HMD is unveiling a truckload of smartphones at Cellular World Congress this yr. We have already talked in regards to the flagship Nokia 9 Pureview, and now it is time to cowl among the lower-end fashions, which is the place the Nokia model has made a severe resurgence up to now few years. At present, HMD is asserting the Nokia four.2, Nokia three.2, and the Nokia 1 Plus, and we’ve got ready an enormous spec sheet to have fun.

(Notice that whereas all of those costs are in , we do not but know which telephones, if any, are coming to the US.)

Nokia four.2
Nokia three.2
Nokia 1 Plus


Android 9 Pie
Android 9 Pie
Android 9 Pie (Go version)

5.71-inch 1520×720 LCD (270 PPI)
6.26-inch 1520×720 LCD (268 PPI)
5.45-inch 854×480 LCD (180 PPI)

Snapdragon 439: Eight 2.0GHz Cortex-A53 CPU Cores, 12nm
Snapdragon 429: 4 2.0GHz Cortex-A53 CPU Cores, 12nm
MediaTek MT6739WW: 4 1.5GHz Cortex-A53 CPU Cores, 28nm

2GB or 3GB
2GB or 3GB

16GB or 32GB, MicroSD Slot
16GB or 32GB, MicroSD Slot
8GB, MicroSD Slot

Rear: Twin 13MP (f2.2, 1.12µm) + 2MP depth sensor

Entrance: 8MP (, 1.12µm)

Rear: 13MP

Entrance: 5MP

Rear: 8MP

Entrance: 5MP



MicroUSB, Fingerprint sensor, headphone jack, NFC, Google Assistant button
MicroUSB, Fingerprint sensor (3GB RAM model solely), Google Assistant button
MicroUSB, headphone jack

With $169 being the best value, these are all very low-cost smartphones. What jumps out from the spec sheet is how all of them have old-school micro USB ports. This can be a bit disappointing contemplating HMD additionally sells the Nokia three.1 Plus for $160, which truly has a USB-C port in the US.

Talking of the Nokia three.1 Plus, that gadget was dropped at the US final month, and now we’ve got the Nokia three.2. Yearly, Nokia provides a zero.1 to the tip of its mannequin numbers, so we began with “Nokia three” in 2017, then “three.1” for 2018, and now “three.2” in 2019. That type of is sensible, however the US Nokia three.1 Plus has a more moderen USB port than the Nokia three.2, so the upper quantity would not actually scream “new.” The US three.1 Plus and three.2 have mainly the identical SoC, however the three.1 Plus has an eight-core model (the Snapdragon 439) and the three.2 solely has a quad core (Snapdragon 429). You would possibly suppose the “Plus” mannequin is a few type of larger, quicker product tier, however the three.1 Plus has a smaller display screen than the Nokia three.2. I’m not even certain the Nokia four.2 is best than the three.1 Plus. None of it makes any sense, and there are approach too many variations of each quantity.

Regardless of being low-cost, these aren’t all stripped down gadgets. The Nokia four.2 and three.2 each have new Google Assistant buttons, which—similar to the Pixel three’s squeezable sides—allow you to name up the Google Assistant with a single movement. One press brings up the Google Assistant, a double press will carry up the Google Assistant’s “in the present day” display screen, and holding the button works like a push-to-talk characteristic for voice instructions. It is similar to Samsung’s Bixby button, however with a helpful assistant on the different finish. The Nokia three.2 has a lightweight across the energy button, which works as a notification LED.

The Nokia three.2 and four.2 additionally include surprisingly trendy designs. There are rounded show corners, compact digital camera notches, and large screens in small our bodies. The Nokia four.2 and 3GB model of the three.2 each get fingerprint readers, and the Nokia four.2 even has NFC. In fact, they can not compete with flagship designs. However for beneath $170, they appear very good.

I can not say I am an enormous fan of the Nokia 1 Plus (no, not that OnePlus). The $99 value level is hard for a smartphone, particularly for gadgets with solely 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, and Android Go, a sort-of stripped down model of Android. These hundred-dollar gadgets are higher than nothing, however in case you can spend a bit extra and double your RAM, storage, and doubtless battery life, you actually ought to.

As regular, all of the telephones include two years of main OS updates and month-to-month safety updates, which is extraordinarily uncommon on this value bracket. Each gadget has a microSD slot and a headphone jack, they usually all include Android 9 Pie. For physique supplies, you’ll be able to have the Nokia four.2 with a glass again, the Nokia three.2 in a shiny plastic, or the Nokia 1 Plus in a matte plastic.

The HMD/Nokia product lineup is made much more complicated by the truth that not each nation will get each product. We actually don’t know which gadgets are coming to which international locations, so figuring out what to zero in on generally is a problem.

Itemizing picture by HMD


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