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8.2/10
Informr score
The Nokia 7 Plus currently has an Informr score of 8.2 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 38 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

Verdict

If you’re on the hunt for the perfect mid-tier phone and don’t mind a little extra heft to your mobile phone, the Nokia 7 plus is a solid option with virtually no downsides.

What's good

  • Great display contrast
  • Excellent, reassuring build quality
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • microSD or dual SIM support
  • Generous onboard storage
  • Android One
  • 1.5+ day battery

What's bad

  • No waterproofing
  • Weak low-light camera performance and HDR

With its chunky design and copper accents, the Nokia 7 plus breaks the design mold stereotypes of modern smartphones while still allowing for some much-needed updates to the Nokia formula. But is it good enough to justify the mid-tier price? The spec sheets suggest that it has the chops to compete with the best of the mid-tier market, but that doesn’t always mean it works out in daily use.

Much like the smaller Nokia 6 (2018), their latest release sports an all-metal aluminum unibody design with a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and copper accents along the edges. The rear of the phone also includes a grippy ceramic coating that reviewers loved. It’s grippy enough to save it from accidental drops, but not enough too feel odd or collect dust and dirt. While it’s available in two colors -- white and black -- reviewers all preferred the look of the black model as the matte finish contrasted well with the pop of the copper edges.

Around front, you’re greeted by a 6-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD panel. This is also the first Nokia release to support the slimmer 18:9 aspect ratio found on many newer flagship phones. Reviewers found the colors slightly oversaturated and cold but otherwise loved the panel. By using a polarizing layer, Nokia also achieved inky blacks that rivaled those of other phones sporting pricier OLED panels. 

As one of the first phones to sport the octa-core 2.2GHz Snapdragon 660 processor with 4GB of RAM, the Nokia 7 plus wowed reviewers with performance. It had zero problems playing the latest games, bouncing between apps, or recording 4k video. In benchmarks, few mid-tier options could go toe-to-toe with it.

With 64GB of internal storage and microSD support for cards up to 256GB, you’ll have plenty of room to put all that performance to good use. Just keep in mind, if you spring for the dual-SIM variant, you must choose between an extra line or extra storage.

The software on the phone is pure stock Android 8.1 Oreo. Reviewers found the software bland but rock solid -- typical for stock Android. And as an Android One device, you’ll enjoy 2 years of updates and fast security patches -- both proof that the phone should age gracefully.

The cameras on the phone were also impressive for the mid-tier market. The dual-lens rear camera includes a 12MP wide-angle lens and 13MP telephoto lens along with phase detection autofocus and a two-tone flash. Overall, reviewers felt the camera performed well in good lighting -- though many noted it accented greens and blues. Also, like most of its mid-tier competitors, results varied in low light. 

The dual lens setup allows for a true optical 2x zoom and also powers the phone’s bokeh portrait mode. Apart from the occasional ear out of focus, reviewers felt the phone’s approach to this popular feature worked well. The same applies to the front-facing 16MP selfie shooter. 

The real star of most reviews is the phone’s 3,800mAh battery with USB Type-C Quick Charge 3.0 support. Good for 1.5 to 2 days of use on a single charge, you should have little worry of running out of juice at the wrong time. However, even with the beefy power cell, the phone only takes about 90 minutes to charge.

Reviewers all agreed the Nokia 7 plus is one of the most compelling releases yet from the new Nokia brand. Many even called it one of the best mid-tier phones of 2018 so far. Android Authority says, “The Nokia 7 Plus is a well-rounded mid-range smartphone with a very capable specifications sheet, no-frills Android experience, and good-looking chassis. You’d be hard-pressed to find a flaw with this device, really.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.2 GHz
Screen Size
6"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Coolsmartphone

With a price of £349 SIM free and unlocked, the Nokia 7 Plus is a good buy for a lot of people, especially if you want a Pixel-like software experience without the hefty price tag that comes with it.

- Dan Carter, Coolsmartphone
TechNave

Quite a good phone for day to day use especially when you’re constantly multitasking and switching between apps on the fly. Not only that, it also takes decent pictures provided it is in a well lit environment. I would say that this device is suitable for users who prefer a more straightforward and...

- TechNave
Pocket-lint

From its solid design to a large display and capable camera, the Nokia 7 Plus is a great mid-range device. Similar spec competitors exist at this price, but with its 2x zoom option the Nokia has an interesting edge.

- Chris Hall, Pocket-lint
Ausdroid

If you are in the market for a new phone, one that does not cost an arm and a leg but still offers a great software experience while still looking great then you could do a lot worse than grabbing yourself a Nokia 7 Plus. This phone is a mid-range phone with high end performance in most areas.

- Scott Plowman, Ausdroid
Gadgetbyte

The Nokia 7 Plus is a high-end mid-range smartphone that ticks a lot of boxes. Although it faces an issue of its battery not living up to its mark, the device is an impressive piece of hardware that has cut no corners in the performance and software department.

- Anuj Bhandari, Gadgetbyte


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Screen Size
6"

The Nokia 7 Plus's screen size is 6 inches with 1080 x 2160 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Octa core 2.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 8.0 Oreo (Update Available: 10) operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 16+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
64 GB

Internal memory is 64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3800mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3800 mAh battery. Nokia's performance ratings are 1140 minutes, 670 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

7 Plus Specs

Overview
Release date May 2, 2018
Regions available United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
700/2100/800/850 /900/1800/2600/2300/2500 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 8.0 Oreo (Update Available: 10)

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Octa core 2.2 GHz
Internal Storage 64 GB
RAM 4 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.68 W/kg
Body: 0.62 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3800 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 870 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 670 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1140 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 30.125 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.838 x 7.564 x 0.955 cm (6.2 x 3 x 0.4 in)
Weight 183 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2160 pixels
Pixel density 403 pixels
Size 6 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.75
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Multi-camera
Yes
Zoom
2x optical
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Panorama, Self-timer, White balance, Dual camera feature (13 MP 2nd camera, f/2.6), Exposure compensation
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
16+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
f/1.7
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, M4A, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Nokia 7+

Also available in dual SIM variant.

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