Overview of the mid-range flagship Nokia 7 Plus

HMD Global understands that the chances of success for the company are only possible in the budget and mid-range segments, where competition is more intense than ever. Building on nostalgia for the Nokia brand, HMD Global has built a 2018 lineup. It focuses on models costing from 20 to 30 thousand rubles, they tried to balance them in terms of price / quality ratio, while Nokia 8, due to the cost, is excluded from consideration by potential buyers. It's a flagship that HMD can't afford to back up with marketing, which means it'll fly by without a trace. It was not possible to make noise with Nokia 8 even at MWC, the model flashed and was immediately forgotten. In the budget segment, HMD is also not very simple, the company needs to earn money, and therefore the 2018 models were equipped with inexpensive processors, mainly from MediaTek. Yes, and the technical characteristics do not shine, there is little memory, screens with low resolution, and the prices are extremely high.

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With the cards that HMD has in hand, it's impossible to play the big game in the smartphone market, it's a small brand that lives on Foxconn's money. The successes of 2017 and a stormy start in several markets gave way to stagnation. We need new models that will increase sales, aggressive pricing, like other Chinese manufacturers that invest in the market - Honor can be considered as an example. But none of this is even close. Why? The answer lies in limited resources, the brand is trying to appear larger than it really is. Today it is a company like Meizu, which got the old brand, which is known in the market. And this gives certain advantages in perception, but does not at all guarantee optimal prices on the shelf, and even when purchasing components, creating devices.

HMD tried to partially solve the issue of R&D and marketing by refusing to use Android with their add-ons, they practically did not exist, to be honest. HMD switched completely to the Android One program in order to get Google's marketing budgets for promotion. In fact, apart from the "Camera" application, there is nothing superfluous and additional in the devices, this is pure Android. Do not rush to rejoice, in the review we will discuss why this is not always as good as it seems at first glance.

When choosing smartphones from today's HMD (Nokia), you do not need to expect that this device is from a major manufacturer, so that there will be no unnecessary disappointments later. This is a second-tier Chinese, the same as ZTE (of blessed memory), OPPO or the like, but not at the level of Huawei / Honor. But the legacy of Nokia is still present in this device, it was made unusual in appearance, and this is the main advantage of the model. For those who are tired of monotonous smartphones, this model has a twist, and let's talk about it. But before that, I will say that Nokia 7 Plus was created for those who, on the one hand, want a nice-looking device, on the other hand, they are not ready to buy a flagship. The middle segment with all the ensuing consequences.

Design, dimensions, controls

Let's start with the fact that this device is available in two colors - black and white. But it will not work to distinguish them by the front panel, they are the same, black, and the copper edging is visible. The differences are in the color of the back cover, it is either black or white.

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Sometimes I come across a mention that the case is made of plastic, but this is fundamentally wrong, 6000 series aluminum is used here. At MWC, some HMD employee talked about "ceramics", which caused additional gossip, and the error began to wander through different pages. There are no ceramics in the case, and the back panel has a matte finish, which is pleasant in the hands, but smooth, it is not a soft touch. It may leave marks from greasy hands, but they are just as easy to erase. For a month and a half without a case, I did not have scratches on the device, the case is resistant to external influences. It comes with a case that you can use to protect your smartphone.

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In my opinion, Nokia 7 Plus has a good design, which is expressed in the fact that the device is easy to recognize both in hands and when it lies on the table. The copper insert plays well in the light, giving it nobility. The side frame is beveled, the edge goes to the display. It's not very comfortable in terms of ergonomics, in the hand the device is quite average, and besides, it's wide (158.38x 75.6 x 9.5 mm, 186 grams). But you can adapt to this, the weight is also not difficult. The smartphone hides perfectly in the pockets of clothes, there are no complaints.

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Due to the full lamination of the screen, you do not see where the display ends and its edging begins, this creates the impression of infinity, as on the flagships from the same Samsung. Visually, the 2.5D glass that covers the display also plays a role. To the touch, the edge of the screen is easily felt due to the copper piping, it is not sharp, just an edge that the finger feels.

The fingerprint sensor was moved to the back surface , unlocking the device without looking is not difficult.

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At the top end you can see a 3.5 mm jack, at the bottom - the main microphone, a USB Type C connector, as well as a single speaker. This arrangement is debatable, since the speaker in clothing can be deaf, but the rejection of the second speaker is associated with attempts to add water protection, which never appeared here, too expensive to manufacture.

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The right side has a twin volume rocker and an on/off button. The tray for nanoSIM-cards and a memory card is located on the left side, the tray is combined (you cannot use two SIM-cards and a memory card at the same time).

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As you already understood, I like the appearance of Nokia 7 Plus, this device looks very good for its segment and stands out from other models. Perhaps this is the main merit of its creators and its strong point. The absence of a light indicator of events is very annoying, especially since this is a cheap thing and many people like it.

Display

For starters, I'll give you dry technical specifications - 6 inches, 2160x1080 pixels, IPS, 402 ppi, 18:9, automatic brightness control, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, full lamination, contrast ratio 1500:1. Now let's talk about what a screen is, but let's start with a strange point - the Nokia 7 Plus is the only one with an 18:9 screen, so the Nokia 6.1 and 8 use 16:9 displays. This is a clear proof that all devices were created separately and by different companies, this is not an internal development of HMD (for example, all prototypes of Nokia 7 Plus wore proud Brand inscriptions instead of the company name).

The maximum screen brightness is 400 nits in manual mode and up to 450 nits in automatic mode. This is a little by modern standards, the screen fades in the sun, it becomes hard to read.

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But there are no complaints indoors, the picture is lively, the viewing angles are good. In the settings you will not find any additional options for customization, there is no choice of color profile, screen temperature and the like, HMD simply did not get around to that.

Therefore, I will say this: this is an ordinary IPS screen, from which you should not expect much, it is average, by no means the best. But for most, it will be enough for the eyes.

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Battery

A 3800 mAh Li-Ion battery, the manufacturer does not provide any performance figures, which greatly differs the HMD approach from the good old Nokia, where the specifications for each model were carefully verified and did not miss anything. Unfortunately, even the large battery capacity and Qualcomm's power-efficient chipset don't make up for the fact that the IPS-matrix is ​​gluttonous. At maximum brightness, HD video playback brings us to 11 hours of screen time. In everyday life, the device works up to two days with 3.5 hours of screen operation (70% brightness). For a day you can look at the screen at the same brightness up to 4.5 hours. As you can see, the changes are not linear, the weak point in power consumption is the display.

A standard charger supports fast charging, in 30 minutes you will get about 40% of the charge (this is if charging starts from zero or close values). Since QuickCharge 2.0 is used, I hoped that there would be no problems with third-party chargers. Usually, chargers from different companies are quite compatible with each other, with the exception of the very frank Chinese that they are blocking their “technologies”, or rather, they overestimate the power of chargers to the limit. Here everything turned out to be even more curious, third-party chargers can work, but they lead to the fact that charging either starts or stops. The phone in charging constantly beeps, and the charging process itself turns into a long and painful one. And do you know why? HMD didn't bother to add drivers for the controller, it's quite a bit of work, but you just need to know what to do and how to do it. This is a kind of description of what charging currents and voltages the battery supports and which does not. Immediately in practice, the controller increases the current, fast charging starts, the battery heats up and immediately turns off. Although this heating is absolutely normal and does not differ from what we see with a standard charge from the kit. It's a pity, but this is an indicator of how models are brought to mind in HMD. In the future, such behavior of the controller is guaranteed to lead to rapid degradation of the battery, that is, after 8-9 months of active use of the device, we can expect that the nominal battery capacity will noticeably decrease (by 20%, and possibly more).

