6.8 Average

Nokia 3 or 3.1 is made for people who prefer not to spend too much on their smartphones. Nokia 3.1 is upgraded with a better and 30% faster chipset and 5.2" diagonal display. The smartphone comes now comes with 3GB of optional RAM. The TechSeer will give it a 6.8 out of a solid 10.

  • Design 7
  • Camera 6
  • Performance 7.2
  • Battery Life 7

HMD Global has updated its Nokia 2017 line up including Nokia 2, Nokia 3 and Nokia 5. These handsets are upgraded in 2018 namely Nokia 2.1, Nokia 3.1 and Nokia 5.1 respectively. These models are running on Android Go. Unlike other brands, Nokia does not confuse its consumers with the names. Nokia 2 means a cheaper version of Nokia 3 while Nokia 5 means a better version of Nokia 3. This is how Nokia line-up goes.

Nokia 3 (3.1) 2018 Review

Pros

  • 5.2″ diagonal display
  • 3GB optional RAM
  • Better performance
  • Cheap

Cons

  • Average Display and Camera
  • Average Battery life
  • No Fast or Wireless charging option
  • No USB-C

Pricing and Availability

  • Availability varies from region to region
  • Will be available from June 2018

 

Coming back to Nokia 3, It is not sure that whether it will be available in USA, UK or Australia but you can always have a look at Amazon USA or Australia if you are really keen to buy this handset. Nokia has assured that it will be available at some point in June 2018.

The Nokia 3 basic model comes with 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage at a cost of €139. This roughly is equal to US $160 or AU $215. Don’t expect it to be cheaper than this.

The Nokia 3 upgraded model comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage at a cost of €169. This roughly is equal to US $195 or AU $255. We find this model to be better with bigger RAM in terms of performance and usage.

Design

  • Polycarbonate back with aluminum sides
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Good color combos

With Nokia 3, we know it is not a flagship so we will not expect it to be really good when it comes to design and display. At this point and this price range, there are dozens of other brands to chose your smartphone from such as Moto G6 or Xiaomi Redmi 5 Pro which is affordable and also comes with good specifications.

The design is satisfactory and does not offer much but it sure is attractive. The front is covered with gorilla glass. The back is made of polycarbonate which means you won’t be seeing your fingerprint on the back unlike in most recent flagships so don’t worry about cleaning it again and again if you are of the sort. It comes with rounded display corners. There is an aluminum frame around the edges which we find pretty comfortable when we hold the phone. It fits and rests at your palm nicely.

Nokia 3 weighs 138 grams at 146.25 x 68.65 x 8.7mm. The last year model was 140 grams so the weight is almost same. It comes with Blue/Copper, Black/Chrome, and White/Iron color combos. This thin and tall device is pretty handy for your jeans pocket. The smartphone comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack which some of us still want badly. Also, it can support dual sim just like Nokia 5 2018.

Display

  • 720p (HD+) resolution
  • Average Display
  • 5.2″ diagonal display

Nokia 3 2018 or Nokia 3.1 has a better aspect ratio of 18:9 compared to its predecessor Nokia 3 2017. The screen is bigger now at 5.2 inches compared to last year 5 inches. The dimensions of both phones are same which means Nokia has managed to increase the screen size without increasing the size of the phone.

The screen only offers 720p (HD+) resolution which I think is pretty nice at this price range. It comes with 310 ppi pixel density compared to last year 294 ppi density. The increased ppi pixel ratio is due to an increase in the size of the screen but still is better than Nokia 5 2017 which comes with 5.2″ 282 ppi pixel density. If you are downgrading your smartphone then I don’t think it would be a wise choice to opt for Nokia 3 as you will notice the difference pretty easily. It’s like going from MacBook Pro to Dell G7 2018 laptop. But otherwise, the screen looks bright and clear in this price range.

Camera

  • 13MP autofocus back camera
  • 8MP wide 84.6 field of view front camera

Nokia 3.1 comes with a 13MP autofocus camera. Of course, we don’t want you to keep your hopes high when it comes to camera department. It works good in ample lighting conditions but struggles in low light. There is no dual lens. It’s the story of most of the budgeted phones out there. The images are sometimes blurred and take some time to capture during autofocus mode.

The front camera features an 8MP wide 84.6 field of view which is amazing for taking selfies. A wide view is pretty handy when you want friends to be included in your selfie.

Battery

  • Average 1 day battery usage time
  • No fast charging support

Nokia 3.1 comes with 2999mAh battery. You can last about a day on this battery with normal usage. But it can barely stand a day if you are into medium gaming or watching Netflix. Nokia 2.1 has a better battery performance comparatively which can give you a 2 days time on normal usage.

Unlike most of the premium smartphones, Nokia 3.1 does not offer quick or fast charging options. There is no wireless charging or USB-C as well so you need to charge it through old fashion with microUSB port. The battery goes from 0 to 50% in about 45 minutes in our testing phase which is not actually bad.

 

Performance and Hardware

  • Upgraded Chipset
  • Faster performance compared to the predecessor
  • Optional 3GB of RAM
Nokia 3 2017 was sluggish and the performance was its main drawback. It lagged in routine tasks which you perform on a smartphone such as putting filters when the camera is on. The Nokia 3.1 is equipped with a MediaTek 6750 1.5GHz chipset instead of older Mediatek MT6737 1.4GHz chipset. Nokia claims this chip to be 30% faster this time. We used the phone for about 3 days and think it is impressive that the performance is much better now.
As told before, the phone comes with 2GB and 3GB of RAM. We want to recommend putting some extra bucks and going for 3GB since the RAM size is one of the major factors which contributes to a smartphone performance. It is really your choice to either go for 16GB or 32GB of internal storage. But the smartphone comes with microSD slot unlike Nokia 7 Sirocco 2018. So you don’t have to worry about importing your data from another mobile or cloud storage data. You can fill this smartphone with a bunch of apps, games and your media files but we warn you it will surely impact its performance which is already pretty average.
The included sensors are ambient light sensor, gyroscope, magnetometer, accelerometer and proximity sensor. Some of these sensors are really helpful when you are playing games downloaded from android stores.

Software and Interface

  • Free security upgrade for 3 years
  • Promised future Android upgrades

Nokia 3.1 runs on Android Oreo and the company has promised to upgrade it to the latest android version which means that you can expect Android P whenever it is released. Nokia has promised to give us a 3-year security upgrade for free because people nowadays want more security when it comes to their data and privacy. You will get a free unlimited Google photos storage as a bonus for your high-quality snaps.

Verdict

Nokia 3 or 3.1 is made for people who prefer not to spend too much on their smartphones. And we know that premium builds and specs always come at a price so don’t expect much from this smartphone. Nokia has upgraded this smartphone with a better and 30% faster chipset and 5.2″ diagonal display. Also, the Nokia 3.1 now comes with 3GB of optional RAM.

 

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