The Nokia 7 has a ‘bothie’ camera for half the price of the Nokia 8

The Nokia smartphone line is filling in a missing gap today with the Nokia 7, 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.

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. 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.


Bothie mode
Image: HMD Global

As with the other recent Nokia phones, the Nokia 7 isn’t actually made by Nokia. It’s made by a company named HMD Global, which has licensed the Nokia name to put on phones. That means these have next to none of Nokia’s great (if ultimately failed) phone-making heritage, though they’re still relatively good looking devices.

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.


Nokia 7

Photo: HMD Global

All of HMD’s Nokia phones have debuted in China, with some later coming to the US and Europe. The Nokia 7 is no different, starting with only a Chinese launch date and pricing. It’ll be out next week, on October 24th, with its two models selling for ¥2,499 and ¥2,699, or about $377 and $407 USD. There’s no indication yet of when or whether it’ll launch elsewhere.

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