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Performance, chipset, memory

The device uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset, it belongs to the middle segment and provides excellent performance. In synthetic tests, the device shows good results, as you can see below. RAM 4 GB (in China comes with 6 GB), built-in 64 GB. Memory cards up to 256 GB.

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In theory, "pure" Android should have maximum performance, as well as the best stability, because it is devoid of all sorts of add-ons that slow down and degrade the capabilities of the device. In theory, this is true, but here everything depends on who and how creates the device, and most importantly, what these people can do.

I'll start with the simplest, the processor settings are such that sometimes there are delays when entering the "Settings" menu or opening the camera. They are not critical, just the interface stops being responsive, the brakes are noticeable. A couple of times the "Settings" menu crashed when trying to enter it. For a long time I could not understand what was the matter, but the answer was prompted by the camera, which sometimes starts up with an error.

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Do you know what it is? Exactly in the same battery and temperature. After working with a smartphone for a long time, especially in warm California weather, I often had these errors. The reason is the heating and the lack of software optimization, which simply does not catch these errors. I emphasize that this is not a question of the reliability of the chipset and memory, this is a question of correctly written software that can work out such situations, all major manufacturers have such things built into the devices a long time ago. And the fact that HMD did not do such a localization of Android One shows that the company hoped that Google had created a stable OS that did not need any modifications. Alas and ah, when creating a specific hardware configuration, you must test all its capabilities. I will say more, in Android One, for certain configurations, you need to change the system so that it is stable. Everything points to the fact that there were simply no engineers at HMD who learned how to do this. And it's sad.

Communications

It's nice that 4G has frequency aggregation, this is the first advantage over many Chinese (LTE cat.6), the second is that the list of supported frequencies is much larger. I did not have any problems with the operation of this device in 4G in different countries, everywhere he tried to squeeze the maximum possible out of the network. The modem from Qualcomm proved to be the best.

Bluetooth version 5.0, which together with Android 8.x gives us AptX HD, LDAC codecs, that is, the ability to listen to music on wireless headphones with a good bitrate. It's a pity, but, just like on Nokia 6.1, there is a drawback here: the percentage of charge of the connected headset is shown unchanged - 100% and not a percentage less. Therefore, when the headset is suddenly discharged, disappointment sets in and the question arises, what and whose charge the phone showed in the menu.

There are no complaints about the operation of NFC (this is also a plus for the device), you set up Google Pay and you can pay in supported terminals. Despite the fact that the case is metal, it does not shield the NFC antenna, as in last year's model, the conclusions were made.

GPS performance is also good, everything is fine, and no particular minuses or pluses were found. It drives well on the road both by car and on foot, errors happen, but everything is within the normal range.

Cameras

None of the modules has optical stabilization, which in 2018 looks like petty savings, and if for the front camera this is still back and forth, then for the main one it is a necessity. The front camera is 16 megapixels, the pictures are more or less interesting, there is a built-in beautification, when your wrinkles are smoothed out, your skin tone becomes like that of a piglet and in general you turn into a rubber likeness of yourself.

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Look at the front camera shots, here is one shot with bokeh, and the other two with beauty turned off and on, they are easy to distinguish.

The localization of the camera interface is crooked, so the term “Bokeh” is not translated for the front camera, it is in English. Even funnier, there are items in the menu that should not be there, such as settings, flash. Since the flash is only for the main camera, it's funny.

In the main camera interface, you can also select beautification (one slider), there is a Pro mode, but it is quite simple. The dual camera specifications are as follows - 12 MP 1.4 µm f/1.75 2PD with ZEISS optics, 13 MP 1.0 µm f/2.6 with ZEISS optics, dual color flash.

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So, I'll start with the main thing - I rather didn't like the camera, and here's why. Night shooting as a class is absent, in the dark you can forget about some frames from Nokia 7 Plus, unless you contracted to replicate Malevich's Black Square, converting it into a rectangle. During the day, everything is much better, but the Zeiss inscription is a marketing ploy, and not a real advantage, it photographs a smartphone in an average way, there are no special achievements here. When recording video, you can play with different sound settings, it can be voluminous, after all, there are three microphones. In fact, the sound recording quality of this model is very mediocre, inferior to most devices from competitors.

See sample photos and videos to understand how this camera shoots. But first, a few comparison shots with the Galaxy S9 (it is clear that the level of devices is different, but still).

Here are the shots from Honor 10, you can appreciate how different they are.

And now the rest of the pictures and videos.

Software

This is a device that is released as part of the Android One program, therefore, it does not have any add-ons and additional features, the Camera application is the only exception. I don’t see the point in describing the standard functions, but I note that there are a lot of “little things” that are missing in the shells of different manufacturers, they improve the experience of using pure Android. But here it is clearly redundant, according to Google.

Among the serious "trifles", I note that in the Play Market, when downloading applications and data via an access point from another smartphone, regardless of the permissions set, data transfer may freeze or be completely interrupted. This is also a stone in the garden of HMD engineers, they did not finalize the standard Android, they hoped that Google did it.

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Impressions

The quality of the connection raises no questions, there were no problems here. The sound during a call is good, the speaker works out the speaker's voice correctly. Three microphones form a noise reduction system, but it works mediocrely, two additional microphones are budgetary, and this is a serious minus, they do not draw out a sound picture for your interlocutor.

The volume of the call is average, the vibrating alert is slightly above average, it is shaking with a small demon. You can miss a call only if you do not want to talk to someone, usually you feel that you are being called.

During the review, I emphasized several times that the device has a winning design and this is its strongest point. At a cost of 27,990 rubles, Nokia 7 Plus has a huge number of competitors, but the model sells well (not better than its competitors, at the same level as Asus, but it could be worse). I will list several models that compete with this device, and describe the pros and cons. Let's start with the market leader, Samsung offers a novelty at this price - Galaxy A8 +, I don't like it, because in every sense it is far from the optimal price / quality ratio. Those who wish can watch the review on our YouTube channel or wait for the full review, but for now I will say that the device is simply overpriced and not worth the money. Accordingly, Nokia 7 Plus outperforms it - more memory (4 versus 3, 64 versus 32 GB), cameras are comparable, the case looks more interesting.

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From the point of view of design, I want to note the bright Honor 10, it wins in almost all characteristics, the case shimmers in the light. But there are no memory cards in it, 64 or 128 GB of internal memory may not be enough for someone, on the other hand, at a price of a thousand rubles less for the 64 GB version, it is sold with additional accessories. This model is one of the best in the segment, and I would seriously consider buying this particular device.

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If we take players like HMD Global into consideration, then we can recall the Asus ZenFone 5, which costs exactly the same and offers extremely close specifications.

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In fact, this segment is full of models and the choice is huge, there are alternatives from Xiaomi, Meizu and other players. It makes no sense to list everything, you can easily find their reviews on our website. I note that HMD turned out to be an interesting externally device, but it has a lot of small bugs and flaws that can annoy you or you don’t pay any attention to them, it all depends on your perception. The device is pleasant, but I would like more from such a model, on the other hand, HMD cannot afford it, so we cross our fingers that at least the listed shortcomings in the software will be fixed before spring and no new ones will be added. There is hope.

