Today, budget phones consist of a simple display, a plastic panel and a single camera on both sides. It also comes with primary and sometimes substandard software. However, this narrative is about to change.
HMD Global has set plans in motion to offer a low-priced smartphone with specifications that will exceed an average budget device. The results are evident in its Nokia 1 Plus.
The Nokia 1 Plus was revealed at MWC 2019 as an improvement on its predecessor, the Nokia 1. The former comes with decent specs and a trendy design while sporting a price tag that will suit the budget consumer.
You won’t get a phone that competes with higher-priced mid-range options, but you’ll get your money’s worth. Perhaps most importantly, you’ll get a phone with a stylish rear cover that gives it an appearance above its price point.
Although the Nokia 1 Plus cannot compete with mid-range options, it will get serve you well. Now let’s look at the key specs of the Nokia 1 Plus.
Nokia 1 Plus Key Specifications
- 5.45-inch LCD capacitive touchscreen, 480 x 960 pixels.
- Android 9.0 Pie (Go Edition)
- Quad-core 1.5 GHz, MediaTek MT6739W
- 1GB RAM and 8/16GB built-in storage
- 8MP rear camera and 5MP selfie camera
- 2500mAh removable battery
Nokia 1 Plus Design and Display
The Nokia 1 Plus has a body which consist of polycarbonate. Narrow bezels surround the phone and end in a slightly broad chip-at the top and bottom. The upper chin houses the selfie camera and other hardware.
This smartphone has a weight of 70.4 mm and a length of 145 mm. With such figures, we expect that the 1 Plus will fit even the smallest hands and be easy to carry about.
On the colourful back panel lies a centrally positioned single camera setup. At the bottom of the camera, you will find another LED flash, the “NOKIA” logo and a speaker slot.
The Nokia 1 Plus offers a resolution of 480 × 960 pixels on an IPS LCD of 6.3 inches. Although this spec might not look spectacular, it comes as a great feature for an entry-level device.
The Nokia 1 Plus will be available in red, black and blue.
Nokia 1 Plus Camera
As this is an entry-level smartphone, most of the specs under this category are quite regular. For instance, the Nokia 1 Plus has a single camera assembly that includes an 8MP sensor with Autofocus. This camera supports regular features such as scene mode, geotagging, face detection, and digital zoom.
While the selfie snapper has a 5MP sensor without a flash, both cameras come with CSMO sensors.
Nokia 1 Plus Hardware and Software
The Nokia 1 Plus has a standard MediaTek mobile processor which clocks 1.5GHz powers. The chipset will work with a PowerVR GE8100 GPU for graphics.
The phone comes internal storage of either 8GB or 16GB. However, you can use its SIM 2 /MicroSD slot (hybrid slot) to add as much as 128GB.
Out of the box, the device has the Android Go version of the Android 9 Pie OS. This trimmed variant receives frequent updates to ensure the phone’s safety and performance
The Android Go OS offers versions of Google apps that run faster on the phones limited features and consumes less space.
Nokia 1 Plus Battery and Connectivity
Unlike most smartphones released this year, the Nokia 1 Plus has a removable battery. This battery has a capacity of 2500mAh and can withstand hours of music and web browsing. However, it’s advisable you have a charger beside you in case of heavy use.
The device works with all networks including 4G LTE. It also supports various WiFi standards such as Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, and hotspot. Other connectivity options include Bluetooth v4.2 and MicroUSB 2.0 port for charging and mass storage.
Nokia 1 Plus Complete Specifications
- Dimension: 145 x 70.4 x 8.6 mm
- Material: Polycarbonate
- Weight: N/A
- SIM: Nano SIM with Dual SIM support
- Type: IPS, LCD Capacitive touchscreen
- Size: 5.45 inches
- Screen Resolution: 18:9, 480 x 960 pixels
- Multi-touch: Yes
Software and performance
- Operating System: Android 9.0 Pie (Go Edition)
- Chipset: Mediatek MT6739WW, Quad-core 1.5 GHz
- RAM: 1GB RAM
- Internal Storage: 8/16GB
- Card Slot: Yes, Hybrid Slot (SIM 2 slot)
- Primary: 8MP with Af, LED flash
- Secondary: 5MP
Network and Connectivity
- WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, hotspot
- Network 2G: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
- 3G: 850/ 900/2100 MHz
- 4G: Yes
- Bluetooth: Yes, v4.2
- USB: Yes, 2.0,
- Loudspeaker: Yes
- Audio Jack: Yes
- Fingerprint Sensor: No
- NFC: No
- Sensor: Accelerometer, proximity
- Capacity: 2500mAh, removable
- Type: Li-Ion
- Fast Charging: N/A
- OTG Support: No
Nokia 1 Plus Pricing and Availability
The Nokia 1 Plus will be available in black, red, and blue options and will retail at $89. A limited 16GB model will go on sale for $99 in Latin America at some point. The Nokia 1 Plus has interchangeable back covers and a removable battery.
The device will be available starting from $89. As for the release date, we expect to see the Nokia Plus in stores as from mid-March.