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The new Nokia 7.2 is the first Nokia phone to have 48MP ZEISS camera

Nokia 7.2

At the IFA 2019, HMD Global has launched the Nokia 7.2, the company's latest smartphone and the successor of the last year Nokia 7.1. This has a larger display, is powered by a more efficient processor, comes with better cameras, and packed a bigger battery. The Nokia 7.2 is more superior in all aspects when compared to its predecessor.

The phone features a 6.39-inch PureDisplay Full HD+ (2340×1080) LCD screen with Waterdrop notch that is HDR10 certified. The display offered 500 nits brightness, 1000:1 contrast ratio, and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. HMD Global revealed that the display has a dedicated visual processor "Pixelworks" that can upscale video content to HDR.

Under-the-hood is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 octa-core chipset running at a speed of 2.2GHz, paired with up to 6GB of LPDDR4X RAM and up to 128GB of storage. A MicroSD slot is provided to further expand the storage up to 512GB. All the graphics tasks is handled by the Adreno 512 GPU.

Residing at the back of the Nokia 7.2 is triple camera with ZEISS optics; the primary camera has a 48MP Qual Pixel sensor with an f/1.79 aperture, the secondary camera is an 8MP ultra-wide angle lens (118°) with an f/2.2 aperture, while the tertiary is a 5MP depth sensor with an f/2.2 aperture for portrait shots. At the front is a 20MP Qual Pixel camera with f/2.0 aperture and ZEISS optics.

Different optimizations are put in place to make sure that users get the most out of the cameras, among these are "AI-powered Night Mode" for bright low-light shots, and "ZEISS Modern", "ZEISS Swirl", and "ZEISS Smooth" for unique bokeh effects in Portrait mode.

Security is provided by a fingerprint sensor that is mounted to the Gorilla Glass back of the phone in addition to face unlock brought by the front camera. The Nokia 7.2 runs Android One based on Android 9.0 Pie, and it also have dedicated dual SIM slot and Google Assistant button. Connectivity onboard includes Bluetooth 5, WiFi 802.11ac (dual band), Dual 4G VoLTE, 3G, GPS, GLONASS, USB Type-C (2.0), and 3.5mm audio jack, and FM radio.

The device body is made out of Polymer Composite. HMD Global said the material is twice as strong as polycarbonate and half as heavy as Aluminium. It measures 159.88x75.11x8.25mm, weighs 180 grams, while the power is supplied by a 3500mAh battery with fast charging supports.

The Nokia 7.2 will be available in Europe for €299 sometime in September. Color options provided are Ice, Cyan Green, and Charcoal.

Update - Launched in India (September 19, 2019)

Few days after the Nokia 7.2 was launched in Europe, HMD Global today has introduced the phone in India. The 4GB/64GB version is priced at Rs 18,599 (US$260), and the 6GB/64GB version at Rs 19,599 (US$274). It will be available on Flipkart, Nokia eStore, and other select retail outlets in the region from September 23rd.

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