The internet is abuzz with rumours of various smartphones as we approach Mobile World Congress 2018. Though some of them are ridiculous and comical, some leaks are truly interesting. For example, we’re already aware that Nokia plans to wow the smartphone world by releasing an assortment of handsets at the event. The latest phone to join the party is the Nokia 7 Plus. After making an appearance on Geekbench, more details regarding the phone have emerged in China. So we decided to compare what we know about the phone to two other phones in the market, namely the Nokia 6 (2018) and the Huawei Honor 9i (also released as the Huawei Mate 10 Lite in other countries), so we could see which phone was the best of the three. Let’s start off with pricing.
Nokia 7 Plus vs Nokia 6 (2018) vs Honor 9i: Price in India
The Nokia 7 Plus, once it is launched at MWC 2018 in Barcelona, should be priced at approximately 19,999. The Nokia 6 (2018) is the next iteration of the original Nokia 6, which was launched in January 2018. The phone is expected to launch at MWC 2018 as well and should be priced at approximately 17,999. The Honor 9i was released in November 2017 and currently costs 17,999.
Nokia 7 Plus vs Nokia 6 (2018) vs Honor 9i: Display
The Nokia 7 Plus is rumoured to sport a 6-inch IPS LCD display which will offer a resolution of 1080×2160 pixels at 402ppi. Comparatively, the Nokia 6 will come with a 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1080×1920 and a pixel density of 403ppi. The Huawei Honor 9i is equipped with a 5.99-inch IPS LCD display, with a resolution of 1080×2160 pixels at 409ppi, making it very similar to the Nokia 7 Plus in terms of display specs. The two phones also offer an 18:9 aspect ratio which the Nokia 6 (2018) doesn’t. But both Nokia phones feature Gorilla Glass protection which the Huawei handset does not offer.
Nokia 7 Plus vs Nokia 6 (2018) vs Honor 9i: Performance
The Nokia 7 Plus will feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 octa-core (4×2.2GHz and 4×1.8GHz) chipset whereas the Nokia 6 (2018) will have the marginally-tamer Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 octa-core 2.2GHz chip handling all the processing. The Nokia 7 Plus will have an Adreno 512 GPU, whereas the Nokia 6 (2018) will have an Adreno 508 GPU. The Huawei Honor 9i has a Kirin 659 octa-core (4×2.36GHz + 4×1.7GHz) under the hood, with all the graphics processing work assigned to a Mali-T830 MP2 GPU.
The Nokia 7 Plus will offer 4GB paired with 64GB internal storage, whereas the Nokia 6 will come with 4GB RAM and 32GB internal memory. All three phones have hybrid slots which support expandable memory up to 256GB.
We’re fairly certain the Nokia 7 Plus will come with Android 8.0 out of the box and get an upgrade to 8.1 soon, too. The Nokia 6 too will offer the latest Android experience, namely Oreo. The Honor 9i currently offers Android 7.0, but we may see an update to Oreo, considering how new the phone is.
Nokia 7 Plus vs Nokia 6 (2018) vs Honor 9i: Camera
The Nokia 7 Plus will offer a dual lens shooter on the rear — a 12MP+13MP dual-camera setup means you can take pictures with excellent depth of field. The phone is also rumoured to have a 16MP selfie snapper on the front. Comparatively, the Nokia 6 (2018) will sport a 16MP f/2.0 primary camera and an 8MP f/2.0 secondary camera. The Huawei Honor 9i, however, offers dual cameras on both front and back. It features a 16MP+2MP rear camera and a 13MP+2MP array on the front. All three phones’ rear cameras offer phase detection autofocus for quick focusing speeds.
Nokia 7 Plus vs Nokia 6 (2018) vs Honor 9i: Verdict
The Nokia 7 Plus is the winner based on what we know for the following reasons — the display, processor and camera offerings are quite impressive. It was a close call with the Huawei Honor 9i too, so if you don’t feel like waiting for the Nokia 7 Plus, we would recommend the Honor phone too.