Nokia 7 Plus is indeed next in line for official Android 9 Pie update in September

Nokia 7 Plus is indeed next in line for official Android 9 Pie update in September
The heavyweight champion of timely Android Oreo updates (Google obviously notwithstanding) fully intends to keep up the pace and leave no phone behind when it comes to Pie adoption as well.

HMD Global hasn’t been as quick to embrace stable Android 9 goodies as Essential, but based on the latest promise made by the company’s Chief Product Officer, Juho Sarvikas, the Nokia 7 Plus could still be the world’s second non-Pixel device to swap Oreo for Pie software.

During a press event in India, where the notch-toting Nokia 6.1 Plus and 5.1 Plus with Android One started their proper global expansion earlier today, Sarvikas confirmed the official Android 9 Pie rollout for the Nokia 7 Plus is scheduled to begin sometime next month.

While there’s no firm release date to share just yet, odds are you won’t have to wait more than a few weeks, considering the 6-inch handset’s beta tests have been underway for quite some time, nearing a successful conclusion.

Like so many other Nokia-branded products, the 7 Plus is an Android One participant, running close-to-stock software, which means HMD doesn’t have a lot of customizing or optimizing to do. A few last-minute kinks may still need to be ironed out, but once that’s done, you can definitely expect a swift update to a silky smooth new OS, followed by a similar treatment for robust phones like the Nokia 8 Sirocco, 6.1, and 6.1 Plus. Too bad the Snapdragon 660-powered Nokia 7 Plus is not officially available stateside.

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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)

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5 Comments

1. meanestgenius

Posts: 22505; Member since: May 28, 2014

HMD’s Nokia 7 Plus is perhaps the best upper midrange smartphone out right now, offering great bang for your buck. And while even I am saddened that this smartphone isn’t officially available stateside, you can’t fault a fairly new company for making concerted efforts in the markets where they are strongest first. This is how you gain the revenue, exposure, and market share to be able to then make pushes into markets that you aren’t so strong in, as the Nokia brand has always been weaker here in the states. Still, there are Nokia smartphones that are able to be purchased in the states with a U.S. warranty (Nokia’s 2, 3.1, 6, 6.1), with more to come as the both the Nokia 6.1 Plus and 5.1 Plus have been launched globally, for example. HMD has also been doing a fantastic job at keeping their Nokia branded smartphones updated with monthly security updates and with OS updates. Newer Nokia smartphones on the Android One program is a wise move, and the sales of HMD’s Nokia branded smartphones have been increasing, as they are have been outselling vendors with smartphones that were thought to be a hit (but proved otherwise) like Essential and some others. This is no doubt due to the great build quality and great support (security and OS wise) that Nokia smartphones by HMD have been receiving.

2. Venom

Posts: 3826; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Not as fast as the Essential phone at getting pie, but at least it's going to get it. It sucks that the 7 Plus isn't coming over to the US even though some people said that it would. I don't think Nokia is doing enough to get their products in the US and it's disappointing to say the least.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22505; Member since: May 28, 2014

It’s great that the Nokia 7 Plus is getting Oreo soon, and what’s even better is that those that own a Nokia 7 Plus can rest comfortably knowing that HMD will still be around this time next year. Those with the Essential Phone probably won’t be so lucky, unfortunately. You don’t need to be “first” with updates, as being first with updates usually means that you’re a beta tester for the issues that may arise, as Google has proven with its Pixel line. HMD (not Nokia, as Nokia doesn’t make smartphones anymore) is doing well in the smartphone space for a fairly new company, and has proven that, while important, you don’t need to have much of a presence in the U.S. to grow sales and market share, much like Huawei is doing. But I do hope to see them both grow their presence in the U.S., as they are putting out better smartphones than the likes of Google, Essential, and some others, IMO.

4. Venom

Posts: 3826; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Once again someone decides to post conjecture instead of proof of Essential shutting down. It's another way for some people to post false narratives just to get their point across. You don't necessarily need to be first to get updates, but you don't want to be like some companies that release an update from last year on devices that are more than capable of handling the current updates. That being said, it's important to reach as many users as you can because you want to make more profit and releasing unlocked devices in the US at affordable prices will certainly do that. If Motorola can still do it, then so can Nokia.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 22505; Member since: May 28, 2014

Once again someone is here deflecting and posting conjecture of their own, as usual. No where did I say that Essential “is” shutting down. This is just an obvious reading comprehension deficiency of a certain individual, and a way for him to pick a fight with me and post fabrications to suit his false narrative. You don’t need to be first to the updates, and in the Pixels case, you definitely don’t want to be, as being first for the Pixel means bets testing for the bugs and issues that always come with the updates. Better to wait and get a stable version said OS update at a later date, while saying up to date on the arguably more important monthly security updates. That being said, OEM’s like HMD and Huawei have proven that they are continuously reaching new users without the U.S. market. This is evident by them growing sales and market share. And in HMD’s case, they have a small presence in the U.S. via some new smartphones, and are working on getting more new smartphones to the U.S. Nokia isn’t, as Nokia doesn’t make smartphones anymore. HMD makes Nokia branded smartphones. It boggles the mind why people can’t understand this fact.

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