Nokia 3.1 Plus and Alcatel Onyx now available on Cricket Wireless
HMD Global has completed talks with some carriers in the North American market so that these networks will carry some of its Nokia phones. This may have been done to improve the brand's recognition in this region, and to increase its appeal among customers interested in its mid- and low-range devices. To this end, Cricket Wireless now stocks the Nokia 3.1 Plus in its stores.
The Nokia 3.1 Plus is powered by the Snapdragon 439 processor and 2GB of RAM. It has a polycarbonate build and only 32GB of internal storage. However, it counters these low-tier specs with Android 9.0 (Pie) out of the box and a dual rear 13+5MP camera capable of shooting with bokeh (or so HMD claims).
However, it may be challenged by the Alcatel Onyx, which is also available through this carrier and has the same rear camera arrangement. The Onyx also has 32GB in storage, and has a 5.5-inch HD display, whereas the 3.1 Plus has a 6-inch 720p panel. However, the 3.1 Plus' SoC is a 2.0GHz octa-core chipset, whereas the Onyx' processor only goes at 1.5GHz.
The 3.1 Plus will only be available in blue on the Cricket Wireless network, whereas the Onyx only comes in black. Both are available for purchase at present, the Nokia and Alcatel models cost US$159.99 and $119.99 respectively when bought through the carrier. The Cricket-locked Nokia 3.1 Plus should be joined by others such as the 2.1, which may be released through Verizon and a Canadian service soon.