Nokia 7 is like a poor man's Nokia 8. It's so similar to the flagship Nokia phone with almost all the features that are there in the Nokia 8 also available in the Nokia 7. The company on Thursday unveiled the Nokia 7 in China, hoping to compete in the mainstream market with the likes of Xiaomi, Huawei and Oppo. The Nokia 7 has a starting price of CNY 2499 in China and it will go on sale from October 24.
It is not clear when the Nokia 7 will arrive in India. Given the fact that it has been first launched in China, just like the Nokia 6 was last year, there are chances that this phone may come to India late. But whenever it comes, if at all it come, expect the price to be around Rs 25,000 given that the Nokia 8 has a price of Rs 36,999 in India.
The Nokia 7 is the first phone from HMD Global with a glass back cover. Although it looks as shiny as the polished aluminium used by Nokia in making its other phones like the Nokia 6 ARTE edition. It also looks pretty good. Nokia says that the glass back cover has a 3D curve and that it has been moulded into the aluminium 7000 frame using vacuum moulded process.
The Nokia 7 comes with mainstream core hardware. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor and two variants as far as RAM is concerned, 4GB RAM and 6GB. Both have 64GB internal storage. The screen measures 5.2 inches and has 1080P resolution. The screen has a Gorilla Glass 3 layer and the phone is rated for IP54 durability, which in other words means that it is going to be splash-proof but you won't be able to dunk it in a bucketful of water.The phone uses Android Nougat aka Android 7.1 but in the coming months will be updated to Android Oreo. Just like other Nokia phones, the Nokia 7 too uses clean and stock version of Android. The phone has a 3000 mAh battery inside it.
The Nokia 7 supports Bothie feature, which is ability to use both the front and rear cameras at the same time. We first saw this feature in Nokia 8. HMD Global says that this feature uses technology from Zeiss, which is the company technology partner for cameras in its phones. However, unlike the Nokia 8 that has two rear cameras, the Nokia 7 comes with one main camera. This camera uses a 16-megapixel image sensor that has 1.12um pixel size. It is paired with a F1.8 lens. From specifications it seems that Nokia 7 may have the same image sensor that is inside the OnePlus 3T. On the front, the Nokia 7 has a 5-megapixel camera using a F2.0 lens.
Overall, the Nokia 7 seems like a good phone. It surely has decent hardware under the hood - a fast processor, plenty of RAM and storage and support for features like microSD card OZO audio recording. It also has an attractive premium design with fairly thin bezels, metal frame and polished glass. A lot depends on the phone's price in India.
Currently, Nokia does have a hole in its product line-up in India. The company has Nokia 6 at Rs 14,999 price point and the has the Nokia 8 at Rs 36,999. It between it can definitely have another phone around price point of Rs 22,000 to Rs 25,000. The Nokia 7 could be this phone.