HMD global has been hard at work when it comes to revitalising the Nokia brand name in the smartphone arena. The company has been hard at work carving out a space for its imaging driven flagships. However, more notably, HMD has carved a unique, affordable and practical niche for its mid-range offerings; the hallmark being the Nokia 7 Series.
The Nokia 7 Series has consistently delivered near flagship experiences with a price point that most other smartphones struggle to bring any value. The new Nokia 7, the Nokia 7.2 continues that tradition. Thanks to Nokia’s partnership with ZEISS, the Nokia 7.2 takes the a more imaging-centered approach to the company’s mid-range offerings.
ZEISS Powered Creativity with a 48-megapixel Triple Sensor Camera
Equipped with a 48-megapixel triple camera sensor, the 7.2 is gearing itself to be your go to smartphone for all your imaging needs. The new camera setup is augmented with ZEISS Optics algorithms which put the power of creation in their users’ palms. The mainstay of the ZEISS powered software is the advanced bokeh features with the ZEISS Modern, ZEISS Swirl and ZEISS Smooth settings. These settings bring more style to the regular bokeh we’ve seen in other smartphones. The ZEISS optimised algorithm also allows for the blurring of the foreground in addition to the background; allowing more creative expressions.
When it comes to hardware, the triple camera consists of a 48-megapixel 1/2-inch Quad pixel sensor with f/1.79 aperture. This is complemented with a 5-megapixel depth sensor and an 8-megapixel wide angle sensor. On the front, the Nokia 7.2 comes with a 20-megapixel Quad pixel sensor with an f/2.0 aperture. All four sensors of the new Nokia 7 utilise ZEISS Optics.
Inspired Nordic Design Brings Stunning Finish to Secure Mid-range Power House
The Nokia 7.2 isn’t just about the camera. The smartphone packs a real punch when it comes to specifications. The smartphone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor. While it may seem a little dated, the Snapdragon 660 comes with enough power to enable the ZEISS optimised camera. It is paired with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of internal storage. Staying true to Android’s features, the Nokia 7.2 comes with a microSD card slot with support for up to 512GB of additional memory. We are informed that the Nokia 7.2 will come with a triple card slot allows for both Dual SIM connectivity and the use of a microSD card. Graphics is handled by the Adreno 512; it should be able to handle some of the more intensive graphical processes and games.
On the display side of things, HMD global is upping the ante with a dedicated DSP (digital signal processor) for graphics. The DSP is developed in partnership with Pixelworks. The dedicated DSP allows HMD to augment their PureDisplay technology with SDR (Standard Dynamic Range) upscaling. The DSP will automatically upscale SDR content to HDR (High Dynamic Range) quality in realtime. This results in better colour contrast and more crisp colour reproduction. The 6.3-inch Full HD display of the 7.2 is augmented further to adjust and optimise automatically to different environments instead of just pumping up the brightness. The PureDisplay is has 96% NTSC gamut coverage.
These specfications are housed in a sleek, new body. The design may seem familiar when it comes to the camera. Taking its cue from Nokia smartphones of the past, the new 7.2 comes with a circular camera bump which houses the three sensors and the flash. The body of the smartphone is made with a new polymer composite which is twice as strong as polycarbonate. It is also half the weight of aluminium. During their presentation, Nokia stated that the new material has ‘an aluminium heart’. To our understanding, this means that the material does have a rigid aluminium skeleton. The new material is supposed to be more durable and rigid. The smartphone is sandwiched in a Gorilla Glass 3 sandwich on the front and back of the phone. HMD has created a stunning refraction design on the back which not only allows the fingerprint sensor to blend in but creates a refraction pattern that enhances the matte finish of the 7.2.
The new Nokia 7 joins the rest of HMD’s Nokia line up in the Android One program. It is Android 10 ready and is guaranteed monthly security patches for three years. It is also guaranteed two years of OS upgrades. HMD has a proven track record of their monthly updates and their devices have been named one of the most secure Android devices on the market. It also comes with HMD’s signature 2 day battery life with a 3,500mAh non-removable Lithium Ion battery.
Pricing & Availability
The new Nokia 7.2 will be available starting in September 2019 for €299 (MYR1,383.58). It will be available in Cyan Green, Ice and Charcoal.