This year’s IFA in Berlin might be starting tomorrow, but some companies are eager to showcase their products before the tech floodgates open. HMD Global, the company that’s been making Nokia-branded phones for the last few years, just announced not one or two, but 5 new devices! Granted, three of them aren’t even smartphones, but still, a phone is a phone!The big stars of the show are the new Nokia 6.2 and its slightly mightier sibling, the Nokia 7.2. As you’ll see, the two phones are very similar, but they do have some notable differences as well. First, let’s begin with the things they have in common.
Nokia 6.2 and 7.2, all the shared tech
The first thing that strikes you when looking at the two phones is that they look identical. Both have the same 6.3-inch LCD display, a 0.5-inch bump from the previous generation, now sporting a more elegant waterdrop notch. Called “PureDisplay”, this new screen promises HDR quality thanks to hardware-powered upscaling algorithms called Pixelworks. It sounds great on paper but we’ll have to wait until we can compare it head-to-head with real HDR-capable displays to judge how well it works in practice.
On the back, both phones have triple camera setups within a round camera bump which seems to be the latest trend in smartphone design, if leaks from other companies are to be believed. But more about the cameras later. Under the camera bump we get a standard fingerprint reader on both phones, so now fancy under-display sensors around here.
Another common feature on the outside of the devices is the dedicated Google Assistant button that debuted earlier this year on several other models. We’re also happy to report that the 3.5mm headphone jack is still here, HMD Global gets a high-five for that one.
Under the hood, so to speak, the similarities continue. Both phones support dual SIM and have an SD card slot for expandable storage. The duo is also carrying 3500mAh batteries that charge via USB Type-C, as one might expect.
On the software side, the phones will come with Android 9 out of the box but the Android 10 update should follow pretty soon after. Nokia has been very quick with major updates in the past and the devices are part of the Android One program which means no third-party software and guaranteed monthly security updates as well as OS updates for the next two years.
Now it’s time to see what separates these two smartphones
All the major differences between the Nokia 6.2 and the Nokia 7.2
Going by the numbers in the names it’s clear that the Nokia 7.2 should be the better one specs-wise, but how much better exactly? For starters, the 7.2 gets the faster Snapdragon 660 system-on-a-chip, compared to the 6.2’s Snapdragon 636. Ther 660 has slightly higher clock speeds and a better GPU but in day-to-day use, the performance difference will barely be noticeable. So, is there a more significant change? Well, yes, the cameras we mentioned earlier.
On the Nokia 6.2 the three three-camera setup consists of a 16MP main sensor paired with a 5MP depth sensor and an 8MP wide-angle one. These days usually phones with three cameras have a telephoto lens but technically the depth sensor is a camera as well so we’ll accept that.
With the Nokia 7.2 the difference is that the main sensor is replaced by a 48MP one with Quad Pixel technology. This is especially useful when shooting in low-light conditions. The 48MP camera mode can also be used as a lossless zoom in a way as the pictures will have much more detail than the standard 12MP ones and you can crop the area you want to focus on.
At the front, the 7.2 gets an upgrade as well with a 20MP selfie shooter with Quad Pixel technology as well. Meanwhile, on the Nokia 6.2, you’re stuck with a humbler 8MP front-facing camera. Of course, before we can talk picture quality from both rear and front cameras, we’d have to see some samples first, or even better, take ones ourselves.
Other differences can be found in the RAM and storage options available for the two new phones. The Nokia 6.2 will come with either 3 or 4GB of RAM and storage starting from 32GB and going up to 128GB. The 7.2, on the other hand, will also get a 6GB RAM variant while the base model will be a 4/64GB one.
And lastly, there are some different colors as well. The Nokia 6.2 comes in two colors: Ceramic Black and Ice, while for the Nokia 7.2 you can choose between Cyan Green, Charcoal and Ice. What’s the difference between Ceramic Black and Charcoal, we can’t say for sure but our guess is that one is a glossy finish while the other is a matte one.
Nokia 6.2 and Nokia 7.2 prices and release dates
As expected, these are some very affordable smartphones. The Nokia 6.2 starts at just 199 Euro (about $220) for the 3/32GB version and is expected to hit the markets in Europe at some point in October. The device should be available in the US at a later day as well and will likely cost $199 before tax.
The Nokia 7.2 starts at 299 Euro (about $330) for the 4/64GB version and tops at 349 Euro (about $385) for the 6/128GB one. This device is expected to come out first towards the end of September.
The combination of hardware features, software and low price makes these models a great choice for people that want a decent smartphone without breaking the bank. An admirable showing from HMD Global for the Fall season.
But what if you like to keep things old school and you avoid those pesky personal data harvesters like the plague? Well, Nokia has something for you too.
A fresh batch of Nokia feature phones
Nokia 2720 left, Nokia 800 center, Nokia 110 right
Next up is the rugged Nokia 800. Built, and even colored (if you go for the Desert Sand option) like a tank, this phone is a great little companion if you spend your days on mountain trails or you work in a rough and dirty environment. The phone has the certificates to back up its claims: its IP 68 Waterproof (not just water-resistant) and dustproof according to the military MIL-STD-810G standard. This bad boy will set you back a mere 109 Euro (about $120).
And finally, we have the Nokia 110. A phone that appears to be targeted towards kids between the ages of 6 and 12 that can’t be trusted with access to the internet. It can make calls, send texts, play music and has the game Snake on it, what more does a kid need? It’s not much, but for the low price of 20 Euro (about $22), you can’t really complain.
Those are all the phones that HMD Global has in store for us for IFA 2019. We didn’t get the updated version of the Nokia 9 but hopefully, once we do get it, it will redeem the shortcomings of its predecessor. Still, with a pair of quality mid-rangers on the cheap, the company is putting pressure on other manufacturers to do better in the segment and that’s always good for us the consumers.