Overview of the mid-range flagship Nokia 7 Plus

HMD Global understands that the chances of success for the company are only possible in the budget and mid-range segments, where competition is more intense than ever. Building on nostalgia for the Nokia brand, HMD Global has built a 2018 lineup. It focuses on models costing from 20 to 30 thousand rubles, they tried to balance them in terms of price / quality ratio, while Nokia 8, due to the cost, is excluded from consideration by potential buyers. It's a flagship that HMD can't afford to back up with marketing, which means it'll fly by without a trace. It was not possible to make noise with Nokia 8 even at MWC, the model flashed and was immediately forgotten. In the budget segment, HMD is also not very simple, the company needs to earn money, and therefore the 2018 models were equipped with inexpensive processors, mainly from MediaTek. Yes, and the technical characteristics do not shine, there is little memory, screens with low resolution, and the prices are extremely high.

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With the cards that HMD has in hand, it's impossible to play the big game in the smartphone market, it's a small brand that lives on Foxconn's money. The successes of 2017 and a stormy start in several markets gave way to stagnation. We need new models that will increase sales, aggressive pricing, like other Chinese manufacturers that invest in the market - Honor can be considered as an example. But none of this is even close. Why? The answer lies in limited resources, the brand is trying to appear larger than it really is. Today it is a Meizu-level company that has inherited an old brand that is known in the market. And this gives certain advantages in perception, but does not at all guarantee optimal prices on the shelf, and even when purchasing components, creating devices.

HMD tried to partially solve the issue of R&D and marketing by refusing to use Android with their add-ons, they practically did not exist, to be honest. HMD switched completely to the Android One program in order to get Google's marketing budgets for promotion. In fact, apart from the "Camera" application, there is nothing superfluous and additional in the devices, this is pure Android. Do not rush to rejoice, in the review we will discuss why this is not always as good as it seems at first glance.

When choosing smartphones from today's HMD (Nokia), you do not need to expect that this device is from a major manufacturer, so that there will be no unnecessary disappointments later. This is a second-tier Chinese, the same as ZTE (of blessed memory), OPPO or the like, but not at the level of Huawei / Honor. But the legacy of Nokia is still present in this device, it was made unusual in appearance, and this is the main advantage of the model. For those who are tired of monotonous smartphones, this model has a twist, and let's talk about it. But before that, I will say that Nokia 7 Plus was created for those who, on the one hand, want a nice-looking device, on the other hand, they are not ready to buy a flagship. The middle segment with all the ensuing consequences.

Design, dimensions, controls

Let's start with the fact that this device is available in two colors - black and white. But it will not work to distinguish them by the front panel, they are the same, black, and the copper edging is visible. The differences are in the color of the back cover, it is either black or white.

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Sometimes I come across a mention that the case is made of plastic, but this is fundamentally wrong, 6000 series aluminum is used here. At MWC, some HMD employee talked about "ceramics", which caused additional gossip, and the error began to wander through different pages. There are no ceramics in the case, and the back panel has a matte finish, which is pleasant in the hands, but smooth, it is not a soft touch. It may leave marks from greasy hands, but they are just as easy to erase. For a month and a half without a case, I did not have scratches on the device, the case is resistant to external influences. It comes with a case that you can use to protect your smartphone.

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In my opinion, the Nokia 7 Plus has a good design, which is expressed in the fact that the device is easy to recognize both in hands and when it lies on the table. The copper insert plays well in the light, giving it nobility. The side frame is beveled, the edge goes to the display. It's not very convenient in terms of ergonomics, in the hand the device is quite average, and besides, it's wide (158.38x 75.6 x 9.5 mm, 186 grams). But you can adapt to this, the weight is also not difficult. The smartphone hides perfectly in the pockets of clothes, there are no complaints.

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Due to the full lamination of the screen, you do not see where the display ends and its edging begins, this creates the impression of infinity, as on the flagships from the same Samsung. Visually, the 2.5D glass that covers the display also plays a role. To the touch, the edge of the screen is easily felt due to the copper edging, it is not sharp, just an edge that the finger feels.

Датчик отпечатка вынесли на заднюю поверхность , не глядя разблокировать аппарат не представляет сложности.

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На верхнем торце вы можете видеть разъем 3.5 мм, на нижнем – основной микрофон, разъем USB Type C, а также единственный динамик. Такое расположение спорно, так как динамик в одежде может быть глуховат, но отказ от второго динамика связан с попытками добавить защиту от воды, которой тут так и не появилось, слишком дорого в производстве.

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The right side has a twin volume rocker and an on/off button. The tray for nanoSIM-cards and a memory card is located on the left side, the tray is combined (you cannot use two SIM-cards and a memory card at the same time).

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As you already understood, I like the appearance of Nokia 7 Plus, this device looks very good for its segment and stands out from other models. Perhaps this is the main merit of its creators and its strong point. The absence of a light indicator of events is very annoying, especially since this is a cheap thing and many people like it.

Display

For starters, I'll give you dry technical specifications - 6 inches, 2160x1080 pixels, IPS, 402 ppi, 18:9, automatic brightness control, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, full lamination, contrast ratio 1500:1. Now let's talk about what a screen is, but let's start with a strange point - the Nokia 7 Plus is the only one with an 18:9 screen, so the Nokia 6.1 and 8 use 16:9 displays. This is a clear proof that all devices were created separately and by different companies, this is not an internal development of HMD (for example, all prototypes of Nokia 7 Plus wore proud Brand inscriptions instead of the company name).

The maximum screen brightness is 400 nits in manual mode and up to 450 nits in automatic mode. This is a little by modern standards, the screen fades in the sun, it becomes hard to read.

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But there are no complaints indoors, the picture is lively, the viewing angles are good. In the settings you will not find any additional options for customization, there is no choice of color profile, screen temperature and the like, HMD simply did not get around to that.

Therefore, I will say this: this is an ordinary IPS screen, from which you should not expect much, it is average, by no means the best. But for most, it will be enough for the eyes.

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Battery

A 3800 mAh Li-Ion battery, the manufacturer does not provide any performance figures, which greatly differs the HMD approach from the good old Nokia, where the specifications for each model were carefully verified and did not miss anything. Unfortunately, even the large battery capacity and Qualcomm's power-efficient chipset don't make up for the fact that the IPS-matrix is ​​gluttonous. At maximum brightness, HD video playback brings us to 11 hours of screen time. In everyday life, the device works up to two days with 3.5 hours of screen operation (70% brightness). For a day you can look at the screen at the same brightness up to 4.5 hours. As you can see, the changes are not linear, the weak point in power consumption is the display.

A standard charger supports fast charging, in 30 minutes you will get about 40% of the charge (this is if charging starts from zero or close values). Since QuickCharge 2.0 is used, I hoped that there would be no problems with third-party chargers. Usually, chargers from different companies are quite compatible with each other, with the exception of the very frank Chinese that they are blocking their “technologies”, or rather, they overestimate the power of chargers to the limit. Here everything turned out to be even more curious, third-party chargers can work, but they lead to the fact that charging either starts or stops. The phone in charging constantly beeps, and the charging process itself turns into a long and painful one. And do you know why? HMD did not bother to add drivers for the controller, this is quite a small job, but you just need to know what to do and how to do it. This is a kind of description of what charging currents and voltages the battery supports and which does not. Immediately in practice, the controller increases the current, fast charging starts, the battery heats up and immediately turns off. Although this heating is absolutely normal and does not differ from what we see with a standard charge from the kit. It's a pity, but this is an indicator of how models are brought to mind in HMD. In the future, such behavior of the controller is guaranteed to lead to rapid degradation of the battery, that is, after 8-9 months of active use of the device, we can expect that the nominal battery capacity will noticeably decrease (by 20%, and possibly more).

