While brands are gunning in and we’re seeking new smartphones with top of the line specs at dirt cheap prices since last two months. Nokia seems to be playing a different game. They brought the new Nokia 7.2 to India that we saw unveiled at IFA 2019.
The new phone brings the Snapdragon 660 SoC, with a triple camera setup on the back and premium design in the mid-range price point. Sure from the specs, you might not be drawn towards it for a moment but let’s find out if you should go for it or not in our full review.
Nokia 7.2 Specifications
- Display: 6.3-inchFHD+ display
- Software: Android 9 Pie
- Fingerprint Scanner: Yes
- CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 660processor
- RAM: 4GB
- Storage: 64GB internal, microSD support
- Main Camera: 48 MP + 8 MP+ 5MP, quad-LED Flash
- Selfie Camera: 20MP (f/2.0)
- Connectivity: USB-C, Dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, NFC
- Cellular: 4G LTE, Dual SIM
- Battery: 3,500mAh, Li-ion Polymer, non-removable
A complete list of items you get inside the box:
- Nokia 7.2smartphone
- Sim Ejector Tool
- USB Cable
- Silicon Case
- Warranty and User Guide
Now with the Nokia 7.2, the brand has dropped the metal and glass design in favor of polycarbonate. Considering the price of the phone, you would demand a bit of a premium feel to it and Nokia certainly delivered it. Despite using plastic, the phone screams quality upon touch. From the smooth black plastic of the rim to the matte finish on the rear panel, we are loving it.
Coming to the back, you get a triple camera setup placed in a circular module which protrudes quite a bit. Underneath the circular module lies the fingerprint scanner and the Nokia branding. If we take our attention to the front, we see a 6.3-inch display with a dewdrop notch and visibly large borders. The chin, as usual, has the Nokia branding which seems out of place and should be removed in the next iteration of this series.
As previously mentioned, the Nokia 7.2 has a 6.3-inch IPS LCD display with a dewdrop notch. The resolution here is FHD+ meaning there are plenty of pixels to cater to your content cravings. There is support for HDR10 and Nokia’s PureDisplay technology does a decent job up-scaling the content from SDR to HDR.
Overall, we found the display to be one of the strongest suits of the Nokia 7.2.
Software and Performance
Like other Nokia smartphones, the Nokia 7.2 also runs on the Android One platform with the Android 9 Pie powering it right now but fret no, the phone will be upgraded to Android Q once it is available in the coming months. Nokia has already announced the roadmap for the updates with some models getting the beta builds this month.
The smartphone came with the latest security patch and during the time of testing we did get some software updates as well which bumped the experience. There’s not a lot of ad-on apps and services included here, all of them contributing to the lightness of the OS. You get a Nokia care app, the camera app is also supplied by Nokia. The phone also gets Android Pie’s Digital Wellbeing feature which helps monitor smartphone usage.
Coming to the performance aspect of this review, the Nokia 7.2 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 AIE SoC. Now, this particular chipset has aged and is particularly available in under 10k smartphones. Nokia’s decision of going with this processor especially on a mid-range product seems odd. Still, the Snapdragon 660 is quite capable and handles day-to-day tasks with ease. Launching and switching between apps were smooth.
Camera and Battery
When talking about the optics, the Nokia 7.2 comes with a triple camera setup on the back with the main 48-megapixel camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. This combination of sensors has slowly been gaining traction among buyers and even flagship smartphones are adhering to it.
In great lighting, the primary 48-megapixel sensor (which actually shoots 12-megapixel images by default – pixel binning) is capable of capturing very good shots, with balanced colors and plenty of detail. When switching to full 48-megapixel images, things might change a bit depending on the lighting but there is an apparent shift in the punchiness of the shots. In low lighting the camera does take a hit and images are grainy and passable at best.
The default camera app on the Nokia 7.2 features modes such as HDR, panorama, low-light enhancement, time-lapse, beautification, and Google Lens, with AI, added to the mix as well which helps with the Night Mode. There is a 20-megapixel shooter on the front which produces mediocre results. When taking portrait shots, it’s a hit or miss kind of situation. The phone struggles with adjusting the blur effect intensity and object separation leading to shots with random blurs. On top of it, you get beautify mode with ugly filters that could easily drag down your selfie game.
Coming to the battery, you have a 3,500mAh cell in here running the show. In our tests, the phone lasted a whole working day with close to 35% juice left with moderate usage. The phone does support fast charging but for some reason, Nokia is supplying a 10W charger with it. With the supplied charger, it took just a little over 2 hours to fully top up the battery from a single digit.
Nokia 7.2 Pricing
- 4GB/64GB – INR 18,599
- Good looking Design
- Stock Android
- Versatile Camera
- Priced too high
- Low light camera performance could be better
- Aging processor