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Nokia 7 Plus (review)
4.1Overall Score

Price (RRP): $649
Manufacturer: Nokia

The Nokia 7 Plus is billed as the phone you can rely on. It is a strange, unique selling proposition as you can rely on most phones. Still, we set out to find out why.

The Black and Copper accents and the ceramic feel phone stand out from the crowd. It looks great and distinctive. It has a modern 18:9 screen format, and a dual camera on the back.

In the box

Nokia 7 Plus

  • Nokia 7 Plus – Australian model TA-1055
  • Fast charger 3.0, 5V/3A and 9V/2A
  • USB-C to USB-A cable
  • Semi-transparent hard plastic bumper protector case
  • Standard 3.5mm earbuds/mic

The first impression is an edgy looking black and copper very reminiscent of the Huawei Mate 9 Gold Mocha colour I fell for last year. It is thin in the hand courtesy of the 18:9 format. In many respects, this is a good, honest mid-range phone that provides great value for that segment.

It shares the same rear camera as the Nokia 8 Sirocco reviewed here.




Technical Specs – Nokia 7 Plus

Apologies for putting this up front but it is important if you are comparing on specs.

Screen 6-inch, FHD+, 2160 x 1080, 403 ppi, 18:9, IPS LCD, Gorilla Glass 3 front. 77.2% S-T-B-R, flat edges
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, 4×2.2 GHz Kryo 260 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260
GPU Adreno 512
64GB eMMC 5.1 (50GB usable); OTG, microSD slot to 256GB
Google Cloud unlimited photo storage
Rear Camera 1 12 MP standard (f/1.75, 1.4µm), Dual pixel phase detection auto-focus, Dual LED flash, HDR, face detection, OIS (see later), Zeiss lens, 2160 recording
Rear Camera 2 13 MP telephoto (f/2.6, 1.0µm), 2x optical zoom, Zeiss lens
Front Camera 1 16MP (f/2.0, 1.0µm) 108p recording
Comms Wi-Fi AC, dual-band, MIMO Wi-Di,
Bluetooth 5.0
USB-C 1.0 (5Gb/s)
Sound Single earpiece speaker and smart amp
Nokia OZO audio with three mics (one dedicated to ANC) – ability to record up to 132dB.
USB-C to 3.5mm adapter (no 3.5mm audio jack)
IP Rating None stated
Other Fingerprint sensor on the rear
Battery 3,800mAh, USB-C
Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 charger 5V/3A and 9V/2A
Endurance rating 87 hours
LTE Cat 6, 300/50; supports VoLTE
Dual sim (second slot microSD)
Dimensions 58.38 x 75.64 x 7.99 mm x 183g (including camera bump)
OS Android One 8.x (pure Android monthly updates for the first two years and quarterly in year three). Android P is promised.
Colours Black and Copper, White and Copper
Missing Nothing that a mid-range phone needs.
Price $649 from JB Hi-Fi or Harvey Norman
Website Australiajn website here.

Screen – 6-inch IPS LCD a good honest screen

Brightness is 400+nits, black is .25 nits, and contrast is 1700:2.

Colours are vibrant but not accurate or adjustable. It has a blueish tint.

It is one of the better IPS LCD screens in sunlight – still washed out but readable.

Camera – good for a mid-range phone

It shares the same rear camera as the much more expensive Nokia 8 Sirocco.

On paper, this should be a great camera. Large 12MP sensor, 1.4µm pixels and a f/1.75 aperture on the standard lens should be amazing in low light. But it is not.