HMD Global has announced its new ‘performance mainstream’ smartphone, the Nokia 7.2. It is aimed at the mass market, yet features premium capabilities, like a large HDR10-capable display with PurePlay enhancements, and a triple-module camera with a 48 MP sensor. When compared to its predecessor in the same price segment, the Nokia 7.2 upgrades itself in every important aspect like the screen size, performance, and imaging capabilities.

The design language of the Nokia 7.2 is somewhat different when compared to its ancestor, the Nokia 7.1, as well as other advanced Nokia handsets available today. The chassis is symmetric with very smooth edges to ensure a pleasant grip. The handset no longer has sharp/diamond-cut edges that were meant to ensure firm grip and give a somewhat special feeling. There is a reason for that. The enclosure no longer uses an aluminum unibody frame, but features a frame made of a polymer composite along with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on both sides. Nokia says that the polymer composite it uses is twice as strong as polycarbonate at half the weight of aluminum. Use of the polymer instead of metal enabled Nokia to install a 6.3-inch LCD and boost battery capacity while maintaining weight of the phone at around 160 grams (same as predecessor).

Speaking of the display, the Nokia 7.2 features a 6.3-inch IPS LCD with a 2244×1080 resolution as well as Nokia’s PureDisplay hardware and software technology enabled by a PixelWorks chip that can process HDR10 content, upscale SDR content to HDR, as well as adjust brightness and contrast dynamically to provide the best possible image quality both indoors and outdoors.

Inside the Nokia 7.2 is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 that integrates eight Kryo cores (so, four semi-custom Cortex-A73 and four semi-custom Cortex-A53 cores) as well as an Adreno 512 graphics core, and an X12 LTE modem. The application processor is paired with 4 or 6 GB of LPDDR4 memory as well as 64 GB or 128 GB of NAND flash storage. Meanwhile, the device is equipped with a 3,500 mAh battery that can be fast charged.

As noted above, the Nokia 7.2 got significant upgrades when it comes to imaging. The main camera module is a 48 MP equipped with Zeiss optics, an ultrawide 8 MP sensor, a 5 MP depth module, and a LED flash. Also, there is a 20 MP camera for selfies on the front of the phone. To take advantage of the new triple-module camera as well as the new front sensor, Nokia developed its new camera software that takes advantage of the new hardware and supports ‘AI-powered night mode’ (which is probably a way to call Google Android’s Night Mode). Besides, there is Pro Camera Mode that enables a precise control of white balance, ISO, aperture, and shutter speed. Obviously, there are various refinements when it comes to the selfie camera too.

Physical interfaces of the Nokia 7.2 include a fingerprint reader on the back, power, volume and Google Assistant buttons, as well as a USB Type-C for data and power. For those who care, there still is a 3.5-mm audio jack for headsets.

General Specifications of the Nokia 7.2
  Nokia 7.2
Nokia 7.2
Display Size 6.3" IPS
Resolution 2280×1080 (19:9)
Cover Gorilla Glass 3
Processor PixelWorks
SoC Snapdragon 636
 Kryo 260
4 × Kryo 260 Gold (semi-custom Cortex-A73 cores) @ 2.2 GHz
4 × Kryo 260 Silver (semi-custom Cortex-A53 cores) @ 1.84 GHz
GPU Adreno 512
Storage 64 GB + microSD 128 GB + microSD
Networks GSM GPRS (2G), UMTS HSPA (3G), LTE (4G)
SIM Size Nano SIM
SIM Options Dual SIM, second SIM slot is used by microSD card
Local Connectivity 802.11ac Wi-Fi, BT 5.0, NFC,
3.5mm jack,
USB 2.0 Type-C
Front Camera 20 MP
Rear Camera Main: 48 MP, f/1.8, 0.88µm, Quad-Pixel, PDAF
Ultrawide: 8 MP, f/2.2
Depth: 5 MP, (f/2.4, 1.12µm ?)
Flash: LED
Battery 3,500 mAh
Dimensions Height 159.9 mm | 6.3 inches
Width 71.8 mm | 2.8 inches
Thickness 8 mm | 0.31 inches
Weight 160 grams | 5.63 ounces
Launch OS Android 9.0

The Nokia 7.2 smartphone will be available in Cyan Green, Charcoal, and Ice finishes later this month. The 4 GB + 64 GB model will cost €299, whereas the more advanced 6 GB + 128 GB SKU will be priced at €349.

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Sources: Nokia, GSMArena

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  • bug77 - Monday, September 9, 2019 - link

    Eh, for ~300 euros I got the Nokia 8.1, so this looks kinda pricey even disregarding Chinese alternatives.
  • Namisecond - Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - link

    Looking at their specs, they seem to be fairly comparable devices. I'd personally get the 7.2 because it has the LTE channels for my region.
  • Retycint - Monday, September 9, 2019 - link

    Yeah this is definitely not a good value proposition. The Realme Q, for instance, has a SD712 for about $140
  • Namisecond - Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - link

    That's a China-market phone designed/built by a Chinese company. No western company is going to be able to beat that price.
  • Haawser - Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - link

    Yeah, I suspect the Redmi Note 8 Pro is going to eat its lunch, just as the Redmi Note 7 eat pretty much everybody elses in the budget sector.
  • Namisecond - Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - link

    The only region the Nokia 7.2 might be competing with Xiaomi and Realme is maybe India. Look at their LTE bands. The 7.2 target markets are ROW, USA, and India.
  • Dribble - Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - link

    The Xiaomi redmi note 7 works fine in the uk market (all the 4g bands). Tbh when I saw the spec's thought they looked almost identical to that Xiaomi phone, which is dirt cheap and has been out for a while.
  • Namisecond - Sunday, September 22, 2019 - link

    You can't even directly compare the 2 devices. It's dirt cheap for a reason. It's Xiaomi, the company that doesn't make a profit on the hardware, they make profit on their 'services' and the user's data. It's also a China market phone. It's like buying an Amazon Alexa edition device, but run by a foreign intelligence agency, without Amazon's service and warranty
  • Tams80 - Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - link

    I seriously question the support those Chinese brand phones are going to offer, but also how sustainable their market strategy is. Either they go bankrupt or slowly raise their prices. And with China's economy not doing fantastically and the potential for a recession, I wouldn't put much faith in them.
  • FSWKU - Monday, September 9, 2019 - link

    Yet another phone with a stupid notch. Pass.

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