HMD Global’s latest midrange smartphone arrives in the UAE.
Initially introduced a few months ago during IFA 2019, the Nokia 7.2 from HMD Global brings the best of Nokia’s technologies into a 999 AED device. The result is a decently-priced mid-range smartphone that delivers despite some flaws. This is where HMD Global nailed the basics – the Nokia 7.2 delivers everything you need from a smartphone. No fancy features or over-the-top enhancements to drive the price higher – it’s simple and straightforward.
The Nokia 7.2’s outer shell comes in a matte finish, and the rounded corners give it an improved grip which made it easier to hold – I must admit though that it definitely looks better. There is the usual power button on the right side that sits next to the volume rockers. The power button holds an LED light that pulses with every notification that you get. On the left side is a dedicated button that summons Google Assistant, a more discreet way of talking to the virtual assistant. ‘Hey Google’ still works, but using this button offers a more discreet way of asking questions.
Specifications for the Nokia 7.2 are mostly decent for a mid-range device: Snapdragon 660, 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. This is enough to handle the most commonly used apps and I’ve gotten decent performance on some games. I’ve encountered some hiccups, but nothing that ruins my experience in using the smartphone.
Even with midrange devices utilizing an OLED screen for its displays, it’s a surprise that HMD Global went with LCD for the Nokia 7.2. Still, the 6.3-inch display managed to deliver a decent viewing experience. Text is sharp, colors are accurate and it even supports HDR10 for supported video content.
The Nokia 7.2 is part of the Android One program, and that means you’re getting the stock Android experience out of the box. This smartphone runs Android Pie, with Android 10 scheduled to arrive before the year ends. Add to that the monthly security updates that are guaranteed to arrive on the device for the next two years.
At the back, you will find a noticeable camera bump right above the fingerprint reader that houses a three-lens camera array. This includes a main 48-megapixel sensor along with an 8-megapixel ultra-wide sensor and finally a 5-megapixel depth sensor for taking bokeh shots. Photos are generally okay, especially when taken outside in the sunlight. Details are present, though sometimes images can be too oversharpened. Low light images also tend to become too noisy as well.
Battery life is acceptable, and we managed to get around a day’s worth of usage from a single charge on the 3,500 mAh battery.
Overall, the Nokia 7.2 isn’t perfect, but for a price that starts at just 999 AED, it’s one of the decently priced mid-range Android One smartphones that you should get.
+ Decent performance
+ Android One
+ Sturdy design
– The camera is strictly okay
Final Rating: 3.5/5