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Nokia 3.1 Review


Nokia 3.1 Review

Introduction, Release Date


Nokia has been able to rise from the dust with some few successful android series phones and the iconic Nokia 3310 and 8810 which has secured its place in the smartphone market. Their latest release is the Nokia 3.1 which was announced on May, 2018 and will be released in the same month. The device will also be available in Africa in the same month in most of the countries including Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Egypt and many more.

Performance, Price


Inside this device, the Nokia 3.1 has a MediaTek MT6750 chipset which is among the best in this price range. The company claims that the Nokia 3.1 is 30% faster than the previous Nokia 3. Low performance is noted when tested with some of the flagship phones or when tested under a microscope. In order to overcome some of the performance issues you can get the 3GB RAM version than the 2 GB RAM version. The 3GB RAM version comes with 32 GB internal storage while the 2 GB RAM version comes with 16 GB internal storage. The Nokia 3.1 supports a memory card of upto 128 GB which is good enough to upgrade your storage.

The price of the Nokia 3.1 in some countries in Africa will be about 170$ .

Price in Kenya KSh 12,200 
Price in Nigeria 60,000 Naira
Price in South Africa R2,299

Nokia 3.1 Review

Design, Hardware.

The Nokia 3.1 feels and looks premium with its curves and striking diamond-cut aluminium sides. The back of the phone is colored polycarbonate but it doesn't feel premium when compared with Nokia 5. The Nokia 3.1 has a 5.5 inches screen with small side bezels but the top and bottom bezels are a bit large. The phone has a screen to body ratio of 69.4%. The size of the phone is 146.25 x 68.65 x 8.7mm with an aspect ratio of 18:9  which will feel comfortable while holding in your hands. The Nokia 3.1 has a pretty good design. The screen is 720p HD resolution but not a full HD display.

The Nokia 3.1 will come in Blue/Copper, Black/Chrome, White/Iron colors.

Nokia 3.1 Review


The device comes with Android Oreo 8.0 which will be upgraded to the new Android Pie 9.0. The operating software is well tweaked according to the phone which will give you an easy time using the device.

Nokia 3.1 Review


Nokia 3.1 has a 720p * 1440 screen which is HD but not Full HD. The display quality is clear even when watching HD videos. The device also has an aspect ratio of 18:9 which makes the device a little bit taller than the Nokia 3. The screen is well protected by a Gorilla glass which will make it resistant to scratches.


​​The Nokia 3.1 has a non removable battery size of 2990 mAH which will last you on a day's usage. 

Nokia 3.1 Review


Dont expect a stunning rear camera here, it has a 13mp autofocus camera that will be able to perform well in lit conditions but in dark conditions it will struggle. The sensor behind of f/2.0 and the LED Flash enables better image and video quality. The HDR mode on the Nokia 3.1 exposes more details in the shadows and restores blown highlights.

The Nokia 3.1 has an 8MP selfie camera with fixed focus and HDR support. Selfies turn out to be good with lots of detail, good colors and great contrast. The levels of noise are a bit high but don't get in the way.

The Nokia 3.1 captures videos in 1080p at 30fps an improvement on the previous Nokia 3 which allowed 720p. The video quality is good in this phone.


Devices that can compete with the Nokia3.1 are:

  1. Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite (Redmi 6 Pro) 
  2. Xiaomi Mi A1 (Mi 5X)
  3. Xiaomi Redmi 5
  4. Xiaomi Redmi 5
  5. Oppo Realme 1
  6. Motorola Moto G6 Play
  7. Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)
  8. Huawei P smart


  • Solid build compact body which feels Premium
  • 13MP Camera takes good photos
  • Good screen 
  • Android One

Nokia 3.1 Review


  • Slow Chipset
  • Not good battery life
  • Not Competitive pricing


The Nokia 3.1 is not a bad device, it is well built with a good screen and well balanced. Competition of other devices with this device at this price point offer some good alternatives but if HMD decides to drop its price, then it would be a nice beginners device.


Let me know what you are thinking down here on the comment section.

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