HMD Global To Launch Nokia 7 in India
HMD Global has launched a new mid-range phone called Nokia 7. The smartphone went on sale yesterday in China and has gotten over 100,000 registrations.
Though, it does not mean that they can sell a huge volume in the first sale. Moreover, It shows a good level of interest by the Chinese buyers for Nokia 7.
Notably, the mobile went on sale on Suning, TMall, and JD.com in China.
There is also an invite sent by Nokia to Indian media that they are unveiling a new phone on 31st October 2017. Probably, it is going to be Nokia 7.
Furthermore, it comes with a price tag of 2499 CYAN (Rs. 24,500) for the 4 GB RAM version while the 6 GB Ram version of the phone costs 2799 CYAN (Rs. 27,500).
For starters, The Nokia 7 comes with a robust design and uses the aluminum 7000 series material for the metallic edge. However, the back side of the phone is made from toughened glass and even is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass. Worth mentioning here, it is the first Nokia phone ever to use the glass back, all others use the metallic back cover.
The mobile comes in 2 colors – Matte white and the shinier glossy black. As far as design is concerned, it is sleek and measures just 7.9 mm in thickness and the curved back cover ensures it is easy to use.
On the back, it sports a fingerprint scanner and the coveted Zeiss lens.
The front side comes with a 5.2 Inch display, which has a Full HD resolution (1920*1080) resulting in 422 PPi. Also, there is Corning Gorilla Glass protection and 2.5D curved glass.
However, the phone misses on the popular trend of 18:9 bezel-less displays, and comes with a standard 16:9 aspect ratio.
Next, the mobile is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 mobile processor, which is based on 14 NM process and has a 64 Bit architecture.
Additionally, the processor comes with 8 Cores, with higher cores clocked at 2.0 GHz and uses the ARM Cortex A53 cores. Also, the processor is accompanied with the Adreno 508 GPU to take care of gaming and graphics-intensive tasks.
For multi-tasking and storage, it comes in 4 GB / 6 GB Ram versions along with 64 GB internal storage. Besides, the storage is expandable to 128 GB using a micro-SD card with the hybrid slot.
Notably, the Snapdragon 630 processor is slightly more powerful when compared to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (used in Redmi Note 4, Mi A1 and Zenfone 3). But it is not the latest SOC, Qualcomm has just released a more potent Snapdragon 636 in the last week.
For photography, the Nokia 7 comes with a 16 Megapixel Zeiss Lens at the back, with a Dual-tone LED Flash. It boasts of a Dual-Cite feature of Zeiss that can capture video/photo from the front as well as the rear camera at the same time.
Nokia calls this feature as Bothie which is a superior form of selfies. Further, the company is marketing this feature as a USP of the phone that allows you to capture both sides of the story and share on social media. Notably, the Bothie feature was introduced by the brand with the Flagship Nokia 8.
Also, the 16 MP camera comes with f/2.0 aperture and has a 1.12-micron lens. It is even capable of recording 4K videos at 30 frames per second. However, Nokia has not mentioned if it accompanies OIS or EIS for video stabilization.
Next, the front camera comes with a 5 Megapixel lens and has an 84-degree wide angle, f/2.0 aperture. In a world, obsessed with Selfies, the 5MP front camera seems underwhelming at this price point.
To impress audiophiles, Nokia uses its proprietary OZO technology, which captures sound in high definition when recording videos. Consequently, the video footage sounds better when you playback the recording.
OS and Battery
There is Android Nougat 7.1.2 with the least amount of bloat to ensure a great user experience. Also, the Android Oreo 8.0 is on the way says the company.
On the battery side, it comes with a 3000 mAH Li-polymer battery that also supports fast charging (9V/2A).
Lastly, the device comes with all the modern connectivity options like the USB Type C Port, NFC, OTG, 3.5 mm headphone jack, Dual sim support, and 4G LTE/ VOLTE.
In conclusion, The Nokia 7 ticks all the right boxes and have all the basic features you can expect from an upper mid-range phone. Although, it lacks some of the more trendy features like a Dual camera setup or the bezel-less display. Most OEM’s are currently using these to create a difference from last generation phones.
I will update the India price details once the phone becomes available in India that is expected to happen soon. Most likely it will be up for grabs from Amazon India, as has been the case with previous Nokia devices.
Also, Nokia is also mulling launch of Nokia 9, a true flagship phone in China in coming days.