Nokia 7 Plus first impressions: the Pixel 2XL for folks on a budget

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Nokia hit the MWC 2018 with a wide range of devices and yesterday, they brought all of it to India. Of the four devices that Nokia released, Nokia 7 Plus is unarguably the most exciting phone launched. A promising build quality, a good looking 18:9 aspect ratio display and a clean software are some of the things that have impressed us the most.

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The Nokia 7 Plus is made out of 6000 series aluminium and definitely looks the part. The entire frame is made out of metal and the package feels solid in-hand. Gold accents dominate the edges and curves of the phone, and hence, it feels quite premium. I’d personally buy the white version because it just makes the phone look a little thinner. It comes with a USB Type-C port at the bottom and a headphone jack on top.

The display of the Nokia 7 Plus also looks really good especially with that 18:9 aspect ratio. The colors come out looking very punchy and the panel is also among of the brighter ones. The quality of the panel also looks top notch and the blacks look unbelievable. I think the display is one of the most promising parts of the phone.

Nokia 7 Plus, product shot

Talking about the other impressive parts, the software on the Nokia 7 Plus is extraordinary. Nokia has always provided a clean Android experience on their smartphones, but this time they just took it to another level. Nokia has upgraded all their phones to the Android One program. This means that all phones run stock Android coming straight from Google. This also makes sure that these devices will be among the first ones to be updated when a new version arrives. The stock Android also does make it look very similar to the Pixel 2 XL and this similarity is just uncanny.

Now we come to the performance part and the Nokia 7 Plus which, at least on paper, doesn’t fail to impress. It sports a powerful mid-range Snapdragon 660 processor which is made up of eight Kryo 260 cores. While the 660 competes with the likes of Snapdragon 636 and Mediatek Helio P60, I think it still is going to beat all of them when it comes to raw power. This combined with the minimalistic approach of stock Android makes the Nokia 7 Plus a very desirable phone to have. 

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Nokia 7 Plus camera setup

The camera setup on the Nokia 7 Plus, in-line with the trend, is a dual package on the back. The standard lens is a 12MP sensor with an aperture of f/1.75 and the secondary lens is telephoto lens again at 12MP with an aperture of f/2.6. Both of these have Carl Zeiss branding on top and so does the front camera, which sports a 16MP sensor. The camera software is where Nokia has applied their years of experience and brought back the popular pro mode. Nokia camera experience has always been pleasurable and now that comes to the Nokia 7 Plus too. 

Apart from this, the Nokia 7 Plus comes with a 3800mAh battery which looks beefy enough to last you a whole day. However, what’s more exciting is that Nokia claims two days battery life with this one and I’m really excited to test it out during the full review. 

Nokia 7 Plus Product Shot

The Nokia 7 Plus is a very promising device, with little to no compromises. This is not something new coming from Nokia, they’ve always had great products, but recently their pricing strategy has seemed a little off. Well, it seems Nokia has made some changes because at just Rs. 25,999, the Nokia 7 Plus could just be the perfect smartphone.

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