Nokia 1 Plus review: Features | Pricing | Specs

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Nokia's latest ultra-affordable handset runs on the ultra-efficient Android Go operating system to give you more performance from less power.

5.45 inches

Display size

8GB

Internal storage

8 MP

Rear camera

2,500 mAh

Battery size

Finder rated as Average vs similar phones

Details

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 5.45 inches
Pixels per inch (PPI) 197
Rear camera megapixels 8MP
Rear camera aperture size N/A
Video recording N/A
Front camera megapixels 5MP
Front camera aperture size N/A
Dimensions 145.04mm x 70.4mm x 8.55mm
Weight 185g
NFC No
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Network category speed Category 4
Processor Mediatek MT6739
RAM 1GB
Operating system Android Go
Internal storage

8GB

External storage support Up to 128GB
Battery capacity 2,500mAh
Headphone jack Yes
Fingerprint sensor No
Water resistance N/A
Wireless charging No
Launch price (RRP)$169
Launch date2019-03
Nokia 1 Plus


When HMD Global launched the Nokia 1 back in 2018, we were impressed by the value it brought to the budget phone space. As we noted in our Nokia 1 review, the inclusion of Android Oreo Go gave the phone a significant leg up on the competition, optimising performance beyond what the hardware alone was capable of.

This is the same approach HMD Global has taken for the Nokia 1's successor, the Nokia 1 Plus. It's also an ultra-budget smartphone that prioritises value above all else, and once again it's the inclusion of Android Go (this time the Pie version) that makes it worth considering.

Design

  • Doesn't look cheap
  • Sizeable screen, but low resolution leads to blurry text
  • Only 8GB of internal storage

Camera

  • Decent specs mask a slow, low-quality camera that struggles in both light and dark scenes
  • Action shots are pretty much out of the question
  • Video is grainy and especially susceptible to changes in light

Performance

  • Android Go squeezes an impressive amount of performance out of meagre hardware
  • Doesn't handle video well at all
  • Fast-tracked security and system updates provide extra peace of mind

Battery

  • 2,500mAh battery delivers decent but unremarkable performance
  • Charging is painfully slow
  • Removable battery is handy for travellers and heavy users

Verdict

  • The Nokia 1 Plus is a surprisingly capable device that has plenty to offer budget-conscious phone buyers

Pricing and availability

Nokia 1 Plus

More than the sum of its parts

The Nokia 1 Plus punches above its weight thanks to smart optimisations and the inclusion of Android Go.

Promoted

  • The Nokia 1 Plus is available directly through Vodafone for $129 outright with a $30 Vodafone SIM card. You can also purchase it from partner stores for $169 outright.

Nokia 1 Plus specs

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 5.45 inches
Pixels per inch (PPI) 197
Rear camera megapixels 8MP
Rear camera aperture size N/A
Video recording N/A
Front camera megapixels 5MP
Front camera aperture size N/A
Dimensions 145.04mm x 70.4mm x 8.55mm
Weight 185g
NFC No
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Network category speed Category 4
Processor Mediatek MT6739
RAM 1GB
Operating system Android Go
Internal storage

8GB

External storage support Up to 128GB
Battery capacity 2,500mAh
Headphone jack Yes
Fingerprint sensor No
Water resistance N/A
Wireless charging No

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