Nokia 7.2 vs. Nokia 6.2: Which should you buy?

Nokia 6.2
Nokia 6.2 (Image credit: Android Central)

Nokia 6.2

Nokia 6.2

The Nokia 6.2 is gunning to be one of 2019's best smartphone values. You're getting a premium design, gorgeous display, and advanced features like triple rear cameras and NFC for Google Pay. Camera performance is far from the best you can get, but considering how little Nokia's asking for the phone, the 6.2 as an overall package is tough to ignore.

Nokia 6.2

Serious value

Glass construction
Vibrant, colorful, HDR display
Triple rear cameras
NFC for Google Pay
Lackluster cameras

Nokia 7.2

Nokia 7.2

The best way to think about the Nokia 7.2 is as a slightly upgraded version of the 6.2. It has a faster processor, more internal storage, and a better primary camera. If those upgrades are important to you, it's a great purchase. Otherwise, this is virtually the same phone as the Nokia 6.2 — it even has the same dimensions and weight!

Nokia 7.2

Upgrade choice

Premium in-hand feel
HDR display is a joy
Long battery life
Clean software with guaranteed updates
Pictures are just OK

With the Nokia 6.2 and Nokia 7.2, you have two phones that could easily be mistaken for each other. They share the same display, battery, basic camera setup, and even have a nearly identical design. We think the Nokia 6.2 is the better value proposition considering the difference in price, but if you value the upgrades brought to the table by the Nokia 7.2, it's still worth a look.

Why we think the Nokia 6.2 is the better purchase

The Nokia 6.2 is one of Nokia's latest smartphones to grace the U.S., and it just may be one of the best values we've seen all year. It has a lot in common with the Nokia 7.2, showcasing many of the same great features for $100 less than the more expensive sibling.

One of the main draws to the Nokia 6.2 is its display. The 6.3-inch panel is a great size for content consumption, and the 2280x1080 resolution means you can watch all of your favorite shows and movies in crisp full HD. Covering the screen is Gorilla Glass 3, giving you ample protection against scratches and shatters. And, just like the Nokia 7.2, it supports native HDR content and can convert SDR videos into HDR ones for more vibrant and punchy colors.

Around back, the Nokia 6.2 is equipped with a triple camera system. Along with the 16-megapixel primary camera, you also get an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera and 5-megapixel depth camera, which allows for better portrait shots. While these aren't the absolute best cameras you'll find on a smartphone, they get the job done and should be perfectly adequate for sharing your snapshots on apps like Twitter and Instagram. Plus, considering how much Nokia is asking for the 6.2, there's not much room to complain.

You also have ample power with the Nokia 6.2, including a Snapdragon 636 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 512GB using a microSD card. As for the battery, there's a 3,500 mAh unit that Nokia touts as being able to get you through two days of use on a single charge.

All of that goodness is presented in a sleek design, consisting of a glass back and "high-tech polymer composite frame." All you need to know is that the Nokia 6.2 looks like a much more expensive device and feels great in the hand. Plus, that Ice color looks darn good.

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Header Cell - Column 0 Nokia 6.2Nokia 7.2
Operating SystemAndroid 9 PieAndroid OneAndroid 9 PieAndroid One
Display6.3-inch2280 x 1080IPS LCDGorilla Glass 3HDR6.3-inch2280 x 1080IPS LCDGorilla Glass 3HDR
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 636Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
Storage64GBExpandable up to 512GB128GBExpandable up to 512GB
Rear Camera 116MP primary camera48MP primary camera
Rear Camera 28MP ultra-wide camera8MP ultra-wide camera
Rear Camera 35MP depth camera5MP depth camera
Front Camera8MP20MP
SecurityRear fingerprint sensorFace unlockRear fingerprint sensorFace unlock
Battery3,500 mAh10W wired charging3,500 mAh10W wired charging
Dimensions159.9 x 75.2 x 8.3mm159.9 x 75.2 x 8.3mm

Where the Nokia 7.2 comes out on top

Back of the Nokia 7.2

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Going over to the Nokia 7.2, everything that's awesome about the Nokia 6.2 shines just as bright here — if not a bit more. This isn't a substantially different phone, but it does offer a few key upgrades that may make the steeper price worth it.

The Nokia 7.2 has a faster processor, twice the amount of internal storage, and a better selfie camera (20-megapixel compared to 8-megapixel on the Nokia 6.2). The rear camera also gets an upgrade to a 16MP primary shooter for more detailed shots. Outside of those changes, it's the exact same phone.

Whether or not those differences make the Nokia 7.2 worth the extra $100 over the 6.2 is up to you to decide.

Android One shines on both phones

Recent apps page on the Nokia 7.2

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No matter if you buy the Nokia 6.2 or 7.2, you're getting a truly fantastic software experience. Both phones are currently running a clean build of Android 9 Pie, meaning there's no unwanted clutter or anything to bog down the UI.

Both phones are part of the Android One program, meaning they're guaranteed to receive software updates and monthly security patches for the next two years.

That level of post-purchase support is tough to come by in the Android space, especially when talking about phones in these price brackets.

You can't go wrong either way

Nokia 6.2

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At the end of the day, you honestly can't go wrong with either phone. Whether you buy the Nokia 6.2 or Nokia 7.2, you're getting a quality Android handset that should be able to serve you quite well for the coming years.

That said, if we had to pick one phone over the other, we'd be inclined to go with the Nokia 6.2. Seeing as how it shares so much in common with the Nokia 7.2, we think it makes sense to pick it up and save $100 in the process. Then again, if you think you'd get a lot of value out of the 7.2's higher-resolution primary camera and faster processor, you can buy it with confidence.

Joe Maring

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.