Nokia 3.1

Nokia 3.1 Review | Affordable Smartphone

Nokia 3.1 Smartphone Review: The Affordable and Budget Smartphone:

The thing about smartphones is that you eventually have to consider only the price and brand reputation. Nokia has developed a good track record of gimmick smartphones, as we’ve seen in the Nokia 9 PureView, but equally, affordable and reliable smartphones, such as the Nokia 3.1, Nokia 3.1 Plus and recently Nokia 4.2.

Nokia 3.1 Screen

Nokia’s is pushing to be a technology leader, while at the same time, selling a product to the masses of Africa.

A similar tactic that Chinese manufacturers like Huawei have taken in the region.

Nokia 3.1 Price South Africa:

While the Nokia 3.1 and it’s newer versions are putting up a good fight against Huawei and other brands in the local market, the Price is king, so here’s a brief breakdown of what you’re looking at as of 19 June 2019:

  • Nokia 3.1 (2018) – R1,899
  • Nokia 4.2 – R2,799
  • Huawei Y5 Prime (2018) – R2,199

Just on the brief breakdown, you can see that while the Huawei market has shifted to a more top tier market, they budget smartphones, like Nokia, offer a lot in a small package, and price bracket.

I think with only a few hundred rands difference in price, choosing your preferred brand is more appropriate than primary specs. (I’ve not reviewed the Huawei Y5 Prime and can’t speak to its ability).

Speaking to these two brands specifically, I’d have to decide between: do I buy a tried and tested brand like Nokia, though, they’re new in the local market. Huawei, on the other hand, has invested millions over the past eight years and are reliable for repairs and support, however, they’re moving away from a Google infrastructure. It comes down to you, what works best for you.

Nokia 3.1 Review | Affordable Smartphone:


“It does what it needs to do, and gives you everything you need to be a part of the smartphone club. Yes, the camera isn’t top spec, but it’s good for the price, so is the HD screen and software. No, it’s not as smooth running as I would like, but hey, for just under two grand (now), you’re getting a good device. For the budget or affordable smartphone, I feel it outclasses it’s Huawei or Samsung peers in this space on price, and maybe capability.” – Six3two, Published on Jun 14, 2019

Nokia 3.1 Specs:

At the end of the day, it comes down to capability and performance and the price tag attached to that level of capability. Here are the specs for the Nokia 3.1 smartphone, does it check out for you? Nokia 3.1

Nokia 3.1 Performance:
  • Operating system Android 9 Pie4
  • RAM 2 GB
  • CPU MT6750N Octa Core 1.5GHz
Nokia 3.1 Storage:
  • Internal memory 16 GB e-MMC 5.1³
  • MicroSD card slot Support for up to 128 GB
Nokia 3.1 Audio:
  • Connector 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • Speakers Single speaker
Nokia 3.1 Display:
  • Size and type HD+ 5.2’’
  • Resolution 18:9
  • Material Corning® Gorilla® Glass
Nokia 3.1 Camera:
  • Primary camera 13 MP AF f/2 with led flash
  • Front-facing camera 8 MP FF f/2 84.6 FoV
Nokia 3.1 Battery:
  • Battery type Integrated 2990 mAh battery2

Nokia 3.1: Your premium companion:


But hey, those are just some of the things I’ve found, as I said in my video, it’s been a year since launch of the device, so things may have deteriorated since then, what are your experiences with the Nokia 3.1, and have you had a chance to check out the Nokia 4.2 yet? Let me know in the comments!

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Written by Brett Magill


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