Nokia 7.2 Specs & Camera Review – Hey, what’s up guys this is the new Nokia 7.2 by HMD Global. Ever since they acquired the Nokia brand, HMD has been using it to try and shake up the mid-range smartphone scene. Where that kind of phones is getting so good these days in the 7.2 pullets.
Our Nokia 7.2 was in the charcoal colour, and the frosted matte finish gives it a dark conservative look. It’s a colour scheme Batman will be proud of. Of course, there are more colourful options out there if you’re looking for that. One significant difference from previous Nokia phones is that the cameras are housed within a round camera bump. Like the old moto style, below that since the fingerprint scanner.
The scanner is pretty accurate to wake up the phone, though I’m not a massive fan of the placement. It feels a little too low for my finger, which naturally wants to touch the cameras instead. Still, I’d rather use a fingerprint reader than the face unlocks option, which on top of being less secure is pretty slow.
Let’s go more in-depth with the Nokia 7.2 is the screen, it’s a high 6.3 inch IPS LCD with a 1080p resolution. And a water-drop notch cut out for the selfie cam. This screen is alright, but not the best LCD we’ve seen. Sharpness is good at 400 PPI. However, contrast leaves more to be desired, and colour accuracy is poor. With a strong tendency towards bluish also, the panel is supposed to be HDR 10 compliance.
But we weren’t able to get HDR content to run from YouTube or Netflix. Brightness is decent though, at 500 miss maximum with a slider. In a boost of up to 585 nits in auto mode when you’re out in the Sun. And there’s an automatic white balance feature that can change the rendition of whites on the screen based on the ambient lighting. An impressive feature is the notification LED, which is built into the power button. It only glows white, but it’s still nice to have and kind of mesmerising.
The Nokia 7.2 as a single bottom-firing loudspeaker, and it earned an excellent rating in our loudness test. Sound quality isn’t terrific though with muffled highs and barely any bass. I was glad to see a 3.5-millimetre jack here for headphones, and this support for FM radio too. Sound quality with headphones is decent, with reasonable accuracy in stereo separation, but volume levels are disappointing.
You get either 64 or 128 gigs of internal storage on the Nokia 7.2. But this is expandable, and you can fit a microSD card into the tray along with two SIM cards. As part of the Android 1 program, the Nokia 7.2 runs basically stock Android 9PI. And should be among the first devices to get new security updates. Overall, the interface is quite clean and feels snappy. Most of the functions, such as the gallery and the music player, are taken care of by Google’s default apps. One thing I don’t like though is that you need a long swipe up to access the app drawer. A shorter swipe will open the task switcher.
Flicking the pill switches between recent apps and sliding it and holding will let you scroll through the task switcher. Tapping the back arrow goes back and tapping the pill takes you home. Directly opposite the power button on the left side of the phone as a dedicated google assistant key. It’s not remappable, but you can turn it off if you want too.
Under the hood of the Nokia 7.2 was a snapdragon 616 chipset. Which was all the rage amongst mid-range phones? Two years ago, these days there are newer more efficient chips at options readily available. Don’t get me wrong, performance isn’t bad here, and you can run plenty of games without slowdowns. But in such a competitive market, it’s a strange move to release a phone that hits the bottom of the performance charts.
The Nokia 7.2 is powered by a 3,500 milliamp-hour battery, an upgrade over the Nokia 7.1 S 3060 million powers. However, overall battery life wasn’t impressive. It scored an endurance rating of 69 hours in our proprietary tests. It’s disappointing compared to other mid-range errs these days that are scoring a hundred plus hours. The phone comes bundled with a modest 10-watt charger and charging speed is nothing exciting. We were able to get from 0 to 33 per cent charge in half an hour.
Now on to the Nokia 7.2 is triple cameras, there’s a 48-megapixel primary camera the quad Bayer sensor. And 8-megapixel ultra-wide cam and a depth sensor for portrait mode. Daylight images come out in 12 megapixels, and quality is a bit disappointing. The detail is decent, but there’s a fair share of noise and dynamic ranges just in grades. Also, the colours are a bit off for the noticeable green tint.
The ultra-wide-angle cam captures okay detail. And you get the advantage of a more full field of view. Portrait shots on the Nokia 7.2 weren’t too bad. The quality is similar to that of the regular photos. But you generally come out with good subject isolation even with reasonably complex backgrounds. Moving onto low-light photography, we didn’t have high hopes here. But actually compared to other phones in this class the Nokia 7.2 didn’t do too bad.
Switching on night mode will help those a bit. Preserving some extra colour and tweaking the highlights and shadows as well. However, net mode shots are softer and have less overall detail. On the front, the Nokia 7.2 has a 20-megapixel quad bear selfie camera which outputs five-megapixel photos. These have slightly muted colours and modest dynamic range, but they’re still decent. Videos can be recorded with the main cam and up to 4k at 30fps. And in up to 1080p at 30fps with the ultra-wide. 4k footage contains a lot of detail. There’s a bit of a cold greenish colour cast too, and anaemic ranges rather narrow. The ultra-wide-angle cams 1080p videos are low in particular with a magenta colour cast, and again close dynamic range. But 1080p videos do have always-on electronic stabilisation. The EIS does a good job, and these come out nicely smooth with no wobble.
So that’s the Nokia 7.2, you do get a nice-looking build Android one and a headphone jack. Sadly the list of pros here is kind of short on. The other hand there are a lot of features which feel like a letdown. There’s the mediocre LCD screen, the outdated chipset, the unimpressive cameras and battery life was just as in competitive these days. In such a saturated mid-range market with some real standout devices this year. The Nokia 7.2 doesn’t have much going for it, besides the Nokia brand name. Unless you’re a die-hard fan, you can probably skip on this one.
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