Nokia 3.1 budget phone preorders arrive in the US

Brittany A. Roston - Jun 12, 2018, 6:46pm CDT
Nokia 3.1 budget phone preorders arrive in the US

The Nokia 3.1, one of three new smartphones HMD announced late last month, is now available to preorder in the United States. You won’t get your hands on the phone right away, but preorders have gone live on Amazon with shipping listed as July 2. This budget phone won’t break the bank at $159 USD, but is it worth buying at all?

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The Nokia 3.1 is a budget-tier smartphone targeted at buyers who need something decent at a similarly decent price. The handset is generously sized with a 5.2-inch 1440 x 720 18:9 display, and adding to the appeal is the complete lack of a notch.

Though this phone’s specs aren’t blowing anyone away, they’re pretty decent at this price. The Nokia 3.1 features a MediaTek 6750 1.25GHz octa-core processor under the hood, as well as 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. Around back, users find a 16-megapixel camera with auto-focus and an LED flash.

Unfortunately, HMD doesn’t make any mention of a fingerprint sensor, but that’s not a deal-breaker for most users. The phone does have a microSD slot for expanding the storage, an 8-megapixel front-facing camera, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS/AGPS/GLONASS/Beidou, 4G LTE support, and Corning Gorilla Glass.

The handset has the expected array of features: light sensor, proximity sensor, accelerometer, magnetometer, and gyroscope. Rounding it all out is a 2990mAh battery, a single speaker and headphone port, and a micro USB charging/data port. You can grab the handset now on Amazon for $159 USD.

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