HMD Global unveiled three budget smartphones mere hours before the start of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. These include the Nokia 1 Plus, Nokia 3.2, and Nokia 4.2. The list also included one feature phone – the Nokia 210.
The Nokia 4.2 isn’t a successor to a specific device. It is also the first Nokia to use the number 4 at the start of its model number.
It’s a dual-glass smartphone with a plastic frame, which makes its build the most premium of the newly announced budget offers. The 4.2 packs a 5.71” HD TFT display with a waterdrop notch.
Under the hood is a Snapdragon 439 chip, along with 2GB or 3GB RAM depending on the storage – 16GB or 32GB – both of which are expandable.
At the back, it has a dual-camera setup with a 13MP f/2.2 shooter and a 2MP depth sensor. The main camera supports night mode which stacks a couple of images to produce a better low-light photo. It also has a fingerprint scanner at the back just below the camera.
Up front, it has an 8MP selfie camera which can be used for AI-driven Face Unlock. It has a pulsating white notification light in its power key, like other Nokia phones. It supports 4G and has FM radio, NFC, and runs on vanilla Android Pie via Android One.
The Nokia 4.2 will launch in Black and Pink Sand this April and will retail at USD 169 (around PHP 8,789.69) for the 16GB model and USD 199 (around PHP 10,349.99) for the 32GB model.
The Nokia 3.2 expands on the Nokia 3.1 and Nokia 3.1 Plus with an even bigger screen with smaller bezels, a larger battery, a newer chipset, and an up to date Android OS.
It packs a 6.26” HD+ TFT screen with a waterdrop notch, and is powered by the Snapdragon 429 chipset which includes either 2GB or 3GB of RAM, depending on the storage option – 16GB or 32GB – with both being expandable. The 3GB/32GB model is the only variant to feature a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.
The main camera of the Nokia 3.2 is a single 13MP shooter with autofocus and LED flash. The front camera is 5MP shooter that also supports Face Unlock.
The 3.2 is powered by a 4000mAh battery and runs on Android Pie as part of Android One. Like the 4.2, it has a bright notification light within its power key.
The Nokia 3.2 is expected to launch in April and comes in black and steel colors. The 16GB variant will sell for USD 139 (around PHP 7,229.39) while the 32GB will retail for USD 169 (around PHP 8,789.69).
Nokia 1 Plus
The Nokia 1 Plus is a larger version of the Nokia 1 that runs on Android Go.
It has a larger 5.45” IPS LCD Display with 480×960 resolution (18:9 aspect ratio). Under the hood, it still has the MT6739 quad-core processor along with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of expandable storage – even more features that it shares with the Nokia 1.
The Nokia 1 Plus has an 8MP camera with autofocus and LED flash at the back and a 5MP shooter with Beauty mode up front. Some upgrades from its predecessor. Along with this, Android Go Edition runs on Android 9 Pie.
The Nokia 1 Plus comes in black, red, and blue and will retail at USD 89 (around PHP 4,528.89). A limited edition 16GB model will go on sale for USD 99 (around PHP 5,148.99) in Latin America. It has interchangeable back covers and a removable battery.
Lastly, the only feature phone, the Nokia 210, has a 2.4” QVGA screen, clicky numpad, and a VGA camera on the back with LED flash. The phone runs on S30 software that comes with Opera Mini Browser, Facebook, and the Classic Snake Game. There is also a Mobile Store for app downloads. The Nokia 210 will go on sale in a month and will retail for USD 35 (around PHP 1,817.44).
Ram found his love and appreciation for writing in 2015 having started in the gaming and esports sphere for GG Network. He would then transition to focus more on the world of tech which has also began his journey into learning more about this world. That said though, he still has the mentality of "as long as it works" for his personal gadgets.