27 February 2019
The much-awaited Nokia 9 with five rear cameras wasn’t the only attention at HMD Global’s MWC event because the company also pulled the curtains off of a couple of Android One smartphones as well. These are the Nokia 3.2 and the Nokia 4.2 which are the affordable options running Android Pie.
Being part of Google’s Android One programme, the phones will receive the latest software and security updates. Apart from them, the devices come with features like artificial intelligence (AI)-powered camera capabilities and Face Unlock. Also, they have a dedicated button for Google Assistant and notification light in the power button.
The Nokia 3.2 features a 6.26-inch HD+ (720x1520 pixels) resolution and 19:9 aspect ratio in polycarbonate chassis. It’s powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 429 processor and coupled with 2GB or 3GB RAM and 16GB or 32GB storage which can be expanded via microSD card using microSD card. It has dual rear cameras with 13MP primary having f/2.2 aperture and 5MP secondary fixed-focus selfie shooter on the front with an f/2.2 lens. It comes with a massive 4,000maH battery which is rated to last up to 2 days. It includes a 3.5mm headphone jack and micro-USB port. The 32GB variant of the Nokia 3.2 also sports a fingerprint sensor, which is not available on the 16GB model.
The Nokia 3.2 will carry a price tag of $139 (roughly Rs. 9,900) for 2GB + 16GB variant and $169 (roughly Rs. 12,000) for 3GB + 32GB variant. It will go on sale starting early May 2019.
Nokia 4.2 comes with 5.71-inch display size and also has HD+ (720x1520 pixels) resolution and 19:9 aspect ratio. It’s powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 processor which couples with either two configuration – 2GB RAM with 16GB storage and 3GB RAM with 32GB storage. The storage configuration can be expanded up to 400GB using a microSD card. It also houses dual-camera setup on the back with a 13MP primary sensor with an f/2.2 autofocus lens and a secondary 2MP sensor with a fixed-focus lens.
The Nokia 4.2 has been priced at $169 (roughly Rs. 12,000) for the 2GB + 16GB version and $199 (roughly Rs. 14,200) for the 3GB + 32GB version. It will reach the stores in April 2019.
Talking about the Nokia 1 Plus, the device is the newest member to the Android Go phones and it comes as an upgrade over the last year’s Nokia 1. Compared to its predecessor, the Nokia 1 Plus offers a taller display with fewer bezels and has a bigger body. It has a lightweight yet sturdy build and the device doesn’t look coming from an entry-level segment, thanks to the 3D nanotextured polycarbonate back panel. The microdots on the panel offer a nice grip when you hold it.
The Nokia 1 Plus doesn’t have a fingerprint sensor or Face Unlock feature event. It comes with 3.5mm headphone jack and has microUSB port for charging. It comes in Black, Red, and Blue colors. It features a 5.45-inch FWVGA + display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by an entry-level 1.5GHz quad-core MT6739WW chipset. As an Android Go phone, the Nokia 1 Plus includes 1GB RAM and comes in two storage options – 8GB or 16GB.
The Nokia 1 Plus runs on Android Pie (Go Edition) and it comes pre-loaded with Google’s suite of apps designed and optimized for Android Go, these are - Google Go, Gmail Go, YouTube Go, Maps Go. The device features an 8MP rear camera with a flash and a 5MP front-facing camera. The handset houses 2,500mAH battery which looks less but is enough for an Android Go phone.
The Nokia 1 Plus is priced at USD 99 (approx Rs 7,000).