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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  • lejeczek - Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - link

    I'm surprised to see that even Nokia still do not get that usb 2.0 is a massive bummer!!
  • Namisecond - Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - link

    It doesn't matter if it's USB 2 or 3 or eMMC or UFS. It will all be bottlenecked by the flash storage chips.
  • nikon133 - Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - link

    It is somewhat beneficial having USB plug that can be plugged either way.

    That said, I really don't understand why is Nokia so shy with Qi wireless charging. That hardware cannot be expensive nowadays. I am personally finding it a must, and most people I know (who already have it on their current phones) are putting this feature reasonably high on their wish lists for the next phone. It is really convenient feature.
  • Namisecond - Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - link

    If you are talking USB-C, the Nokia 7.2 does use that connector. The person I was replying to was bemoaning that it is on USB 2 instead of USB 3. Not having had experience with the Qi wireless charging, I'm not particularly invested in that technology and it's not a deal-breaker for me. I would also think it's a feature reserved for high-end or flagship phones rather than something I'd expect to see on a mid-level phone.
  • doggface - Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - link

    I found personally that wireless charging became less important when fast charging became a thing. Nokia's recent phones have been excellent at fast charging to 80% in 45 mins.
  • Tams80 - Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - link

    That has nothing to do with USB 2.0, 3.0, 3.1, 3.mytitsareonfire, etc.
    You mean USB C, which can be any of those (and Thunderbolt, and DisplayPort...), which it does have.
  • Gunbuster - Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - link

    So a variation of every other ODM (BLU, UMIDIGI, Whatever is on Amazon) but twice the price. Ride that name... ride it hard.
  • Namisecond - Sunday, September 22, 2019 - link

    Really? Do you have any examples you can point to? The only other ODMs I've seen that offer this level of hardware for same or less are the Chinese China-market phones, and I wouldn't touch those unless they had an unlocked bootloader. I'll actually pay extra for Android One and a company that provides warranty and service in my own country.
  • Tams80 - Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - link

    "For those who care, there still is a 3.5-mm audio jack for headsets."

    Come on AnandTech, enough with the snark. I'd have thought you lot would have learned from the whole replaceable battery and storage (microSD) furore that happened a few years ago.

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