While other brands are busy updating unlocked variants
of their late 2018 flagships to the newest stable OS flavor or promising to deliver official Pie goodies
to their best phones... sometime soon, Nokia is kicking off the Android 9.0 rollout for one of its humblest models out there
Billed as "your premium companion", the 5.2-inch Nokia 3.1
packs a modest MediaTek MT6750 processor, as well as up to 3GB RAM, and a 2,990 mAh battery. Incredibly enough, we've seen Pies served for even lower-end Nokias recently, including a device with 1 gig of memory under the hood
. Like the Nokia 2.1, the 3.1 was scheduled for its first major OS promotion by the end of the year's Q1, which is still a good couple of weeks away.
Although Juho Sarvikas, the Chief Product Officer of exclusive Nokia brand licensee HMD Global, didn't mention any regions where the Nokia 3.1 might receive the update first, it's wise to remain patient if you own this handset in the US. These things usually take a little bit of time to spread their wings around the world. But you probably don't have more than a few days to wait.
By the way, if you're in the market for a crazy affordable phone with... not-so-bad specifications, the Nokia 3.1 is officially available stateside in a GSM unlocked variant for as little as $89.99
. Yes, a larger, beefier, and notchier 3.2
could be coming soon to Verizon
with Android 9.0 Pie pre-loaded, but something tells us it won't be quite so cheap.
As far as Android Pie updates go
, the Nokia 5.1 is next in line later this month, followed by the Nokia 3 and Nokia 1 sometime in "early Q2." And that's it. Impressive turnaround for over a dozen devices with low and mid-end features, don't you think?