HMD Global has introduced an upgrade to the previous Nokia 3.1, the new upgrade is the Nokia 3.1 Plus which is a great value for those who have a tight budget and want a smartphone. The Nokia 3.1 Plus has is a revamped smartphone and it comes with a little addition when compared to it’s non “plus” version. Join me as we unravel the specs and features of this phone. I’ll also be doing a review of the Nokia 3.1 Plus in 2020 and let you know if it is worth buying in 2020.
Nokia 3.1 Plus Key Specs
• 6.0 inches IPS LCD display
• MediaTek Helio P22 SoC or Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 SoC
• 2GB or 3GB of RAM
• 16GB or 32GB built-in storage
• 13MP+5MP dual rear camera
• 8MP front-facing camera
• 4G LTE network support
• 3,500 mAh battery
• Rear-mounted fingerprint sensor
Design and Body
HMD Global has carried over the same clean and beautiful design the Nokia 3.1 had over to the Nokia 3.1 Plus. The phone has a body made of aluminium which gives it a premium feel despite it being a budget phone. I’ll commend HMD Global’s work here because most budget phones have a plastic body. At the rear, you’ll see the vertically arranged dual camera with a fingerprint scanner below it and the Nokia branding below the scanner. Overall, the build of this device is of high quality.
Nokia 3.1 Plus has a 6.0 inches IPS LCD display with an HD+ resolution of 720×1440 pixels and 268 pixels per inch density. I guess HMD Global decided to keep things simple here by using a 720p panel. The display has an 18:9 aspect ratio which gives you great viewing experience.
Processor and Memory
HMD Global made the Nokia 3.1 Plus with two different processors depending on your country, in the US you have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 chipset while the rest of the world version has a MediaTek Helio P22 chipset. Both processor are built on a 12nm fabrication process which is power efficient. The Qualcomm chip has a maximum clock speed of 1.95 GHz while the MediaTek chip has a maximum clock speed of 2.0 GHz. The Qualcomm chip comes Adreno 505 GPU while the MediaTek chip comes with PowerVR GE8320 GPU.
The phone comes with either 2GB or 3GB of RAM and either 16GB or 32GB built-in storage with a dedicated micro SD card slot. The configurations are 2GB RAM 16GB ROM, 2GB RAM 32GB ROM and 3GB RAM 32GB ROM.
As I’ve said before, the Nokia 3.1 Plus has a dual rear camera setup which features a 13MP main camera coupled with a 5MP depth camera which helps to give bokeh effects. The rear camera can record 1080p videos at 30 fps.
At the front, there is an 8MP camera with f/2.2 aperture coupled with a LED flash which helps in low light situations. The front camera has HDR capabilities and can record 720p videos at 30 fps.
Network and Connectivity
The Nokia 3.1 has support for 4G LTE network which gives you access to fast internet speeds when downloading and browsing, it supports the following 4G bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41.
It comes with WiFi Direct, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, NFC, FM Radio, WiFi and WLAN hotspot. It has a micro USB 2.0 poet6 which supports On The Go (OTG) feature.
Battery and Charging
Coming to the battery department, the Nokia 3.1 Plus is not lacking as it has a 3,500 mAh non-removable Li-Ion battery. The battery has enough juice to last you for a whole day. The phone has support for 10W charging so you will spend less time when charging.
The Nokia 3.1 Plus runs on Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box with an upgrade to Android 10 thanks to the Android One project by Google.
Nokia 3.1 Plus Review in 2020
The Nokia 3.1 Plus is still worth buying in 2020 as it meets up to standard in 2020, it runs on the latest Android version and will still receive monthly security updates for one more year thanks to Android One. The price of the phone has reduced so if you want to buy it is still a good buy in 2020.