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Performance, chipset, memory

The device uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset, it belongs to the middle segment and provides excellent performance. In synthetic tests, the device shows good results, as you can see below. RAM 4 GB (in China comes with 6 GB), built-in 64 GB. Memory cards up to 256 GB.

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In theory, "pure" Android should have maximum performance, as well as the best stability, because it is devoid of all sorts of add-ons that slow down and degrade the capabilities of the device. In theory, this is true, but here everything depends on who and how creates the device, and most importantly, what these people can do.

I'll start with the simplest, the processor settings are such that sometimes there are delays when entering the "Settings" menu or opening the camera. They are not critical, just the interface stops being responsive, the brakes are noticeable. A couple of times the "Settings" menu crashed when trying to enter it. For a long time I could not understand what was the matter, but the answer was prompted by the camera, which sometimes starts up with an error.

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Do you know what it is? Exactly in the same battery and temperature. After working with a smartphone for a long time, especially in warm California weather, I often had these errors. The reason is the heating and the lack of software optimization, which simply does not catch these errors. I emphasize that this is not a question of the reliability of the chipset and memory, this is a question of correctly written software that can work out such situations, all major manufacturers have such things built into the devices a long time ago. And the fact that HMD did not do such a localization of Android One shows that the company hoped that Google had created a stable OS that did not need any modifications. Alas and ah, when creating a specific hardware configuration, you must test all its capabilities. I will say more, in Android One, for certain configurations, you need to change the system so that it is stable. Everything points to the fact that there were simply no engineers at HMD who learned how to do this. And it's sad.

Communications

It's nice that 4G has frequency aggregation, this is the first advantage over many Chinese (LTE cat.6), the second is that the list of supported frequencies is much larger. I did not have any problems with the operation of this device in 4G in different countries, everywhere he tried to squeeze the maximum possible out of the network. The modem from Qualcomm proved to be the best.

Bluetooth version 5.0, which together with Android 8.x gives us AptX HD, LDAC codecs, that is, the ability to listen to music on wireless headphones with a good bitrate. It's a pity, but, just like on Nokia 6.1, there is a drawback here: the percentage of charge of the connected headset is shown unchanged - 100% and not a percentage less. Therefore, when the headset is suddenly discharged, disappointment sets in and the question arises, what and whose charge the phone showed in the menu.

There are no complaints about the operation of NFC (this is also a plus for the device), you set up Google Pay and you can pay in supported terminals. Despite the fact that the case is metal, it does not shield the NFC antenna, as in last year's model, the conclusions were made.

GPS performance is also good, everything is fine, and no particular minuses or pluses were found. It drives well on the road both by car and on foot, errors happen, but everything is within the normal range.

Cameras

None of the modules has optical stabilization, which in 2018 looks like petty savings, and if for the front camera this is still back and forth, then for the main one it is a necessity. The front camera is 16 megapixels, the pictures are more or less interesting, there is a built-in beautification, when your wrinkles are smoothed out, your skin tone becomes like that of a piglet and in general you turn into a rubber likeness of yourself.

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Look at the front camera shots, here is one shot with bokeh, and the other two with beauty turned off and on, they are easy to distinguish.

The localization of the camera interface is crooked, so the term “Bokeh” is not translated for the front camera, it is in English. Even funnier, there are items in the menu that should not be there, such as settings, flash. Since the flash is only for the main camera, it's funny.

In the main camera interface, you can also select beautification (one slider), there is a Pro mode, but it is quite simple. The dual camera specifications are as follows - 12 MP 1.4 µm f/1.75 2PD with ZEISS optics, 13 MP 1.0 µm f/2.6 with ZEISS optics, dual color flash.

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Nokia 7 Plus

So, I'll start with the main thing - I rather didn't like the camera, and here's why. Night shooting as a class is absent, in the dark you can forget about some frames from Nokia 7 Plus, unless you contracted to replicate Malevich's Black Square, converting it into a rectangle. During the day, everything is much better, but the Zeiss inscription is a marketing ploy, and not a real advantage, it photographs a smartphone in an average way, there are no special achievements here. When recording video, you can play with different sound settings, it can be voluminous, after all, there are three microphones. In fact, the sound recording quality of this model is very mediocre, inferior to most devices from competitors.

See sample photos and videos to understand how this camera shoots. But first, a few comparison shots with the Galaxy S9 (it is clear that the level of devices is different, but still).

Here are the shots from Honor 10, you can appreciate how different they are.

And now the rest of the pictures and videos.

Software

This is a device that is released as part of the Android One program, therefore, it does not have any add-ons and additional features, the Camera application is the only exception. I don’t see the point in describing the standard functions, but I note that there are a lot of “little things” that are missing in the shells of different manufacturers, they improve the experience of using pure Android. But here it is clearly redundant, according to Google.

Among the serious "trifles", I note that in the Play Market, when downloading applications and data via an access point from another smartphone, regardless of the permissions set, data transfer may freeze or be completely interrupted. This is also a stone in the garden of HMD engineers, they did not finalize the standard Android, they hoped that Google did it.

Nokia 7 Plus

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Impressions

The quality of the connection does not raise any questions, there were no problems here. The sound during a call is good, the speaker works out the speaker's voice correctly. Three microphones form a noise reduction system, but it works mediocrely, two additional microphones are budgetary, and this is a serious minus, they do not draw out a sound picture for your interlocutor.

The volume of the call is average, the vibrating alert is slightly above average, it is shaking with a small demon. You can miss a call only if you do not want to talk to someone, usually you feel that you are being called.

During the review, I emphasized several times that the device has a winning design and this is its strongest point. At a cost of 27,990 rubles, Nokia 7 Plus has a huge number of competitors, but the model sells well (not better than competitors, at the same Asus level, but it could be worse). I will list several models that compete with this device, and describe the pros and cons. Let's start with the market leader, Samsung offers a novelty at this price - Galaxy A8 +, I don't like it, because in every sense it is far from the optimal price / quality ratio. Those who wish can watch the review on our YouTube channel or wait for the full review, but for now I will say that the device is simply overpriced and not worth the money. Accordingly, Nokia 7 Plus outperforms it - more memory (4 versus 3, 64 versus 32 GB), cameras are comparable, the case looks more interesting.

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From the point of view of design, I want to note the bright Honor 10, it wins in almost all characteristics, the case shimmers in the light. But there are no memory cards in it, 64 or 128 GB of internal memory may not be enough for someone, on the other hand, at a price of a thousand rubles less for the 64 GB version, it is sold with additional accessories. This model is one of the best in the segment, and I would seriously consider buying this particular device.

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If we take players like HMD Global into consideration, then we can recall the Asus ZenFone 5, which costs exactly the same and offers extremely close specifications.

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In fact, this segment is full of models and the choice is huge, there are alternatives from Xiaomi, Meizu and other players. It makes no sense to list everything, you can easily find their reviews on our website. I note that HMD turned out to be an interesting externally device, but it has a lot of small bugs and flaws that can annoy you or you don’t pay any attention to them, it all depends on your perception. The device is pleasant, but I would like more from such a model, on the other hand, HMD cannot afford it, so we cross our fingers that at least the listed shortcomings in the software will be fixed before spring and no new ones will be added. There is hope.

