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Nokia 3.1 Plus Review: A Decent Budget Phone The phone comes as a successor to Nokia 3.1, launched earlier this year in May

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THE HOUSE of Nokia phones, HMD Global, is on a roll. After Nokia 6.1 Plus and Nokia 5.1, it launched yet another Android One smartphone – the Nokia 3.1 Plus – on Thursday in India. The phone comes as a successor to Nokia 3.1, launched earlier this year in May.

We have been using this new pocket rocket for a while now and here’s a detailed review.

Design

Nokia has been steadily raising the bar when it comes to build-quality as well as design and the Nokia 3.1 Plus is a prime example.

Nokia refrains from using shiny glass-like material for the back and the new phone has a nice matte finish to it. With an 18:9 aspect ratio display, Nokia 3.1 Plus measures 6-inches and offers a near bezel-less feel to it.

Going by its look and feel, Nokia 3.1 Plus has a premium and polished appeal to it and can give any phone in this price bracket a run for its money.

The matte finish coupled with the 180g weight ensures the grip on this device is firm and good.

The dual camera setup is centrally-aligned at the back and the fingerprint sensor is placed just below the camera module for easy reach.

Despite having an 18:9 aspect ratio, this is one of those rare phones that does not sport a notch.

It has a very minimal design and if you buy one, you certainly won’t be needing a cover to protect this device.

We got to use the new Baltic colour, a premium colour which we have yet to see on a device in this price range.

Display

The Nokia 3.1 Plus sports a 6-inch HD+ display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. The display is notch-less and the glass protection neatly curves into the edges of this phone.

This gives it a premium appeal and also when the display is off, you might mistake it for a bezel-less edge-to-edge display.

Since it’s an entry-level device, it would be unfair to compare the display experience with other high-end devices out there.

However, when compared to the likes of Xiaomi Redmi series, the display on the Nokia 3.1 Plus offers better visibility and viewing angles. Even the colour reproduction is as true as it gets on a device. The sunlight legibility, though, is something that’s not impressive on this device, which was a bit of a let down.

Overall, for users looking for a decent entry-level display, this phone will not disappoint. For watching streaming content, Nokia 3.1 Plus is a very potent device.

Performance

Under the hood, the Nokia 3.1 Plus runs the MediaTek Helio P22 octa-core processor. This is a processor that’s been made for budget devices and for regular functioning.

The Nokia 3.1 Plus comes in two variants: 2GB RAM and 16GB ROM, and 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM.

The MediaTek processor is efficient, but when on gaming duty, multitasking, or when all eight cores are in action, the device does tend to get warm.

Nokia 3.1 Plus runs is an Android One device that runs on nearly stock Android Oreo operating system. The company guarantees monthly security updates for three years and OS updates for two years for the new phone.

The fingerprint sensor on the device is fast and efficient, hence Nokia 3.1 Plus can be used as an everyday phone for basic tasks.

Heavy users or gamers might not be charmed by the capabilities that this phone offers. The phone is a dual-SIM device and sports a hybrid slot to use either two SIM cards or a single SIM and a microSD card for additional storage. There is also a smart AM and FM radio on this phone, and Nokia also bundles 3.5mm earphones inside the box.

Cameras

Like most of the Nokia devices launched this year, Nokia 3.1 Plus offers a dual-camera module.

You get a 13MP+5MP sensor as the main camera on the phone. The image quality is good and worthy of social media updates and stories.

The images are also detailed, however, low light imaging is just about decent. Nokia also offers HDR support for images on the Nokia 3.1 Plus.

The images usually are clicked on a 13MP resolution for a 4:3 aspect ratio, but if you wish to click images in 16:9, the maximum resolution on offer is 9MP.

Imaging modes include square, panorama, live Bokeh, manual, photo, video recording, slow motion and time-lapse.

Video recording capabilities include 1080p FHD resolution and that is even available on the front 8MP camera of the Nokia 3.1 Plus.

For selfies, this phone has it all: detailing, beauty modes and the works. You would love to click selfies on the Nokia 3.1 Plus. The main 13 MP camera offers an aperture size of f/2.0 and the secondary 5MP camera has a f/2.4 aperture.

Battery

One of the biggest strengths of the Nokia 3.1 Plus is its 3500 mAh battery that offers exceptional battery backup.

We could use the device for a day and a half on a single charge with some juice still left in it.

The little disappointment on the Nokia 3.1 Plus was the use of a Micro-USB cable charger. The 5V/2A charger does help but is not as fast as we would have liked.

Verdict

Overall the Nokia 3.1 Plus is a device that is a mixed bag. It has some compelling features like a solid build quality and a battery that runs for more than a day. But then in terms of display and the performance it does not offer anything exciting.

Maybe with the kind of devices that Nokia has launched recently, like the Nokia 6.1 Plus and the Nokia 5.1 Plus, we raised our hopes a tad bit too much with the 3.1 Plus.

That said, this is a reliable budget smartphone that should be bought by those who are looking for a stock Android experience for minimal usage.

Price
Nokia 3.1 Plus (3GB RAM/ 32GB ROM): ₹11,499

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