapixel selfie shooter. While on the topic of selfie cams, feel free to check out the best selfie smartphones here.
Although it only has one speaker (many high-specked smartphones have dual-speaker systems), the Nokia 7 plus features a rarely-seen (as we were reviewing its pros and cons) three-microphone setup aided by Nokia's OZO spatial audio-recording technology , promising to optimize the quality of captured audio when shooting videos.
Up front, it features a wide 6-inch 18:9 IPS display that's still respectable in this Android category, despite missing out on a premium QHD+ (1440p) screen resolution -- it has a 2160 x 1080 FHD+ sharpness. It also passes 2018 high-end standards processor-wise with its 2.2GHz eight-core Snapdragon 660 engine , though it oddly trims down the original Nokia 7's 6GB RAM to only 4GB .
Powering its pros and cons is a 3800mAh battery that outstrips its predecessor's 3000mAh power cap. Its specs are sandwiched by a 6000-series aluminum chassis met by a damage-resistant Gorilla Glass 3 cover glass up front and it is offered in two two-tone ceramic finishes: Black/Copper and White/Copper.
Running on the Android 8.0 Oreo OS out of the box, the Nokia 7 plus is a revamped version of the 2017 Nokia 7 that targets wide-screen smartphone buyers who are fond of mobile photography and movie-making.
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