The much-awaited Mobile World Congress (MWC) is only a few weeks away. HMD Global, which owns the license to sell Nokia-branded phones, will hold a press event on February 25 in Barcelona to announce its new smartphones. The Finnish company is expected to launch premium as well as budget-friendly smartphones at the event, including the Nokia 7 Plus. The Nokia 7 successor has been subjected to tons of rumors in the last few weeks. Fresh leaks have revealed almost everything about the Nokia 7 Plus ahead of its launch.
Nokia 7 Plus specs leaked
The Nokia 7 Plus was first leaked via the Camera app APK teardown of Nokia 5. A few days ago, the phone was spotted on Geekbench benchmarking site, where it scored 1636 in single-core and 5902 in multi-core tests. The Geekbench listing confirmed that the Nokia 7 Plus would offer 4GB RAM. The listing also revealed that the device would have model number TA-1055 and would be powered by Qualcomm’s mid-range Snapdragon 660 processor.
ITHome as well as screenshots of marketing materials obtained by NokiaPowerUser reveal that the Nokia 7 Plus would adopt the bezel-less design with an 18:9 aspect ratio. It will be an enhanced version of Nokia 7 with a giant 6-inch display offering 2160 x 1080p Full HD resolution. There will be minimal bezels around the screen. If the reports turn out to be true, it would be the first Nokia-branded smartphone to have a bezel-less design.
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The screen will be protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass. The handset is said to have an aluminum unibody design. The aluminum body would have a ceramic texture to make it a little less slippery. On the back panel, it would house a dual camera system, the Nokia logo, and the fingerprint sensor. The Nokia 7 Plus would come with 64GB of internal memory, which you can expand further via a microSD card slot.
According to NokiaPowerUser, the smartphone would offer Quick Charging, a USB Type-C port, and Adreno 512 GPU. It would also feature Nokia’s OZO 360-degree surround sound technology for a better audio experience. The rumor mill expects it to run Android Oreo out of the box. HMD offers the bloat-free, pure version of Android on its devices to differentiate them from rival offerings that are loaded with bloatware and a custom UI.
Nokia 7 Plus with dual camera enters production
The Nokia 7 Plus would sport a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens and a 13-megapixel telephoto lens on the back panel. It will offer 2x optical zoom. HMD Global will use Carl Zeiss lenses on the 7 Plus. Just like Nokia 8, it would have the Bothie feature that allows you to take photos and videos with both the rear and front cameras simultaneously. It would also offer Nokia Lumia-like Pro mode for enhanced photography. There will be a 16-megapixel camera on the front for selfies, says NokiaPowerUser.
The rumor mill claims the Nokia 7 Plus would be priced at EUR 399 in European markets. According to NokiaPowerUser, the phone has already entered mass production ahead of its MWC unveiling. It means the device would hit the store shelves soon after launch. Foxconn is responsible for manufacturing Nokia-branded phones for HMD Global.
Other Nokia phones we will likely see at MWC
HMD Global is going to unveil multiple phones at the MWC press event, including Nokia 4, Nokia 1, and Nokia 3310 4G variant. The Nokia 3310 4G would be based on Alibaba’s YunOS, which is a customized version of Android. The Nokia 1 would be based on Google’s Android Go program, meaning it would run lightweight apps such as Google Go, Files Go, and Google Maps Go.
The Finnish company will also announce a premium smartphone called Nokia 8 Sirocco. HMD recently trademarked the name ‘Nokia 8 Sirocco’ carrying model number TA-1005 in Thailand. A phone with the same model number was certified by the US FCC in December last year. If the name sounds familiar to you, it’s because Nokia had launched a Nokia 8800 Sirocco way back in 2006. It was the premium version of the sliding phone Nokia 8800 and came with a glossy steel body, a sapphire glass covering, and a leather case. The Nokia 8800 Sirocco was the most expensive Nokia phone at the time of its launch.
According to FCC documents, the Nokia 8 Sirocco would sport a 5.5-inch QHD OLED display supplied by LG Display. It would come with 128GB internal storage, 6GB RAM, and a 3250mAh battery. The device is said to feature a 12MP and a 13MP dual camera setup on the rear panel. However, it would have only a 5MP camera on the front. It will also offer the Bothie camera and OZO surround sound technology. The device is expected to run Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 instead of the latest Snapdragon 845 chipset.