Our Opinion

The Nokia 7 Plus (Android One) is a significantly better phone than the HTC U Ultra, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Nokia 7 Plus (Android One)!

HTC U Ultra  Nokia 7 Plus (Android One) 
HTC U Ultra Nokia 7 Plus
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Excellence Score
52.6
62.5
Value for Money Score
64.7
74.3
Price ₹ 25,191 onwards ₹ 23,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Feb, 2017 Apr, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.0 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 8.1 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.7 inches 6 inches
Screen Resolution 1440x2560 pixels (~ 515 pixels per inch) 1080x2160 pixels (~ 402 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Features Super LCD5, Secondary Display: 2.05 inch (160 x 1040 Pixels) IPS LCD, FullView Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.15 GHz 2.2 GHz
Processor Type Quad Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 821Ranked #13 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 660Ranked #12 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 530 Adreno 512
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
USB Yes Yes
Camera 12.0 MP 12.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features HTC UltraPixel 2, 1.55um Pixel Size, F/1.8 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Laser Autofocus, BSI Sensor, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), Sapphire Lens, Self Timer up to 10 Seconds, Face Detection, Pro mode with Manual Control, 16 sec. Long Exposure, RAW format support, Auto HDR, Panorama, Zoe Capture, Hyperlapse, Slow Motion Video, Video Pic Dual Camera (12MP + 13MP), 12MP: F/1.75 Aperture; 1.4µm Pixel Size, 13MP: F/2.6 Aperture; 1.0µm Pixel Size, Electronic Image Stabilisations (EIS), Dual Pixel Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), 2x Optical Zoom, Carl Zeiss optics, Geo-tagging, Touch focus, Face detection, Panorama, HDR
Secondary Camera 16.0 MP 16.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features HTC UltraPixel mode, BSI Sensor, Live Make-up, Auto Selfie (keep still or smile), Voice Selfie, Self Timer up to 10 seconds, Auto HDR, Selfie Panorama Full HD Video Recording F/2.0 Aperture, 1.0µm Pixel Size, Carl Zeiss optics, Full HD Video Rec.
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 2 TB up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 7.99 mm 7.99 mm
Weight 170 gm N/A
Audio Output USB-C 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh 3800 mAh
Battery Standby 312 hrs N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A 723 hrs
Battery Talktime 26.00 hrs N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A 19.00 hrs
Fast Charging Yes Yes
Other Battery Parameters Battery Talktime (4G): upto 26 hrs, Battery Standby Time: upto 312 hrs Music Playback Time: Up to 126 hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Battery Fast Charging (Quick Charge 3.0); Hi-Res Audio; Motion Launch; HTC Connect; Quiet Ring on Pick-up; Pocket mode, Flip to Mute; HTC Sense Companion AI; Miracast; Chromecast Support; DLNA; NFC; USB Type-C; WiFi Dual-band;, WiFi Direct; Noise Filtration NFC; WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; USB Type-C; USB On-The-Go; Noise Filtration; Nokia OZO audio
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Arguably the most sumptuous, and beautifully designed Android phone available today - made almost entirely of glass, with a mirror finish - giving it a really unique, handsome, and bold aesthetic above anything else - it's drop-dead gorgeous
  • Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back
  • Its back is curved on to the phone’s four corners so it looks as though the device has been built as a whole rather than by slapping several different parts together - even more significantly, the U Ultra’s glass has been ionised so that even its black edition changes colour according to the light around you - it’s an effect that's difficult to describe, but pick up the handset yourself and its subtle shimmers and reflections are sure to set your heart aflutter
  • Its 170g weight barely registers in your hands, and at 8mm thin, it's a slight device, but not so much that it feels insubstantial
  • Its fingerprint scanner is front-facing, sitting just under the phone’s screen, and works like a treat - it’s fast and accurate
  • Brilliant display - a generous 1440 x 2560 resolution - that's roughly 513 pixels per inch - means that you're treated to visuals with plenty of punch and vibrancy
  • Also has a secondary screen - a thin 2.05in strip for instant notifications-related gratification - while it’s certainly not essential, it can end up being pretty useful
  • The U Ultra’s secondary screen isn’t always-on - it wakes up when you get a notification or flip your phone up - its 160 x 1040 resolution ensures you can always read what’s onscreen and HTC has designed the thing to work with all the apps you’d want - that means WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Gmail and many more
  • That’s not all this secondary screen can do either - when your U Ultra is unlocked it’ll show you upcoming calendar events, reminders you’ve set yourself and a 12-hour weather forecast for your location, among other things
  • HTC Sense UI on top of Android is one of the better Android UIs around
  • One of the most powerful phones you can buy in terms of speed/performance, with the same internals as the Google Pixel - chomps through even the most graphically demanding games without breaking a sweat
  • Decent rear camera - though not quite up to the level of other flagships
