Nokia 3.1 Plus First Impressions: Can it be your next budget smartphone?

Ruben Fields
October 12, 2018

To cash in on the current festive season, HMD Global, the makers on Nokia phones, on Thursday introduced the refreshed version of its previously popular slider phone - the Nokia 8110.

The company, which is aiming at least a 3x growth in sales this festive season over the previous quarter, also launched its "made for India" smarthphone the Nokia 3.1 Plus with a price tag of ₹11,499. And with the Nokia 3.1 Plus, the brand is looking to replicate the same success in the offline market. Same is the case with this smartphone. Aesthetically, the Nokia 3.1 Plus looks closer to the Nokia 3.1, but with some noticeable upgrades to the design language. Some colours like greens and blues do look oversaturated, which can sometimes make the photo look unnatural. The phone is quite well balanced and the rear panel curves around the edges which feels good to hold. The Realme 2, on the other hand, comes with glass design and decent hardware for the price. The internal storage is expandable up to 128GB via a microSD card slot.

The Nokia 8110 3G is powered by a 2000mAh battery and connectivity options on the device include 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1 LE, GPS, and a micro USB port.

The display is a 6-inch HD+ panel with a conventional 18:9 aspect ratio display. This is one reason why you'll see increased focus on releasing smartphones in this price segment. More on that in our detailed review.

Nokia 3.1 Plus relies on MediaTek Helio P22 octa-core processor with 2GB/3GB RAM. In terms of memory, the device has been launched in two variants - 2GB RAM + 16GB internal storage and 3GB RAM + 32GB storage. On paper, Nokia has a few things going in its favour - stock Android OS, good design and build, and dual cameras.

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Software wise, Nokia 3.1 Plus runs on Android One (Oreo) out-of-the-box. The 3.1 Plus takes a lot of design cues from its predecessor; It's worth noting the 3.1 Plus looks like a bigger Nokia 3.1. The UI offers some interesting gestures like swipe fingerprint to open notifications, turn over to reject calls, mute on pickup and more.

The Nokia 3.1 Plus features a pair of cameras on the back, the primary shooter being a 13MP sensor with an f/2.0 aperture. The front-facing camera could have a large 20MP sensor.

As well as smart technology advances, later in 2018, the new update will come with added Digital Wellbeing features to help encourage breaks from screen time. That said, we are yet to test the performance of the camera in different lighting conditions and only then we will be able to reach a final conclusion. We are yet to gaze on the overall performance and potential of the smartphone - stay tuned for the complete review shortly.

On the battery front, the Nokia 3.1 Plus features a 3500mAh battery with no fast charging support.

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