Overview of the mid-range flagship Nokia 7 Plus

HMD Global understands that the chances of success for the company are only possible in the budget and mid-range segments, where competition is more intense than ever. Building on nostalgia for the Nokia brand, HMD Global has built a 2018 lineup. It focuses on models costing from 20 to 30 thousand rubles, they tried to balance them in terms of price / quality ratio, while Nokia 8, due to the cost, is excluded from consideration by potential buyers. It's a flagship that HMD can't afford to back up with marketing, which means it'll fly by without a trace. It was not possible to make noise with Nokia 8 even at MWC, the model flashed and was immediately forgotten. In the budget segment, HMD is also not very simple, the company needs to earn money, and therefore the 2018 models were equipped with inexpensive processors, mainly from MediaTek. Yes, and the technical characteristics do not shine, there is little memory, screens with low resolution, and the prices are extremely high.

Nokia 7 Plus

With the cards that HMD has in hand, it's impossible to play the big game in the smartphone market, it's a small brand that lives on Foxconn's money. The successes of 2017 and a stormy start in several markets gave way to stagnation. We need new models that will increase sales, aggressive pricing, like other Chinese manufacturers that invest in the market - Honor can be considered as an example. But none of this is even close. Why? The answer lies in limited resources, the brand is trying to appear larger than it really is. Today it is a company like Meizu, which got the old brand, which is known in the market. And this gives certain advantages in perception, but does not at all guarantee optimal prices on the shelf, and even when purchasing components, creating devices.

HMD tried to partially solve the issue of R&D and marketing by refusing to use Android with their add-ons, they practically did not exist, to be honest. HMD switched completely to the Android One program in order to get Google's marketing budgets for promotion. In fact, apart from the "Camera" application, there is nothing superfluous and additional in the devices, this is pure Android. Do not rush to rejoice, in the review we will discuss why this is not always as good as it seems at first glance.

When choosing smartphones from today's HMD (Nokia), you do not need to expect that this device is from a major manufacturer, so that there will be no unnecessary disappointments later. This is a second-tier Chinese, the same as ZTE (of blessed memory), OPPO or the like, but not at the level of Huawei / Honor. But the legacy of Nokia is still present in this device, it was made unusual in appearance, and this is the main advantage of the model. For those who are tired of monotonous smartphones, this model has a twist, and let's talk about it. But before that, I will say that Nokia 7 Plus was created for those who, on the one hand, want a nice-looking device, on the other hand, they are not ready to buy a flagship. The middle segment with all the ensuing consequences.

Design, dimensions, controls

Let's start with the fact that this device is available in two colors - black and white. But it will not work to distinguish them by the front panel, they are the same, black, and the copper edging is visible. The differences are in the color of the back cover, it is either black or white.

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Sometimes I come across a mention that the case is made of plastic, but this is fundamentally wrong, 6000 series aluminum is used here. At MWC, some HMD employee talked about "ceramics", which caused additional gossip, and the error began to wander through different pages. There are no ceramics in the case, and the back panel has a matte finish, which is pleasant in the hands, but smooth, it is not a soft touch. It may leave marks from greasy hands, but they are just as easy to erase. For a month and a half without a case, I did not have scratches on the device, the case is resistant to external influences. It comes with a case that you can use to protect your smartphone.

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In my opinion, Nokia 7 Plus has a good design, which is expressed in the fact that the device is easy to recognize both in hands and when it lies on the table. The copper insert plays well in the light, giving it nobility. The side frame is beveled, the edge goes to the display. It's not very comfortable in terms of ergonomics, in the hand the device is quite average, and besides, it's wide (158.38x 75.6 x 9.5 mm, 186 grams). But you can adapt to this, the weight is also not difficult. The smartphone hides perfectly in the pockets of clothes, there are no complaints.

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Due to the full lamination of the screen, you do not see where the display ends and its edging begins, this creates the impression of infinity, as on the flagships from the same Samsung. Visually, the 2.5D glass that covers the display also plays a role. To the touch, the edge of the screen is easily felt due to the copper piping, it is not sharp, just an edge that the finger feels.

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На верхнем торце вы можете видеть разъем 3.5 мм, на нижнем – основной микрофон, разъем USB Type C, а также единственный динамик. Такое расположение спорно, так как динамик в одежде может быть глуховат, но отказ от второго динамика связан с попытками добавить защиту от воды, которой тут так и не появилось, слишком дорого в производстве.

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The right side has a twin volume rocker and an on/off button. The tray for nanoSIM-cards and a memory card is located on the left side, the tray is combined (you cannot use two SIM-cards and a memory card at the same time).

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As you already understood, I like the appearance of Nokia 7 Plus, this device looks very good for its segment and stands out from other models. Perhaps this is the main merit of its creators and its strong point. The absence of a light indicator of events is very annoying, especially since this is a cheap thing and many people like it.

Display

For starters, I'll give you dry technical specifications - 6 inches, 2160x1080 pixels, IPS, 402 ppi, 18:9, automatic brightness control, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, full lamination, contrast ratio 1500:1. Now let's talk about what a screen is, but let's start with a strange point - the Nokia 7 Plus is the only one with an 18:9 screen, so the Nokia 6.1 and 8 use 16:9 displays. This is a clear proof that all devices were created separately and by different companies, this is not an internal development of HMD (for example, all prototypes of Nokia 7 Plus wore proud Brand inscriptions instead of the company name).

The maximum screen brightness is 400 nits in manual mode and up to 450 nits in automatic mode. This is a little by modern standards, the screen fades in the sun, it becomes hard to read.

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But there are no complaints indoors, the picture is lively, the viewing angles are good. In the settings you will not find any additional options for customization, there is no choice of color profile, screen temperature and the like, HMD simply did not get around to that.

Therefore, I will say this: this is an ordinary IPS screen, from which you should not expect much, it is average, by no means the best. But for most, it will be enough for the eyes.

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Battery

A 3800 mAh Li-Ion battery, the manufacturer does not provide any performance figures, which greatly differs the HMD approach from the good old Nokia, where the specifications for each model were carefully verified and did not miss anything. Unfortunately, even the large battery capacity and Qualcomm's power-efficient chipset don't make up for the fact that the IPS-matrix is ​​gluttonous. At maximum brightness, HD video playback brings us to 11 hours of screen time. In everyday life, the device works up to two days with 3.5 hours of screen operation (70% brightness). For a day you can look at the screen at the same brightness up to 4.5 hours. As you can see, the changes are not linear, the weak point in power consumption is the display.

A standard charger supports fast charging, in 30 minutes you will get about 40% of the charge (this is if charging starts from zero or close values). Since QuickCharge 2.0 is used, I hoped that there would be no problems with third-party chargers. Usually, chargers from different companies are quite compatible with each other, with the exception of the very frank Chinese that they are blocking their “technologies”, or rather, they overestimate the power of chargers to the limit. Here everything turned out to be even more curious, third-party chargers can work, but they lead to the fact that charging either starts or stops. The phone in charging constantly beeps, and the charging process itself turns into a long and painful one. And do you know why? HMD did not bother to add drivers for the controller, this is quite a small job, but you just need to know what to do and how to do it. This is a kind of description of what charging currents and voltages the battery supports and which does not. Immediately in practice, the controller increases the current, fast charging starts, the battery heats up and immediately turns off. Although this heating is absolutely normal and does not differ from what we see with a standard charge from the kit. It's a pity, but this is an indicator of how models are brought to mind in HMD. In the future, such behavior of the controller is guaranteed to lead to rapid degradation of the battery, that is, after 8-9 months of active use of the device, we can expect that the nominal battery capacity will noticeably decrease (by 20%, and possibly more).

