Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus is a significantly better phone, but the Nokia 7 Plus (Android One) is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend! But from a pure value perspective, we recommend the Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus.

Nokia 7 Plus (Android One)  Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus 
Nokia 7 Plus Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus
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Excellence Score
65.4
70.5
Value for Money Score
82.1
78.4
Price ₹ 24,598 onwards ₹ 27,990 onwards
Launch Date (India) Apr, 2018 Jan, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 Oreo, Expected upgrade to P Android 7.1 Nougat, Expected upgrade to 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 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features IPS LCD, FullView Display Super AMOLED, Always-on Display, Infinity Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 2.2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Exynos 7885
GPU Adreno 512 Mali-G71
RAM 4 GB 6 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 F/1.7 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Pro Mode, Panorama, Hyperlapse, 1.12µm Pixel size, 1/2.8” Sensor size, 78° Field-of-view, HDR, Video Digital Image Stabilisation, Live Stickers, Stamps, Beauty mode, Filters, Night mode, Quick Launch, Floating camera button, Grid Line, Location Tags, Voice Control, Continuous Autofocus video, Face detection, Tracking AF, Playback zoom, Video location tags
Secondary Camera 16.0 MP 16.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 1.0µm Pixel Size, Carl Zeiss optics, Full HD Video Rec. Dual Camera (16MP + 8MP), 16MP: F/1.9 Aperture; 1.0µm Pixel Size; 1/3.1” Sensor size; 76° Field-of-view, 8MP: F/1.9 Aperture; 1.12µm Pixel size; 1/4.0” Sensor size; 85° Field-of-view, Full HD Video Recording, Live Stickers, Stamps, Beauty mode, Filters, Night mode, Quick Launch, Floating camera button, Grid Line, Location Tags, Voice Control, Video Digital Image Stabilisation
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 Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.99 mm 8.3 mm
Weight N/A 191 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes
Battery Capacity 3800 mAh 3500 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) 723 hrs N/A
Battery Talktime N/A 23.00 hrs
Battery Talktime (3G) 19.00 hrs N/A
Fast Charging Yes Yes
Other Battery Parameters Music Playback Time: Up to 126 hrs Audio Playback (AOD on): upto 50 hrs, Audio Playback (AOD OFF): upto 73 hrs, Video playback: upto 19 hrs, Internet use (WiFi): upto 15 hrs, Internet use (3G): upto 12 hrs, Internet use (4G): upto 14 hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features NFC; WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; USB Type-C; USB On-The-Go; Noise Filtration; Nokia OZO audio NFC; WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; USB Type-C; ANT+ Support; Noise Filtration
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 front and back glass design, with a metal frame sitting in between (similar to Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8)
  • IP68 certification for water and dust resistance
  • Beautiful 6 inch edge-to-edge display with 18.5:9 aspect ratio - you’ll love playing games, watching videos or web browsing on the screen - the display is gorgeous, and the color reproduction is pretty good - sunlight legibility is good too
  • Samsung's UI over Android is pretty lean and includes useful stuff like Secure Folder, and Samsung Pay (which comes with UPI, Paytm and Mobikwik integration)
  • The Bixby AI functionality adds useful stuff like Bixby Vision in the camera app, which lets you point the camera at an object or place to offer relevant results - you can also use Bixby Vision to scan QR Codes and point at text to translate in any given language supported by the assistant
  • Good speed/performance in daily use, as well as in high-end games
  • Decent (though not exceptional) front facing dual camera setup - has a good bokeh effect, especially in daylight
  • 'True' dual SIM experience
  • Good battery life - lasts the whole day even with heavy use
  • Decent 'fast-charging' support - charging from empty to full takes about an hour and 45 minutes
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
  • A little bit on the thick and heavy side, compared to its main competitors - the OnePlus 5T, and the Honor View 10
  • As in case with all the smartphones with glass panels, it is slippery and a bit of a fingerprint magnet (luckily Samsung has bundled a clear case along with the smartphone)
  • Face unlock is iffy and not too accurate (you are better off using the fingerprint sensor)
  • Samsung's Experience UI, while decent, could do with less of bloat
  • Rear camera is decent but falls behind it's main competitors - the OnePlus 5T, and the Honor View 10 - handling of details and exposures is ordinary, video recording is average, and low light performance is not great either
  • On the whole, seen in absolute terms, the Galaxy A8+ is a pretty decent all-round phone, but compared to the likes of OnePlus 5T and the Honor View 10 (the prevailing leaders in this price segment), it falls behind - the OnePlus 5T has a distinct edge in terms of software & performance - and the View 10 in terms of camera
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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  1. It's meant for those who want Samsung's brand value or care more about design than performance
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Samsung Galaxy A8+ looks good, delivers on battery life, has an excellent build quality and offers IP68 certification. If these aspects score higher over core performance and camera quality, you can consider the Samsung Galaxy A8+
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
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  4. If you can do away with some minor issues, and want a premium smartphone without spending much, the Galaxy A8+ (2018) could be a good option
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
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