Nokia 3.1 review
Major improvements across the board
Our Nokia 3.1 review finds major improvements across the board, compared to the Nokia 3, which will become obsolete when the Nokia 3.1 launches. That launch date is set for July 2018 in the UK and the handset only price should fall somewhere between £130 - £140, with line rentals still to be confirmed.
If you are looking for a bargain, then you still have a few days left to buy the Nokia 3.
The Nokia 3.1 gets a new 5.2” HD+ display with a 18:9 screen aspect ratio. This is a great improvement because you get extra rows of pixels (HD+ 1440 x 720 vs HD 1280 x 720). This means that you now get to see the full movie that you are watching or more of a webpage that you are browsing.
Yes, you can get an aluminium smartphone in this pricing bracket. In the case of the Nokia 3.1, you get aluminium sides that have been dual diamond cut. There is a curved back and Corning Gorilla Glass front. This combination works really well and there is definitely a premium feel to the phone.
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The colour range is updated and your options are Black/Chrome, White/Iron or Blue/Copper. Whichever colour variant you choose, you will enjoy one of the lightest phones around at 138g and its not too thick as 8.7mm.
50% performance boost / AR games
The Nokia 3.1 enjoys a major performance boost through its new MediaTek 1.5GHz octa-core processor with 2GB RAM. This offers a 50% performance boost and twice the number of processor cores, compared to the original.
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There is also a built in gyroscope for playing AR games. Overall, the experience is a lot smoother and the time taken to open apps, photos or videos is much shorter.
Phone Set Up
Can I transfer over my old content?
Yes you can and there is a 16GB internal memory for this. This is not huge but there is an up to 128GB microSD card slot. Memory cards are really cheap these days, so even if you run short of memory, you can quickly and cheaply get an upgrade.
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Android One / Android Oreo
The Nokia 3.1 runs on the Android Oreo operating system but this has been optimised under the Android One banner. Now, you get gauranteed regular security updates and two years OS upgrades.
The pre-loaded apps have been curated so that you get the apps that you need and don’t get a phone full of bloatware. This alone helps to put a fast and more responsive phone into your palms.
Android features that you will enjoy include:
- The Google Assistant
- Picture-in-picture multitasking
- Autofill passwords
- New emoji
- Notification dots
Camera & Video
The Nokia 3.1 has a much improved 13MP camera and this boasts automatic scene detection and panoramic imaging. The camera is aided in low light by a LED flash.
Comparison: The Nokia 3 has a 8MP camera.
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The 8MP portrait camera is tuned for group selfies with an 84.6 degree field of view. The Google Photos app is pre-loaded and you can store an unlimited amount of photos online (cloud storage) and access them on your other devices. The Google Photos gallery can be searched by location or objects, which is pretty useful when you want to show off your pet pictures or pictures of your recent holidays.