Nokia 3.1 Plus review – affordable Android One dual-lens smartphone

The Nokia 3.1 Plus is the latest model in the 3 series Nokia range. In my Nokia 3.1 Plus review, I take a look at what the manufacturer has changed in this new smartphone.

 

Nokia 3.1 Plus design

 

 

The big 6-inch display is the first thing to catch your eye with the Nokia 3.1 Plus. An aspect ratio of 18:9 makes it great for watching videos in landscape mode or viewing web pages. The back cover of the phone has a rubber-like coating which makes it easy to use one-handed.

 

 

Available in blue, grey or white, the Nokia 3. Plus features a contrasting silver strip around the camera and fingerprint sensor. This little design touch adds something extra to this affordable phone and is a nice touch.

 

The phone weighs in at 180g and measures 8.2mm thick which keeps it in line with other phones in this range.

 

 

Nokia 3.1 Plus features

 

As this is a budget phone you may be thinking it will be a bit clunky or slow. While it doesn’t have the biggest and best processor, Nokia has given it a decent spec for the price. You get a MediaTek Helio P22 octa-core processor and 2GB RAM on the 16GB model. This is fine for everyday tasks but if you want more you can go for the 32GB variant with 3GB RAM.

 

 

Android One is on board which also helps with memory and performance. This clean version of Android has less bloatware and uses less memory on the handset. The Android 8.1 OS is packed with all the great apps you are familiar with, such as youtube and Chome, and you can visit the Play Store for a huge choice of new apps to download.

 

With an Android One device, you get some additional benefits including:

  • Security updates for three years
  • OS updates for 2 years
  • Battery Saver
  • Power Boost

 

The security updates will automatically come through to the phone each month. These will give you the latest protection against malware, viruses and other potential threats.

 

 

The OS updates mean you will receive the latest OS version from Google as they roll them out to Android One devices. The Nokia 3.1 Plus will get these updates for two years so it will keep the phone performing well and as updated as possible.

 

Google Lens is included, this uses the phone camera to provide information on various things. If you are travelling around and spot a landmark or interesting building, you can take a snap and Google will give you all the information about it. Alternatively, if you spot a product, item or clothing or gadget that you want, Google Lens will find prices for it online.

 

 

 

The battery on this phone is great with up to two days of use between charges. The advanced processor will manage the power by using only four of the cores for basic tasks. Only when needed, will it use all 8 cores of the processor giving you power for demanding apps while managing battery power efficiently.

 

Nokia 3.1 Plus camera

 

Dual camera phones are becoming the norm now and you get to take advantage of this latest mobile photography development with the Nokia 3.1 Plus. Using AI technology, the camera focuses quickly and can recognise different objects and scenarios to make sure you get a great shot.

 

 

The camera is made up of a 13-megapixel f/2.0 aperture lens and a 5-megapixel f/2.4 aperture depth sensor. This combination allows you to create bokeh effects in real-time and add professional touches to portrait and landscape shots.

 

The wide-angle 8-megapixel selfie camera is great for getting all of your friends into the shot. There is an LED flash on the front for illuminating the shot in low-light.

 

 

Verdict:

 

Nokia has added lots of nice little touches to the Nokia 3.1 Plus. A good design with an optimised Android OS and dual lens camera make this budget phone a real treat or anyone wanting a bargain Android phone.

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