Nokia 1 review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

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The Nokia 1 is a cheap phone without a doubt, but it's also exceptional value and well-optimised thanks to the inclusion of Android Oreo Go.

4.5 inches

Display size

480 x 854px

8 GB

Internal storage

5 MP

Rear camera

2,150 mAh

Battery size

Finder rated as Average vs similar phones

Details

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 4.5 inches
Resolution 480 x 854
Pixels per inch (PPI) 218
Rear camera megapixels 5MP
Rear camera aperture size N/A
Video recording 480p
Front camera megapixels 2MP
Front camera aperture size N/A
Dimensions 133.6mm x 67.8mm x 9.5mm
Weight 131g
NFC No
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Network category speed Category 4
Processor MT6737M
RAM 1
Operating system Android Go
Internal storage

8GB

External storage support Up to 128GB
Battery capacity 2,150mAh
Headphone jack Yes
Fingerprint sensor No
Water resistance IP52
Wireless charging No
Launch price (RRP)$149
Launch date2018-04
Nokia 1

The good

  • Makes the most of meagre resources
  • Removable battery
  • Guaranteed security upgrades

The could-be-better

  • Very slow charging
  • Cheap design
  • May struggle to find some Wi-Fi networks
  • Poor camera

The Nokia 1 is a low-cost phone that's been cheaply built, but the inclusion of Android Oreo Go makes it a far more appealing prospect than it might appear at first glance.

Nokia has a long association with providing affordable phones. While HMD Global now controls the brand for mobile phone use, that association continues since its rebirth through handsets such as the Nokia 3310 3G and now the Nokia 1.

Nokia's numbering system for smartphones is quite simple, with lower number suffixes for simpler, cheaper phones. The Nokia 1 is remarkably inexpensive, and while that does bring with it some significant compromises, it's also one of the best budget handsets we've ever tested.

Design

  • Compact and comfortable
  • Removable battery is a welcome – and rare – touch

Camera

  • Slow hardware that struggles with both static and moving shots
  • Mediocre, even by budget standards

Performance

  • Android Oreo Go allows the Nokia 1 to punch well above its weight
  • No support for 5GHz Wi-Fi networks is a little odd

Battery life

  • Capable of all-day battery life thanks to Android Oreo Go's fastidious power management
  • Charging is frustratingly slow

Verdict

  • The Nokia 1 makes an excellent case for Android Oreo Go and redefines ultra-budget smartphone capabilities

Pricing and availability

Nokia 1

Go, Go, Go!

The Nokia 1 proves that a cheap smartphone can still pack quite a few surprises.

Promoted

  • The Nokia 1 retails for $149 and is available from Nokia directly as well as retailers like Kogan and Harvey Norman.

Nokia 1 specs

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 4.5 inches
Resolution 480 x 854
Pixels per inch (PPI) 218
Rear camera megapixels 5MP
Rear camera aperture size N/A
Video recording 480p
Front camera megapixels 2MP
Front camera aperture size N/A
Dimensions 133.6mm x 67.8mm x 9.5mm
Weight 131g
NFC No
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Network category speed Category 4
Processor MT6737M
RAM 1
Operating system Android Go
Internal storage

8GB

External storage support Up to 128GB
Battery capacity 2,150mAh
Headphone jack Yes
Fingerprint sensor No
Water resistance IP52
Wireless charging No

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