Our Opinion

The Nokia 7.2 (6GB RAM) is a significantly better phone than the Nokia 6.1 Plus (6GB RAM), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Nokia 7.2 (6GB RAM)!

Nokia 6.1 Plus (6GB RAM)  Nokia 7.2 (6GB RAM) 
Nokia X6 Nokia 7.2
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Excellence Score
28.0
40.3
Value for Money Score
66.7
71.9
Price ₹ 12,898 onwards ₹ 16,532 onwards
Launch Date (India) Feb, 2019 Sep, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android versionAndroid One series Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android versionAndroid One series
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.8 inches 6.3 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2280 pixels (~ 435 pixels per inch) 1080x2280 pixels (~ 400 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Display Features IPS LCD, FullView Display HDR10, Always-on Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.8 GHz 2.2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 636Ranked #53 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 660Ranked #38 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 509 Adreno 512
RAM 6 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 16MP + 5MP 48MP + 8MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 16MP: F/2.0 Aperture; 1.0um Pixel Size, 5MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 1.2um Pixel Size, Phase Detection Autofocus, Gyro-EIS, Geo-tagging, Touch focus, Face detection, Panorama, HDR 48MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 1/2" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF; Zeiss optics; EIS, 8MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 13mm Focal Length; Ultrawide lens, 5MP: Depth Sensor, Panorama, HDR, Video: 2160p@30fps; 1080p@30fps
Secondary Camera 16.0MP 20MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 1.0um Pixel Size F/2.0 Aperture, Zeiss optics, HDR
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 400 GB Yes, up to 512 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 8 mmMedium 8.25 mmMedium
Weight 151 gmMedium 180 gmMedium
Width 71.0 mmComfortable for one-handed use 75.2 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3060 mAh 3500 mAh
Battery Standby 348 hrs N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, Quick Charge 3.0
Included Fast Charger Yes
Other Battery Parameters Talk time: Upto 20.5 hrs, Music Playback time: Upto: 9.5 hrs, Video Playback time: Upto 9 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Premium glass sandwich design housed within a sturdy aluminum frame - the stainless steel accents around the camera and the buttons, further add to the the aesthetics
  • Compact form-factor - one of the rare mid-range devices today that's built for one-handed use
  • Fast fingerprint scanner
  • Nice, tall, 'notch' based display - bright and vibrant - with useful add-ons like 'night light' and 'ambient display'
  • Stock Android UI keeps things nice and simple and being part of the Android One series, you are ensured regular Android updates for a good 2 years
  • A very capable mid-range chipset, the Snapdragon 636, ensures performance that is on par with the other top phone in this price bracket, the Redmi Note 5 Pro - almost anything you throw at the phone is handled well
  • Decent set of dual cameras on the rear, that can produce reasonably good pictures in good light, and also take decent bokeh shots
  • Decent front camera too - it takes decently well-detailed selfies that are sharp and saturated
  • Quick charging support
  • On the whole, the Nokia 6.1 is a good alternative to the Redmi Note 5 Pro in the mid range (the Redmi Note 5 Pro has the better camera, and better battery life, but Nokia 6.1 wins with stock Android, and is more compact) and gives you both some serious style and substance on a budget
  • Top notch build quality and premium, elegant glass-back design - the front and back are made out of glass, whereas the frame is a "high-tech polymer that's twice as strong as polycarbonate and half the weight of aluminum" - it's technically plastic, but it has a sturdy feel to it that does make it feel like aluminum in the hand
  • The back glass has a nice matte finish - it's soft to the touch and stands out a bit from traditional glass back designs
  • The green colorway variant is especially attractive and stylish (the black one is more sober)
  • The front is modern and sharp too - with a teardrop notch
  • The power button has a built-in LED light that pulses when you receive a notification, and it's equal parts subtle and cool
  • Dedicated Google Assistant button
  • Very good rear fingerprint sensor
  • Overall, the phone feels like it was built with love and care, with a sturdy frame, clicky buttons, and a nice bit of heft giving it the essence of a much more expensive phone
  • Very good, crisp, colorful, 6.3-inch IPS display
  • Nokia's HDR PureDisplay technology, in addition to supporting native HDR content, also allows the Nokia 7.2 to natively convert SDR videos into HDR ones — resulting in a picture that's brighter and more colorful - it gives everything you watch a noticeable pop, making movies, TV shows, and YouTube clips that much more enjoyable
  • You can also enable the Nokia 7.2's "Dynamic Mode" to have it automatically adjust your screen's color, contrast, brightness, and white balance based on what you're doing - for example, if you're reading a book in the Kindle app, your screen will become warmer as to be easier on your eyes
  • Being part of Android One series, you get clean, simple stock Android backed by guaranteed updates
  • Decent performance for this price bracket with a solid Snapdragon 660 powering the phone - day-to-day tasks, and games are usually smooth
  • Decent triple camera setup for the price bracket - a 48MP primary camera, 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera, and a 5MP depth sensor that's used for portrait shots
  • The 48MP camera captures a lot of detail and generally showcases vibrant colors
  • Portrait mode is pretty good too - the detail and color of the primary camera shine through, and Nokia allows you to change the effect and intensity after the fact
  • Overall, this is a decent camera phone for this price category (though it's not up to the level of the category leaders from the likes of Xiaomi, Realme)
  • The single speaker gets loud enough and sounds fine
  • Good battery life with a 3500 mAh battery - you will comfortably get a day of use, even with heavy usage
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Although glass designs always tend to be more premium, they also tend to be slippery, fingerprint magnets, and less durable (so you might want to use a case)
  • Both the rear and front cameras are not very good in sub-optimal lighting conditions - and even overall, not up to the high standards of the Redmi Note 5 Pro, or the Mi A2
