Nokia 7 Review: Something New or Old Stable Phone 2018?

Nokia 7 Review: Something New or Old Stable Phone for Low Price 2018?

Nokia is serious about its efforts in the smartphone business. After the Nokia 5, Nokia 6, now follows the new Nokia 7 in our review.

As you can already see from the naming scheme, the model 7 is the largest and currently the most expensive smartphone in Nokia’s current line-up.

Although Nokia 7 does not venture completely into the premium price segment, for around $300 you will get a very interesting-looking smartphone.

Nokia 7 4G Smartphone

Price: $289.99

5.2 inch IPS with 1920 x 1080Pixels, RAM: 4GB, ROM: 64GB, Battery: 3000mAh, Android 7.1, Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 Octa Core 2.2GHz

Nokia 7 4G Smartphone

Price: $289.99

5.2 inch IPS with 1920 x 1080Pixels, RAM: 4GB, ROM: 64GB, Battery: 3000mAh, Android 7.1, Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 Octa Core 2.2GHz

The Nokia 7 should be able to score with a large 5.2-inch display, particularly small display frame, a single camera and up to 4GB of RAM.

But what about in practice? Can the Nokia 7 convince for the already high price? Let’s find out in the review!

Nokia 7: Specifications

Nokia 7:Specifictions
Display: 5.2 inches with 1920 x 1080 pixels
CPU: Snapdragon 630 Octa Core 2.2GHz
GPU: Adreno 509
RAM: 4GB
Internal memory: 64GB
Memory extension: up to 128GB
Cameras: 16.0MP main and 5.0MP front camera
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band,3G, 4G, Bluetooth 5.0, and GPS
Battery: 3000mAh (5V/2A)
OS: Android 7.1
Connections: USB Type-C and TF card slot
Weight: 153 grams
Dimensions: 141.2 x 71.5 x 7.9 mm
Price: $290

Nokia 7: Design and Appearance

The Nokia 7 is available in only black color. Nokia sets for the first time on a glass case, as far as its smartphones. This makes the Nokia 7 quite a bit higher quality and classier than for example the Nokia 6.

Nokia 7 Review: Something New or Old Stable Phone for Low Price 2018?

However, the glass back does not seem to be overly thick either. Whether this is a cost saving or to keep the weight low, I can not say. The latter, however, is comparatively low with 153g, which of course is pleasing.

Generally, the Nokia 7 in our analisis is a pretty handy smartphone, with its 5.2-inch display diagonal. It’s not super compact, of course, but it’s more like a 5.5-inch device. How is this?

Nokia 7 Review: Something New or Old Stable Phone for Low Price 2018?

Nokia 7 sets the for the old time on a 16: 9 display with very narrow edges. That means the display is not a bit wider up and down than on many other smartphones and the edges are much narrower.

Nokia 7 Review: Something New or Old Stable Phone for Low Price 2018?

This trend was naturally pioneered by high-end smartphones this year, which also usually have a full-surface display but not for Nokia 7.

Nokia 7 Review: Something New or Old Stable Phone for Low Price 2018?

In the up to $300 price range, thumb thumbs above and below the display are still normal. Therefore, the Nokia 7 seems almost futuristic.

Nokia 7 Review: Something New or Old Stable Phone for Low Price 2018?

On the front, we find besides the mentioned 5.2 inch Full HD display, of course, the front camera (5 megapixels). Of course, the Nokia 7 relies on on-screen buttons, so separate capacitive buttons under the display cannot be found.

On the bottom of the smartphone is the USB Type-C charging port and the speaker, the headphone jack is mounted on the top.

Nokia 7 Review: Something New or Old Stable Phone for Low Price 2018?

The three common physical smartphone keys can be found on the right side, the slide for the SIM cards and the memory card on the left.

Nokia 7 Review: Something New or Old Stable Phone for Low Price 2018?

In the Nokia 7 can be used two SIM cards and a memory card at the same time, very nice!

Nokia 7 Review: Something New or Old Stable Phone for Low Price 2018?

On the back, we find one camera module, a dual LED flash and a fingerprint scanner in its usual position.

