HMD Global has launched an upgrade to the last year’s Nokia 3 in India. Promptly named, the Nokia 3.1, the smartphone joins its siblings in the Android One family which includes the Nokia 6.1, Nokia 7.1 and Nokia 8 Sirocco. Nokia 3.1 succeeds the hugely successful Nokia 3 and comes with a 5.2-inch HD+ display with 18:9 screen. The phone will go on sale starting July 21.
Nokia 3.1 is powered by MediaTek MT6750 octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage with expandable memory slot. It seems HMD isn’t bringing the 3GB RAM/32GB storage variant to India. The phone has been priced at Rs 10,499 which looks rather steep considering the competition like Redmi Note 5, Redmi Y2, Realme 1, Honor 9 Lite and others.
But HMD is enticing users with offers for Nokia 3.1. The phone will be available from Paytm mall, so the users can scan the QR code, and avail 10% cashback on future recharges and bill payments on Paytm. They will also get two Rs 250 movie cashback vouchers on Paytm. These vouchers can be redeemed against booking minimum two movie tickets through Paytm. For those making payments via ICICI Bank credit or debit card, a 5% cashback can be availed.
“Idea and Vodafone consumers will get two additional offers. On a recharge of INR 149 pack, they will get 1GB data/day, unlimited calls and 100 SMS/day for 28 days; additionally, consumers upgrading from 2G or 3G phone to the new Nokia 3.1 will get 1GB data/day for 28 days. On a recharge of INR 595, consumers will get unlimited calls, 100 SMS/day, 18GB data for 6 months”
The Nokia 3.1 looks a lot like its elder sibling, the Nokia 7.1 and that’s probably its biggest highlight. It sports a 13MP camera on the rear and an 8MP selfie shooter with a wide-angle lens on the front. The phone houses a 2,990mAh battery and supports a microUSB port.
At Rs 10,499, it’s the cheapest Android One smartphone in the market and promises to be amongst the first few devices to get Android P in the near future. But with mediocre specs, it remains to be seen if it manages to wow the users with its design and camera.