Nokia 7 is ‘design-led’ phone, has a ‘bothie’ camera for half the price of the Nokia 8

Today the newest member of HMD Global’s Android smartphone roster has become official in China. When HMD Global sent out invites for a press event yesterday, many suspected that it might be for the unveiling of the long-awaited Nokia 7 – and they were right indeed.

The Nokia 7 is the first Android device from the brand to sport a glass back – it’s a vacuum molded 3D Corning Gorilla Glass construction no less. The 7’s frame is 7000 series aluminum with diamond cut beveled edges. A mid-range Android phone that’ll sell for around $400.

The phone has a 5.2-inch 1080p IPS LCD display, a Snapdragon 630 processor, a 3,000mAh battery, and support for expanded storage over microSD. It’ll be available in two models, one with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage and another with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It will be upgradeable to Android Oreo when it lands later this year or the beginning of next.

This is the second Nokia phone to include a “bothie” camera, which is really just a mode that lets the phone capture photos from the front and rear camera at the same time, combining them into a single image.

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It’s mostly a gimmick, but it sounds like it could be fun now and then for Instagram and Snapchat. The phone includes a 16 megapixel camera with 1.12um pixels and an f/1.8 aperture on the back and a 5 megapixel camera with 1.4um pixels and an f/2.0 aperture on the front.

HMD Global has been rolling out its first line of Nokia-branded Android phones all throughout this year. It started in February with the Nokia 3, 5, and 6, which were all equipped with a low-end Snapdragon 430 processor and largely sold for below $300.

In August, it introduced the high-end Nokia 8, which sold for a little over $700. And now there’s the Nokia 7, which fits right in between the prior two phone releases.

All of HMD’s Nokia phones have debuted in China, with some later coming to the US and Europe.

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The device will be offered in Gloss Black (pictured above) and Matt White. It will be available in China on October 24 for CNY 2,499 (that’s around $377 or €320) with 4GB of RAM, and CNY 2,699 ($407 or €345) with 6GB. At the moment we have no information about when (or if) the Nokia 7 will be sold in other countries.

There’s no indication yet of when or whether it’ll launch elsewhere. Nokia 7 has a ‘bothie’ camera for half the price of the Nokia 8


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