Nokia 7: Display

The display is, of course, a big highlight of the Nokia 7 in the review, but also a point where I was a little worried.

The Nokia 7 uses an old 16: 9 display, so this is not a bit longer than a normal smartphone display.

Nokia 7 Review: Something New or Old Stable Phone for Low Price 2018?

Nokia 7 puts here on a “1080p” display. Whereby this is quite correct, the display dissolves with 1080 x 1920 pixels.

In practice, the display is absolutely fine, I was even slightly surprised by the quite good sharpness. Although you can see text in the curves are not quite as clean as smartphones with more resolution, but blurred is something else.

Nokia 7 Review: Something New or Old Stable Phone for Low Price 2018?

In the case of pictures or videos, for example, there is hardly any difference. The text is already the “worst case” here. But if you do not read entire ebooks on your smartphone or draw a smartphone with a 2K display for comparison, the lower resolution will attract the least attention.

But what about the resolution of the display? Quite well!Nokia 7 Review: Something New or Old Stable Phone for Low Price 2018?

Colors are clear and strong, contrasts good and the maximum brightness neat. Although the viewing angles are quite perfect from extreme angles, the display looks a bit washed out, but in normal use, this does not bother.

In short, the display is absolutely fine!

Nokia 7: Hardware and Performance

In the Nokia 7 works the Snapdragon 630 SoC (system on chip) which is combined with 4GB of RAM.

The Snapdragon 630 is a true octa-core chip. There is no big.LITTLE architecture used here (big.LITTLE = four slower, more energy-efficient cores and four high-performance cores in one chip).

Nokia 7 Review: Something New or Old Stable Phone for Low Price 2018?

The SoC is clocked at 2.2GHz and has an Adreno 509 GPU.

To better assess the performance, let’s take a look at some benchmarks.

It is not easy to judge the Nokia 7 in benchmarks for our review. In itself, this cuts quite well, just the CPU multicore performance is very neat.

Nokia 7 Review: Something New or Old Stable Phone for Low Price 2018?

The comparison with smartphones in the $250-300 price range is a bit good here. Of course, there are a lot of other smartphones for this money, which offer a worse performance than the Nokia, but there are also some that offer more for the money.

With a just under $300 smartphone, you can actually assume that this is actually going well in everyday life. Here is the Nokia 7 also no exception! The usual everyday applications such as web browsing, social media, WhatsApp etc. are processed quickly and easily by the smartphone.

Nokia 7 Review: Something New or Old Stable Phone for Low Price 2018?

The user interface also responds quickly and reliably to inputs. The Nokia 7 does not differ much from other mid-range smartphones, on the contrary. The Nokia seems much more responsive than I would have expected.

Again, there is a basically positive conclusion! Of course, the normal 08/15 games run smoothly. Here I am talking about all simple 3D games as well as the various 2D games.

Nokia 7: Software

Nokia 7 in our test relies on Android 7.1. However, an upgrade to Android 8.0 or 8.1 for early next year as promised.

In itself, there is not much to report here. Nokia 7 relies on Stock Android. So you have here on the standard Android made no or little changes.

Nokia 7 Review: Something New or Old Stable Phone for Low Price 2018?

After the usual setup process, you will be greeted by a Nokia wallpaper on the home screen. The home screen is standard. So you have a launcher with App Drawer and so forth. Nokia does without preinstalling third-party apps. In addition to the usual Android and Google Apps, there is only one Nokia help application.

Also, the notification center and the settings are the same as normal Android. Here Nokia has not modified anything big.

Nokia 7 Review: Something New or Old Stable Phone for Low Price 2018?

Accordingly, the free memory of the Nokia 7 with around 54GB also pleasingly large.

Nokia 7: Sound

The loudspeaker on the Nokia 7 is mounted on its underside, to the right of the charging port.

Qualitatively, the speaker is at most mediocre. It is sufficiently loud and clear, but very thin sound. For a NEN video or a little web radio, this is enough, but a real acoustic pleasure is not offered by the Nokia 7 in the analisis.

Nokia 7 Review: Something New or Old Stable Phone for Low Price 2018?

