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October 23, 2018

Nokia 3.1 Plus Quick Review

Another budget-friendly and flagship-level smartphone named Nokia 3.1 Plus in Australia has been announced whereas it’s officially available in India and China as HMD Global tries to expand to more price points. This handset also moves up to a somewhat nicer and newer MediaTek Processor – Helio P22. The Processor is coupled with an average amount of RAM – 2GB, and 3GB. And when it comes to power, it’s very much a budget smartphone.

The HMD Global is advertising 2 days of battery life with a light use upon a single charge. It’s having larger 3500mAh non-removable battery and in some markets worldwide, it’s adding NFC as well. What else? Let’s find out below.

Price and Availability

The official Nokia 3.1 Plus release date in Australia is undecided for now, however, users across China and India can get their hands on one with immediate effects.

Nokia didn’t reveal much about the availability of Nokia 3.1 Plus in Australia, but it’s out educated guess that it’ll start arriving on shelves before October is out.

As far as Nokia 3.1 Plus Price in Australia is concerned, it cost users in India around RS. 11499 and after conversion, it comes to around AU$218. That’s it.

Key Specifications

  • Display Size: 6.0-inches IPS LCD (720 x 1440 Pixel Resolution)
  • Operating System: Android 8.1 Oreo (Android One)
  • Rear Camera: 13MP + 5MP
  • Front Camera: 8MP
  • RAM: 2GB/3GB
  • ROM: 16GB/32GB (Expandable Further Up to 256GB via microSD)
  • Video Recording: 1080p@30fps
  • Bluetooth: 4.1
  • Sensors: Fingerprint (rear-mounted),Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, and Compass
  • Battery: Non-removable 3500mAh
  • Colours: Blue, White, and Gray

Design and Build

The Nokia 3.1 Plus doesn’t feel compact thanks to its 6-inches display with an aspect ratio of 18:9 and narrow bezels. Very much unlike Nokia 5.1 Plus, there’s no notch which could be both good and bad depending on your own preference. Outback, you’ll see a three-layer structure with metal and plastic caps at top and bottom. The volume rocker, power button, and a fingerprint scanner are within reach. It feels extraordinary solid and well-built while holding in a hand.


The maximum resolution of 720 x 1140 pixels isn’t really much for bigger 6-inches screen. However, the colour temperature leans on a cooler side and the contrast and dynamic range are quite impressive in this price range. Based on several online tests, an outdoor visibility isn’t superb and a screen shows colour shift while viewing from an angle. But overall, it’s a bit impressive and one wouldn’t be disappointed.

Performance and Software

The Nokia 3.1 Plus is powered by MediaTek Helio 22 chipset which is partnered with 3GB/2GB of RAM and 16GB/32GB of onboard memory. You do get an option to expand it further up to 256GB with a help of microSD card.

If you’re a moderate user and don’t play graphics-enriched games, you won’t get any lag or hiccup. And be noted, Nokia 3.1 Plus isn’t designed for games. The handset platform fires light and pure Android 8.1 Oreo operating system. Hence, UI transitions and multitasking both are smooth and silky but not snappy.

HMD Global has added much and much faster fingerprint scanner and numerous connectivity options which work fine. The phone is being supported by Dual SIM Dual VoLTE as well.


Software aside for a short while, Nokia 3.1 Plus’ camera isn’t as strong as one would expect. There are two rear cameras – a 13MP main shooter and an additional 5MP depth sensor for exquisite portraits. The camera finds quite tough to focus on objects and colours turn out a tad warm. Though it captures detailed and good outdoors. And indoors, a camera performance declines, a little disappointing.

There is an 8MP FaceTime sensor which has fair quality and certainly left us wanting for more. The camera features include LED Flash, HDR, Panorama, Geo-Tagging and more. One can record videos at 1080p @30fps as well.

Battery and Audio

We should be thankful for an efficient chipset and HD resolution screen – 3500mAh battery can last for an entire day upon a single charge with ease. Nokia alongside 3.1 Plus, bundles a 5V, 2A (10W) charge in a box – it doesn’t support fast charging, though.


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