While the entry-level Nokia 2.2
is not officially scheduled for a commercial US release (at least not yet), the revived and rapidly growing brand already has a couple of other Android handsets headed to American carriers. Technically, the Nokia 3.1
A and Nokia 3
.1 C are one and the same phone, the lone difference being the former will exclusively come to AT&T soon, with the latter model set for Cricket Wireless support only.
As the names suggest, these are slightly higher-end devices than Verizon's Nokia 2V
, settling for a smaller screen and humbler specs however than Cricket's Nokia 3.1 Plus
(hence the absence of the Plus moniker). That also means the number of Nokia-branded smartphones available on US carriers will soon be doubled, including two Cricket-exclusive products and a single model on sale at both AT&T and Verizon.
Unsurprisingly, the design and features of the Nokia 3.1 A
and 3.1 C are nothing to write home about. You get super-thick screen bezels rather than the discreet waterdrop notch of the international Nokia 2.2
, as well as a cheap plastic construction, a relatively modest Snapdragon 429 processor under the hood paired with 2GB RAM, and 2,990 mAh battery capacity that the manufacturer says should be enough for two days of autonomy.
While two whole days sounds like a bit of a stretch, we don't doubt these low to mid-end handsets are capable of above-average running times, given their frugal chipsets and 5.45-inch displays with HD resolution, which shouldn't drain your power very quickly. Other specifications include 32 gigs of internal storage space, single 8MP rear-facing shooters, single 5MP selfie cameras, USB Type-C ports, 3.5 mm headphone jacks, and predictably enough, no fingerprint recognition technology.
Silky smooth software is likely to be a key selling point, even though the Nokia 3.1 A and 3.1 C are not technically part of the Android One program. Be that as it may, they still run Android 9.0 Pie out the box, promising better than average support for their price bracket. By the way, while the exact price tags haven't been revealed yet, we can probably expect the two devices to circle the $100 mark, launching June 10 on AT&T and four days later on Cricket Wireless.