[MWC2018] HMD Global’s New Flagship Revealed: The Nokia 7 Plus
HMD Global had a whole lot to reveal at this year’s Mobile World Congress. With their expanding portfolio of devices, the company unveiled a new, power packed addition to their Android powered smartphones: the Nokia 7 Plus.
The Nokia 7 Plus is undoubtedly the 2018 flagship for the brand. It brings together the premium feel and durability that we expect from Nokia Mobile and a compelling price point. The device’s durability is largely due to its construction from a single block of 6000 series aluminium with copper edges. HMD chose to give the Nokia 7 Plus a more premium feel with a multicoat ceramic finish. In addition to this, the Nokia 7 Plus is also one of the first flagship devices to be included in the Android One program which guarantees quick and timely updates.
Not Just Stylish But Backed by Performance Centric Insides
The Nokia 7 Plus isn’t going to win any accolades for the most powerful processor but the close to stock Android and other software optimisations allow it to perform at flagship levels with a less powerful processor. The smartphone runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 mobile platform with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. This can be supplemented by additional storage of up to 256GB with a microSD card.
On the display front, the Nokia 7 Plus is the company’s first flagship to adopt the 18:9 aspect ratio. It will be equipped with a 6.0-inch IPS display with a FullHD+ resolution of 2160×1080 pixels. This is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass. The display has a pixel density of 403 pixels per inch, 500 nits brightness and 1:1500 contrast ratio.
The new Nokia flagship has support for 4G LTE and WiFi a/b/g/n/ac. Also included is Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, AGPS, GLONASS and BDS support. The 7 Plus also has Near Field Communication built-in. In addition, the phone is equipped with ambient light, proximity, accelerometer, e-compass, gyro, hall and fingerprint sensors. It also uses the update USB Type-C connector and also has the 3.5mm headphone jack in tow.
It will be powered by a 3,800mAh battery. HMD claims that the battery of the Nokia 7 Plus will last 2 days. This is thanks to optmisations on both the processor and software side. On the audio front, the 7 Plus comes with a single speaker with smart amplifier and also supports Nokia’s Spatial capture technology with its 3 built-in microphones.
ZEISS Camera Technology
The Nokia 7 Plus comes equipped with ZEISS camera technology; a heritage both companies were proud of at the announcement.
This technology is integrated into the dual camera setup of the main camera. The main camera setup is made of a 12-megapixel primary camera. The sensor has a 1.4µm pixel size and an f/1.75 aperture. The dualphotodiode (2PD) sensor is complemented by the ZEISS lenses and a dual-tone flash. The secondary sensor in the back facing camera is a 13-megapixel telephoto sensor with a 1.0µm pixel size and an F2.6 aperture. The front facing camera is a 16-megapixel, fixed focus sensor with an f/2.0 aperture with ZEISS optics.
Along with the ZEISS hardware, there are multiple software features which also enhance the camera on the Nokia 7 Plus. These new features are called the Nokia Imaging Suite. One of the highlights of the imaging suite is the ability to modify the lighting of your picture for a more dramatic picture. In addition to that, the Nokia 7 Plus will be coming with a Pro mode which was absent in previous Nokia devices.
Pricing and Availability
The Nokia 7 Plus will be retailing at €399 (RM1,920.96). It will be available in Black/Copper and White/Copper beginning in April 2018.
Also published on Medium.