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Performance, chipset, memory

The device uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset, it belongs to the middle segment and provides excellent performance. In synthetic tests, the device shows good results, as you can see below. RAM 4 GB (in China comes with 6 GB), built-in 64 GB. Memory cards up to 256 GB.

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In theory, "pure" Android should have maximum performance, as well as the best stability, because it is devoid of all sorts of add-ons that slow down and degrade the capabilities of the device. In theory, this is true, but here everything depends on who and how creates the device, and most importantly, what these people can do.

I'll start with the simplest, the processor settings are such that sometimes there are delays when entering the "Settings" menu or opening the camera. They are not critical, just the interface stops being responsive, the brakes are noticeable. A couple of times the "Settings" menu crashed when trying to enter it. For a long time I could not understand what was the matter, but the answer was prompted by the camera, which sometimes starts up with an error.

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Do you know what it is? Exactly in the same battery and temperature. After working with a smartphone for a long time, especially in warm California weather, I often had these errors. The reason is the heating and the lack of software optimization, which simply does not catch these errors. I emphasize that this is not a question of the reliability of the chipset and memory, this is a question of correctly written software that can work out such situations, all major manufacturers have such things built into the devices a long time ago. And the fact that HMD did not do such a localization of Android One shows that the company hoped that Google had created a stable OS that did not need any modifications. Alas and ah, when creating a specific hardware configuration, you must test all its capabilities. I will say more, in Android One, for certain configurations, you need to change the system so that it is stable. Everything points to the fact that there were simply no engineers at HMD who learned how to do this. And it's sad.

Communications

It's nice that 4G has frequency aggregation, this is the first advantage over many Chinese (LTE cat.6), the second is that the list of supported frequencies is much larger. I did not have any problems with the operation of this device in 4G in different countries, everywhere he tried to squeeze the maximum possible out of the network. The modem from Qualcomm proved to be the best.

Bluetooth version 5.0, which together with Android 8.x gives us AptX HD, LDAC codecs, that is, the ability to listen to music on wireless headphones with a good bitrate. It's a pity, but, just like on Nokia 6.1, there is a drawback here: the percentage of charge of the connected headset is shown unchanged - 100% and not a percentage less. Therefore, when the headset is suddenly discharged, disappointment sets in and the question arises, what and whose charge the phone showed in the menu.

There are no complaints about the operation of NFC (this is also a plus for the device), you set up Google Pay and you can pay in supported terminals. Despite the fact that the case is metal, it does not shield the NFC antenna, as in last year's model, the conclusions were made.

GPS performance is also good, everything is fine, and no particular minuses or pluses were found. It drives well on the road both by car and on foot, errors happen, but everything is within the normal range.

Cameras

None of the modules has optical stabilization, which in 2018 looks like petty savings, and if for the front camera this is still back and forth, then for the main one it is a necessity. The front camera is 16 megapixels, the pictures are more or less interesting, there is a built-in beautification, when your wrinkles are smoothed out, your skin tone becomes like that of a piglet and in general you turn into a rubber likeness of yourself.

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Look at the front camera shots, here is one shot with bokeh, and the other two with beauty turned off and on, they are easy to distinguish.

The localization of the camera interface is crooked, so the term “Bokeh” is not translated for the front camera, it is in English. Even funnier, there are items in the menu that should not be there, such as settings, flash. Since the flash is only for the main camera, it's funny.

In the main camera interface, you can also select beautification (one slider), there is a Pro mode, but it is quite simple. The dual camera specifications are as follows - 12 MP 1.4 µm f/1.75 2PD with ZEISS optics, 13 MP 1.0 µm f/2.6 with ZEISS optics, dual color flash.

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Nokia 7 Plus

So, I'll start with the main thing - I rather didn't like the camera, and here's why. Night shooting as a class is absent, in the dark you can forget about some frames from Nokia 7 Plus, unless you contracted to replicate Malevich's Black Square, converting it into a rectangle. During the day, everything is much better, but the Zeiss inscription is a marketing ploy, and not a real advantage, it photographs a smartphone in an average way, there are no special achievements here. When recording video, you can play with different sound settings, it can be voluminous, after all, there are three microphones. In fact, the sound recording quality of this model is very mediocre, inferior to most devices from competitors.

See sample photos and videos to understand how this camera shoots. But first, a few comparison shots with the Galaxy S9 (it is clear that the level of devices is different, but still).

Here are the shots from Honor 10, you can appreciate how different they are.

And now the rest of the pictures and videos.

Software

This is a device that is released as part of the Android One program, therefore, it does not have any add-ons and additional features, the Camera application is the only exception. I don’t see the point in describing the standard functions, but I note that there are a lot of “little things” that are missing in the shells of different manufacturers, they improve the experience of using pure Android. But here it is clearly redundant, according to Google.

Among the serious "trifles", I note that in the Play Market, when downloading applications and data via an access point from another smartphone, regardless of the permissions set, data transfer may freeze or be completely interrupted. This is also a stone in the garden of HMD engineers, they did not finalize the standard Android, they hoped that Google did it.

Nokia 7 Plus

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Impressions

The quality of the connection raises no questions, there were no problems here. The sound during a call is good, the speaker works out the speaker's voice correctly. Three microphones form a noise reduction system, but it works mediocrely, two additional microphones are budgetary, and this is a serious minus, they do not draw out a sound picture for your interlocutor.

The volume of the call is average, the vibrating alert is slightly above average, it is shaking with a small demon. You can miss a call only if you do not want to talk to someone, usually you feel that you are being called.

During the review, I emphasized several times that the device has a winning design and this is its strongest point. At a cost of 27,990 rubles, Nokia 7 Plus has a huge number of competitors, but the model sells well (not better than its competitors, at the same level as Asus, but it could be worse). I will list several models that compete with this device, and describe the pros and cons. Let's start with the market leader, Samsung offers a novelty at this price - Galaxy A8 +, I don't like it, because in every sense it is far from the optimal price / quality ratio. Those who wish can watch the review on our YouTube channel or wait for the full review, but for now I will say that the device is simply overpriced and not worth the money. Accordingly, Nokia 7 Plus outperforms it - more memory (4 versus 3, 64 versus 32 GB), cameras are comparable, the case looks more interesting.

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From the point of view of design, I want to note the bright Honor 10, it wins in almost all characteristics, the case shimmers in the light. But there are no memory cards in it, 64 or 128 GB of internal memory may not be enough for someone, on the other hand, at a price of a thousand rubles less for the 64 GB version, it is sold with additional accessories. This model is one of the best in the segment, and I would seriously consider buying this particular device.

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If we take players like HMD Global into consideration, then we can recall the Asus ZenFone 5, which costs exactly the same and offers extremely close specifications.

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In fact, this segment is full of models and the choice is huge, there are alternatives from Xiaomi, Meizu and other players. It makes no sense to list everything, you can easily find their reviews on our website. I note that HMD turned out to be an interesting externally device, but it has a lot of small bugs and flaws that can annoy you or you don’t pay any attention to them, it all depends on your perception. The device is pleasant, but I would like more from such a model, on the other hand, HMD cannot afford it, so we cross our fingers that at least the listed shortcomings in the software will be fixed before spring and no new ones will be added. There is hope.

