If you are looking for a bargain deal on a smartphone, Nokia's HMD ranking is one of the best and unique in the industry. For 2019, the Finnish smartphone company says North American expansion will be a big focus, and today, for the first time, announces an operator for several low-end models. The cricket gets Nokia 3.1 Plus, Verizon gets Nokia 2.1, and in Canada Rogers will begin to carry a Nokia's unveiled phone.
Cricket Wireless, AT & T MVNO, gets the Nokia 3.1 Plus (pictured above), which is definitely the most impressive of the two phones. For just $ 160 you get quite a modern smartphone design. 3.1 Plus comes with a 6-inch, 1440 x 720, 18: 9 LCD, a rear fingerprint reader, a dual back camera system and Android 9 Pie with two-year updates.
This is the first time Nokia 3.1 Plus has come to the US and it is interesting that traveling to America also requires a change in the SoC. The international version uses the MediaTek Helio P22 SoC, but the American version switches to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 SoC. Both chips have eight 2GHz ARM Cortex A53 processors and are built on a 12nm production process, so there should not be a huge difference. Why change? You have to wonder if such a move is driven by the alleged unfair licensing of Qualcomm patents.
The other features of the Nokia 3.1 Plus include 2GB RAM, 32GB memory, MicroSD slot, USB-C port, NFC and headphone jack. The back is plastic and jumps, but the 3500mAh battery can not be changed.
Under $ 200 can be a tricky place for a smartphone, but if you're willing to make some price compromises, the $ 3.1 Nokia 3.1 looks like a surprisingly competent smartphone for money. The only competition at this price may be Motorola, but this Nokia phone will receive regular updates to the operating system while the Motorola phone will not.
At the lower end of the spectrum there is Verizon's "Nokia 2 V". This is basically unchanged from Nokia 2.1, announced internationally. For $ 115 you get a removed device with Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (these are four 1.4GHz Cortex A53 processors at 28nm), only 1GB RAM, 8GB storage, old USB port, no fingerprint reader, no NFC, and 5.5 -inch, 1280 × 720 LCD. This is an Android Go phone, so you get a cut version of Android 8.1 Oreo with a variety of weird Google Go apps.
For most I can not say that I would recommend something as cheap as 2V, which obviously has to make difficult compromises. But as an initial phone, 3.1 Plus looks like a good balance of opportunity and price. Soon, both phones will appear as pre-paid devices on the carriers concerned.