HMD Global did not specifically launch a lot of smartphones in 2019. This could be due to the fact of bringing simplicity and uniformity to this year’s lineup, as they already launched many phones in 2018. One of the main reasons that Nokia 7.1 was hard to recommend because of the cost-effectiveness and popularity of Nokia 6.1 Plus.
The newly launched Nokia 7.2 is not going to face that problem. It becomes easier for Nokia lovers to acquire the same under Rs 20,000 now. Good News!
Nokia 7.2 starts at Rs 18,599 for the base model. It comes with 4GB RAM and 64GM of internal storage. Furthermore, it can go up to Rs 19,599 for the 6GB + 64GB configuration. This makes it more affordable than the Nokia 7.1 when it launched. As for the present market scenario, the Nokia 7.2 does have core competition with Realme XT, Redmi K20 and Samsung Galaxy M30s.
There are a few factors that are making Nokia 7.2 an apt purchase. It is mainly because of the premium glass design and stock Android software. The phone is updated with Zeiss lenses and a PureDisplay screen, among other things. We review the Nokia 7.2 to find out whether these features are convincing enough to invest in.
Let’s delve into the core specifications one after another!
Nokia 7.2 Design
HMD Global is quite proud of curates phones that excludes elegance and class. Nokia 7.2 is just the testament of the same. The outlook of the phone is a mixture of high-end materials. The front and back of the phone is glass. On the other hand, the frame is a polymer composition. It is formulated in that way which is as strong as polycarbonate and lighter than aluminium. Furthermore, this means that the frame will create a plastic-like touch but offers a solid outlook that will not flex it even under pressure.
Frosted with Gorilla Glass 3 protection, Nokia 7.2 has matte finish variety. It is extremely smooth to feel. It has made the panel slippery. But at the same time, it has inexplicable in avoiding fingerprints and smudges. Coming to the Charcoal Black colours of the phone, it looks highly elegant. The Cyan Green colours are bright and quite sassy.
Nokia 7.2 is quite a tall phone. In simpler words, reaching the top of the display, you need to pull down the notification panel with two hands. The frame of the same is nearly 8.25mm in thickness and weighs 180 grams. Based on how big your hand is, you might be able to reach the great fingerprint sensor at one go or you might end up touching the camera module in place of that.
Getting indulged into the camera module, HMD Global made pace with a circular mound on the Nokia 7.2. It focuses on the unique look in the portfolio. It is pretty smaller and elevated. But it might be a cause of worry for scratches on the camera glass in long usage.
Going around the frame, you will be able to find the volume keys and the power button on the right side. The power keys showcase an LED notification. This you have already noticed on Nokia 4.2 and Nokia 3.2. The light tends to glow when you receive the messages or any notifications.
On the left side of the frame, you will be able to see the Google assistant button. There is a SIM tray which focuses on holding 2 nano-SIM cards and a microSD card. It comes with a 3.5 mm headphone jack which you will be able to find on the top while the bottom of the phone has got Type-C port and a single speaker grille.
Nokia 7.2 Display
Supporting a 6.3-inch FHD+ PureDisplay screen, Nokia 7.2 has used the same screen technology as for Nokia 7.1 and Nokia 8.1. Pure Display presents you with the higher contrast and wider dynamic range in comparison to the other regular LCDs. It supports HDR natively. It can also upscale to SDR videos to HDR in real-time with just some settings.
Pure display technology has gained good points. It goes for the same with Nokia 7.2 this year. When you enable the PureDisplay, you will view the colours tend to look more saturated while watching videos or playing games. You can even transfer to Dynamic Mode that will automatically change the tone of the display. It all depends on the content that you are viewing. You can also enable the White Balance to conduct the balancing on the White across the UI.
The Nokia 7.2’s display is outstanding. It offers deep and punchy colours that will make you fall for the OLED display. The display is quite sharp. It presents you with good brightness levels indoors but does not have that specification for outdoor viewing. Nokia 7.2 meets the Widevine L1 standard, so you can stream content on Netflix and Prime Video in HD resolution.
Nokia 7.2 Performance and Software
Running on octa-core Snapdragon 660 SoC paired with up to 6GB of RAM, Nokia 7.2 is a familiar processor this time. That is going to be a little disheartening for the users. But the Snapdragon 660 SoC is a solid mid-range processor that will perform well and handle day to day tasks with complete ease.