  • The camera app on the Nokia 6.1 Plus is somewhat cluttered too
  • Battery life is ok, but definitely could have been better given the competition - it will last you the day with moderate use, but with heavy use you will need to recharge it by late evening
  • It's not all perfect though - the Nokia 7.2 can sometimes be more sluggish than expected - navigating through the UI is sometimes met with slightly choppy animations, scrolling through social feeds/webpages doesn't always feel buttery smooth, and the camera app can sometimes take a long time to actually capture an image after pressing the shutter button
  • Images from the 48MP camera can sometimes be overly sharpened
  • Low light photography is average
  • The 118-degree ultra-wide camera is a lot of fun to use and opens up new possibilities with the types of photos you can take, but similar to a lot of other phones with an ultra-wide lens, there's a very noticeable decrease in image quality compared to the primary camera
  • No fast charging support
  • Overall, while the Nokia 7.2 is a pretty decent phone on its own, it faces some pretty tough competition in its price category at the moment from Xiaomi and Realme, which it will find tough to beat, primarily on account of its average performance and cameras - if, however it's the software experience that matters most to you, it's still worth looking at
Expert Reviews
  1. A very compelling device and one that deserves consideration
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A complete budget device, with a premium design and top-notch performance
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Addresses most of the shortcomings of the Nokia 6.1, which was launched earlier on in the year
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. A damn fine smartphone
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Offers mid-range specs in a premium design...a good alternative to the Redmi Note 5 Pro
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. Is not only well-priced but also competitive against its key competition
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. For those discerning individuals who want an unfussy smartphone experience in an attractive chassis
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Mid-Range Phone That’s Good Value for Money
    thequint.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. It's got almost everything you could ask for in an affordable mid-range smartphone
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. If it's style and substance on a budget that you seek, it's the the Nokia 6.1 Plus that you want
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. news18.com hands-on Read Review »
  20. livemint.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. Hard to recommend to anyone but the die-hard Nokia brand loyalist on a budget
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Nokia 7.2 is a solid, affordable smartphone that caters to those who enjoy clean Android software
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The whole package comes at a good price, it’s only when the phone tries to go above and beyond with features like a wide-angle camera that it stumbles.
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. A decent proposition for its price, but the competition has more to offer in terms of power
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. The competent and capable Nokia 7.2 is still top o, but there are a number of other challengers that are getting closer
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Good as a complete package
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. Decent, but lacks the ‘wow’ factor
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Set to be overshadowed by Redmi Note 8 Pro
    hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. If stock UI is something you can't compromise on, Nokia 7.2 has you covered
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. A bit of a mixed bag
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  11. A well-built midrange phone, but not the best value
    tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. Nokia's latest mid-ranger is a good value, but the increased competition give it a run for its money
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. Acceptable in this price range
    pocketnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. A fairly competent device...but it is hard to see how Nokia can match up to the Xioamis and Realmes in the market
    thequint.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. Not quite the best cheap (mid-range) phone around, but comes close
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  16. Unlike its mid-segmented predecessors that used to lag well behind offerings from the competition, the Nokia 7.2 actually manages to go toe to toe with them
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. A tough one to judge as in some areas it excels, but at the same time, other areas fall short of what’s on offer from the competition
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  18. Provides a heck of a lot of value
    neowin.net in-depth Read Review »
  19. Decent midranger
    androidpolice.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. Good battery life, lightweight software, and a decent camera make this an interesting value-for-money proposition
    t3.com in-depth Read Review »
  21. The competition is pretty stiff in the sub-Rs 20,000 segment with phones like the Realme XT and Redmi K20...But the Nokia 7.2 is able to match up to them with its own strengths
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  22. A great software experience and an extremely flashy design aside, I believe that users will find no extra value for money in the Nokia 7.2...only for Nokia die-hard fans
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  23. One of HMD Global’s most comprehensive midrange smartphone in recent times
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  24. Quite a good offering if you want an Android One device that promises a decent mix of good performance, optics, and design
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  25. The Nokia 7.2 is a solid and reliable handset in most respects, but the existence of so many high-quality competitors sadly makes the Nokia 7.2 less compelling.
    finder.com.au in-depth Read Review »
  26. notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  27. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
  28. digitaltrends.com hands-on Read Review »
  29. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  30. themobileindian.com hands-on Read Review »
  31. gadgetsnow.com hands-on Read Review »
  32. pocket-lint.com hands-on Read Review »
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