HMD Global’s anticipated press conference in India did bring great news for those in the market for a new budget smartphone: meet the Nokia 3.1 Plus.
A very generous 6-inch 1440 x 720 (18:9) IPS LCD display steals the show for this budget smartphone that will retail for just €159 ($160) when it launches later this year. There’s also no notch.
Just like its more expensive brother, the Nokia 6.1 Plus, the Nokia 3.1 Plus has that same oblong camera slot that looks pretty sleek. Inside you’ll find a 13 MP f/2.0 camera paired with a 5 MP, f/2.4 sensor, while the selfie camera is a decent 8 MP model with f/2.2 aperture.
However, the glass back from other models is replaced by polycarbonate with a matte finish, in blue, white and baltic color options. The chassis has a die-cast metal frame that will add resilience to the 2.5 curved glass front.
Even though it’s a decidedly budget device, the specs are nothing to sneeze at. The Nokia 3.1 Plus pairs a MediaTek Helio P22 chipset with 2 or 3 GB of RAM and 16 or 32 GB of storage expandable via the MicroSD slot.
All of this is powered by a generous, 3,500 mAH battery that should let you get more than a day of heavy use.
All in all, HMD Global did launch a true competitor for budget phones like Xiaomi Mi A2, Realme 2 Pro or the Redmi 6 Pro. If you’re looking for even more premium features, the recently-launched Nokia 7.1 might do the trick.