Our Opinion

The Nokia 7 Plus (Android One) is a much better phone than the Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Nokia 7 Plus (Android One)!

Nokia 7 Plus (Android One)  Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus 
Nokia 7 Plus Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus
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Excellence Score
65.4
38.7
Value for Money Score
82.1
60.3
Price ₹ 24,598 onwards ₹ 22,990 onwards
Launch Date (India) Apr, 2018 May, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 Oreo, Expected upgrade to P Android 8.0 Oreo
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6 inches 6 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2160 pixels (~ 402 pixels per inch) 1080x2220 pixels (~ 411 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Features IPS LCD, FullView Display Super AMOLED, Infinity Display, 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Qualcomm Snapdragon 450
GPU Adreno 512 Adreno 506
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 16.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 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 Dual Camera (16MP + 5MP), 16MP: F/1.7 Aperture, 5MP: F/1.9 Aperture
Secondary Camera 16.0 MP 24.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 1.0µm Pixel Size, Carl Zeiss optics, Full HD Video Rec. F/1.9 Aperture, LED Flash
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB 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
Thickness 7.99 mm 7.9 mm
Weight N/A 191 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3800 mAh 3500 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) 723 hrs N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) 19.00 hrs N/A
Fast Charging Yes
Other Battery Parameters Music Playback Time: Up to 126 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features NFC; WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; USB Type-C; USB On-The-Go; Noise Filtration; Nokia OZO audio WiFi Direct; ANT+ Support; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos; Samsung Pay Mini; Samsung Mall
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • 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
  • Decent charging speed - 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
  • Premium build, with a metal unibody - the phone feels very solid in the hand
  • The highlight of the phone is the modern 18.5:9 display ratio 'Infinity Display' - it has great viewing angles, punchy colours and deep blacks - the tall screen lends itself well to gaming and multimedia consumption and makes content look immersive - the screen also has an always-on mode that shows the time, date, battery level, and notifications for missed calls and alarms without waking the phone from sleep
  • Samsung's Experience UI on top of Android has some nifty features such as ultra data saving mode, an anti-virus app powered by McAfee, theme support, and a one-handed mode - there is also Samsung Pay Mini (enables mobile payments), and Samsung Mall (allows users to search for products across four e-commerce platforms using image recognition), and S Bike mode (promotes two-wheeler safety)
  • Decent dual rear cameras - click good pictures in daylight with good dynamic range, accurate colours and a good amount of detail
  • Decent front camera too, in daylight
  • Both the rear and front cameras are also capable of taking bokeh shots, and these generally come out well
  • Good battery life - the phone easily lasts the whole day with medium to intensive use, with some juice left in the tank
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • 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
  • Quite heavy (191g) and wide, which makes one-handed use very difficult - at 7.9mm, the phone is also not the slimmest out there, which exacerbates the issue
  • Thanks to the conspicuous antenna lines and prominent regulatory information, the back panel looks quite busy and cluttered
  • The fingerprint sensor is located right below the rear dual camera setup - not only is the sensor narrow and rather sluggish, but the location is also quite unergonomic - you might find your fingers constantly hitting the rear cameras instead of the sensor
  • Facial recognition too is not the best - the feature only works well when you are facing the front camera head-on, and that too in favourable lighting
  • The 'Infinity Display' looks nice, but is not exactly borderless - other phones in this price bracket generally have higher screen to body area ratios
  • Samsung's Experience UI with a host of Samsung applications competing with Google's own, as well a suite of Microsoft apps that cannot be uninstalled, is fast becoming as bloated as TouchWiz
  • Performance wise too, the A6+ falls significantly behind it's competition - push the phone, and slowdowns and stutter become noticeable - thanks to an underpowered Snapdragon 450 that is now more seen in under Rs. 10k phones - additionally Samsung Experience UI's drawn-out animations make the Galaxy A6+ feel even more sluggish
  • The rear and front cameras are decent in daylight, but struggle in low light
  • The single speaker is loud but shrill, and its location is quite awkward - it is easy to cover the speaker with your hand while watching videos or playing games in landscape
  • The lack of NFC and the presence of the old-fashioned Micro-USB port for charging and data transfers are both disappointing too
  • The quality of bundled accessories too is average - the earphones are very basic, and the Micro-USB cable is extremely short
  • Battery life is good, but charging speed is quite slow - the bundled charger takes more than three hours to charge the Galaxy A6+ fully, and takes 1.5 hours to get to 50 percent
  • On the whole, the A6+ has nothing much going for it except the screen, and might only make sense to hardcore Samsung loyalists - for most other users, phones like the Nokia 7 Plus, or the Honor 8 Pro, are going to be much more well rounded options - at the cheaper end, you could also look at the Nokia 6.1 or the Redmi Note 5 Pro, which are going to be much better value for money
Expert Reviews
  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. 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 »
  3. 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 »
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  16. 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
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
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