At least not on the speaker, the headphone output, however, provides a solid standard quality.

The phone quality is back in the solid standard direction. The auricle is sufficiently loud and clear, but less dynamic than many high-end smartphones (iPhone, for example).

Nokia 7: Camera

Nokia 7 relies on a very interesting single camera. The main camera is a 16-megapixel module with an f2.0 aperture from Zeiss.

Nokia 7 Review: Something New or Old Stable Phone for Low Price 2018?

This is, I think a great combination, which I already liked a lot with LG smartphones. The combination of normal camera and wide angle camera.

Zooming in can also be done digitally in an emergency, but zooming out does not.

Nokia 7 Review: Something New or Old Stable Phone for Low Price 2018?

But what about the quality? Is this good or is the wide-angle camera just a useless gimmick?

Before I say anything about picture quality, a few general words. The main camera has NO standard viewing angle! This “zooms” a bit further than you would expect from normal smartphones with just one lens. Of course, this is not so bad due to the presence of the wide-angle camera.

As usual, my test images are made to maximum quality in automatic mode. Here are the pictures not post-processed and were uploaded here 1 to 1!

Let’s start with the positive. The shots are correct in color and the white balance is okay. The latter tends to be a bit warmer, but I do not think that’s bad.

In short, the main camera is useful, but not the strongest in this price range.

What is the video mode? The Nokia 7 records classic 4K videos. Qualitatively I like these almost better than photos!

Nokia 7 Review: Something New or Old Stable Phone for Low Price 2018?

The videos (the main camera) are sharp and quite detailed. Colors are clear and white balance accurate.

The electronic image stabilization also does a pretty good job. Steps and the shaking of the hand are well balanced, even if there is something the usual wobble effect of the electronic image stabilizer.

Nokia 7: Battery

The Nokia 7 relies on a 3000mAh battery. On paper, this is nothing special, as many smartphones have 3200-3600mAh batteries.

But ultimately, between a 3500mAh battery and a 3000mAh with only about 16%, a battery life of – + 16% plays hardly a role.

Nokia 7 Review: Something New or Old Stable Phone for Low Price 2018?

Much more important here is the software and other hardware optimizations. So what about the battery life of the Nokia 7?

In my usual everyday test, a little light gaming, web browsing, social media, etc., consumed the Nokia 7 in the test on average about 16% battery per hour, which gives a running time of just over 6 hours.

Nokia 7 Review: Something New or Old Stable Phone for Low Price 2018?

This is a solid value! But of course not outstanding. Intensive users should come through the day with the model 7, few users will certainly create 2-3 days.

Nokia 7: Conclusions and Reviews

The Nokia 7 in our review is without question the best smartphone from the house of Nokia so far and also generally a great smartphone!

Nokia 7 Review: Something New or Old Stable Phone for Low Price 2018?

You get here for $300 a very nice round package. The Nokia 7 offers a good feel and look.

Also neat are the cameras. The main camera makes useful photos for this price range.

Also completely sufficient is the performance of the smartphone. In everyday life, you will seldom, not at all, feel that this is going well. Here it does not matter if you choose the plus or the nice Nokia 7. Even games are generally reasonable.

As for the battery life, I would classify the Nokia 7 as inconspicuous.

Nokia 7: Price and Where to buy cheaper?

At the moment you can buy a new Nokia 7 at a good and interesting price for only $289.99.

Whatever you decide, the handset is a very good smartphone that can convince in everyday life 2018!

Nokia 7 4G Smartphone

Price: $289.99

5.2 inch IPS with 1920 x 1080Pixels, RAM: 4GB, ROM: 64GB, Battery: 3000mAh, Android 7.1, Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 Octa Core 2.2GHz

Nokia 7 4G Smartphone

Price: $289.99

5.2 inch IPS with 1920 x 1080Pixels, RAM: 4GB, ROM: 64GB, Battery: 3000mAh, Android 7.1, Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 Octa Core 2.2GHz

Nokia 7 Review: Something New or Old Stable Phone 2018? was last modified: April 13th, 2018 by Boby Sanburn