Nokia 3.1 Plus first impressions: Killing the competition

Nokia 3.1 Plus first impressions: Killing the competition

HMD Global seems to on a launching spree. The launch date for the Nokia 3.1 Plus has not been specified but the Nokia 8110 4G will go on sale from October 24 at a price of Rs 5,999. Launched initially at the company's event at Mobile World Congress this year, this feature phone is a modern take on the original Nokia 8110 and features the same legendary slider mechanism. What's good about the smartphone here is that Nokia has struck a sweet balance without loosing out on the build quality, while also maintaining a classy and modern look - and that's typical Nokia. Same is the case with this smartphone.

Unlike the company's other Plus models, the Nokia 3.1 Plus doesn't include a notch. HMD has proven itself to be a reliable option when it comes to seeding software updates, so no questions in that aspect. We got the Baltic colour option for review and it surely looks premium once you hold it in your hands. The phone is quite well balanced and the rear panel curves around the edges which feels good to hold. The phone comes 16GB/32GB storage with expandable storage up to 400GB via microSD. To the bottom, there's the Micro USB port whereas the top has the 3.5mm headphone jack.

The phone with 6 inch HD+ display comes with cinematic 18:9 screen ratio. However, we found out the display is not that bright as we have seen in other smartphones in this price range. Its an octa-core CPU for improved performance and is theoretically superior to the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 450 SoC or 625 SoC, which we will talk about later in our detailed review. The device is powered by a MediaTek Helio P22 chipset coupled with up to 3GB of RAM. The smartphone could launch in two memory configurations: 4GB RAM + 64GB internal storage and 6GB RAM + 128GB internal storage. "Indian customers are looking specifically looking for a larger screen, better imaging with a longer battery life", he said. One thing that makes this device stand out of the crowd is the Android One branding. Buyers should, however, expect an update to Android 9 Pie in the near future. The UI offers some interesting gestures like swipe fingerprint to open notifications, turn over to reject calls, mute on pickup and more. In terms of optics, there's a dual lens setup with one 13MP PDAF sensor and another 5MP depth sensor. On the front, the device sports an 8MP selfie camera with f/2.4 aperture and 1.12um pixel size. The user experience is pretty much stock and except for the Nokia Camera app, there's no customisation whatsoever.

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