Nokia, or rather HMD which owns the Nokia brand name these days, releases a lot of phones. So many, in fact, that it's quite easy to accidentally tune out and focus on other companies that have a much lengthier release cycle. You might want to pay attention to this, however, because the Nokia 7 Plus arrives 2nd May and will come with a free Google Home Mini during its first month on sale.
Ok so that isn't exactly a huge bonus, seeing as how Google is pretty quick to discount the Home Mini down to £35 if it notices Amazon did the same for the Echo Dot. So at most the freebie is worth £50, but if you paid that much for a Home Mini over the past few months you probably got ripped off. It's certainly not on the same scale as Samsung's DeX or Gear VR giveaways.
But that isn't necessarily a bad thing. Nokia would like you to buy its phones, and a voice-activated smart home hub-type gizmo is a good a way as any. It's also that little extra push some people might need to take the idea of a Nokia that isn't a nostalgia-exploiting gimmick seriously.
For those of you who don't know, the Nokia 7 Plus comes with a 6-inch full screen display (1080 x 2160 resolution, 18:9 aspect ratio), and while not completely bezel free it's pretty damn close. It also has a full-metal body, Gorilla Glass 3 display, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, microSD expansion, a Snapdragon 660 octa-core chipset, 12MP dual-lens rear cameras, a 16MP front camera, USB-C, a 3,800 mAh battery, a headphone jack, and a rear-fingerprint scanner.
The 7 Plus itself runs Android Oreo with Android One, which means the software has been designed by Google and should get regular software updates much faster than other manufacturers can provide. For at least two years anyway.
Pricewise we're looking at £350 SIM free, which isn't all that bad for what's inside. It's not the most powerful or advanced phone out there, but it's certainly not worth dismissing because it doesn't have all the fancy features of an iPhone X or Samsung Galaxy S9.