The ultra-affordable Nokia 3.1 is the brand's latest phone to receive Android Pie

The ultra-affordable Nokia 3.1 is the brand's latest phone to receive Android Pie
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?

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  • Display 5.2" 720 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor MediaTek, Octa-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2990 mAh(18h talk time)



1. Venom

Posts: 3823; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Impressive to see that even foodstamp phones are getting better updates than some of the overpriced flagship phones are.

4. inFla

Posts: 180; Member since: Aug 17, 2018

Most people you see on food stamps are toting an iPhone.

2. meanestgenius

Posts: 22490; Member since: May 28, 2014

It's impressive to see this low end Nokia branded Smartphone with such great hardware and software support that makes is far beyond a "Food stamp phone" is coming to a U.S. carrier. This shows that HMD is not ignoring the U.S. market like some people have claimed, and it proved that HMD's strategy with regards to entering the U.S. market is working. Kudos to you HMD, and keep up the great work.

3. Venom

Posts: 3823; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Just a quick note, it took some time before Nokia started getting into the US market. They've released multiple smartphones that never made it over to the US, so what I said before is perfectly justifiable. I'm not afraid to stand by with what I said before unlike some people who are too chicken to address my comments directly. And for the record I gave props to Nokia for keeping low end smartphones updated that many OEMs fail to do with their flagships. Fact checked.

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