Nokia 1 review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

Quick verdict

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.

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

Nokia 1 at a glance
When was the Nokia 1 released? May 2018.
What’s new about the Nokia 1? Android Oreo Go, two-tone design.
How much does the Nokia 1 cost? $149 outright.

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.
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OS Android Go
Display size (inches) 4.5
Display resolution (pixels) 854 x 480
Pixels per inch (PPI) 218
Processor MT6737M
Height (mm) 133.6
Width (mm) 67.8
Depth (mm) 9.5
Weight (g) 131
Battery size (mAh) 2,150
Wireless charging No
Internal storage 8GB
MicroSD expansion 128GB
Fingerprint scanner No
RAM 1
Water resistance IP52
Rear camera (1) resolution 5
Rear camera (1) aperture N/A
Rear camera (2) resolution
Rear camera (2) aperture
Rear camera (3) resolution
Rear camera (3) aperture
Front camera (1) resolution 2
Front camera (1) aperture N/A
Front camera (2) resolution
Front camera (2) aperture
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Network category speed Category 4
NFC support No
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Updated October 18th, 2018
Name Product Processor type Display size Display resolution Internal storage Provider in CTA
Nokia 2.1
Nokia 2.1
Snapdragon 425
5.5
720x1280
8GB
MTK 6737
5
1280 × 720
16GB
Snapdragon 630
5.5
1920 x 1080
64GB
MT6737M
4.5
854 x 480
8GB
MSM8905
2.45
320 x 240
4GB
Snapdragon 835
5.5
2560 x 1440
128GB
Nokia 3310 3G
Nokia 3310 3G
N/A
2.4
320 x 240
128MB
Snapdragon 636
5.84
1080 x 2280
32GB
Snapdragon 430
5.2
1280 × 720
16GB
Snapdragon 835
5.3
2560 x 1440
64GB
Snapdragon 660
6
2160 x 1080
64GB
Snapdragon 430
5.5
1920 x 1080
32GB

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