Nokia’s low-cost Nokia 3.1 will launch in Australia in August
Nokia's improved budget phone features Android One and will cost $249 outright.
HMD Global, the company that holds the rights to produce phones under the Nokia name has announced that the Nokia 3.1, its upgraded version of the Nokia 3, will be available in Australia from 2 August for $249 outright.
In line with the company's strategy as outlined at Mobile World Congress 2018, the Nokia 3.1 is an Android One handset, bringing with it a guaranteed two years worth of Google updates and an expedited path to getting those upgrades. Android One also means that it's essentially running "stock" Android with few Nokia/HMD tweaks, although outside of camera apps that's been the case for all of its Android phones to date.
The Nokia 3.1 trades itself on what Nokia calls "premium design", featuring an aluminium frame (rather than the plastic you'd mostly find in phones at this price point) wrapped around an 18:9 5.2 inch LCD display.
At this price point, it's not surprising to see MediaTek's 6750 chipset rather than a more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon option, although Nokia's been able to do some interesting work with lower power processors in many of its phones of late. While Nokia does make a 32GB/3GB RAM version of the Nokia 3.1, the model we'll see here in Australia will be the 16GB/2GB RAM variant.
The Nokia 3.1 will cost $249 outright from 2 August 2018, available in Black/Chrome and White/Iron from either Harvey Norman or JB Hi-Fi, while the Blue/Copper version will be a Harvey Norman exclusive.
Nokia 3.1 Specifications
- Product Name
- Nokia 3.1
- Display Size
- 5.2 inches.
- 720 x 1440
- Mediatek MT6750
- Operating System
- Android 8.0
- Front camera
- Rear camera
- 146.3 x 68.7 x 8.7 mm