Nokia 7 Plus hands-on: a phone to rely on

The Nokia 7 Plus is a killer phone at a killer price. Or is it? While we can't know for sure yet, it sure looks like Nokia's new mid-ranger is a phone worth looking forward to. We had a chance to spend a few personal moments with it at MWC 2018, and frankly, we didn't leave the demo room disappointed.

We're not going to go in deep details here, but we do have to say that the Nokia 7 Plus feels solid and well built – no surprises here, knowing that we're holding a metal-made handset. It isn't the prettiest phone we've ever had the chance to examine, but it has its character. The contrasting color accents add a sense of sophistication to an otherwise mid-range handset. 

Most of the phone's front side is occupied by a 6-inch, high-resolution display with bright, pretty colors. With the Nokia 7 Plus, the company joins the increasingly popular trend of 18:9 aspect ratio screens, maximizing the phone's display-to-body ratio. Since there's no room for a fingerprint scanner on the front of the device, that has been moved to the back, right below the protruding dual camera.

On the software side, the Nokia 7 Plus runs a clean and up-to-date version of Android. This is Android One we're dealing with, to be more specific – a clean version of Android with nothing dragging it down. Given the lack of any bloat on this phone, we're not surprised to see that the Nokia 7 Plus is fast and responsive, aided by a Snapdragon 660 chip on the inside, although browsing our website on Google Chrome did exhibit some slight lag. We do hope that was just the pre-production nature of our demo unit manifesting itself.

The dual camera at the back is a key selling factor for the Nokia 7 Plus. It combines a regular camera with a 2X zoom telephoto shooter, both with Zeiss optics used in their construction. Pro mode is available for those more experienced photographers, as well as Nokia's Bothie mode, letting you shoot photos and video with both the front and the rear cameras simultaneously.

All in all, the Nokia 7 Plus is shaping up like a great offering in the 400 dollar/euro price category – one with no bells and whistles, one that has all essentials covered. Nokia is marketing the handset as one that you can rely on, and it looks like it could deliver on this promise. 

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7 plus
  • Display 6.0" 1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 16 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Octa-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3800 mAh(19h talk time)



1. Subie

Posts: 2429; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

"although browsing our website on Google Chrome did exhibit some slight lag" Maybe it was because of all the ads dragging it down...;)

5. bucknassty

Posts: 1373; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

got em

9. therealestmc

Posts: 680; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

I experience zero lag with my OnePlus 5T. It's the device. Don't get me wrong, this site is terrible.

12. fyah_king unregistered

Yep, I went brave and no lag on any of my phones. At first I thought it was my phones and was going to smash all of

14. SaRPeR

Posts: 152; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Every phone lags while using Chrome. The problem is with the app. I use Samsung Browser and it never lags.

17. Feanor

Posts: 1421; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

I had to switch to Chrome from Samsung browser because of lag...

15. Whitedot

Posts: 870; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

Bulls eye.

2. KingSam

Posts: 1505; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

The Nokia 6 2018 looks better I'm. Still nice though.

3. mahima

Posts: 743; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

The next best seller for nokia(HMD Global)

6. brasstax

Posts: 546; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"although browsing our website on Google Chrome did exhibit some slight lag." Yes Nick, your mobile site will bring even the most powerful phones on their knees with the gazillion ad pop ups resembling a cheesy porn site." Yes I know ads bring revenue which in turn puts food on the table. But I am sure the same holds true for other sites as well like pocketnow, gsmarena and mobiletechnews to name a few. How come I can visit their pages on my phone without it grinding to a halt?

11. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

No problems here

7. brasstax

Posts: 546; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

For the record, I respect you guys and spend most of my browsing time on your site with Brave browser which is the only mobile browser brave enough and capable enough to cut and hack through the million ads on each page.

16. Whitedot

Posts: 870; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

Brave browser becoming another "opera" with add blocker. Add revenue flowing in air time being bought and more ads see the day light even on brave ( writing on one). I honestly don't know how PA fools add providers because I believe most of us don't care and if ever clicked on any add deliberately. I did maybe one or two times out of curiousity. I mean active user base. Otherwise how would normal person stay on the website that is virtually stuck in space and time ? Some sort of black technologies ?!

20. Sparkxster

Posts: 1247; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

So do I. It's the only way to view phone arena properly. Without brave it would be impossible to browse phone arena. Thank you brave browser for blocking those horrible ads.

8. fyah_king unregistered

Needs a better name than "7 plus!"

10. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

MWC = annual parade of the android phablets

18. Madmax

Posts: 110; Member since: Aug 19, 2016


19. mootu

Posts: 1541; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

399 euro's.

23. biostangoodtang1984

Posts: 36; Member since: Feb 14, 2018

Looking wise phone is better...

24. sandercowl

Posts: 12; Member since: Feb 27, 2018

I really like Nokia phones. Nokia 7 Plus looks very good. Still nice. I as mobile app developer like good telephones, and this will be the sequel to my purchase.

25. Rafael1703

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

I want that wallpaper!

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