Nokia 7 launches in China with glass back, Snapdragon 630

Nokia 7 launches in China with glass back, Snapdragon 630

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Today the newest member of HMD Global’s Android smartphone roster has become official in China. 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.

It sure looks premium (if you can ignore those bezels), and it comes with IP54 certification, which means it’s splashproof essentially. Inside, you’ll find the Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 running the show, paired with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM. microSD cards are supported for expanding the built-in 64GB of storage.

The screen is a 5.2″ 1080p IPS LCD with Gorilla Glass 3 on top. The main camera is a 16 MP unit with f/1.8 aperture, 1.12um pixels, and a dual-tone LED flash. For selfies you have a 5 MP f/2.0 snapper with larger 1.4um pixels and an 84-degree field-of-view.

Connectivity-wise you get Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, USB Type-C, a 3.5mm headset jack, NFC, and LTE Cat.6. The system keys are capacitive, and the fingerprint sensor is on the back. The handset runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat (with an Oreo update promised) and has a 3,000 mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging.

The Nokia 7 comes with “a Zeiss imaging experience” that includes the ability to capture what HMD Global calls “bothies” – a split screen visual for photos as well as videos that harnesses both front and rear cameras simultaneously. Nokia OZO audio is built-in for recording immersive sound too.

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.

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