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Know what is special in Nokia 7.2 with full specification and review

Nokia 7.2 Review

Nokia 7.2 brings numerous meaningful upgrades, but can it upstage the competition?

HMD Global unveiled a host of phones at the IFA 2019 month. While the Nokia 2720 Flip was in the limelight for its nostalgia-inducing flip-phone design, the Nokia 7.2 was the one that captured most of our attention. It is among the first Nokia-branded phones in India to pack three rear cameras, and flaunts a premium new design.

The Nokia 7.2 brings numerous meaningful upgrades over its predecessor — the Nokia 7.1 ₹ 11,675  (Review) — in terms of camera hardware, display quality, battery capacity, and processing power. These are all noteworthy, but at a starting price of Rs. 18,599, the new Nokia 7.2 ₹ 17,700 goes up against some very capable new smartphones as well as a few of last year’s budget flagships. Is the Nokia 7.2 up to the challenge? Dive right into our review to find out.

Nokia 7.2 design and build quality

The Nokia 7.2 exudes a premium feeling the moment you lay your eyes on it. HMD Global has augmented the metal frame of this phone’s predecessor with a new polymer composite that’s said to be twice as strong as polycarbonate and twice as light as aluminium. The frame is slightly curved for a comfortable grip.

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The satin-effect curved Gorilla Glass 3 on the rear feels great to touch, and is not very slippery either. It is also less prone to getting smudged, but that is not to say it is entirely smudge-proof; it’s just that the frosted finish does a good job of masking the signs of use. The matte rear panel is slightly reflective if seen from an angle, and it looks really appealing in an understated fashion.

On the right side are the volume rocker and the power button, which has an LED embedded into it — akin to the Nokia 3.2 ₹ 7,099 (Review) — to serve as a notification light. This is a neat touch and we hope to see it on more phones. On the left is the triple slot (dual Nano-SIM + microSD) tray and a dedicated Google Assistant button, which unfortunately cannot be customised.

The 6.2-inch full-HD+ display is bright and produces punchy colours

The 3.5mm headphone jack is located at the top, while the speaker and USB Type-C port are at the bottom. HMD Global offers the Nokia 7.2 in two colours in India – Charcoal and Cyan Green – though a silvery Ice version was also shown off internationally. The pristine black finish of the Charcoal variant looks great, but Cyan Green is the colour that truly stands out. The phone is light for its size and feels sturdy, something Nokia-branded phones have cultivated a reputation for.

However, there are a few things that we don’t like. The Nokia 7.2 is quite a handful at 159.88×75.11×8.25mm, and one-handed usage is difficult. The chin is quite thick, and the circular camera module on the back won’t be to everyone’s taste, also causing the phone to wobble while lying on a flat surface.

Nokia 7.2 specifications and software

The Nokia 7.2 has a host of major improvements over the Nokia 7.1, especially in the imaging department in the form of a triple rear camera setup with Zeiss Optics. It employs a 48-megapixel primary shooter with an f/1.79 aperture – a big upgrade from the 12-megapixel camera on the Nokia 7.1. The main snapper is assisted by an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera with an f/2.2 aperture and 118-degree field of view, and there’s also a 5-megapixel depth sensor. On the front is a 20-megapixel selfie camera with an f/2.0 aperture, which is again a big jump from the 8-megapixel front snapper on the previous model.

The Nokia 7.2 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC, which is underpowered compared to the Snapdragon 7xx processors.

Nokia 7.2 design and build quality

The Nokia 7.2 exudes a premium feeling the moment you lay your eyes on it. HMD Global has augmented the metal frame of this phone’s predecessor with a new polymer composite that’s said to be twice as strong as polycarbonate and twice as light as aluminium. The frame is slightly curved for a comfortable grip.

The 3.5mm headphone jack is located at the top, while the speaker and USB Type-C port are at the bottom. HMD Global offers the Nokia 7.2 in two colours in India – Charcoal and Cyan Green – though a silvery Ice version was also shown off internationally. The pristine black finish of the Charcoal variant looks great, but Cyan Green is the colour that truly stands out. The phone is light for its size and feels sturdy, something Nokia-branded phones have cultivated a reputation for.

However, there are a few things that we don’t like. The Nokia 7.2 is quite a handful at 159.88×75.11×8.25mm, and one-handed usage is difficult. The chin is quite thick, and the circular camera module on the back won’t be to everyone’s taste, also causing the phone to wobble while lying on a flat surface.

Nokia 7.2 specifications and software

The Nokia 7.2 has a host of major improvements over the Nokia 7.1, especially in the imaging department in the form of a triple rear camera setup with Zeiss Optics. It employs a 48-megapixel primary shooter with an f/1.79 aperture – a big upgrade from the 12-megapixel camera on the Nokia 7.1. The main snapper is assisted by an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera with an f/2.2 aperture and 118-degree field of view, and there’s also a 5-megapixel depth sensor. On the front is a 20-megapixel selfie camera with an f/2.0 aperture, which is again a big jump from the 8-megapixel front snapper on the previous model.

The Nokia 7.2 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC, which is underpowered compared to the Snapdragon 7xx processors found in many other phones in this segment, and even some that cost less, such as the Realme XT ₹ 15,999 (Review) and the Vivo Z1 Pro ₹ 14,680 (Review). HMD Global offers the Nokia 7.2 in two variants – a 4GB RAM + 64GB storage model priced at Rs. 18,599, and a higher-end 6GB RAM + 64GB storage variant priced at Rs. 19,599. The internal storage on both is expandable by up to 512GB using a microSD card.

Nokia 7.2 performance and battery life

The Nokia 7.2 lags behind its competition at the same price in terms of raw performance. Still, the Snapdragon 660 is quite capable and handles day-to-day tasks with ease. Launching and switching between apps was smooth, and there were no stutters during our review. However, performance limitations do become evident when playing graphics-intensive games.

We were able to run PUBG Mobile, Call of Duty: Mobile, and Injustice at medium graphics settings without a hitch, but frame drops were easily visible. On the other hand, other phones at this price level allow these games to run smoothly at higher graphics presets.

This shortcoming is evident in benchmarks as well. The Nokia 7.2  scored 328 in Geekbench 5’s single-core test, and a modest 1,245 in the multi-core test. In AnTuTu, the phone returned 1,34,286. It managed 13fps and 46fps in GFXBench’s Manhattan 3.1 and T-Rex tests respectively.

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