Overview of the mid-range flagship Nokia 7 Plus

HMD Global understands that the chances of success for the company are only possible in the budget and mid-range segments, where competition is more intense than ever. Building on nostalgia for the Nokia brand, HMD Global has built a 2018 lineup. It focuses on models costing from 20 to 30 thousand rubles, they tried to balance them in terms of price / quality ratio, while Nokia 8, due to the cost, is excluded from consideration by potential buyers. It's a flagship that HMD can't afford to back up with marketing, which means it'll fly by without a trace. It was not possible to make noise with Nokia 8 even at MWC, the model flashed and was immediately forgotten. In the budget segment, HMD is also not very simple, the company needs to earn money, and therefore the 2018 models were equipped with inexpensive processors, mainly from MediaTek. Yes, and the technical characteristics do not shine, there is little memory, screens with low resolution, and the prices are extremely high.

With the cards that HMD has in hand, it's impossible to play the big game in the smartphone market, it's a small brand that lives on Foxconn's money. The successes of 2017 and a stormy start in several markets gave way to stagnation. We need new models that will increase sales, aggressive pricing, like other Chinese manufacturers that invest in the market - Honor can be considered as an example. But none of this is even close. Why? The answer lies in limited resources, the brand is trying to appear larger than it really is. Today it is a Meizu-level company that has inherited an old brand that is known in the market. And this gives certain advantages in perception, but does not at all guarantee optimal prices on the shelf, and even when purchasing components, creating devices.

HMD tried to partially solve the issue of R&D and marketing by refusing to use Android with their add-ons, they practically did not exist, to be honest. HMD switched completely to the Android One program in order to get Google's marketing budgets for promotion. In fact, apart from the "Camera" application, there is nothing superfluous and additional in the devices, this is pure Android. Do not rush to rejoice, in the review we will discuss why this is not always as good as it seems at first glance.

When choosing smartphones from today's HMD (Nokia), you do not need to expect that this device is from a major manufacturer, so that there will be no unnecessary disappointments later. This is a second-tier Chinese, the same as ZTE (of blessed memory), OPPO or the like, but not at the level of Huawei / Honor. But the legacy of Nokia is still present in this device, it was made unusual in appearance, and this is the main advantage of the model. For those who are tired of monotonous smartphones, this model has a twist, and let's talk about it. But before that, I will say that Nokia 7 Plus was created for those who, on the one hand, want a nice-looking device, on the other hand, they are not ready to buy a flagship. The middle segment with all the ensuing consequences.

Design, dimensions, controls

Let's start with the fact that this device is available in two colors - black and white. But it will not work to distinguish them by the front panel, they are the same, black, and the copper edging is visible. The differences are in the color of the back cover, it is either black or white.

Sometimes I come across a mention that the case is made of plastic, but this is fundamentally wrong, 6000 series aluminum is used here. At MWC, some HMD employee talked about "ceramics", which caused additional gossip, and the error began to wander through different pages. There are no ceramics in the case, and the back panel has a matte finish, which is pleasant in the hands, but smooth, it is not a soft touch. It may leave marks from greasy hands, but they are just as easy to erase. For a month and a half without a case, I did not have scratches on the device, the case is resistant to external influences. It comes with a case that you can use to protect your smartphone.

In my opinion, the Nokia 7 Plus has a good design, which is expressed in the fact that the device is easy to recognize both in hands and when it lies on the table. The copper insert plays well in the light, giving it nobility. The side frame is beveled, the edge goes to the display. It's not very convenient in terms of ergonomics, in the hand the device is quite average, and besides, it's wide (158.38x 75.6 x 9.5 mm, 186 grams). But you can adapt to this, the weight is also not difficult. The smartphone hides perfectly in the pockets of clothes, there are no complaints.

Due to the full lamination of the screen, you do not see where the display ends and its edging begins, this creates the impression of infinity, as on the flagships from the same Samsung. Visually, the 2.5D glass that covers the display also plays a role. To the touch, the edge of the screen is easily felt due to the copper edging, it is not sharp, just an edge that the finger feels.

The fingerprint sensor was brought to the back surface, without looking, unlocking the device is not difficult.

Moved the fingerprint sensor to the back without looking to unlock the device is not difficult.

At the top end you can see a 3.5 mm jack, at the bottom - the main microphone, a USB Type C connector, as well as a single speaker. This arrangement is debatable, since the speaker in clothing can be deaf, but the rejection of the second speaker is associated with attempts to add water protection, which never appeared here, too expensive to manufacture.

The right side has a twin volume rocker and an on/off button. The tray for nanoSIM-cards and a memory card is located on the left side, the tray is combined (you cannot use two SIM-cards and a memory card at the same time).

As you already understood, I like the appearance of Nokia 7 Plus, this device looks very good for its segment and stands out from other models. Perhaps this is the main merit of its creators and its strong point. The absence of a light indicator of events is very annoying, especially since this is a cheap thing and many people like it.

Display

For starters, I'll give you dry technical specifications - 6 inches, 2160x1080 pixels, IPS, 402 ppi, 18:9, automatic brightness control, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, full lamination, contrast ratio 1500:1. Now let's talk about what a screen is, but let's start with a strange point - the Nokia 7 Plus is the only one with an 18:9 screen, so the Nokia 6.1 and 8 use 16:9 displays. This is a clear proof that all devices were created separately and by different companies, this is not an internal development of HMD (for example, all prototypes of Nokia 7 Plus wore proud Brand inscriptions instead of the company name).

The maximum screen brightness is 400 nits in manual mode and up to 450 nits in automatic mode. This is a little by modern standards, the screen fades in the sun, it becomes hard to read.

But there are no complaints indoors, the picture is lively, the viewing angles are good. In the settings you will not find any additional options for customization, there is no choice of color profile, screen temperature and the like, HMD simply did not get around to that.

Therefore, I will say this: this is an ordinary IPS screen, from which you should not expect much, it is average, by no means the best. But for most, it will be enough for the eyes.

Battery

A 3800 mAh Li-Ion battery, the manufacturer does not provide any performance figures, which greatly differs the HMD approach from the good old Nokia, where the specifications for each model were carefully verified and did not miss anything. Unfortunately, even the large battery capacity and Qualcomm's power-efficient chipset don't make up for the fact that the IPS-matrix is ​​gluttonous. At maximum brightness, HD video playback brings us to 11 hours of screen time. In everyday life, the device works up to two days with 3.5 hours of screen operation (70% brightness). For a day you can look at the screen at the same brightness up to 4.5 hours. As you can see, the changes are not linear, the weak point in power consumption is the display.

A standard charger supports fast charging, in 30 minutes you will get about 40% of the charge (this is if charging starts from zero or close values). Since QuickCharge 2.0 is used, I hoped that there would be no problems with third-party chargers. Usually, chargers from different companies are quite compatible with each other, with the exception of the very frank Chinese that they are blocking their “technologies”, or rather, they overestimate the power of chargers to the limit. Here everything turned out to be even more curious, third-party chargers can work, but they lead to the fact that charging either starts or stops. The phone in charging constantly beeps, and the charging process itself turns into a long and painful one.And do you know why? HMD didn't bother to add drivers for the controller, it's quite a bit of work, but you just need to know what to do and how to do it. This is a kind of description of what charging currents and voltages the battery supports and which does not. Immediately in practice, the controller increases the current, fast charging starts, the battery heats up and immediately turns off. Although this heating is absolutely normal and does not differ from what we see with a standard charge from the kit. It's a pity, but this is an indicator of how models are brought to mind in HMD. In the future, such behavior of the controller is guaranteed to lead to rapid degradation of the battery, that is, after 8-9 months of active use of the device, we can expect that the nominal battery capacity will noticeably decrease (by 20%, and possibly more).

