HMD Global has recently expanded its Nokia series by another Android-based smartphone. The company has been filling in a missing gap in its portfolio with the Nokia 7 – a mid-range offering that offers great flagship features at lower price. The handset offers a “bothie” camera and OZO audio found in the high-end Nokia 8, but costs a half price of the famous flagship. Let’s take a look at it.
HMD’s Nokia 7 brings ‘bothies’ camera mode, OZO audio tech and stylish glass design for a half price of the Nokia 8 flagship phone.
The series gets another member
The Android-based line of the Nokia phones consists of released in February the pocket-friendly Nokia 3 and 5, the mid-range Nokia 6 and the flagship Nokia 8 sold for $700. Launched just yesterday, the Nokia 7 is the combination of both the top-notch Nokia 8, and the more affordable Nokia 6. It sports some of the stunning specs of the former, but comes tagged with a more reasonable price sticker.
To start from the external look, the Nokia 7 speaks the same pleasing design language as its siblings. However, unlike the Nokia 8, which arrived dressed in a metal armor, the new handset has been closed in a splash-proof shell being a mixture of an aluminum frame and a vacuum molded rear. Made from Corning Gorilla Glass 3, the back case curves nicely, giving the device an extremely attractive look. When it comes to the front panel, it hides a 5.2-inch 1080p display with the Nokia 8-like sizeable top and bottom bezels.
Specs-wise, the Nokia 7 is a pretty decent mid-ranger. Perhaps far from the flagship standards, the internals are capable enough to guarantee fast performance and undisturbed multitasking. Driven by the Snapdragon 630 processor, the phone is available in two RAM versions: one with 4GB RAM and the other with 6GB RAM. Although both variants run Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of box, Nokia had already promised that the Oreo update for the device will become available in the nearest feature. Furthermore, it will also receive monthly security updates. Storage space is provided by either 64GB or 128GB ROM optionally, whereas connectivity options include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, LTE Cat.6 and NFC. Meanwhile, a 3,000 mAh battery should deliver a whole day of usage on a single charging.
‘Bothie’ camera mode
Moving on to the Nokia 7’s biggest selling point, it is the second Nokia-branded handset to include a ‘bothie’ camera. The mode allows your phone to capture photos from both the front and rear cameras simultaneously, combining them into a single pics. Being nothing more but a gimmick, the feature can deliver a lot of fan, especially to Snapchat and Instagram users. The phone’s optics consist of a Zeiss-made, wide-angle 16MP camera with f/1.8 aperture and a dual-tone LED flash, supported by a wide-angle 5MP selfie-oriented snapper on the front sporting f/2.0 aperture. Except for producing impressively detailed photos, the primary sensor is also capable of recording 4K videos. Since the Nokia’a OZO tech is also included, your videos will be enriched with immersive audio track.
Availability and pricing
Following the well-known HMD’s launch policy, the Nokia 7 will first debut on the Chinese market and then spread to the States and Europe. Scheduled to have it market premiere on October 24th, the phone will cost something round $377 for the 4GB/64GB model, or $407 for the 6GB/128GB version. So far there is no official information when exactly the Nokia 7 will port to the US shore.