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HMD launches Nokia 3.1 Plus budget smartphone

The Nokia 3.1 Plus in "Baltic" gray. (Source: Nokia)
The Nokia 3.1 Plus in "Baltic" gray. (Source: Nokia)
HMD has released the Nokia 3.1 Plus on to the Indian market, and the device is expected to reach other markets around the globe over the coming months. The new budget handset is the “Plus” version of the Nokia 3.1, which we reviewed in August. The latest variant offers buyers a dual rear camera setup, a larger display, and it has an upgraded processor.

The Nokia 3.1 Plus has been launched in India, and it gives fans of the brand an additional choice in the budget range. Prices for the larger model start at around US$183 for the basic version (2 GB RAM and 16 GB storage) and rise to over US$200 if you want more RAM and storage space (3 GB/32 GB). The smartphone operates on Android Oreo and comes in blue, white and “Baltic” (gray).

Specifications for the basic handset include a 6-inch HD+ display with an 18:9 resolution and toughened glass cover. At the heart of the device is a MediaTek Helio P22 (the regular-sized Nokia 3.1 comes with a slower MediaTek MT6750N) and there is 2 GB LPDDR3 RAM. Internal memory starts at 16 GB eMMC and there is a 3500 mAh battery. In regard to camera equipment, the Nokia 3.1 Plus has an 8 MP front-facing lens and a 13 MP/5 MP rear-facing camera setup. The regular Nokia 3.1 only offered a single 13 MP rear camera.

The Nokia 3.1 received a rating of “good” in its Notebookcheck review, with highlights being its bright 5.2-inch display, expandable memory, and fast Wi-Fi. The Nokia 3.1 Plus packs quite a few decent features into its budget package, including a fingerprint sensor, a 3.5 mm headphone jack, aluminum rear cover, and support for up to 400-GB memory cards via the MicroSD-card slot.

Spec sheet for the Nokia 3.1 Plus (Source: Nokia)
Spec sheet for the Nokia 3.1 Plus (Source: Nokia)


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Daniel R Deakin, 2018-10-11 (Update: 2018-10-11)