Performance, chipset, memory

The device uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset, it belongs to the middle segment and provides excellent performance. In synthetic tests, the device shows good results, as you can see below. RAM 4 GB (in China comes with 6 GB), built-in 64 GB. Memory cards up to 256 GB.

In theory, "pure" Android should have maximum performance, as well as the best stability, because it is devoid of all sorts of add-ons that slow down and degrade the capabilities of the device. In theory, this is true, but here everything depends on who and how creates the device, and most importantly, what these people can do.

I'll start with the simplest, the processor settings are such that sometimes there are delays when entering the "Settings" menu or opening the camera. They are not critical, just the interface stops being responsive, the brakes are noticeable. A couple of times the "Settings" menu crashed when trying to enter it. For a long time I could not understand what was the matter, but the answer was prompted by the camera, which sometimes starts up with an error.

Do you know what it is? Exactly in the same battery and temperature. After working with a smartphone for a long time, especially in warm California weather, I often had these errors. The reason is the heating and the lack of software optimization, which simply does not catch these errors. I emphasize that this is not a question of the reliability of the chipset and memory, this is a question of correctly written software that can work out such situations, all major manufacturers have such things built into the devices a long time ago. And the fact that HMD did not do such a localization of Android One shows that the company hoped that Google had created a stable OS that did not need any modifications. Alas and ah, when creating a specific hardware configuration, you must test all its capabilities. I will say more, in Android One, for certain configurations, you need to change the system so that it is stable. Everything points to the fact that there were simply no engineers at HMD who learned how to do this. And it's sad.

Communications

It's nice that 4G has frequency aggregation, this is the first advantage over many Chinese (LTE cat.6), the second is that the list of supported frequencies is much larger. I did not have any problems with the operation of this device in 4G in different countries, everywhere he tried to squeeze the maximum possible out of the network. The modem from Qualcomm proved to be the best.

Bluetooth version 5.0, which together with Android 8.x gives us AptX HD, LDAC codecs, that is, the ability to listen to music on wireless headphones with a good bitrate. It's a pity, but, just like on Nokia 6.1, there is a drawback here: the percentage of charge of the connected headset is shown unchanged - 100% and not a percentage less. Therefore, when the headset is suddenly discharged, disappointment sets in and the question arises, what and whose charge the phone showed in the menu.

There are no complaints about the operation of NFC (this is also a plus for the device), you set up Google Pay and you can pay in supported terminals. Despite the fact that the case is metal, it does not shield the NFC antenna, as in last year's model, the conclusions were made.

GPS performance is also good, everything is fine, and no particular minuses or pluses were found. It drives well on the road both by car and on foot, errors happen, but everything is within the normal range.

Cameras

None of the modules has optical stabilization, which in 2018 looks like petty savings, and if for the front camera this is still back and forth, then for the main one it is a necessity. The front camera is 16 megapixels, the pictures are more or less interesting, there is a built-in beautification, when your wrinkles are smoothed out, your skin tone becomes like that of a piglet and in general you turn into a rubber likeness of yourself.

Look at the front camera shots, here is one shot with bokeh, and the other two with beauty turned off and on, they are easy to distinguish.

The localization of the camera interface is crooked, so the term “Bokeh” is not translated for the front camera, it is in English. Even funnier, there are items in the menu that should not be there, such as settings, flash. Since the flash is only for the main camera, it's funny.

In the main camera interface, you can also select beautification (one slider), there is a Pro mode, but it is quite simple. The dual camera specifications are as follows - 12 MP 1.4 µm f/1.75 2PD with ZEISS optics, 13 MP 1.0 µm f/2.6 with ZEISS optics, dual color flash.

So, I'll start with the main thing - I rather didn't like the camera, and here's why. Night shooting as a class is absent, in the dark you can forget about some frames from Nokia 7 Plus, unless you contracted to replicate Malevich's Black Square, converting it into a rectangle. During the day, everything is much better, but the Zeiss inscription is a marketing ploy, and not a real advantage, it photographs a smartphone in an average way, there are no special achievements here. When recording video, you can play with different sound settings, it can be voluminous, after all, there are three microphones. In fact, the sound recording quality of this model is very mediocre, inferior to most devices from competitors.

See sample photos and videos to understand how this camera shoots. But first, a few comparison shots with the Galaxy S9 (it is clear that the level of devices is different, but still).

Here are the shots from Honor 10, you can appreciate how different they are.

And now the rest of the pictures and videos.

Software

This is a device that is released as part of the Android One program, therefore, it does not have any add-ons and additional features, the Camera application is the only exception. I don’t see the point in describing the standard functions, but I note that there are a lot of “little things” that are missing in the shells of different manufacturers, they improve the experience of using pure Android. But here it is clearly redundant, according to Google.

Among the serious "trifles", I note that in the Play Market, when downloading applications and data via an access point from another smartphone, regardless of the permissions set, data transfer may freeze or be completely interrupted. This is also a stone in the garden of HMD engineers, they did not finalize the standard Android, they hoped that Google did it.

Impressions

The quality of the connection does not raise any questions, there were no problems here. The sound during a call is good, the speaker works out the speaker's voice correctly. Three microphones form a noise reduction system, but it works mediocrely, two additional microphones are budgetary, and this is a serious minus, they do not draw out a sound picture for your interlocutor.

The volume of the call is average, the vibrating alert is slightly above average, it is shaking with a small demon. You can miss a call only if you do not want to talk to someone, usually you feel that you are being called.

During the review, I emphasized several times that the device has a winning design and this is its strongest point. At a cost of 27,990 rubles, Nokia 7 Plus has a huge number of competitors, but the model sells well (not better than competitors, at the same Asus level, but it could be worse). I will list several models that compete with this device, and describe the pros and cons. Let's start with the market leader, Samsung offers a novelty at this price - Galaxy A8 +, I don't like it, because in every sense it is far from the optimal price / quality ratio. Those who wish can watch the review on our YouTube channel or wait for the full review, but for now I will say that the device is simply overpriced and not worth the money. Accordingly, Nokia 7 Plus outperforms it - more memory (4 versus 3, 64 versus 32 GB), cameras are comparable, the case looks more interesting.

From the point of view of design, I want to note the bright Honor 10, it wins in almost all characteristics, the case shimmers in the light. But there are no memory cards in it, 64 or 128 GB of internal memory may not be enough for someone, on the other hand, at a price of a thousand rubles less for the 64 GB version, it is sold with additional accessories. This model is one of the best in the segment, and I would seriously consider buying this particular device.

If we take players like HMD Global into consideration, then we can recall the Asus ZenFone 5, which costs exactly the same and offers extremely close specifications.

In fact, this segment is full of models and the choice is huge, there are alternatives from Xiaomi, Meizu and other players. It makes no sense to list everything, you can easily find their reviews on our website. I note that HMD turned out to be an interesting externally device, but it has a lot of small bugs and flaws that can annoy you or you don’t pay any attention to them, it all depends on your perception. The device is pleasant, but I would like more from such a model, on the other hand, HMD cannot afford it, so we cross our fingers that at least the listed shortcomings in the software will be fixed before spring and no new ones will be added. There is hope.