  • Decent front camera - delivers spot-on skin tones and it’s not half bad at night either
  • Vibrant HTC BoomSound speakers
  • Decent battery life - with moderate use, generally lasts for the whole day - although there are many flagship phones with a much better battery life
  • Fast charging support - topping up 33% of your battery in 20 minutes
  • Excellent build quality with a well-constructed metal (6000 series aluminium) unibody design - the phone definitely feels like it is built to last, and it looks great too
  • In order to make the Nokia 7 Plus look distinct, the company has also opted for some nice looking copper accents for the midframe, camera surround, fingerprint scanner, and its logo at the back
  • With an 18:9 display, the new 7 Plus is the first Nokia-branded smartphone to follow the 'minimal bezel' trend - the 6-inch IPS display is immersive, has good viewing angles and gets bright enough to be visible outdoors
  • The phone is also enrolled into Google’s Android One programme which means is that the phone comes with stock Android and no bloatware - with no significant customisations on the Nokia 7 Plus, the UI is snappy and easy to use - and it will also get guaranteed Android updates for a minimum of 2 years
  • It also comes with Project Treble supported, which should ensure faster updates
  • There are a few useful gesture shortcuts added, like the ability to double-click the power button to launch the camera, use the fingerprint scanner to pull down the notification shade, and lift to wake phone, among others - you also have the option to double-tap the display to wake the device up
  • The performance is great too with a a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor - it beats the likes of Moto X4, and Oppo F7 in benchmarks - the Nokia 7 Plus can handle your daily grind and deliver a smooth user experience without breaking into a sweat - heavy apps and games are handled well too, and there is no heating up
  • Good set of dual rear cameras - the phone is quick to focus and gets the exposure right most of the time - colour reproduction was quite good and most images appeared crisp - the telephoto lens offers a quick 2x optical zoom which comes in handy when you want to capture distant objects - and if you like taking portraits, you will enjoy the bokeh mode
  • The selfie camera is good too and captures detail quite well even when indoors
  • Video recording is decent too
  • There are also three microphones on board along with Nokia’s OZO Audio technology which lets you capture surround audio while recording video
  • Very good battery life - the phone will last you well over a day before needing to be plugged in, with moderate use - the phone manages to get the right balance of performance and efficiency - the processor is powerful, yet frugal enough
  • Fast charging support - the bundled charger is capable of filling it up to 100 percent in two hours
  • On the whole, Nokia seems to have a winner on its hands - the phone scores well all round, in design, performance and battery life - it’s beautiful, reliable and everything you’d expect from a Nokia phone - and it will give some tough competition to other phones in this price bracket
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Pretty large and bulky size, so might not suit you if you have small hands or value pocket-ability
  • The glass construction, of course, makes it ridiculously prone to smudges, scratches and if you are not careful, glass shatters - even though HTC says it’ll survive a fall of about a metre
  • The sensible thing to do therefore might be to get a case that’ll cover up this vulnerability, but clearly that’s a less than ideal solution as it means you don't then get to gaze on every inch of its beautiful design
  • No waterproofing like some other flagships
  • Doesn’t have a 3.5mm headphone socket - so you’re forced to use either USB-C (included) or Bluetooth headphones
  • The bundled USB-C headphones are pretty decent but will be difficult to replace given the very limited choice in USB-C headphones currently
  • A bit on the heavy side
  • No notification LED, The fingerprint scanner is positioned slightly too high on the back side
  • While the camera does pretty well with low light photos (better than the competition), you will have to have patience and a steady hand - the phone drops the shutter speed to capture more light which means a little movement leads to blurry shots
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  1. One of those quietly good all-rounders that don't get us all hyped-up and excited, but are the ones we recommend to a friend as the sensible option
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. If you are looking for an unpretentious metal handset with good battery life, the Nokia 7 Plus is currently one of your best bets
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. HMD Global has managed to get quite a few things right with the 7 Plus. It is up-to-date with an 18:9 display and feels like it is built to last.
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The Nokia 7 Plus is the true comeback device for HMD Global. With a beautiful, but tough design, univisium display and pure stock Android, Nokia has a winner in its hands.
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. The perfect mid-range smartphone
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. In the Nokia 7 Plus, HMD Global has a really great smartphone at a price where there’s not a lot of competition, and the phone doesn’t fail to impress
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