Nokia 1.3 review

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Quick verdict: The Nokia 1.3 is certainly cheap, but it makes the most of its meagre resources thanks to the use of Android Go.

  • Android Go makes a lot of limited resources
  • Removable battery
  • Headphone jack
  • Quite hard to remove battery
  • Mediocre battery life
  • Poor screen viewing angles

16GB

Internal storage

8 MP

Rear camera

3,000 mAh

Battery size

Finder rated as Average vs similar phones

1GB

Memory (RAM)

Details

Display


Camera

Rear camera megapixels
8MP
Video recording
1080p
Front camera megapixels
5MP

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
147.3mm x 71.2mm x 9.35mm
Weight
155g

Connectivity

NFC
No
Wi-Fi
802.11 b/g/n
Network category speed
Category 4

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Qualcomm QM215
RAM
1GB
Operating system
Android Go
Internal storage
16GB
External storage support
Up to 400GB
Battery capacity
3,000mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
No
Water resistance rating
N/A
Launch price (RRP)$0
Nokia 1.3

HMD Global's Nokia-branded phones have all generally played in the value space, and its 1 series phones have always been the cheapest in its smartphone range. The Nokia 1.3 continues the Finnish maker's journey in phones using the low-impact Android Go edition of Android, promising better performance despite its low-power internals.

The Nokia 1.3 isn't a fast phone, and it's not particularly flashy either. However, HMD Global/Nokia really does make the most of what it's got, delivering a phone that's surprisingly nippy despite its technical limitations.


Design

Design

  • 5.71-inch display isn't great
  • Range of colours
  • Removable battery is hard to fit
Nokia 1.3

Camera

Camera

  • Simple rear 8MP camera
  • Camera Go app adds portrait effects
Nokia 1.3

Performance

Performance

  • Snapdragon 215 plus 1GB of RAM works thanks to Android Go
  • Update guaranteed to Android 11
Nokia 1.3

Battery life

Battery life

  • 3,000mAh battery slightly underperforms
  • MicroUSB charging
Nokia 1.3

Verdict

Verdict

  • Not fast, but good value
Nokia 1.3
Should you buy it?

Any phone that costs you under 200 notes is going to come with compromises, and it's always a question of balancing out what those compromises are.

The Nokia 1.3 isn't as pretty as Nokia's other phones, and its rear shell is a pain to remove. The camera is pretty ordinary as is the battery life. Onboard storage is low. These are all compromises that HMD Global has accepted to meet a specific price point.

Balanced against that is the fact that it performs better than it has any right to given its moderate specifications. It isn't weighed down with a confusing launcher on top of Android, and it's guaranteed at least one full Android update down the track.

The Nokia 1.3 won't suit every user, but if you want a no-fuss clean Android experience at a very good price point, it could be the ideal phone for you.


Pricing and availability

Alternatives

You may still be able to find the Nokia 1 Plus at retail, and it may be worth considering if you want Android Go, but you'd want to get it at a sub-$100 price, given its even smaller storage and battery capacity.

Stepping up in Nokia's Android family would score you the slightly more expensive Nokia 2.3, which comes with more battery capacity and better cameras as well as full Android One updates down the track.

For just a little more than that, consider the realme 2.3, which packs a lot of power into a phone at its price point.


Specifications

Display


Camera

Rear camera megapixels
8MP
Video recording
1080p
Front camera megapixels
5MP

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
147.3mm x 71.2mm x 9.35mm
Weight
155g

Connectivity

NFC
No
Wi-Fi
802.11 b/g/n
Network category speed
Category 4

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Qualcomm QM215
RAM
1GB
Operating system
Android Go
Internal storage
16GB
External storage support
Up to 400GB
Battery capacity
3,000mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
No
Water resistance rating
N/A

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