Nokia 3.1 Plus review
Bigger and Better
Our Nokia 3.1 Plus review looks in depth at the update to the Nokia 3 series range. This latest addition to the Nokia phone offering has a bigger screen and gives you an advanced rear dual camera. Let’s take a closer look at this affordable dual camera phone.
Big HD+ screen
The Nokia 3.1 Plus gets a boost with an HD+ 6-inch display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. This immersive screen gives you clarity, vivid colours and stunning contrast taking your entertainment and photos to another viewing level.
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This Nokia smartphone is on offer in blue, grey and white variants. Each model has a slightly rubberised feel making them easy to grip. The back cover of the phone includes a contrasting silver strip which wraps around and highlights the camera sensor panel and fingerprint sensor. The Nokia 3.1 Plus measures 8.2mm thick making it nice and slim for this price point and weighing in at 180g it doesn’t feel bulky or too heavy when using one-handed.
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The Nokia 3.1 Plus has a MediaTek Helio P22 octa-core processor and memory variants have different RAM on board. If you buy a 16GB model you get 2GB RAM while the 32GB variant gets a bump with a 3GB RAM. While these specs may not stand up to some of the big boys of the smartphone world you get plenty of power for everyday use and running apps.
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Phone Set Up
The Nokia 3.1 Plus has the traditional fingerprint sensor placed naturally on the back. There is a small metal strip outlining the sensor making it even easier to find with your finger. It is quite responsive and will wake up the phone quickly when you pick it up. There is no facial recognition but as this is an Android One device you get regular security updates to keep everything protected.
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There is 16GB of onboard memory and this can be expanded if you need more room for your photos or videos. The microSD card slot can be used with cards up to 400GB giving you lots of flexibility.
The Nokia 3.1 Plus is an Android One device which means you get an original version of Android 8.1 as Google created it with no additional tweaks from the manufacturer. This clean, bloatware-free OS has only the apps you need and no added extras to take up space on the phone. This is especially important when choosing models with a smaller onboard memory capacity.
Android One gives the Nokia 3.1 Plus a boost with:
OS updates for 2 years
Security updates for three years
The Nokia 3.1 Plus benefits from updates for 2 years after the launch date of the phone to give you the latest OS updates. This means you get the latest improvements from Google as they roll them out to other Nokia 3.1 Plus users. These will maintain excellent performance and keep the phone running as it should.
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Security updates will come through every month to give you up to date protection against malware and viruses.
The Nokia 3.1 Plus has the new AI experience with the Google Assistant and Google Lens. With Google Lens, the app can use your camera to capture landmarks and give you information on the history and other points of interest. You can take a photo of clothing or a product that you like and Google Lens will search the web for sites where you can buy it.
Entertainment all the way
The Nokia 3.1 Plus has been made for entertainment. The 6-inch display has an HD+ resolution and the cinematic 18:9 aspect ratio. Turn the phone on its side and enjoy amazing video quality. In landscape mode, this phone is great for watching YouTube videos or movies. The sound quality is excellent and the powerful processor gives you a great performance while the GPU delivers great clarity.
Camera & Video
The rear camera on the Nokia 3.1 Plus is an AI-powered dual lens. There is a 13-megapixel camera with a f/2.0 aperture and Phase Detection Autofocus. The second lens is a 5-megapixel depth sensor with a f/2.4 aperture.
These two lenses work together with AI technology to create amazing photos and videos. With quick autofocus, you won’t miss the perfect shot and the depth sensor can add bokeh effects in real time.
Some of the shooting modes include:
- Panorama - take multiple shots to capture large landscapes
- Auto - this mode will adjust settings and activate the flash automatically so you just point and shoot
- Continuous - this mode will take multiple shots and lets you choose the best one, this is great for moving objects.
The AI feature will recognise scenes and objects to adjust brightness, contrast and other settings to suit the subject of your photo.
There is an 8-megapixel lens on the front for taking selfies or group shots. There is an LED flash on the front as well as the back. The selfie camera includes wide-angle selfie, perfect for taking group shots.
2-day battery life
This is a phone you can truly rely on, the Nokia 3.1 Plus provides up to two days of battery life. The intelligent processor uses four cores for handling basic phone tasks and when needed, fires up all 8. This translates to a super-efficient processor that really makes the most of battery life. The battery is a 3,500mAH unit so there is plenty of power to keep you going if you are away from a charging point.
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Written by: Carmel Brown