When it comes to browsing, messaging or playing games, the Snapdragon 660 will offer a smoother user-friendly experience. It comes with a 14nm processor which is quite a power-efficient. Also, it is equipped with Adreno 512 GPU. You will not be able to run games like PUBG at high graphic settings without running into lags and framerate issues.
Snapdragon 660 is known to be a snappy processor, the Nokia 7.2 does not feel like that. It is because of the Android interface. It comes with slow animations that will make the phone feel flower that it is. With that, the appeal is clean and bloatware-free Andoird Software.
The phone is Android One device just like other Nokia phones and formulated with Android 9 Pie. HMD has been outstanding when it comes to showcasing major software and security updates. Nokia 7.2 is safe and secure. A little while ago, HMD revealed a timeline for Android 10 rollout for Nokia smartphones, but the Nokia 7.2 was missing from the list. With HMD now starting Android 10 rollout with Nokia 8.1, we expect the Nokia 7.2 to receive the update by Q1 2020.
The call quality through the earpiece is crystal and clear. The call will have no trouble listening to the person they are talking to. The speaker on the bottom is clear at the same time. It offers a balanced sound while playing any videos or music.
Nokia 7.2 Camera
The camera has been upgraded. The predecessor offered standard dual camera of 12 MP + 5MP setup on the back. Nokia 7.2 offers triple camera system. This includes 48MP main sensor, 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens and a 5MP depth sensor. The front camera has also been upgraded from an 8MP sensor to a 20MP sensor for selfies.
Nokia 7.2 camera is giving competition. The main camera offers to capture really good images in daylight with bright colours. The look is saturated and vivid. It can also look at times a little too loud. But you are going to be happy with the results. It comes with wide-angle lends, you will be able to add a new perspective to the photos by expanding the frame.
There is a shift in colour tone between the two cameras. Photos tend to look quite warmer when you use the primary camera. The colours look cooler in wide-angle shots. Also, you will be able to capture some impeccable outdoor photos with a wide-angle camera. But it will not have sharp detailing.
By default, the Nokia 7.2 tend to capture photos in 12MP resolution. It uses pixel binning for stitching adjacent pixels for offering brighter and detailed photos. You can even swap to raw 48 MP resolution if you are looking for highly detailed images. You can find the 48 MP mode in Settings under photo resolution. Use it only under bright or daylight conditions.
This phone gets an enhanced Night mode. It comes handy in low-light occasions. The aspect is above average but you can enhance the same with increasing shutter speed. But photos tend to appear soft. The night mode on this phone has computational photography. It nearly matches to what Realme, Oppo and Xiaomi offer in this segment.
There are different other modes that you can find in the camera app. This includes PRO, Panorama, Google lens and slow motion. There is also Portrait mode that has the formulation of the new Zeiss bokeh effects. This will let you change the background blur appearing with real-time options like Zeiss Swirl and Zeiss Star. Bokeh shots offer decent separation and can look pleasing if the blur is kept at average to low intensity.
Nokia 7.2 Battery
Speaking of battery life, the phone uses a 3,500mAh battery. This means it has nearly 440mAh bigger than the battery on the Nokia 7.1. But do not get carried away with it. Nokia 7.2 extends great battery life that can last up to 2 days just on a single charge.
The usage review has been conducted on various basis. It includes watching a lot of videos, playing games and using camera innumerable times. On heft days, the phone forwards a good backup. For most people, general usage should get them a day and a half to two days of battery life thanks to a combination of stock Android OS and an efficient Snapdragon 660 processor.
This phone does not have fast charging specification. It comes with a 10W charger. It nearly takes an hour and a half to get fully charged.
Should you buy the Nokia 7.2? What is our say?
Nokia 7.2 is an incredible phone in comparison to its predecessor. We loved the outlook of Nokia 7.1. The new model has a new charismatic feel to it. The Cyan Green colour is eye-catchy to take your hands on.
It is a standard product comes a good feeling when pricing is involved. It has a smooth stock Android experience with dependable Snapdragon 660 processor under the hood. It also comes with some decent cameras that belong in 2019 and solid battery life on top of it all.
Speaking of all the experience and the use of the phone, the competition is quite tough. As it comes under Rs 20,000, the game can give a turnover. Realme XT and Redmi K20 are offering faster processors and some great camera enhancements. Coming to Nokia 7.2, the outlook of the screen and the attractive PureDisplay screen and classy design takes all the attention.
Utsha Roy is an aspiring writer who has been gaining knowledge on various genres. Delving into the different cars and gadget news, she has also engaged herself into showcasing latest vehicles and gadgets news and reviews over Autonmobiles.com
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