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Here are our first Nokia 7 Plus photo samples

The Nokia 7 Plus made its debut in India last week, and the phone is set to go on sale in the UK early next month. There's considerable interest in the phone as it is the first bearing the Nokia name to feature an 18:9 display. It is powered by the Snapdragon 660 — which is just as fast as flagship chipsets from just a few years ago — and comes with Android One, meaning it will be one of the first devices to receive new platform and security updates.

Then there's the dual camera setup at the back, which sees a 12MP camera joined by a secondary 13MP telephoto lens. Like erstwhile Nokias, both cameras feature Carl Zeiss optics; and HMD has introduced a pro mode as well. I've been using the Nokia 7 Plus for just over five days now, and here's a quick preview of what you can expect from the cameras.

If you're interested, you can download the full-size photos from here.

Daylight photos

The 12MP primary camera with the f/1.75 lens takes fantastic photos in daylight scenarios. The resulting images are full of detail, colors are accurate, and the dynamic range is wide enough that you can just rely on the auto mode.

Daylight shots from the Nokia 7 Plus are fantastic.

The secondary telephoto lens does a decent job as well when it comes to preserving detail at 2x zoom. HDR auto works reliably well, and you don't see any lag when taking photos with HDR.

Like last year's Nokia 8, the Nokia 7 Plus has a Bothie mode that captures images from both the front and back cameras simultaneously — I didn't end up using the feature nearly as much, but it's there if you want it.

Low-light photos

Low-light shots taken from the Nokia 7 Plus are decent for the most part, and the main issue with the phone seems to be reliably focusing on a subject in certain scenarios. The camera failed to accurately focus in on a particular subject at times, leading to photos with washed out details. Thankfully, this wasn't the case often, and in a majority of situations, you'll end up with a passable shot.

You get decent low-light shots, but it struggles in a few scenarios.

Like most phones with dual cameras, the Nokia 7 Plus has portrait mode that lets you blur out the background of an image, but the feature was finicky at best. I couldn't get it to reliably work in most shooting scenarios, and the resulting blur effect left a lot to be desired. More often than not, the primary camera by itself did a better job of creating a bokeh effect, as you can see from the first image in the gallery.

A lot of it has to do with edge detection — with the image processing algorithm smoothing out the edges far too much, leading to an uneven blur effect. HMD Global should hopefully be able to fix the issue in upcoming software builds.

More to come

Overall, the Nokia 7 Plus takes great photos for its price point, and it gives the likes of the Moto X4 a run for their money. I'm just getting started with the phone, and will go into much more detail in my review, so stay tuned.

Harish Jonnalagadda
Harish Jonnalagadda

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.

  • Wow...stunning camera!
  • Would love to see a review for the camera app!
  • Interesting to note that this phone has focus issues as well.
  • Waiting to compare this to the Moto G6 but think I'll get one or the other.
  • I was the same as I have the g4 plus. But I fell out with Moto recently over a return so I'm going to try the 7 plus or maybe even the 8 (as it's currently cheaper. )
  • Im going to go out on a limb here and say that in future Nokia will become the second most popular Android maker in the US. Im almost certain my next phone will be the Nokia 6 2018.
  • Could be right if the Chinese manufacturers are kept out.
    Looks like a cheap Pixel or new Nexus and would fill a need.
  • I honestly don't think it's Chinese manufacturers that are the problem, it's the software they put on the phones. Selling updated locked versions of Android that people have absolutely no insight into is not going to earn any trust from many people, regardless of the cheap prices.
  • I thought the Chinese manufacturers where championing Android one?
    Not convinced Oneplus fits into your analogy.
  • Can't wait for a review of the Nokia 8 Sirocco! A (by today standard) compact flagship with great design and Android One so I expect swift performance and quick updates. Only potential drawbacks for me compared to other flagships:
    - no big battery - let's hope Android One makes it as efficient as a Pixel, after all the lightly skinned 5T has really good battery life with battery similar to Sirocco)
    - the camera quality is unknown, even if this review of the cheaper 7 is encouraging. Although hopefully the Sirocco camera is better as low light performance is not great for a flagship on the 7. Also I'd rather have a black&white second lens (like Nokia 6) than a telephoto but you can't have it all (well yes you can...looking at you P20 Pro but you're big and heavily skinned...)
  • Wireless charging?
  • Only Nokia 8 Sirocco have wireless charging, Nokia 7+ have metal body and therefor not wireless charging.
  • Great decision to have a metal back in exchange for wireless charging.
    Wireless charging is the most over rated feature on a phone only equaled by face ID.
  • Yeah. I had a phone with wireless charging. I stopped using it as I found it gave me no real benefit. Fast charging is much more useful and usb c when trying to plug in at night in a dark room!!!!