Nokia's latest ultra-affordable handset runs on the ultra-efficient Android Go operating system to give you more performance from less power.
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.
- Doesn't look cheap
- Sizeable screen, but low resolution leads to blurry text
- Only 8GB of internal storage
- 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
- 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
- 2,500mAh battery delivers decent but unremarkable performance
- Charging is painfully slow
- Removable battery is handy for travellers and heavy users
- 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.
- 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
Power, storage and battery
|Display size||5.45 inches|
|Pixels per inch (PPI)||197|
|Rear camera megapixels||8MP|
|Rear camera aperture size|
|Front camera megapixels||5MP|
|Front camera aperture size|
|Dimensions||145.04mm x 70.4mm x 8.55mm|
|Network category speed||Category 4|
|Operating system||Android Go|
|External storage support||Up to 128GB|
Compare SIM-only plans for the Nokia 1 Plus
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