Same old: The Nokia 7.2 flounders in DxOMark's selfie test
The Nokia 7.2 was released a few months ago, and is already one of the better mid-range options in the US, mostly because of how dire the North American mid-range segment is. The 7.2 has now made its way over to DxOMark, where its selfie camera was tested extensively.
The Nokia 7.2 earned an overall score of 78. That may seem unimpressive but it's all relative. Scoring 78 means it's on par with the Sony Xperia 1, Google Pixel 2, and Huawei Mate 20 Pro, while being better than devices like the iPhone X, Huawei P20 Pro. Yes, most of these are older devices but the Nokia 7.2 costs just US$350.
In the still photography segment, the Nokia 7.2 recorded a score of 81. That's on par with the Pixel 2 and Xperia 1, and much better than the Huawei P20 Pro. It's in the video category that the Nokia 7.2 is let down, as its score of 74 is quite a bit worse than its photo score. That score puts it the same bracket as the Xperia 1 and Pixel 2. However, the Huawei phones, the P20 Pro and Mate 20 Pro, take better video.
From the scores, it's evident that the Nokia 7.2's selfie camera at least competes with older flagships. It's worse than last-gen flagships like the Galaxy S9, Pixel 3, and iPhone XS Max, but matches up well against older flagships like the iPhone X, P20 Pro, and Galaxy S8.
At the Nokia 7.2's US$350 price point, one can also find older-gen flagships like the Pixel 2 and Galaxy S8, and they all have better hardware. However, the Nokia 7.2 will get software updates for longer. The Google Pixel 3a, however, can be had for the same amount on most days, and delivers faster updates, better hardware, and better camera performance.