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The Nokia 7 Plus (Android One) is a significantly better phone than the Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Nokia 7 Plus (Android One)!

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Excellence Score
62.5
41.7
Value for Money Score
74.3
67.1
Price ₹ 23,999 onwards ₹ 19,709 onwards
Launch Date (India) Apr, 2018 Jul, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie Android 7.0 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6 inches 6 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2160 pixels (~ 402 pixels per inch) 1080x1920 pixels (~ 367 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features IPS LCD, FullView Display N/A
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 660Ranked #12 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Mediatek Helio P20Ranked #31 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 512 Mali-T880MP2
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 23.0 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/2.0 Aperture, 24mm Focal Length, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Hybrid Autfocus, 1/2.3" Sensor Size, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face/Smile Detection, HDR, Panorama, Stereo Sound Recording in Video, Video HDR, SteadyShot
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. F/2.0 Aperture, 23mm Focal Length, 1/2.6" Sensor Size, Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), Autofocus, LED Flash, Full HD Video Recording
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 8.1 mm
Weight N/A 188 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3800 mAh 2700 mAh
Battery Standby N/A 658 hrs
Battery Standby (3G) 723 hrs 708 hrs
Battery Talktime N/A 13.00 hrs
Battery Talktime (3G) 19.00 hrs 12.00 hrs
Fast Charging Yes Yes, Pump Express+ 2.0
Other Battery Parameters Music Playback Time: Up to 126 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Other Features NFC; WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; USB Type-C; USB On-The-Go; Noise Filtration; Nokia OZO audio Fast Battery Charging (Pump Express+ 2.0); NFC; WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; USB Type-C; USB On-The-Go; Miracast; Google Cast; 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
  • 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
  • Very good build quality and a premium feel in the hand - even though it's a mid range device, it could pass for a flagship Xperia
  • This is also a classic Sony design, and one that very much stands out from the crowd of standard gray rectangles (for better or worse)
  • Very good, gigantic, edge to edge, 6-inch display - high maximum brightness and contrast, good outdoor legibility, and good color accuracy - the Xperia XA1 Ultra is tailor-made for the YouTube-watching, selfie-snapping, Insta-sharing crowd that have the phone in their hands all day
  • Close-to-stock Android interface, with added (and useful) stamina-branded battery-saving modes, and Sony's own multimedia apps
  • Good performance, backed by the efficient Helio P20 chip (comparable to phones powered by the Snapdragon 625)
  • Decent rear camera - good with details and dynamic range
  • Good selfie camera - again captures lot of detail, has wide dynamic range and renders accurate colors, plus it's got the flash to (just barely) rescue shots in extremely low light
  • Good loudspeaker
  • Good audio quality via audio jack too
  • Solid, consistent battery life - lasts a day of moderate use - even though the battery capacity is not on the high end of the spectrum, the excellent efficiency comes courtesy of the efficient Helio P20 chipset, and the light skin
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
  • The fact remains that phones this big remain a niche for now, and are certainly unwieldy to carry around - it is mainly targeted at a certain subset of users who want a device geared towards multimedia with decent cameras
  • No fingerprint scanner
  • Performance is good, but in terms of raw power, a step behind the best performing phones in this price bracket, which have a Snapdragon 820 processor or similar
  • Mediocre video output from the primary camera - soft and lacking in detail - and no 4K video recording support either
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. 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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