Nokia 3.1 Plus goes official with no-notch 6-inch screen, dual rear cameras, crazy low price

Nokia 3.1 Plus goes official with no-notch 6-inch screen, dual rear cameras, crazy low price
HMD Global is on a roll, both when it comes to software updates and product announcements, having barely released the Nokia 7.1, as well as the Nokia True Wireless and Pro Wireless earphones last week, before taking the wraps off the Nokia 3.1 Plus earlier today.

This follows in the footsteps of one of the company’s few smartphones officially available stateside, but for the time being, it’s only confirmed to hit India on October 19 at a killer price of Rs. 11,499 ($155).

There are a number of reasons to hope this “mega” handset will expand to the Western Hemisphere soon, starting with a huge 6-inch screen that, surprise, surprise, eschews the notch trend.

Nonetheless, the Nokia 3.1 Plus embraces the extra-tall 2:1 aspect ratio current, sporting symmetrically thin bezels (at least by budget-friendly standards), as well as a mediocre HD+ pixel count (most likely, 1440 x 720).

There’s truly no comparing the “regular” Nokia 3.1 with the newly unveiled Plus version, as the latter adds a second rear-facing camera, bumping the processor up from a MediaTek MT6750 to a Helio P22, and battery capacity from 2,990 to 3,500 mAh for up to two days of running time between charges.


Circling back to the “advanced photography” skills of the Nokia 3.1 Plus, we should probably mention the primary 13 MP Phase Detection Auto Focus shooter on the phone’s rear is paired with a 5MP depth sensor delivering “beautiful” Bokeh effects, while the 8MP front-facing camera boasts a wide-angle lens to “fit more in your selfies.”

The Nokia 3.1 Plus is the latest in a long line of Android One phones from HMD Global, promising a “pure, secure and up-to-date” Android Oreo experience (with a Pie update likely on the way).

The build quality is pretty impressive for this bad boy’s price bracket, combining aluminum and curved 2.5D glass, with an entry-level configuration offering just 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage space, which you can always upgrade to 3 and 32 gigs respectively.

Coated in blue, white, or “baltic”, the Nokia 3.1 Plus also comes with a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, 3.5 mm headphone jack, microSD card slot, but sadly, an age-old micro USB port. Still a good deal, though.

source: Nokia via Twitter

Related phones

3.1 Plus International
  • Display 6.0" 720 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor MediaTek Helio P22, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh(34h talk time)

FEATURED VIDEO

12 Comments

1. meanestgenius

Posts: 22490; Member since: May 28, 2014

For the price that the Nokia 3.1 comes in at, and comparing what it has vs what it doesn’t have, this is a pretty good and competitive smartphone for the low end segment of the smartphone market.

12. IronTech

Posts: 153; Member since: May 27, 2016

Good phones are getting cheap. Cheap phones are getting good.

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 22490; Member since: May 28, 2014

I wish OEM’s like Apple, Samsung, Huawei and a few others adopted the theory of “good phones are getting cheap”, lol.

14. michaelny2001

Posts: 345; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

this is awesome. it seems Nokia follows the old nexus line. Cheaper phones, decent specs and pure android. well done. 2or 3GB is more than enough to run every game out there.

2. mahima

Posts: 743; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

Costlier than 5.1 plus in India...lol

3. ImperialDynamics

Posts: 84; Member since: Nov 30, 2012

interesting

4. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

Front Design and build material is alot better than Nokia X or notch line smartphones.Hope Nokia keep it alive on 2019 midranges.

8. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Front design and build materials are a lot better than Nokia's previous midrangers and phones with notches. Hope Nokia keeps this notchless trend alive on its 2019 midrangers. Fixed.

6. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I love this!!!!!

9. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3166; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I'd love to hear the explanation from any tech writer about how good build quality is so rare in a low-end phone. Why? Quality build is not attained on the assembly line, it's in the CAD room and the purchasing office. You don't have $20/hr workers with 140 IQs building the Nokia 8 and $9/hr Forrest Gumps building the 3.1. It doesn't work that way. A company like Nokia has a reputation for quality because there is a culture in place, not because they spend more on materials or labor. True, you can't make chicken salad out of chicken s**t but this is a specialized industry where 2nd rate isn't tolerable in most markets.

10. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 456; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Why make low end phones with huge screens?!

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 22490; Member since: May 28, 2014

Because there is a large segment of the population that cannot afford highend or even midrange smartphones, but they still would like to have things that these smartphones offer, like good build quality and looks, large screens, etc. This is how an OEM differentiates from the pack in order to away those consumers to buy their products.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.